Like many British people I’m a huge fan of spiced food from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. I was very lucky that when I went to university that I shared student accommodation with two young women from Northern India. They were excellent cooks and teachers and I was able to pick up some basic techniques from them. Since then I’ve tackled dishes from Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club cookbook, which have been amazing, but require multiple stages and a lot of preparation. For occasions when I don’t have that sort of time, the Punjabi kit from Scotia is just perfect. Available in kits for chicken, lamb or vegetarian, each kit contains notes about the spices, nicely sealed packets of each spice you need, recipe cards and in the case of the chicken box that I tried, a packet of lentils to make the daal. I particularly liked the spice packets as I’ve found buying bigger ones means that they can lose their freshness between uses.
I tried making several dishes using the recipes and spices provided. The recipes were clearly written and easy to follow. I think that these would be perfect for anyone trying their hand at Punjabi food for the first time. The results are shown below, and were all delicious. I did add more water, chilli and garam masala to the daal, to our taste.
If you’d like to try one of the packs they are available from the Scotia Spice website
Disclaimer: I was offered a free Scotia Spice Kit for the purpose of writing this review. All comments are editorially given.