The Baked dahi vada
Lentil Dumplings in yoghurt & tamarind
Underneath a beautiful blanket of yoghurt, chutney, coriander (cilantro) leaves and pomegranate seeds, lie little sponge dumplings made of two types of lentils, baked, then soaked in water and squeezed, making them moist and ready to absorb all that goodness from the pool of creamy yoghurt poured over them. Traditionally, these dumplings are fried, but Pratibha auntie, my sister’s mother-in-law, from whom I get a lot of my healthy Indian inspiration, taught me this seemingly simple (albeit with a few steps!) but a genius recipe. These will last for a few days, so make a large plate or two and leave in the fridge to snack on. Gloriously colourful for dinner parties!
If you can’t afford a break abroad this year, how about a staycation in London?
Here are my top hotspots in the capital that will bring the med to your doorstep.
For an authentic tapas experience in the heart of Tooting, The Little Taperia feels like you’ve just walked into a Spanish restaurant. The perfect upbeat vibe for cocktails and small Spanish plates. You can even get your Spanish evening delivered by The Little Taperia with Deliveroo.
Central London-based? The Port House, on The Strand takes a very close second to the Spanish tapas experience with the addition of very large and perfectly formed gin and tonics!
Parma Wrapped Salmon with Lemon & Dill Butter
(3 parcels are perfectly sufficient per person as a starter)
I’ve an absolute passion for anything wrapped in parma ham! These little delights are perfect for your summer BBQ or as an hors-d’oeuvre at a dinner party.
Chicken also works brilliantly as an alternative to the Salmon, you’ll just need to bake them for a few more minutes until cooked through.