lamb knuckles

Traditional Lamb Curry….

Traditional lamb curry by Yudhika Sujanani

Traditional lamb curry by Yudhika Sujanani

Ten days to Diwali…the countdown has begun! It’s time to start planning the menu, and to start hauling out those tried and tested recipes. The next ten days are going to be manic in ‘Holiwood’ – the Diwali orders are piling up and so are the recipe requests….the AMC giveaway on the blog has created quite a stir…click here for more, There are two of my supplements out this Wednesday, 15 October in the Post Newspaper so don’t forget to diarise the date and pick up your copy! I just love the buzz and hearing from all of you…thanks for the lovely emails and comments!

I am delighted to say that yesterday’s episode of Mela was the most popular so far. The recipe for Durban Naan bread is the most viewed recipe on the blog and it just goes to show that old is gold! For the longest time, I felt that my food loves were not sophisticated enough…I am a simple eater and old-fashioned food is my best….as someone on twitter said…move over Chip and Dip…it’s time for Raan and Naan….click her to watch the clip from Mela, and here for the recipe:

A word of warning…..I am going to be blogging lots…just so you get some great ideas for your Diwali feast…so fasten your seat belt..this is going to be amazing ‘blog party’…stay tuned for the latest competition…details posted later today!

Lamb curry is one of my favourite curries….you can add potatoes to this if you like. A lamb dish always makes an appearance at our Diwali table…and so does fish, prawn and vegetarian…plus a decadent sweet offering! You can use shoulder, knuckles or leg for this recipe…I used the lamb shanks…I asked Mr Pat at Broadacres Spar butchery to slice each shank into three knuckles! This is one of my favourite cuts and it even works well in Lamb breyani. Leg of lamb is my least favourite cut for curries.

Traditional Lamb Curry

Serves 6 – 8

2kg lamb shanks

75ml sunflower oil

2 x 2.5 inch pieces of cinnamon

1 large bay leaf

2 cardamom pods

5ml cumin seeds

1 onion, finely chopped

10ml coarse salt

30ml crushed ginger

15ml crushed garlic

50ml red chilli powder

10ml ground coriander

7ml ground cumin

5ml garam masala

2,5ml tumeric

3 tomatoes, blanched and chopped

Fresh coriander to garnish

Here’s how I do it:

Cut across each shank into 3 pieces.

Heat the sunflower oil on medium in an 30 AMC pot.

Add the cinnamon sticks, bay leaf and cardamom pods.

Fry the whole spices for a few seconds until fragrant, then add the cumin seeds.

Add the onion, then stir in the salt and sauté until golden brown.

Add ginger and garlic paste and stir before add all ground spices.

Place the lamb in the spice paste and stir well to coat the piece.

Remove from heat if necessary while you do this.

Stir the meat ensuring that the spices and lamb do not stick and burn.

When the mixture does begin to stick, add boiled water and leave to simmer for about 60 – 90 minutes or until the meat is tender – I simmer the lamb on a very low heat to make sure it’s meltingly tender!

Add the chopped tomato and simmer until they soften and form a thick sauce.

Adjust the seasoning and garnish with fresh coriander.


Better late than never….Recipes from Kasi Kitchen!

Yummy breyani tasting!

Yummy breyani tasting!

I was delighted to meet the Kasi Kitchen team at the Good Food and Wine show late last year.  Cinderella is a delight…easy to work with and blessed with a great sense of humour!  I just love her enthusiasm and see just loves her curries!  After tasting my best party trick, The Emergency Chicken Curry, she did not waste any time in setting up a shoot day to feature some of my recipes on her show.

After a rocky start to the day with the make up artist bailing on us at the last moment, we got going a little later than expected.  I have not seen the show yet but hoping that I did a good job with the hair and make-up.  I must confess that this was the first and a bit like being dumped in the deep end since I am a lip gloss and mascara only kind of person!

hmmmm...fingers crossed on the make up!

hmmmm…fingers crossed on the make up!

Before we get to the recipes, I must apologise for not posting this sooner!  Better late than never is what I always say….my facebook page lit up two days ago after the show was re-broadcasted with requests for recipes….without further delays…here are the star recipes from the show!

And here it is favourite favourite...Lamb Breyani!

And here it is ….my favourite favourite…Lamb Breyani!

Layered Lamb Breyani

Serves 4 – 6



1kg lamb knuckles

4 medium sized potatoes

2 onions, finely sliced

Spar sunflower oil, for frying

60ml sunflower oil

1 large cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

4 cardamom pods

5ml cumin seeds

1 large onion, finely chopped

7,5ml coarse salt

15ml crushed garlic

20ml crushed ginger

30ml red chilli powder

10ml ground coriander

10ml ground cumin

7,5ml garam masala

2,5ml turmeric

100ml fresh cream

2 x 400g Spar tinned lentils, drained

1250ml par cooked Spar basmati rice

60g Spar butter

15ml Curry Me Home Magic Masala

200ml boiling water

Few drops of egg yellow food colouring

Fresh coriander, to garnish

Here’s how:

Peel the potatoes and slice them into thick rounds.

Heat the sunflower oil in a pan and fry the potatoes until tender.

Remove from the oil and leave to drain.

Gently dab the excess oil with absorbent paper towel.

Fry the onion slices until light golden brown.

Remove the onion from the oil and leave in a colander to drain.

Spread the onion slices over absorbent paper towel.

Heat 60ml sunflower oil in a large thick bottomed pot.

Fry the cinnamon stick and bay leaves until fragrant.

Add the cardamom pods and cumin seeds.

When the cumin seeds start to sizzle, add the onion and salt.

Saute until the onion is light golden brown.

Add crushed garlic and ginger.

Stir for a few seconds and then add the red chilli powder.

Stir well and add the lamb knuckles.

Mix the knuckles in the chilli paste and continue stirring until the meat begins to stick.

Lower the hear and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

Add the ground coriander, cumin, garam masala and turmeric.

When the spices on the bottom of the pot start to brown, pour in boiling water to cover the knuckles.

Simmer the knuckles on a low heat, adding more water if necessary.

When the knuckles are tender and the sauce has reduced, layer the fried potatoes over the lamb.

Pour in the fresh cream over and then layer half the lentils over the potatoes.

Layer the cooked basmati rice over the lentils and scatter the remaining lentils on top.

Dot the rice with chopped pieces of butter and sprinkle the Magic Masala over.

Pour the boiling water into the pot and pour a few drops of egg yellow food colouring over the rice.

Sprinkle the fried onion slices over the rice and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid.

Simmer the breyani on the lowest heat setting until the rice has steamed through.

Gently toss the breyani and garnish with fresh coriander.

Yudhika’s tips:

Always use cold rice when making breyani as this prevents the rice from getting sticky.

The rice should be par boiled and seasoned in this recipe.

The potatoes can be par-cooked by boiling.

Chicken pieces can be used instead of lamb in this recipe.

I prefer using fresh cream but low fat yoghurt can be used instead.

Adjust the red chilli powder if you would like to make this dish milder or hotter.

Curry Me Home spices are available at select SuperSpars.

Chocolate Sponge cake

Chocolate Sponge cake

And for the Chocolate Ganache Cake….


4 eggs
185ml sugar
5ml vanilla essence
200ml cake flour sifted with 10ml baking powder

Pinch of salt

85ml cocoa powder
100ml boiling water
125ml sunflower oil

To serve:
30ml apricot jam
15ml water
200g milk chocolate, chopped
75ml fresh cream

Here’s how:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Grease and line a 25cm cake tin.
Dissolve cocoa in boiling water and leave aside to cool.
Sift the cake flour and baking powder.
Add the salt to the sifted dry ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a hand-held beater.
Gradually add the sugar while beating continuously.
Continue beating until the mixture is thick and pale in colour.
When the beaten egg mixture leaves a trail on the surface for three seconds, add the vanilla essence and sifted dry ingredients.
Fold the flour into the egg mixture.
Pour the cold cocoa mixture and sunflower oil into the mixing bowl.
Gently fold the ingredients together.
Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes.
Turn out the cake onto a wire rack.
Heat the apricot jam with water.
Glaze the cake with the hot jam.
Leave the cake to cool.
Boil the cream and then add the chopped chocolate.
Whisk the cream until the chocolate dissolves.
Continue whisking until the chocolate is thick and shiny.
Pour the chocolate over the cake and serve immediately.

Yudhika’s tips:
Make sure the mixing bowl is oil free before whisking the eggs.  Oil prevents the eggs from incorporating air.
Slice the cake before pouring the chocolate sauce over as this makes it easier to serve.
This cake can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days.
You can also serve this cake with whipped cream and fresh berries.