Layered Achari Chicken Rice


50ml Oil
500g large cubes breast chicken
1 tsp tumeric powder
1 heaped tbsp ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp salt
250-300g pasatta
3 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 heaped tbsp achar (pickle)
2 tsp biryani masala (spice factory or box)
2 cups rice (and 1 tsp salt)
Handful of fried onions
Handful of chopped coriander
Handful of chopped mint

1. Soak the rice in cold water. Heat the oil in a small pot and add the washed and patted chicken with the tumeric, salt and garlic & ginger paste. Let it cook on a high heat till the chicken releases all its water and is mostly cooked.
2. Now add the pasatta, yogurt, mustard, cumin seeds, coriander powder, chilli flakes, lemon juice, biryani masala and achar to the chicken. Mix together and let this cook on a high heat till the mixture is fully cookes and oil bubbles appear at the top, (approx 5-10 minutes). It may still appear a little watery but it’s fine. Set aside.
3. Meanwhile wash the rice and cook it in cold salty water on a medium flame. Remember adding boiling hot water directly into the rice makes for less fluffier rice.
4. Once rice is cooked but not overcooked, layer a medium-sized pot with foil. Put 1/3 of the rice as a layer at the bottom. Now evenly spread half the achari chicken mix (not the soupy bit), then layer on top another 1/3 of the rice and add the rest of the chicken mix and sprinkle half (about 50ml) of the soupy masala evenly over the rice. Lastly add the rest of rice and pour over any leftover soupy masala over the rice evenly. Sprinkle on top the fried onions and freshly chopped herbs. Cover the top of the pot with foil and place over it the lid. If it is a heavy-bottomed pot then put it on a low flame for five minutes. If not then put it on a hot frying pan (tawa) to cook on a low heat for five minutes. Serve with mint raita and poppadoms.


Zesty Lime Cheesecake

250g digestive biscuits
100g unsalted butter
1 tin carnation condensed milk (405g)
300ml double cream
Juice of 5 lemon/limes
Zest of 5 lemon/limes

1. Crush the digestive biscuits and melt the butter. Then mix the two together.
2. Press the mixture into a greased tin and let it chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
3. Now whisk together the condensed milk and cream. Then add the lemon juice and zest. It will immediately thicken itself. After which pour this over the chilled biscuit base and let it set for 1-2 hrs in the fridge.
4. When ready to serve take out of the fridge and decorate the with lemon and lime zest

Jerk Chicken


1 medium-sized chicken
1 small white onion
5 sprigs of spring onions
Juice of 1 lime
Zest of 1/2 lime
2 garlic cloves
1 inch piece ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbs oil
1/2 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
50ml vinegar
50ml soya sauce
2 or 3 scotch bonnet chillies

1. First roughly chop the onion, ginger and garlic. Then blend together.
2. Now grate half the lime skin to create a zest & squeeze all the limes’ juice into the blender.
3. Finally add the rest of the ingredients and blend into a smooth paste. Marinate the chicken in this blend overnight. Roast in the oven when ready.

Peri Peri Roast


Ingredients (for marinate):
1 whole medium chicken (legs tied and gutted with skin)
2 tbsp greek yogurt
2 tbsp tomatoe puree
2 tbsp Peri Peri cooking spice (panache or nandos marinade sauce)
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp tandoori masala
1 tsp chicken spice (packet or jar)
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp ground salt and pepper
1 tsp Aromat
Squirt of lemon juice
1 heaped tbsp ginger and garlic paste

Method (for marinade):
1. Make cuts into the chicken breast and any other meaty areas so to increase the surface area of the chicken. Mix all the ingredients above and slather all over the chicken including the inside.
2. Cover and put the chicken to marinate in the fridge at least overnight.

Ingredients (for roasting and basting):
50g butter (olive oil can be used for a healthier option)
Chopped red onions (optional)
Chopped sweet peppers (optional)
Chopped spring onions (optional)
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp peri peri spice
1/2 tsp tandoori masala
1/2 tsp of Nandos spice rub or lemon pepper
Sprinkle of dried herbs

Method (for roasting):
1. When ready to cook take out the marinated chicken from fridge and let it become room temperature whilst you make the basting sauce. Place it on a roasting tray and preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
2. (Basting sauce) Melt the butter in the microwave. Then add the rest of the spices above and mix together.
3. Cut the vegetables you would like to roast with the chicken and place them around the chicken. Now pour from a jug or use a brush to cover the chicken and the vegetables in the spiced butter. Sprinkle with dried herbs.
4. Place the chicken in the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do not cover. Make the spiced butter again and every 15 minutes to half an hour, take out the chicken and brush it over the whole chicken. Sprinkle a tiny bit of Nandos chicken rub on top each time.
5. Once the chicken appears crispy on the outer skin layer, check the inside with a knife and then leave to rest for about 10 mins with foil very loosely placed on it. Serve with chips and restaurant style lamb ribs.

Yoghurty Kebabs


Ingredients (Kebab Tomatoe Gravy) :
5-10 sheesh kebabs (cooked & sliced)
Naan/pitta bread
Fresh red peppers diced
Chopped coriander
1 onion sliced
1/2 chopped tomato tin (blended)
3/4 tsp coriander powder
3/4 tsp cumin powder
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste
Crushed ginger and garlic
Fresh green chillies to taste
Ground pepper

Method (Kebab Tomatoe Gravy):
1. Soften the onions on oil th en add all the spices, green chillies, garlic and ginger as well as the tomatoe tin.
2. Spread pieces of the bread onto the bottom of a dish and sprinkle over half the red peppers and herbs (parsley and coriander).
3. Spread half the warm tomatoe gravy over it and then arrange the kebabs on top. Then pour the other half of the gravy on top.

Ingredients (Yogurt Sauce):
1/4-1/2 cup of Greek yoghurt
Blended Garlic

Method (Yogurt Sauce):
1. Combine all the ingredients together to form a smooth paste.
2. Add the other half of the parsley, coriander and peppers to the kebabs. Then pour this on top of the kebabs and gravy.

Ingredients (Butter Sauce):
1 tbsp melted butter
Chilli powder

1. Mix the butter sauce ingredients together and pour onto the kebabs, gravy and yogurt. Garnish with fresh chillies.image

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha Kasu

Balsamic Mushrooms


Large mushrooms
Jalapeno peppers
Balsamic vinegar

1. Place a little oil in a frying, add a couple of teaspoon oil. Place the mushrooms in the pan stem side up.
2. Put some chopped jalapeños, cheese inside the mushrooms. Then sprinkle some balsamic vinegar on top and chilli flakes. Fry for a few minutes till bottom of the mushrooms are done
3. Then place the pan with the mushrooms in it under the grill on low heat till the cheese has melted and mushrooms are cooked. the mushrooms with chopped jalapenos and sliced cheese.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Aiysha Haji

Chicken Spaghetti


Chicken breast
Onions (for frying and blending)
Green chillies
Crushed ginger and garlic
Fresh tomatoes or tinned tomatoes
Coconut cream

1. Brown onions then add the spices including green chilies, ginger and garlic.
2. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes or tinned or both till oil bubbles appear ath the top.
3. Add the diced chicken breast and leave to cook.
4. Meanwhile blend the peppers, sweetcorn, onions and carrots together. Then add to the chicken. Leave to cook for a few minutes.
5. Finally add the coconut cream. Once melted, combine and switch off the gas.
6. Add the boiled and drained spaghetti to the sauce. Garnish with chopped coriander, red onions and fried samosa pastry ( or crushed pringles)

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Afifa Batan

Fried Chicken


Chicken (Legs/Drumsticks)
Red chilli powder
Crushed chilli flakes
Salt to taste
Crushed garlic
Crushed ginger
Corinader and cumin powder
Pinch of tumeric powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp tomato puree
3 tbspn of Nandos Peri Peri Sauce

1. Marinate the chicken pieces in the above ingredients.
2. When ready to serve fry the chicken in oil and then bake till crispy in oven.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Afifa Batan

Gazebo Chicken


Ingredients for chicken:
2 chickens (8 pieces)
3 teaspoons of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of vinegar
1 teaspoon ground pepper
Crushed ginger and garlic
Salt to taste
Ground fresh green chillies to taste
Chilli powder to taste

Method for chicken:
1. Marinate the chicken in the above ingredients overnight.
2. Fry the chicken in hot oil till golden brown.

Ingredients for sauce:
1 bottle hot and sweet tomato chilli sauce (East end)
Ground pepper
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste

Method for sauce:
1. In a pot heat a little oil and add the above ingredients.
2. Stir and leave to simmer on low heat for a little while.
3. Place the chicken in a roasting tray, pour the sauce over the chicken, cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven till cooked through.

Serve with chips or rice.

Note: Many Foodies who were unable to get hold of the East End sauce have tried many other tomatoe & chilli sauce combinations which work well also. Tomatoe ketchup is also an option as the main ingredient in the sauce.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha Kasu