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Durban Masala Recipe

by Food Like Amma, July 08, 2020

Durban Masala is a blend of spices that make up the charismatic aroma and fiery red colour of Durban Curry. This spice blend is a paradox of sweet spices like cinnamon, cardamon and fennel, combined with bitter cumin and fiery chilli and cayenne pepper and rounded off with coriander. Family recipes for this masala may vary. We grew up with mostly shop bought masala, particularly Pako and Osman's Spices being Amma's two favored range of Masala. On the rare occasion that she was out of masala, she ground dried chillies with a mortar and pestle to make homemade chilli powder and combined it with jeera and dhania powder or birth masala. It was my granny who loved drying hoards of chillies or dried onions on the lawn to make her own blend of spices, often knelt over the grinding stone. Having lived abroad for nearly two decades now, I have often adapted recipes to suit ingredients. I have even blasphemously resorted to making chicken liver curry with fresh chillies and yellow curry powder. It's about time I made my own masala! This recipe has come about through trial and error over a few months now and I am finally satisfied with the results, I hope you will enjoy this too!

recipe for durban masala

Khitchri Recipe

by Food Like Amma, April 14, 2020
If you love dhal and rice, you will love Khitchri. Also known as Khitcheri or Kitcharee, this a one pot wonder is made from a broth of lentils and rice. First boiled then simmered in ghee and mild spices. The combination of lentils and rice form a soft mash like consistency that is both easy to digest and prepare. Kitchri, was one of Amma’s famous Monday lunch dishes, often served best with tomato chutney.

Vegetable Salad with Eggs

by Food Like Amma, April 10, 2020

Since reading The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry, M.D, I see vegetables in a new light. According to the former heart surgeon, plants contain proteins called ‘lectins’, a natural defense mechanism which is harmful when ingested by us. His Plant Paradox diet recommends eliminating lectins by cutting out a long list of foods, including nightshade vegetables like eggplants, red peppers, tomatoes, and legumes like lentils and beans.

How To Cook Dhal Curry

by Food Like Amma, September 11, 2011
Dhal curry, is a soup like dish made from dried split peas or lentils. There were two types of Dahl curry made by Amma, ‘braised Dhal’ with fried onion, cumin and chilli and the second called Wedding Dhal. Wedding Dhal (Dhal with Brinjal) often contained spices like star annaise and cardamom and aubergine.