Mowgli Street Food: Stories and Recipes from the Mowgli Street Food Restaurants by Nisha Katona

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  • Mowgli chip butty
    • Categories: Sandwiches & burgers; Main course; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: potatoes; turmeric; red onions; chat masala; ground coriander; black mustard seeds; green chillies; rock salt; lemons; mustard oil; cumin seeds; curry leaves; tomatoes; fresh ginger; garlic; chilli powder; wholemeal flour
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  • Masala omelette wrap
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Sandwiches & burgers; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cheddar cheese; ground coriander; ground cumin; coriander leaves; red onions; red chillies; eggs; chapatis; cumin seeds; black mustard seeds; curry leaves; tomatoes; fresh ginger; garlic; chili powder; turmeric; green chillies
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    • Categories: Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cumin seeds; cheddar cheese; ground coriander; ground cumin; red onions; green chillies; coriander leaves; white bread
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  • Treacle tamarind fries
    • Categories: Side dish; Snacks; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: potatoes; turmeric; chat masala; red onions; red chillies; whole plant coriander; black mustard seeds; date molasses; tamarind water; tomato ketchup; black treacle; fresh ginger; garam masala; ground cumin
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  • Fenugreek kissed fries
    • Categories: Snacks; Side dish; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: potatoes; turmeric; fenugreek seeds; red onions; red chillies; whole plant coriander; black mustard seeds; green chillies; rock salt; lemons; mustard oil
    • Accompaniments: Angry roast chicken
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    • Categories: Snacks; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: frozen broad beans; vegetable oil; ground cumin; paprika; amchoor
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  • Yogurt chat bombs
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Snacks; Cooking for 1 or 2; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tamarind water; fine semolina; plain flour; soda water; vegetable oil; red onions; canned chickpeas; pomegranate seeds; coriander leaves; black mustard seeds; green chillies; rock salt; lemons; turmeric; mustard oil; cumin seeds; yogurt; ground coriander; limes; sev noodles
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  • Tamarind water bombs
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Snacks; Cooking for 1 or 2; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: fine semolina; plain flour; soda water; vegetable oil; red onions; canned chickpeas; mint; tamarind water; pomegranate seeds; coriander leaves; sev noodles
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    • Categories: Main course; Nepali
    • Ingredients: plain flour; chicken stock; pork belly; garlic; coriander sprigs
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  • Courgette flower bhajis
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Appetizers / starters; Snacks; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: rice flour; gram flour; ground cumin; ajwain seeds; coriander leaves; garlic; turmeric; chilli powder; sunflower oil; courgette flowers
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  • Mowgli onion bhajis
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Snacks; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: gram flour; rice flour; ground coriander; ground cumin; turmeric; coriander leaves; garlic; green chillies; black peppercorns; ajwain seeds; white onions; vegetable oil
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  • Bhel puri
    • Categories: Snacks; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: puffed rice; red onions; sev noodles; potatoes; coriander leaves; chilli powder; ground cumin; chat masala; dry-roasted peanuts; mint; green chillies; fresh ginger; ground coriander; lemons; tamarind; caster sugar; black salt; black peppercorns; ground ginger; cumin seeds; black mustard seeds; curry leaves; tomatoes; garlic; turmeric
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  • Gunpowder chicken
    • Categories: Main course; Indian; Gluten-free
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; garlic; ground cumin; ground coriander; ground cinnamon; gram flour; red chillies; red onions; coriander leaves; tamarind; caster sugar; black salt; chilli powder; black peppercorns; ground ginger; black mustard seeds; green chillies; rock salt; lemons; turmeric; mustard oil
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    • Categories: Small plates - tapas, meze; Indian
    • Ingredients: date syrup; black treacle; garlic; fresh ginger; garam masala; ground cumin; black mustard seeds; dark rum; chicken wings
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  • Angry roast chicken
    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: whole chicken; roti bread; yogurt; turmeric; chilli powder; ground coriander; ground cumin; ground cinnamon; ground cloves; garlic; fresh ginger
    • Accompaniments: Fenugreek kissed fries
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  • Angry bird
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: chicken thighs; yogurt; turmeric; chilli powder; green chillies; ground cumin; ground coriander; ground cinnamon; paprika; ground cloves; fresh ginger; garlic
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  • Maa's lamb chops
    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: lamb chops; yogurt; ground cumin; paprika; ground cloves; green cardamom pods; ground fenugreek; turmeric; lemons; garlic; fresh ginger
    • Accompaniments: Rotis; Mowgli slaw; Carrot salad
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  • Tamarind treacle ribs
    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: pork spareribs; whole star anise; green cardamom pods; ground cumin; black treacle; garlic; fresh ginger; green chillies; soft brown sugar; tamarind concentrate
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    • Categories: Small plates - tapas, meze; Snacks; Appetizers / starters; Indian
    • Ingredients: whitebait; limes; turmeric; chilli powder; ground cumin; fresh ginger; garlic; gram flour; rice flour
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  • Fish pakoras
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Fried doughs; Appetizers / starters; Small plates - tapas, meze; Snacks; Indian
    • Ingredients: white fish fillets; vegetable oil; coriander sprigs; garlic; fresh ginger; turmeric; ground cumin; gram flour; chilli powder; garam masala
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  • Indian fish and chips
    • Categories: Main course; British; Indian
    • Ingredients: potatoes; turmeric; gram flour; chilli powder; white fish fillets; lemons
    • Accompaniments: Mowgli chutney
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    • Categories: Appetizers / starters; Indian
    • Ingredients: king prawns; breadcrumbs; lemons; garlic; green chillies; garam masala; black peppercorns; turmeric
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    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: whole mackerel; English mustard; long green chillies; whole plant coriander; limes; turmeric
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  • Aloo ghobi
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cumin seeds; green chillies; potatoes; cauliflower; turmeric; ground coriander; English mustard; chilli powder
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  • Tea-steeped chickpeas
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cumin seeds; bay leaves; white onions; fresh ginger; garlic; ground cumin; ground coriander; ground cloves; ground cinnamon; chilli powder; turmeric; canned chopped tomatoes; canned chickpeas; tea; caster sugar; spinach; whole plant coriander
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  • Mother butter chicken

    • FJT on July 24, 2022

      Lovely recipe! I had to substitute a few spices as I’m running my spice cupboard down before an international move, so I won’t rate this. I also cut back on the butter by about a third and my husband didn’t notice! Looking forward to being able to make it again with all the right spices.

    • joneshayley on February 22, 2022

      Really good, Sophie particularly loved this. I don’t know how authentic mine was to the recipe as the tandoori masala evaded me, so I subbed a home made version for the chicken marinade. Either way it’s a lovely mild but flavour filled dish.

    • etcjm on January 16, 2023

      As per the other notes, I didn't have the tandoori masala paste (completely missed it on recipe), so used curry powder instead. Didn't seem to affect the dish and I was rather surprised it turned out as well as it did. I have another go to recipe for this dish and it normally takes a lot longer! Very saucy, which the family liked. Pretty good for a quick dish and I would buy the paste to try it again.

  • Temple dahl

    • joneshayley on August 17, 2021

      As described this is pure and healthy, simple but deep flavours. We loved this as an accompaniment and will make it again.

  • Black dahl

    • joneshayley on February 22, 2022

      As good as the dishoom version, but different to. This has some spice and whilst as deep and flavourful as the other it’s not creamy or soothing, but zingy, deep and intriguing. I think I may prefer this one?

  • Fenugreek kissed fries

    • joneshayley on August 17, 2021

      Gorgeous “chips” lovely with toppings and alongside the angry chicken. A hint of exotic flavours but not at all overpowering.

  • Angry roast chicken

    • joneshayley on August 17, 2021

      Brilliant - juicy and completely imbued with flavour. So delicious and fragrant. One of my favourite roast chickens.

    • mjes on September 08, 2021

      I concur that this is a superb roast chicken - the yogurt keeps it very moist, the eight or so spices give it lots of flavor without overpowering the chicken.

    • Lundbeckorsmith on June 11, 2023

      Needs at least 4 hours marinading time. Had to adjust cooking times as was slightly bigger chicken and ended up being slightly overcooked. Really tasty as a roast, with juices tipped over, although juices were very salty (maybe slightly reduce the salt??). Had with roast carrots and broccoli, with flavourings. Leftovers were slightly disappointing in level of flavour

  • Carrot salad

    • joneshayley on August 17, 2021

      A refreshing and new way for a carrot side. Zingy and fresh, this brings out the best in the humble carrot and served alongside a spicy main is the perfect contrast.

  • House lamb curry

    • joneshayley on August 18, 2021

      Beautiful rich curry. Fragrantly spicy and sweet.

    • Cochise on December 13, 2021

      Gorgeous curry with a nice balance of spice, sweet and salt. Will definitely repeat.

    • kkmatti on January 16, 2024

      Lamb is very expensive where I live so I used beef. I didn't have any prunes, so I substituted dates. Despite all of these substitutions, this curry turned out delicious.

  • House chicken curry

    • montecristo99 on December 11, 2020

      Excellent. This was easy to prep, and the chicken came out wonderfully tender.

  • Gunpowder chicken

    • etcjm on March 26, 2023

      My daughter chose to cook this. We used fillet so made sure the pieces of chicken were slightly bigger and not cooked for as long. We didn't use the chutney, but the extras of coriander, chilli and onion work really well. This is different in that the spices are put directly on the chicken to marinade, then it's the chickpea flour coating - so you can really taste the spices. We served with extra crunchy onion bhajis and a few dips. Really very good and will be done again.

  • Fish pakoras

    • etcjm on January 16, 2023

      Decided on these because the batter is naturally gluten free. I used not the best quality fish (supermarket batch frozen) and I had to make sure it was defrosted drained and dried throughly. I didn't use the full amount of water in the batter and I used sparkling water. The result was very good. Make sure you cook longer as I think it would be easy to undercook as the gram batter looks done before it is. Chucked some onion rings in as well as there was batter left. Leave the marinade for at least an hour - it's worth it as the fish really does pick up the flavour.

  • Mowgli chip butty

    • MilduraSO on December 08, 2021

      This was really really delicious. I could only find a recipe for the chip butty online but not the two chutneys so I had to make do. I used a very spicy garlic chilli chutney instead of the mowgli chutney on the roti and as a dip on the plate. I skipped the green chilli chutney altogether. It didn’t taste like anything was missing.

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  • Eat Your Books

    Barrister turned restaurant chef, Nisha, delivers signature dishes from her Mowgli empire.

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  • ISBN 10 1848993269
  • ISBN 13 9781848993266
  • Published Apr 17 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 224
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Nourish

Publishers Text

This is real Indian food; the bright, fresh, light, herb- and spice-lifted food that Indians eat in their own homes. Extremely healthy, often vegan, and packed with fresh flavour, it's not your parents' Indian food.

In 2014, barrister Nisha Katona had a nagging obsession to build a restaurant serving the kind of food Indians eat at home and on the street. The first Mowgli restaurant opened in Liverpool in late 2014, blowing away the critics forming legions of fans.

The simple dishes of a Mowgli menu are a million miles away from the curry stereotype. These dishes convey the truth that real Indian food is extremely healthy, often vegan, and always packed with fresh flavour. She gave up her 20-year career as a full-time barrister to build Mowgli Liverpool and opened Manchester Mowgli less than a year later. Nisha, a dedicated curry evangelist, has fond hopes for Mowgli's growth and she still hand trains each new Mowgli chef.

From the Mowgli Chip Butty to the iconic Yoghurt Chat Bombs, Mother Butter Chicken to Calcutta Tangled Greens, this is the definitive collection of over 100 of Mowgli's signature street food dishes to recreate at home.


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