Christmas 2015 Day Five Course Lunch

First course (Entire selection is served) Homous (V) (GF) (LF) Creamed chick peas, tahini, garlic, fresh lime juice, salt & extra virgin olive oil Mast-o-Bademjan (V) (GF) Roasted aubergines, garlic, cumin, aniseed, salt & cracked black pepper folded in yoghurt Mixed Marinated Olives (V) … Continue reading

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Lotus root Biryani style Pulao (V) (GF)

OK I bet you all have eaten and prepared lots of different types of biryani and pulao, but trust me, this one is unique and I don’t mean maybe! Biryani is an elaborate and festive rice dish, usually prepared on … Continue reading

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Let’s make Chicken Shashlik

Shashlik or Shashlyk (pronounced as it is written or sometimes even ‘shashleek’) is made in fair few countries including Iran, India, Turkey, Russia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Morocco and a lot more others! It is fairly easy to prepare and it tastes delectable!  Preparation will take … Continue reading

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Pakora – a delicious, quick and easy snack

Yes, quick and dead easy! So, that’s how I make them: Ingredients: Half a cupful of Gram flour One medium sized onion sliced One medium sized potato thinly sliced Teaspoonful of coriander seeds ½ teaspoonful of cumin seeds Pinch of … Continue reading

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My first Award winning dish – Shropshire Curry Chef of 2013 Competition

Now that I have calmed down a little, after winning the title, I have decided to publish the winning recipe of the main course; it has already done the trick for me, I think it’s your turn now! This will … Continue reading

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Winner Shropshire Curry Chef of 2013 party at the Old Hall

Finally, it is time to formally celebrate our becoming the Shropshire Curry Chef of 2013 win! We are organising a party on Wednesday 12 June, starting at 5 pm. Our three course Culinary Selection Tastes of the East will be … Continue reading

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Successful second Tasting Evening – 20 Feb 2013

Do you know what folk? I’m getting a buzz out of doing these evenings now! Following the immense success of the previous evening last month, I organised this one, albeit with some skepticism; it proved to be even better! Whereas we … Continue reading

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30 Jan 2013 – First Culinary Selection Tasting Evening:

My Shrewsbury Restaurant has been open for over three years, and it still took me all that time to organise and execute a tasting evening for the people who have not done so before! Having seen the response of our … Continue reading

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Kabab all sorts!

July 1999, almost the end of my three year basic surgical rotation at ‘North Staffs’, now known as University Hospital North Staffordshire; my friends, colleagues and I were very excited with all sorts of career plans in different fields of … Continue reading

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Ex-doctor seeks top chef title

Dr Lal Haider, the chef-patron of Old Hall Restaurant

A FORMER Shropshire surgeon who swopped his doctor’s coat for chef’s whites will travel to the UK’s curry capital on Monday in a bid to be crowned Britain’s best. Dr Lal Haider, the chef-patron of Old Hall Restaurant, a Persian eatery at Dorrington, near Shrewsbury, has been nominated for the … Continue reading

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