Kashmir Restaurant

A Taste of Culinary Paradise at Kashmir Restaurant

I was lucky enough to be invited to have lunch at Kashmir restaurant in Putney as their guest recently. About a 5 minute walk away from Putney Rail station, Kashmir Restaurant is located on a side street just off the busy high street and really does feel like a peaceful oasis in London. It is the first restaurant in London dedicated to Kashimiri food and brings an authentic taste of this delicious cuisine that goes above and beyond the standard high street curry. Founded by husband and wife team Rohit and Shweta Razdan, both originally from Kashmir, one of the first things that struck me about the restaurant was Rohit’s warm welcome, followed by the beautiful interior. I don’t normally mention restaurant interiors but I have to make a point of mentioning how good the interior design of the space is and how it added it to the overall calm and peaceful nature of the restaurant.

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To start with I had a mango lassi to drink before ordering some starters with my sister. My sister ordered Kabargah which are lamb ribs boiled in milk with Kashmari spices and deep fried to perfection. They are supposed to be eaten dry with no sauce to ensure you get the full impact of flavour and they were definitely memorable. Moist and full of flavour, this unique starter is definitely worth trying. I ordered the beetroot and corn kebabs which are pan seared mashed corn and beetroot patties which come with a delicious mint sauce. The balance of beetroot and corn made them a moreish starter which were not too heavy before the main courses arrived.

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The main courses were an absolute the delight, our kind host, Rohit really took the time to explain each dish with so much passion and enthusiasm.

Kashmir Restaurant Main courses Bhuna Gosht

Lamb Roganjosh, Dal Bukhara, Murg Tikka Labbabdar

Lamb Roganjosh, Dal Bukhara, Murg Tikka Labbabdar

We ordered Murg Tikka Labbabdar, chicken tikka cooked with tomato, onion, cream & butter which was melt in the mouth delicious. If you like creamy chicken dishes then this is definitely for you. The Lamb Roganjosh is a lamb on the bone dish cooked with chilli powder and kashmiri spices which is warming and spicy, I really enjoyed the taste and texture of this dish. The Bhuna Gosht is perfect for curry lovers, it is slow cooked lamb cooked with tomatoes, onions and Indian spices. The portion is generous and the meat is definitely high quality, the slow cooked process makes it a pleasure to eat as the spices have really had the time to marinate into the meat. We tried the Dal Bukhara made from black lentils which are simmered overnight on a slow charcoal fire, The Kashmir restaurant is the only restaurant in London which serves this dish so you really are being invited on a travel taste sensation. The Dal Bukhara was definitely one of my favourite dishes on the menu, as it is cooked in cream and butter it is a rich dish which goes perfectly with the heavier meat dishes. My sister ordered the Baigan Ka Bhartha which is a smoked aubergine dish made with green peas and tomatoes, it was the perfect way to balance out our meat dishes and tasted wholesome, although I would have liked it to be a bit spicier. To accompany our meal we had Kashmiri pulao which is long grain basmati rice made with cashew nuts, almonds, saffron, cottage cheese, green peas and kewra water. This rice dish is packed with flavour so be ready to explore something new and unique beyond the usual plain rice. We also had some space for garlic naan and onion green chilli culcha (which my sister described as quite possibly the best thing she had ever tasted!).  Rohit convinced us to try some dessert so we went for the Phirni which is a traditional Kashmiri semolina dessert consisting of pistachio, almond and saffron, it was sweet and a pleasant treat but I was so full I couldn’t finish it!

Phirni Dessert

I have to commend Rohit and his team for this wonderful menu and such a great concept. Every dish we sampled took us to Kasmir and Northern India, even though I have never been, the authenticity of each dish was evident and like nothing I have tasted before. I urge to you take the time to visit Kashmir Resturant in Putney even if you don’t live in the area it is worth the trip. You will not be disappointed, we certainly were not!

To book a table visit: http://kashmirrestaurants.co.uk/

Around The World With Miss Munchin’s Cupcakes

Rebecca Jones is the Founder of Miss Munchin’s Cupcakes; a new baking start-up which aims to connect people to the world using cupcakes inspired by culture and travel. By baking with global ingredients, her cupcake flavours are created with love and filled with a deep passion for cultural exploration.

Rebecca Jones Miss Munchin's Cupcakes

Through her love of travel, Rebecca has developed an amazing range and a fantastic story. I was lucky enough to taste the Nigeria inspired Chin Chin cupcake made with milk sponge and a hint of nutmeg, topped with a sweet milk buttercream and crunchy chin chin on top! It is a unique and delightful cupcake which pays homage to one of Nigeria’s most popular sweet snacks, I really enjoyed it. The Ghana inspired Accra cupcake is made with banana cake with a hint of nutmeg, topped with a smooth peanut butter buttercream and chopped peanut pieces. The Accra cupcake really was delicious, particularly the peanut butter buttercream, just scrumptious. The cupcakes are moist and full of flavour without being too sweet, the quality of the ingredients is evident and the attention to details is extremely impressive.

Miss Munchin's Cupcakes

Chin Chin Cupcake

Accra Cupcake

Accra Cupcake

Visit: www.missmunchinscupcakes.com to order your own cupcakes and take your tastebuds on a tour around the world.

Bim's Kitchen Sauces

Hot And Spicy With Bim’s Kitchen Sauces

I had the pleasure of sampling Bim’s Kitchen Sauces a while back and was so impressed that I have been singing their praises ever since.

It was of course with excitement and joy that I was sent a hot and spicy gift pack from the lovely team at Bim’s Kitchen once again to taste and try.

Just received these delights from @bimskitchen can’t wait to sample them! #food #foodie #eat #cooking #africanfood

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The first treats that I couldn’t wait to try were the Biltong snacks which are a delicacy in the Southern parts of Africa. As soon as I posted a picture of the snacks on twitter followers from South Africa and Zimbabwe were salivating all over my tweets! I was sent the regular Baobab Biltong and the Hot Baobab Biltong and was taken on a taste sensation especially with the Hot Bilton. This dried beef meat snack is full of flavour, spicy with a touch of sweetness that comes through more with the regular biltong. I wish I had an ice cold beer to drink with these treats and I also wish the packets were even bigger, they are so moreish. If you love chilli as much as I do then the Hot Biltong is for you, it will blow you away but it’s only for the brave, if you don’t have a tolerance for heat then do not even try this! Absolutely delicious snack, better than a packet of crisps if I’m being totally honest!

Bim's Kitchen Biltong Bim's Kitchen Biltong

The main event came with the Sweet African Tigernut & Chilli Sauce which I used to make a prawn stir fry. Using the juice of tigernuts combined with chillies, tomatoes and spices, this sauce brought out the succulent flavour of my prawns without being overpowering. It definitely has a sweet flavour which although not too strong is evident so worked well with seafood. The beauty of Bim’s Kitchen sauces is that they actually taste homemade unlike some other high street supermarket sauces which often taste quite run-of-the-mill. There is an authenticity of flavour which is consistent with each product that gave me a “taste of Africa”, which in simple terms means rich, spicy and flavour-filled combinations of spices.

The African Chickpea & Moringa Curry Sauce was perfect with chicken and as you can see I simply allowed my drumsticks to marinate and soak up the sauce, I wanted more of a stew based dish and this worked so well. This is rich sauce which works well with chicken and I’m sure it will work well with red meat too as there is a depth of flavour which means it enhances the taste of anything it is cooked with. Made with creamy chickpeas, moringa leaf, coconut milk and tomatoes it can go with any meat or vegetables that you have available. It is not exceptionally hot in terms of chilli heat, although that being said my threshold for chillis is so high that it takes a lot to pack a punch these days.

African Chickpea & Moringa Curry Sauce African Chickpea & Moringa Curry Sauce

I really enjoyed this set of sauces from Bim’s Kitchen, which are gluten-free and I have every confidence that this brand will go the distance, not only as a food brand but as an ambassador for African Cuisine in The UK and around the world.