Here are Chef Jainal’s top 7 tips:
1.Spices – Start simple
Chef Jainal said: “Spices are beautiful. Their aroma will give you an unexplainable pleasure. Indian dishes are all about having the correct proportion of spices to make the dish extremely aromatic and delicious at the same time.
“It’s always better to start with simple indian dishes that have a combination of just two or three spices in them.
2.Chapattis – how to make it right?
For Chef Jainal learning to make a chapatti (or roti as it’s also called) is an essential part of many Indian dishes.
He said: “Indians usually use chapatti to soak into their curry or even scoop it up before eating it. Since the chapatti is the base which acts as a sponge to soak up the wonderful sauces, it has to be soft and fluffy.
“To ensure the chapatti is soft, use hot water rather than cold to mix the dough. As well as water, you can also add milk or even a banana (optional) to make it even softer. Be careful if using mashed banana as they can make the dough too sweet.”
3.Think about what goes in the fridge
Often, out of fear, people store all fresh food in the fridge, however, there are items that would be better not stored in the fridge unless absolutely necessary.
“In some cases the natural flavour of vegetables and fruits might get destroyed”.
Some items which should not be kept in the fridge are:
4.Top tips when making a curry
Chef Jainal said:
5.Follow the instructions exactly
Chef Jainal said: “Indian cuisine might be one of the only ones where the people who cook it have to strictly follow each recipe. Changes in the proportion may affect the taste of the dish drastically. So keep your measuring tools nearby when cooking and don’t estimate anything.”
6.Marinate the meat an hour before cooking
There is a widespread misconception that meat is not an integral part of Indian dishes. But that’s not true.
Chef Jainal explained: “In Southern and north western part of India, there is a widespread usage of meat.
“No matter what kind of meat you are using make sure that it has been marinated with spices an hour before cooking and always remember to cook the meat slowly on a low flame so that it brings out the flavour.”
7.Cooking hacks, know them
Here are Chef Jainal’s top cooking hacks: