Speedy Crab Cakes

April 16, 2013

 
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Shubho Noboborsho to you all. As I was going about my business towards the end of the Bengali year, I got a cryptic email in my inbox. It was on behalf of none other than Patak’s, the British Indian curry sauce people.

Now Patak’s and I have a long history together. Mostly involving my early days in England at university, when I first discovered housework, illegal substances and the horror that I would have to feed myself. I slowly made my way from Taj Mahal takeaway to boil-in-the-bag rice and yep, Patak’s curry sauce jars for sustenance.

Somewhere since then, I stumbled upon Jamie Oliver and mother’s very own chicken curry recipe. The rest as they say is history. But while the curry sauce jars fell off my weekly shopping list, I still reached for Patak’s Mango Pickle and shook my head dutifully at their “when I was a little boy” adverts.

What exactly did they want? Request no 1:  Would I like to be one of the faces of a new campaign for their curry pastes? A loaded question. Here I am, preaching the joys of cooking Indian food from scratch, savouring the pleasure of adding each spice lovingly to sizzling oil and watching oil ooze through pores on fresh masalas. Yes I would. Everyone needs a bloody night off. I need several.

Request no 2: Would I mind sharing a platform with my friend and professional chef, the better looking and far more sensible Maunika? Would I ever? I’m just hoping some of her eventually rubs off on me. (NOT like that, behave)

Request no 3: Please could I bring some bright coloured clothes to the shoot. That basically killed my entire current wardrobe. And no, animal print did not qualify as a “vibrant pattern”.

So I settled on a denim shirt. Knocked back a glass of Lansons and went for it cooking three recipes, with two spoons of a jar of Patak’s masala paste. Or something. The resulting dishes were delicious: Crab Cakes, the perennial favourite Palak Paneer and Karwari Jhinga, a coconut prawn curry.

A jar of Patak’s masala paste will now join the lofty ranks of the Thai Green Curry Paste well by its use by date in my fridge. The video is here for your viewing pleasure. Poor mother has racked up 1,000 clicks on it alone. I’ll be standing against a fence waiting for the rotten tomatoes to land.

Do me a favour: try one of the jars to see what you make of it and tell me what you do on your night off. Will you?

Comments

13 Responses to “Curry with risotto”

  1. Christie@fig&cherry Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Well done Mallika! That could be a fab TV show… How to cook Indian food in Italy!

  2. Bharti Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    yah! You made it..good going! Desi khana in Tuscany…kya baat hai!

  3. dollybasu Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    inndia shinig in tuscany , ha ha ha

  4. notyet100 Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    nice menu,..i am sure mus hve tasted great,,:-)

  5. sra Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    What is the first dish, the white one?

  6. Ginger Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 2:39 am

    I sympathize! I had the same trouble when I went to Italy this summer too. Spices were the biggest problem. I’m really impressed :)

  7. mandira Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Indian food in tuscany… great job Mallika :)
    Mental note to myself… always carry masala!

  8. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Heck, I made curry pasta, so what’s wrong with curry risotto? Sounds perfect to me! Hope you are having a great time! Sounds glorious!

  9. Yash Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    the part ‘mentally reminding myself never to make fun of travelling aunties again’ made me smile.

    @sra the white dish is probably dahi-..uh something. I can’t figure out what those things topped with the dahi are.

  10. Mallika Says:

    September 17th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Sra – that’s the aubergine raita. It was the biggest hit of the evening!

  11. Pooh Says:

    September 18th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    You are such a trooper!And you’ve done fabulously given you were in unfamiliar settings.

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