Winter’s table: making the most British seasonal ingredients in Indian dishes

By
Eve O'Sullivan
Added
19 November, 2015

We caught up with Cyrus Todiwala ahead of the Good Food Show Winter this weekend to talk about game, pickles, and why sprouts are the perfect ingredient for South Indian curries.



Indians have been eating game for thousands of years. Farming is, in relative terms, quite a new thing; all meat was wild. Traditionally, a family would catch a deer, for example, and only be able to eat the haunch, so any leftovers were turned into pickles, which could be stored and eaten over the following months. At my restaurant, we have venison pickle, turkey pickle, prawn pickle and mutton pickle; absolutely delicious.


Game loves spices; they really seem to draw the flavour out. Xacutti, a classic Goan curry, has three different types of coconut, and too many spices to name! It works beautifully with pheasant, partridge and venison. Goa is coastal, but there are lots of wild boar and deer, meaning that creamy, gently spiced.  


Rajasthan is abundant with wildlife, and for that reason, it’s the part of the country that eats the most game. It’s mountainous and inland, so dishes are more tomato-based and spicy than the lighter coconut dishes of the coast. The simple nature of some typical Rajasthani recipes (chilli, garlic, ginger) are down to how it was originally cooked - often in the jungle itself when the meat was at its freshest.


Of course, there are hundreds of varieties of root veg, and other winter staples such as Brussels sprouts, that work well with Indian spicing. My favourite dish using sprouts is thoran. It’s a dry, south Indian dish, where the veg is stir-fried with coconut, black onion seeds and other spices, and only takes a couple of minutes to cook. It’s great with shredded parsnips, too.


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Here's how our authors are cooking with game

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