Jasmine’s Dream Birthday Meal
It’s my birthday!!! I’m in India this year, so I’ll be enjoying some delicious local cooking, but I’ve been thinking: if I were back home, what would have been my dream birthday meal? Well a birthday is a celebration, and a celebration means a feast in my books, so I’ve gone for a 3-course lunch which would be much easier to digest in the middle of the day when Agni is at its strongest than it would be late at night! Check out my dreamt up birthday menu below for February 2019 from my book East by West — best friends, mum, sister or other half Nick, please take note: you can spoil me with a belated birthday dinner when I’m back!
STARTER: DHOKLA WITH GREEN CHUTNEY
A traditional Indian dish, dhokla makes a lovely starter. These are fluffy sweet-and-sour cubes made from gram flour, steamed and flavoured with a green chutney.
MAIN: TIKKA FISH AND PAK CHOI WITH CARROT, FENNEL AND MUSTARD STIR FRY
I’ve had such great feedback on this recipe since the book came out. Nothing could make me happier, because it’s one of my absolute faves too! It looks impressive but is actually so easy to put together, and beautifully flavourful.
DESSERT: CARDAMOM MILLIONAIRES WITH GRAM SHORTBREAD
Millionaires are reminiscent of my childhood, but I’m not so on board with all the refined flour and sugar that goes into them. That’s why I created this Ayurvedic variation — and with their subtle, nutty flavours and harmony of textures, they’re even better than the original!
And while I’m at it… here’s what’s for supper! While I’ve been away in India eating the most delicious of meals, I have to say I’ve been missing my rosemary mung bean bread. I’d enjoy it dunked into delicious extra virgin olive oil with a splash of authentic balsamic vinegar and a dash of sea salt. I’d serve it with a glass of crisp white wine and slivers of delicious comté cheese or a dollop of fresh ricotta and plenty of black pepper… yes I’m being very specific — the Indian sunshine has had me dreaming of a European summer!