There are surely few finer ways to kick off National Curry Week than with a Tilda feast of sauce and spice, conjured up by food writer, cookbook author, and all round kitchen extraordinaire, Mallika Basu.
For National Curry Week 2015 we invited a group of fabulous foodie bloggers to the kitsch and quirky Little Yellow Door in Notting Hill to celebrate. After introductions and appetisers were out of the way, the finishing touches were added to each dish and supper was served.
Serving a traditional Punjabi recipe, Chana Dal Khichdi, alongside Chicken and Vegetable Pulao proved to be a hit. A Hyderabadi Khatta Meetha Baingan saw sautéed aubergines bathed in a decadent sauce made from peanut butter; as satisfying as it sounds. The wonderful aroma preceded the next course of impeccably cooked cooked swordfish infused with a creamy wholegrain mustard sauce, followed by plump prawns in a spicy and sweet coconut curry.
Our guests were tempted by silken Kashmiri Tomato Paneer, in a perfectly balanced ginger and fennel sauce, before finding room for dessert. Saffron Cardamom Kheer partnered with Vanilla and Rose Firni nicely rounded off what was a true celebration Basmati Rice.