Spice up your life: Three recipes from Nadiya Hussain’s new book that bring the heat

I wasn’t raised eating crab; however, I do enjoy the sweet taste, which isn’t available from alternative fish,” says former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.

“This natural sweetness is quite a wonder and it really does work well cooked with the slight crunch of the green beans and the simple spicing, making it a bhuna I cook time and time again.”

Crab bhuna

This easy curry recipe makes use of containers of shredded crab along with a variety of delicious spices

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Serves: 4


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Oil, used for cooking

four cloves of crushed garlic

Two onions cut finely

Two red peppers cut finely

Three mild chillies Finely chopped

1 1/2 1 tsp salt

1/2 1 tsp ground turmeric

3 tsp curry powder

180g green beans, finely sliced

3 x 3 x 145g tins of crab meat in brine and then drained.

A large handful of fresh coriander chopped


1. Start by using a large non-stick skillet or wok, place it on the hob, and cook at a high temperature. Pour in the oil. As soon as it gets hot, then add the garlic. Cook until it is golden.


2. Then add to the dish the red onions and red chili. Add the salt as well as curry powder, turmeric, and salt. Add some water as well as the green beans, and cook until there isn’t any liquid remaining.

3. Add the chopped crab meat. When you are adding your crab, ensure that you get rid of any moisture that is not needed. A bhuna should be dry, and we need to keep any liquid out. Cook without a lid at a high temperature for about 10 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat. Add the chopped coriander and mix well to serve.

Saag aloo Chicken Jalfrezi

This delicious curry is spiced with the TV cook’s distinctive spice mix

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“This is the kind of dish that you often see being served up at an Indian restaurant and while it may look complicated, it doesn’t have to be at all,” says Hussain.

“This is”the Bengali stir fry that you didn’t realize you required. It’s spicy, quick, and an eye-pleasing feast for your eyes.”

Serves: 4


Oil, used for cooking

Three red chilies that have been dried

Four cloves of garlic finely cut into slices

400g cream tin made from soup with tomatoes

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

4 Tbsps brown sauce

4 tbsp art masala mix

Two red onions cut in quarters

Two red peppers, cut into large chunks

560g potato tin and halved

200g of cooked chicken

Fresh baby spinach 80g

Fresh coriander in a handful

Two spring onions thinly cut

For the most exquisite masala mixture:

28g cardamom pods

3g Bay leaves

34g fennel seeds

Cumin seed 100g, or ground cumin

Ground cinnamon 38g

Ground turmeric 100g

The powder of chilli is 44g.

200g curry powder


1. To create the perfect masala mix, you need the spice grinder. Many smoothie makers have milling blades that can be used to grind these whole spices.

Place the cardamom pods into the grinder with the husks and the rest. Inject them and blend until they are a fine powder. Then, pour it out into the bowl of a large size.

Then, put the bay leaves, cumin, and fennel seeds into the same machine and then blitz until you have a powder. If your device isn’t big enough, it is possible to grind each spice on its own; however, remember that when you rub your bay leaves, you must mix them in with the seeds of fennel. They require the sources to be moving in order to make a powder. Add the mixture to the bowl. Mix thoroughly, making certain to mix every time you add something since it is crucial to ensure that the mixture is thoroughly blended.

The cinnamon. I prefer using ground cinnamon since it’s easily accessible and can save you from crushing something quite difficult – why do we have to? Add it to the bowl and mix.

Chuck into some ground turmeric and mix it in. Mix in the chili powder, and mix. Then, you can mix in the curry powder and give it an even stir. Transfer the mixture into a jar or jars, and you’re all set to go!

2. Place a large non-stick frying pan or wok on a high flame and drizzle plenty of olive oil over the bottom. Add the dried red chilies and toast them in the oils until they start to grow. Reduce the temperature, then add the garlic, and toast until it becomes dark golden brown.

3. Pour the soup into the tin tomato soup’s cream, and add brown sauce, salt, and art masala. Cook until the soup gets thicker and reduced to half.

4. Include the red onion, red pepper, canned potatoes, and cooked chicken. Stir in the sauce over a very high temperature until everything is covered in the sauce and it falls into the bottom of the saucepan. Then, take the pan off the stove and add the spinach until it’s just softened.

5. Serve immediately, along with the coriander and spring onions sprinkled over.

Flapjacks made of milk fudge

The TV chef offers the oaty staple a cardamom twist

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“This includes two of my favourite things and I have made their worlds collide,” says Hussain.

“Flapjack Sweet, sticky and oaty, topped by a spiced Indian milk Fudge. Why settle for one when you can make an inter-dimensional bridge?”

Makes: 12


For flapjacks:

250g of unsalted butter and an additional portion for greasing the Tin

180g golden syrup

180g of caster sugar

500g porridge oats

2 TSP almond extract

To make the milk Fudge:

60g of unsalted butter

200ml double cream

60g of caster sugar

Six cardamom pods

100ml of condensed milk

250g semi-skimmed, skimmed milk powder, which has been blitzed into the processor to eliminate any lumps

100g almond flakes of toasted almonds


1. The flapjack recipe starts by placing the golden syrup, butter, and caster sugar in the pan and heating the mixture until the butter melts and the sugar has dissolved. Switch off the stove.

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2. Preheat the oven to 160C and fan. Line and grease the sides and base of the 20cm square cake tin.

3. In the bowl, add the sugar mix and butter mixture, then mix in the almond extract. Stir until the mixture is well mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and press down the mixture, making sure you pat down to ensure that everything is packed.

4. Put it in the oven to bake for about 30 minutes. Once the flapjack is done, it’ll be golden on the edges and lighter in the middle. Remove it, let it cool completely, and then chill in the fridge to ensure that we have a sturdy foundation for our fudge to be able to rest on.

5. For the milk fudge recipe, mix the butter without salt, double cream, double cream, and caster sugar in the pan. Mix until the sugar is dissolved.

6. crush the cardamom pods. Take out the husks and grind the seeds. Add them to the sugar mix. Mix in, and then add semi-skimmed milk powder. Bring the mixture to a simmer at moderate heat, then continue to stir until the mixture becomes thick and falls away from the sides of the pot.

7. Pour the mix onto the flapjack, pressing into a uniform layer. Sprinkle the almond flakes and push them into.


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