I won’t be sharing all of my recipes I do for my column and other work on here all of the time but I felt I had to with this one. It has proven to be very popular, more than I thought. I had one young lady ask me in my local supermarket about it so I felt I should share it on here also.
Before though I wasn’t sure wether people would like this? I know that sounds strange but just in the fact of it being quite a fusion style dish of Mexico meets India. However Im so pleased to say I have no worries of that now.
So, you may wonder why there are tortilla chips on this dish being an Indian inspired one but the main reason for it is to show how easy you can use up different types of flatbreads you may have that need using up, such as Chapatti’s from the night before or pitta breads. I know for sure whenever I open a pack of tortillas or make homemade chapatti’s, Ive always got some left, hence why I used the tortilla wraps in this one. The young lady that asked me about this recipe, loved this part of the recipe. You may recall I mentioned about doing this on Rupal Rajani’s show talking about Leftovers on BBC Radio Leicester last year.
This recipe is a lovely spiced mix and match dish, the idea is to get a bit of each and the flavours will burst in your mouth together. Serve this with your favourite chutneys and pickles. It is great for a Lunch, a picnic or even watching a film and if you have any left over you can use it again the day after in a wrap, with rice or as a cold salad.
Warm Indian spiced Cauliflower and chickpea salad with homemade Spicy Tortilla chips:
( Serves 2 people as a sharing dish)
- 1/2 small cauliflower ( slice down the florets ) plus use the green part too, adds great flavour
- 1/2 400g tin of chickpeas drained and rinsed
- small red onion sliced
- Handful of fresh spinach or frozen
- 1-2 tbsp of Rapeseed oil or any oil of your choice
- thumbnail size of grated fresh Ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 thin green indian chilli chopped finely
- 1 tsp cumin ( All ground spices from Spice Kitchen)
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
Cold mixed salad:
- Good handful of fresh Spinach leaves or any leaf of your choice
- Chopped fresh tomatoes
- Cucumber sliced
- Red onion sliced
- Carrot thinly sliced
- Radish sliced lengthways
- Fresh coriander
- Fresh mint
- Cracked Black pepper to season and a squeeze of lemon
- Tortilla wraps cut into triangles
- 3 tbsp of rapeseed oil
- 1 tsp Garam masala ( Spice Kitchen )
- 1 tsp Chilli powder ( Spice Kitchen )
- sprinkle of sea salt to season
- Blanch off your chickpeas and your cauliflower in slated boiling water for about 3-4 minutes.
- fry your red onion, garlic, ginger and spices for a couple of minutes on a medium heat.
- Drain your Cauliflower and chickpeas and add to the frying pan. Cook fro another 2 minutes, stirring so all is coated in the lovely spices
- Add your Spinach to the mix and cook for another minute or two.
- Place all triangles on a baking tray and drizzle with oil
- Pop in the oven for approximately 7 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown.
* Assemble all salad together, serve in separate bowls, add your chutneys and pickles and you’re done.
A Couple of weeks ago, Friday 13th of June to be precise, Ben Jackson at BBC Radio Leicester popped over to my house to do another Fab Food Friday recipe.
My Kitchen Garden was an array of fresh herbs and the start of seasonal vegetables, so what a lovely way to pop into the garden and see what we could salvage.
I decided to do a dish that Families or anyone could get involved in the making of these little beauties. I chose to do Chicken Goujons but made them more exciting with the use of all the herbs that went in there. One in particular that I feel makes this recipe stand out is the lemon verbena. If you like growing herbs, please go and get some now as its fab!
I find it really hard sometimes when I hear families say they don’t have time to make these because in the same time I made them, it would take longer to open a frozen packet job *cringes* and cook them in the oven. Children AND Adults will love making these.
This is a Great Dish for this time of year. Its Seasonal, Zingy, Vibrant and using up herbs and vegetables from the Garden.
Lots of Sport going on at the moment, So just the Goujons alone with that dressing and an Ice cold beer is great when having your mates round. This certainly has gone down a storm for my Friends and Family already.
Just click on this link to hear Ben and myself preparing, cooking and more importantly EATING this recipe…
Herby Chicken Goujons with Seasonal Salad and a Ranch Style dressing:
Here is a photo AFTER we dived in there!
– 1 x 460g pack of Skinless Chicken Thigh Fillets
(6 Thighs will make approximately 20 Goujons)
– 2 slices of stale bread (I used Sourdough)
– A Handful of a selection of fresh herbs;
– 1 1/2 spring onion (only green parts)
– Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper to season.
– 2-3 eggs whisked
– 3 Tbsp of Plain Flour
– Tbsp of Rapeseed oil or any oil of your choice
– Jersey Royal Potatoes or New if you can’t get
– Fresh fine British Asparagus (still in season now),Blanched and chopped into inch and a half pieces.
– A selection of Salad Leaves such (I used a “Living Salad”) Spinach, Watercress, curly etc would all work fine also.
– A Handful of Fresh Broad Beans
– A handful of fresh Radishes Sliced
– Fresh Peas podded, could always use Frozen if need be
– Edible flowers to decorate:
Ranch Style dressing:
– 2 Tbsp of Greek style Natural Yoghurt
– 2 Tbsp of Mayonnaise
– 1 Tbsp of cider Vinegar or White wine vinegar
– 2 Tbsp of Finely grated parmesan cheese
– Preheat your oven to 180-190c
– Cook your Jersey Royal potatoes for about 15 mins
– Whilst they are cooking away, pop your herbs, bread, Spring Onions and seasoning into a Hand Blender or Processor and Blitz
– Take 3 bowls, Place whisked eggs in 1, Flour in the other and your breadcrumb mixture in the 3rd.
– Slice your chicken thighs into 3-4 pieces per thigh (long strips)
– With one hand place the chicken into the flour, then egg, then Breadcrumbs. Repeat the process and put all onto a plate.
– Heat up a frying Pan with a drizzle of your oil. Fry off the Goujons for a minute or 2 until starting to colour, then turn over and repeat.
– Pop into the Oven on a baking tray for approximately 12 minutes
– Drain off your Potatoes and Blanch your asparagus in boiling hot water for no more than 1 minute.
– Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process
– Make up your dressing by mixing all ingredients together
– Arrange your salad “rustically” with the added Peas, Broad beans and Radishes. Place the Goujons on top, drizzle with the dressing and decorate with the edible flowers! Done!