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Posted on September 22, 2017 by

September – Assamese Stir-Fried Mushrooms With Egg-Fried-Rice Parcels

A Chinese influence is evident in this vegetarian feast, but the most distinguishing feature of the dish is the thin omelettes we make to envelop the stir-fried rice. The mushrooms on their own are also good to pass round as a snack with drinks.

Serves 4


  • 700g shiitake, chestnut or closed-cup mushrooms, stems removed, but kept whole and washed and dried
  • oil, for deep-frying

For the marinade

  • 4 tablespoons cornflour
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the omelettes

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the egg-fried rice

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 50g green beans, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 2.5 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 50g shelled peas, fresh or thawed (optional; preferably petits pois)
  • ½ carrot, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • A pinch salt
  • A pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 250g basmati rice, boiled
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

For the stir-fry

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 dried red chillies, broken into smaller pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 100g tender bamboo shoots, sliced 5 mm thick
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped


First make the omelettes. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat them lightly with the soy sauce. Heat a few drops of oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and pour in one-quarter of the egg mixture. Cook, without stirring, on a medium-high heat until the omelette begins to set, then remove the pan from the heat (without turning the omelette over) and leave the omelette to finish cooking in the residual heat. Remove from the pan and make 3 more. Set aside and keep warm.

Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl, add the mushrooms and set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the egg-fried rice. Heat the oil in the frying pan, add the beans, chillies, ginger and the peas and carrot, if using, and stir-fry, on a high heat, for 1 minute. Add the soy sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper and stir-fry for another minute. Break the egg into the pan and scramble, on a high heat, for 30 seconds, then fold in the rice and sesame oil and stir until mixed well and heated through. Lay the omelettes on a work surface, divide the egg-fried rice between them and wrap each to make a neat parcel. Set aside and keep hot.

To deep-fry the mushrooms, heat enough oil for deep-frying in a deep-fat fryer or a deep, heavy-based saucepan to 190°C. If necessary shake any excess liquid off the mushrooms before deep-frying for about 3 minutes, until they are crisp and golden. Drain well on kitchen paper.

For the stir-fry, heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan until smoking point. Add the dried red chillies and stir them quickly.

As they start to darken, quickly stir in the garlic. Almost immediately it will start to change colour. Now add the onions and the deep-fried mushrooms and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the bamboo shoots and stir for another couple of minutes. Add the sugar, chilli powder, cumin and salt and stir-fry for another minute. Add the soy sauce and mix well. Finish with the lemon juice and sprinkle with the spring onions and chopped chives.

Serve immediately with the egg-fried-rice parcels.

Tip: The secret of any stir-fry is that you should never let the heat in the pan go down; the heat of your burner should always be on maximum the whole time. Add an ingredient to the pan only when you think it’s hot enough.

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Posted on August 14, 2017 by

August – Spice Crusted Halibut in Green Spiced Sauce

This is my take on a tandoori fish tikka traditionally served with green chutney. Only difference being we are using larger cut of fish, marinated using the same techniques but cooked in an oven and the coriander and mint chutney is transformed into a hot sauce. Served along with lemon rice, it makes for a stunning main course.

Serves 4


  • 4 x 200g pieces of halibut fillet

For the first marinade

  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the second marinade

For the sauce

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 150g fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 30g fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 ½  teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • juice of half a lime


Pat dry the fish pieces on a kitchen paper, marinate with the ginger and garlic pastes, turmeric and salt and set aside for 10 minutes. Heat vegetable oil in a Teflon coated pan and sear the fish for approximately 1-2 minutes on each side, remove from fire, drain using kitchen cloth and keep warm.

Mix all the ingredients for the second marinade and spread them over the fish.

Place the halibut on a baking tray and cook in an oven preheated to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7 for 8-10 minutes, turning once.

In the meanwhile prepare the sauce, first of all mix the mint, coriander and green chillies, water and half of the oil together and blend to a smooth paste. Heat the oil in a frying pan; add the garlic, onions, and sauté till golden. Add the chickpea flour and stir for a few seconds till they turn golden brown in colour, sandy in texture and a nice roasted aroma begins to be released. Add the ground paste and seasonings and cook for about 2-3 minutes more without discolouring the sauce. Finish with a squeeze of lime and serve the fish with the sauce and lemon rice.

Tip: You could apply both the marinades together without searing the fish if you were in a hurry. If preparing for a dinner party, the fish may be marinated a day before and simply cooked in the oven for 12-14 minutes before serving.

Posted on July 25, 2017 by

July – Lassi Panna Cotta

Lassi Panna Cotta – a fresh, summery dessert accompanied by juicy, sweet mangoes, perfect at this time of year.

Anyone who has travelled to India in the summer will be familiar with Lassi stalls that pop up all over small towns and cities during the summer months serving these cooling drinks at the peak of hot unbearable summers.

I love using the inspiration of lassi, a smoothie type  drink and turning it into a simple dessert which is great for summer afternoons but also for entertaining big numbers.

Serves 6


  • 5 gelatine leaves
  • 500ml  full-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 300ml whole milk
  • 125g caster sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • 3–4 whole ripe mangoes, peeled, stoned and flesh chopped into 2.5cm dice
  •  sprinkle of chaat masala


Soak the gelatine leaves in 100ml of cold water to soften them.

In a mixing bowl whisk the yoghurt, milk, sugar, salt and cardamom powder until it turns frothy.

Melt the gelatine in 100ml warm water, and then add to the yoghurt mixture. Mix well and pour into individual moulds or serving bowls. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours, or even overnight if you have time.

Mix the diced mango (or seasonal fruits) with chaat masala and set aside for 15 minutes to make a fruit chaat. Serve the panna cottas with a mango chaat garnish or with any seasonal fruit salad.

Posted on June 20, 2017 by

June – Whole Braised Leg of Lamb with Peppercorn and Nutmeg

June saw the launch of Vivek Singh’s latest cookbook, Indian Festival Feasts! In celebration of this, for the June recipe we’re sharing an ultimate celebration dish. Raan; whole braised leg of lamb with peppercorn and nutmeg is a real centrepiece! It’s also very simple as far as the number of ingredients go, making it an absolute must-try. It’s traditional to use leg of lamb, but the dish tastes just as good if you use shoulder.

Serves 6


For the marinade

  • 4 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste (see page 260)
  • 1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 200ml malt vinegar
  • 100g crisp fried onions (see page 261)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For the sauce

  • 200ml tomato purée
  • 1½ tablespoons black peppercorns, roasted in a dry frying pan for 30–60 seconds, then coarsely crushed
  • ¼ nutmeg, grated
  • 60ml single cream
  • Salt
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 30ml rum (optional)


Remove the surface fat from the leg or shoulder of lamb and prick the leg thoroughly using the tip of a sharp knife or a trussing needle (you can ask your butcher to do this for you, if you wish).

Mix all the marinade ingredients together into a paste. Spread the paste all over the lamb and massage the spices in. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or preferably for a few hours in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°C Fan/Gas Mark 2.

Scatter the whole spices in a deep baking tray large enough to accommodate the leg, then place the marinated lamb on top. Pour over enough water to come three-quarters of the way up the lamb. Cover with foil and cook in the preheated oven for 2½–3 hours until the meat is soft and easily comes off the bone. Remove from the oven and let the leg cool, then drain and reserve the cooking liquor.

Once cool, make deep incisions into the leg and remove the meat from the bone. Cut the meat into 1cm thick slices and arrange on an ovenproof serving platter. Brush with the butter and heat in a warm oven; hold warm until ready to serve.

For the sauce, transfer the strained cooking juices to a pan, add the tomato purée and cook down slowly to a sauce consistency. Add the peppercorns, nutmeg and cream. Check the seasoning and add salt and sugar to taste. Whisk in the butter, remove from the heat and pour over the sliced raan. Sprinkle with spring onions. If using rum, pour it into a ladle and heat it until flaming, then pour over the lamb and bring to the table as the show-stopper.

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Posted on May 30, 2017 by

May – Mutton Biryani with Dried Fruits and Kashmiri Spices

May’s dish of the month features the recipe for mutton biryani with dried fruits and Kashmiri spices, from the new cookbook Vivek Singh’s Indian Festival Feasts – out 1st June.

As the month of Ramadan begins all over the world, this is a feasting dish perfect for Eid-ul-Fitr, the celebration that rounds up Ramadan. A biryani of some description is always a regulation dish at celebrations, but at Eid the Kashmiri version is often preferred as it is rich and made even more special by the use of dried fruit and nuts. Much as at all other celebrations where the dishes remain similar but the ingredients or their quality change with the status of the family, this dish is judged by both the quantity and the array of nuts and dried fruits included.

As made by Vivek on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen – catch up on the show here!

Serves 6-8


For the marinade

2 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
430ml plain yoghurt, whisked
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp red chilli powder
¼ nutmeg, grated
1 tsp caster sugar
1½ tsp salt
1 lemon, juice only

For the biryani

1kg mutton from leg or shoulder, bone removed, cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes
500g basmati rice, rinsed and soaked in water for 20 minutes, then drained
½ lime, juice only
¼ tbsp salt
150g ghee or vegetable oil
40g raisins
60g walnut halves
4 green cardamom pods
5cm piece of cinnamon stick
3 bay leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
seeds from 2 black cardamom pods
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp saffron strands, soaked in 120ml warm milk or water
few drops rosewater or kewra water
30g dried figs or apricots
30g dried cranberries
20g fresh mint leaves


Mix the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl, add the meat and stir to coat. Cover and put in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes, or if possible overnight.
Meanwhile, bring 2.5 litres pints of water to the boil in a large saucepan. Add the rice, lime juice and salt and boil for 6 minutes, until the rice is two-thirds cooked. Drain the rice and spread it out on a tray to cool.

Heat 120g of the ghee or vegetable oil in a wide, heavy-based casserole dish. Add the raisins and fry for 30 seconds, or until they puff up, then remove them and drain on kitchen paper. Add the walnuts and fry for 30 seconds, then remove them and drain on kitchen paper.

Add the green cardamom pods, cinnamon and bay to the casserole and fry for 30–60 seconds. Add the cumin and black cardamom seeds. Add the meat and marinade and cook for 10–12 minutes over a high heat, stirring occasionally. Add the coriander, garam masala and 250ml of water and cook, covered, over a medium heat for 30 minutes, or until the meat is almost cooked and about 235ml of sauce remains in the pan. Add a little more water to make up the liquid if needed.

To assemble, spread an even layer of the rice over the cooked meat and sauce, sprinkle the saffron milk, rose water, fried raisins and walnuts, figs or apricots, cranberries and mint over the rice and dot with the remaining ghee.

Cover with a tightly fitting lid and cook over a medium–low heat for 12–15 minutes, turning the pan every 3–4 minutes to prevent it from catching, until the dish is hot and steaming and the rice and meat are cooked. Set aside for another 5 minutes, then open the pot and serve.

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Posted on May 15, 2017 by

April – Baby Aubergines with Sesame and Tamarind Sauce

Otherwise known as ‘baghare baingan’, my April recipe is one that has different versions all over India, but the most popular one is from Hyderabad. It has rich, deep, earthy notes, and some recipes use fat green chillies alongside aubergines, or even include lamb’s liver in the sauce. The term ‘baghare’ refers to the tempering of the aubergines. 

Serves 4


  • 12 baby aubergines
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or corn oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs of fresh curry leaves
  • 2 tsp Ginger–Garlic Paste
  • 1 quantity of Boiled Onion Paste
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 4 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 500ml water

For the masala paste:

To finish:

  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • A sprig of mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Crisp Fried Onions


Make 2 deep slits in each aubergine, forming a cross from the base towards the stalk end but leaving the quarters attached. Leave the calyx and a little of the stalk on to hold the aubergine together. Sprinkle the aubergines with half the salt and set aside for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the masala paste. Separately roast the coconut, peanuts, sesame, coriander and cumin seeds in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for a minute or two, and then remove from the heat. Blitz them in a small food processor with the chillies, adding just enough water to make a paste.

To cook the aubergines, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, heavy-based pan and fry them over a high heat for 2–3 minutes, stirring from time to time, until they are seared on all sides. Remove the aubergines from the pan and heat the remaining oil in it. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves, let them crackle, then add the ginger–garlic paste and fry for 2–3 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent sticking. Add the onion paste and cook, stirring, until it turns light brown. Stir in the turmeric, red chilli powder and masala paste, reduce the heat and fry for 10–12 minutes, until the oil begins to separate from the mixture at the side of the pan. Now add the remaining salt and the tamarind paste and cook for 3–4 minutes.

Return the fried aubergines to the pan and mix well. Pour in the water and simmer for 10–12 minutes, until the aubergines are soft but still hold their shape. Finish with the jaggery, chopped mint and fried onion. Serve with either naan bread or pilau rice.

Tip: Don’t stir the aubergines too vigorously when simmering them in the sauce, as they break quite easily.

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Posted on March 27, 2017 by

March – Spice Braised Shoulder of Lamb

My March recipe is a firm favourite and is perfect for entertaining lots of guests in one go. You can give this recipe a go with hogget, mutton or even goat, so long as you stick to the shoulders. 

Serves 8-10


  • 2 shoulders of lamb, weighing about 1.5kg each, trimmed of any surface fat
  • 2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 8 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 250ml malt vinegar
  • 500g plain yoghurt
  • 110g crisp fried onions (deep fry 600g onions, sliced in at least 600ml oil until golden brown, then remove and drain on kitchen paper)
  • 2 tsp royal (black) cumin
  • 1 tbsp chopped green coriander, stalks and leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and sliced 1cm thick
  • 3 large red onions, sliced 1cm thick
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, about 5cm each
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 500ml water
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 4 tbsp single cream
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, stalks and leaves


With the tip of a sharp knife, cut small incisions in the lamb shoulders at approximately 5cm intervals. Mix together the red chilli powder, ginger and garlic paste, vinegar, yoghurt, fried onions, cumin seeds, coriander, rose petals and salt. Using your hands, massage the spice mixture over the shoulders, rubbing and pressing the spices into the gashes created by the knife. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Arrange the sliced potato and onion on a deep oiled baking tray. Place the shoulders on top of the potato and onion slices, add the bay leaves, cinnamon and cardamom, then pour the water around the shoulders and cover the tray with foil. Place in an oven preheated to 180 degrees C and braise for 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is very tender and ready to fall off the bone. Remove the shoulders from the liquid and place on a cooling rack. Pass the liquid through a fine sieve and reserve to make the sauce.

Now roast the shoulders on a barbecue or under a very hot grill, basting frequently with the melted butter, until crisp and well browned. Finish with a drizzle of lemon juice, any leftover melted butter and the chaat masala.

For the sauce, bring the cooking juice to the boil in a small pan and simmer until reduced to a coating consistency. Correct the seasoning and gradually stir in the cream, garam masala and fresh coriander. Pour the sauce over the meat and serve with naan bread.

Tip: It’s important to drain all the liquid from the shoulders before roasting them, in order to get a crisp finish.

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Posted on February 20, 2017 by

February – Char-Grilled Broccoli Florets with Rose Petals and Almonds

February’s recipe of the month is an incredibly simple, but delicious way to cook broccoli.

Vivek Singh will be preparing this dish as part of the Fire and Feast Collaboration Dinner on Monday 27th May, in aid of the charity Action Against Hunger, curated by Persian and Middle Eastern Chef Sabrina Ghayour

Serves 4


For the marinated broccoli

  • 1 tbsp grated Cheddar cheese
  • 25g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp. Ginger & Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp single cream
  • 1 tsp dried rose petals
  • ½ tsp mace and cardamom powder
  • 1 head of broccoli or two stalks of purple sprouting broccoli, cut into florets, blanched in salted water for 30 seconds, drained and chilled in ice water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

To serve

  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds
  • Juice of ½ lemons
  • Garlic chutney or coriander chutney to serve


In a bowl, rub the cheese with your fingers to break up any lumps. Add the yoghurt and mix until smooth. Add the ginger and garlic paste, salt, chopped ginger and chilli and mix well, and then stir in the cream carefully, as the mixture might separate if mixed too vigorously. Finally add the rose petals, mace, and cardamom powder, gently fold in the broccoli florets, and drizzle with a tablespoon of oil. Mix and set aside for 20 minutes.

To cook the broccoli, soak 4 bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. Thread the broccoli florets onto the skewers, arrange on an oiled baking tray and place under a hot grill for 5-6 minutes, until the broccoli florets are cooked and slightly charred at the edges. Now sprinkle with almond flakes and toast for another minute or so.
Remove from the grill and serve immediately, squeezing over the lemon and accompanying with chutney of your choice.

Posted on January 23, 2017 by

January – Beef Bhuna, Bengali Style

January’s dish of the month features the recipe for a rich, winter-warming Beef Bhuna. 

Bhuna is a term you commonly find on restaurant menus. It refers to cooking meat with spices with little or no water added. This requires constant stirring to prevent the spices sticking to the bottom of the pan but the resulting dish is rich and intense in flavour from the caramelisation of the onions and the frying of the spices. I’ve made things easier here by adding a little water but do make sure that all or most of it dries up so there is no loss of flavour.

Serves 4-6


  • 750g boneless beef chuck steak, cut into 4cm cubes
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • green cardamom pods
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 green chillies, slit lengthwise in half
  • 250ml water
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp tamarind paste
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • A pinch of sugar

For the marinade


Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade. Add the beef, turning to coat it well, and set aside for 30 minutes.

Heat the ghee in a large, heavy based pan, add the whole spices and bay leaves and let them splutter. Add the marinated meat and stir well over a high heat, until the juices are absorbed and the meat begins to brown. Add the green chillies and water, then reduce the heat, cover and cook gently for 25-30 minutes, until the beef is about two-thirds done. Add the tomatoes and ginger and cook for 8-10 minutes over a high heat, stirring all the time to mash up the tomatoes. You may have to add a couple of tablespoons of water to prevent the sauce sticking to the bottom of the pan.

When fat begins to leave the side of the pan, the meat has reached the bhuna stage. Now stir in the tamarind paste and lemon juice, followed by the chopped coriander. Finally add the pinch of sugar, then cover the pan and switch off the heat. Leave for about 5 minutes so the meat can complete the cooking in its own heat. Serve with layered parathas.

Posted on December 15, 2016 by

December – Suriani home-style chicken curry ‘ishtu’

December’s dish of the month features the recipe for a home-style chicken curry, or ‘ishtu’. This is served in Syrian-Christian households in Kerala for breakfast and is a firm favourite at the Christmas table. You use boned chicken in this recipe if you wish, but chicken on the bone provides much more flavour. If using boned chicken, use just the thighs and cook them slow and long for a great result and depth of flavour.

As made by Vivek on BBC’s Christmas Kitchen. Catch up on the show here. Happy holidays! 

Serves 4-6


For the chicken stew

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil or sunflower oil
  • 5cm/2in cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and cut into small matchsticks
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 green chillies, slit lengthways
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 1kg–1.3kg/2lb 4oz–2lb 14oz chicken, jointed into 8 pieces, or 8 chicken pieces, skin removed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
  • 590ml/19fl oz coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp toddy (palm) vinegar (or sherry vinegar or sweet white wine vinegar), to serve
  • 1 tsp ground garam masala, to serve

For the sweet and sour rice


For the chicken stew, heat the oil in a large, lidded frying pan or sauté pan. Add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, followed by the garlic, ginger, onions, chillies and curry leaves. Cook over medium heat until the onions are soft.

Add the chicken, salt and pepper and stir for a minute. Pour in the coconut milk and 125ml/4fl oz water. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Meanwhile, soak the rice in cold water for 20 minutes, then drain well. Heat the oil in a large, lidded saucepan. Add the star anise, cardamom and bay and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the onion, curry leaves, salt and sugar and cook until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the vinegar, coconut milk, 300ml/10fl oz water and then the rice. Mix well, then simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 7–8 minutes. All the liquid should be absorbed.
Take off the heat and stir. Cover with the lid again and set aside for 10 minutes to let the rice finish cooking in its steam.

To serve, add the vinegar to the stew, sprinkle over the garam masala and mix well. Remove from the heat and serve with the sweet and sour rice.

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