British-Indian food writer and TV chef Anjum Anand takes us on a spice trail throughout Australia in this brand new 12-part series.
By
9 Mar 2016 - 10:41 AM  UPDATED 6 Aug 2017 - 11:33 PM

Starts Wednesday November 23 4.30pm on Food Network, and then on SBS On Demand

 

Getting started

Anjum gives us a lesson in essential Indian spices, putting them to use in a ginger masala chai that she cooks over an open flame in the countryside. She also spices up some proper punjabi samosas, shows us the secrets to tandoori style chicken and infuses a simple yoghurt dessert with a delicate saffron fragrance.

Recipes

Proper Punjabi samosas

BBQ Tandoori-style chicken

Sweet saffron yoghurt

 

Street food

Anjum hits the bustling night markets of Melbourne to sample the delicious hawker-style food before returning to the kitchen to showcase her favourite Indian street foods.

 

Recipes

Griddled chopped chicken salad (Murgh chaat)

Creamy, crisp and crunchy pastry discs in yoghurt (Delhi papri chaat)

Easy masala dosa with coconut chutney

MEET THE STAR
When spice becomes your life
From shifting perceptions of Indian food to discovering Ayurveda, Food Network Australia’s newest star Anjum Anand chats about her culinary journey.

 

The picnic

In this episode Anjum decides to create some holiday memories for her family by putting an Indian spin on a classic picnic. Kicking off with a traditional homemade Indian cheese known as paneer, she also makes a delicious five-seeded potato salad and some spicy salmon parcels cooked outdoors.

 

Recipes

Homemade paneer

Tandoori grilled salmon parcels

5-seed potato salad

  

Comfort food

It's cold outside so Anjum shows us how to warm our souls with her take on Indian comfort food. From a rich lamb bhuna to a spicy baked spinach ricotta to her kids’ favourite, Indian-inspired jaffles... perfect for that winter night in front of the fire.

 

Recipes

Spinach and dill raita

Baked spinach ricotta

Indian jaffles, two ways

Rich lamb bhuna

 

Coastal cooking

Anjum conjures up flavours of the Indian coast with a coconut beef stir-fry, Malayali fish curry and spice-infused glazed pineapple.

 

Recipes

Stir-fried coconut beef with coconut rice

Malayali fish curry

Glazed pineapple with salted peanut and coconut ice-cream

 

Indian flavours

From garlic, red chilli and tomato chutney to proper date and tamarind chutney, in this episode Anjum shows us the secret to her favourite Indian chutneys and how they can add instant flavour to an Indian dish.

 

Recipes

Lamb kathi rolls with tangy herb chutney

5-minute chicken curry with tomato chutney

Spice-grilled pork with noodles, coconut broth with a proper date and tamarind chutney

 

Light and healthy

Determined to break the myth that Indian food is heavy and indulgent, Anjum sets out to show us the light and healthy side of Indian cuisine with a South-Indian haddock and corn chowder and a shikanji granita to wow the girls!

 

Recipes

South-Indian haddock and corn chowder

Nepalese chicken momos

Shikanji granita with lemon crème fraîche

Cannellini bean, ruby chard and quinoa pilaf

 

Indian tapas

There's not a curry in sight when Anjum serves up a selection of contemporary, bite-sized Indian snacks that both look and taste delicious. From Goan prawn and coconut cakes to salmon roe and avocado pani puri, this it the ultimate menu for entertaining guests.

 

Recipes

Goan prawn and coconut cakes

Salmon roe and avocado pani puri

Savoury yoghurt kebabs with basil chutney

 

A day in the life...

Anjum takes us through a day in her life – one meal at a time. She kick-starts the day with a masala omelette, followed by a barbecue in the Australian countryside where she grills a hearty vegetarian lunch of spice-roasted butternut squash. For dinner it's roast chicken, Indian-style, and for dessert a family favourite, semolina halva.

 

Recipes

Masala omelette

Spiced roast poussin with saffron, garlic and yoghurt

Comforting semolina halva

Spice-roasted butternut pumpkin

 

Traditional favourites

While Anjum loves to put a modern twist on Indian cuisine, she is also passionate about holding onto those traditional favourites. In this episode she shares her Mum's beloved punjabi chicken curry recipe and shows us how easy it is to whip up homemade paratha. Anjum even her kids get involved when it comes to rolling out the sweet Indian treat gulab jamun.

 

Recipes

Punjabi chicken curry

Fried spiced okra

Homemade paratha

Gulab jamun

 

Anjum's twist

Anjum puts an Indian twist on some much-loved English and Australian favourites with her inspired take on a meat pie and fish and chips.

 

Recipes

Goan pork pies (empadinhas)

Battered amritsari fish with smashed fried potatoes

Mini pistachio cakes with lemon cream and raspberry

 

The final banquet

Anjum finishes off her Australian holiday with a bang seeking out the perfect produce for the ultimate outdoor banquet for family and friends.

 

Recipes

Goan-style crunchy chorizo mussels

Spiced slow-roast lamb shoulder with edgy peas

Crisp eggplant with sweet-spiced yoghurt and pomegranate

Ginger chai tiramisu

 

For more Indian-inspired recipes, see our collection here.