SPICY STREET FOOD

A judge on new BBC se­ries, Best in Shop, Nisha Ka­tona owns a thriv­ing chain of In­dian street food restau­rants, Mowgli (mowglistreet­food.com).

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Tea-steeped chick­peas

Chole bha­ture is one of In­dia’s most com­mon street-food dishes. The tan­nins in the tea are cen­tral to giv­ing a sharp edge to this rich dish.

SERVES 4 PREP 15 mins COOK 30 mins EASY V

4 tbsp veg­etable oil

1½ tsp cumin seeds

2 bay leaves

2 small onions, finely chopped 5cm piece gin­ger, peeled and grated 3 gar­lic cloves, finely chopped

2 tsp each ground cumin, ground co­rian­der and ground cloves

1 tsp ground cin­na­mon

½ tsp chilli pow­der

¼ tsp ground turmeric

400g can toma­toes

2 x 400g cans chick­peas, drained and rinsed

4 tbsp strong break­fast tea

1 tsp salt

1 tsp caster or gran­u­lated sugar 200g spinach, washed and roughly chopped

1 small bunch of fresh co­rian­der, roughly chopped

1 Put the veg­etable oil in a large, heavy saucepan set over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the cumin seeds and fry un­til dark brown and fra­grant, then turn the heat down to medium and add the bay leaves, onion, gin­ger and gar­lic and fry for 8 mins un­til the onions are soft and dark brown. 2 Add the ground cumin, co­rian­der, cloves and cin­na­mon and cook for 2 mins, then add the chilli pow­der, turmeric, toma­toes, chick­peas, tea, salt and sugar. Sim­mer gen­tly for 20-25 mins un­til thick and tangy.

3 Fin­ish by stir­ring through the spinach and co­rian­der just be­fore serving.

GOOD TO KNOW vegan • fo­late • fi­bre • iron •

3 of 5-a-day • gluten free

PER SERVING 321 kcals • fat 16g • sat­u­rates 1g • carbs 26g • sug­ars 7g • fi­bre 10g • protein 13g • salt 1.3g Recipe adapted from Mowgli by Nisha Ka­tona, out 19 April (£25, Nour­ish Books). Nisha is one of the judges on Tom Kerridge’s new BBC Two se­ries Best in Shop, start­ing in April. Along with ar­ti­san food ex­pert Ali­son Swan Par­ente, Nisha will be giv­ing am­a­teur food-mak­ers the chance to show­case their prod­ucts to real cus­tomers in a hunt to find Britain’s best fledg­ling ar­ti­san food pro­duc­ers. Nisha will be on the panel of BBC Ra­dio

4’s The Kitchen Cabi­net on

21 April at 10.30am.

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