This is a traditional recipe for a Garam Masala spice mix. It's used in many Indian dishes. You can make it in advance and store if for a few months in an air-tight container.
This Indian sweet and sour chutney is excellent served with any Indian dish or with simple rice and beans. Tamarind extract, which lends the sour flavour, can be bought at Asian shops and in some supermarkets.
Chunky peanut butter, garlic, fresh ginger and coriander blended into an exotic Asian-style dipping sauce or marinade. Great for satay. Use sweetened or unsweetened peanut butter, depending on your preference.
This recipe makes a huge batch - around 150 wontons. The great thing is you can freeze them. Wonton noodle soup is a traditional Cantonese meal served as a hearty breakfast or lunch. These wontons, made from seasoned pork and prawns, are the actual dumplings served with noodles and chicken stock. 'Dashi' - or fish flakes - is an optional ingredient, but adds wonderful flavour. The wrappers or skins are smaller than spring roll wrappers and can be bought fresh or frozen from Asian shops.
The Chinese-style dressing for this vibrant side salad, with zesty tones of ginger and coriander, complements the fresh flavours of sprouted beans and seeds, apple and vegetables. It's easy to sprout beans and seeds at home in jars – just soak overnight, then rinse daily until the sprouts appear.
Serve this cooling yoghurt relish with a spicy Indian meal.
A colourful, crunchy vegetable salad tossed in a tastebud-tingling, Oriental-style dressing, this dish gives a great vitamin boost. Soy sauce is high in salt, so no extra seasoning is needed for the dressing.
A fabulous main meal salad based on bulghur wheat, generously flavoured with fresh herbs. It is best prepared ahead to give time for all the wonderful flavours to mingle.
Couscous makes a brilliant base for a quick salad, as it only needs a brief soaking in hot stock (or water). Here it is combined with chickpeas, dates, oranges and pistachios for a Middle Eastern-style vegetarian dish.
Homemade hummus only takes a few moments to whizz together and makes a perfect light lunch, served simply with pitta. But for a balanced meal, turn it into this more substantial salad with the addition of crisp salad vegetables.