Jikoni: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from an Immigrant Kitchen by Ravinder Bhogal

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  • Indian-style khao suey

    • NikkiPixie on February 03, 2021

      Sublime, swoon-worthy, superb, and definitely slurpy!

  • Shalgam gosht

    • grindabod on November 29, 2021

      This was delicious. I really liked the idea of salting the turnips ahead of time and browning them before adding them to the stew. It seems like an extra step, but really it's not that much extra work (as your meat is cooking anyway) and it makes so much difference. With lamb shoulder curries and stews, I tend to leave them on for longer than an hour (more like two, even up to three) to get to a truly tender texture, but that may be due to differences in the meat itself (maybe the age of the animal?). I've noticed that usually, after about an hour, it almost feels like the meat has seized up and has a little bit of a drier mouthfeel, and an extra hour or so has that collagen break down further and the fibers relaxing a little bit more. So for these types of recipes, I always arrange for more time than is suggested (the recipes suggests about 1 hour and 15 minutes of cooking time for the meat). We really, really enjoyed this meal - it made for a wonderful autumny Indian-inspired feast.

  • Pan-fried scallops with avocado-yuzu puree and crispy 'seaweed'

    • mjes on August 30, 2021

      I loved this avocado-scallop combination.

  • Massaman pork and peanut curry with pineapple relish

    • MAF on March 22, 2021

      Made this for Sunday dinner; flavour is exquisite, not spicy, will definitely make again.

  • Paneer gnudi with saag and cavolo nero

    • Cvtbird on April 13, 2021

      A lot of different processes! Looks pretty and all works well but not sure if the end result was worth the effort. The cavolo nero is the best bit.

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  • Eat Your Books

    One of 2020's magical cookbooks! A must have.

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  • ISBN 10 1526601443
  • ISBN 13 9781526601445
  • Published Jul 09 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

Publishers Text

Jikoni means 'kitchen' in Kiswahili, a word that perfectly captures Ravinder Bhogal's approach to food.

Ravinder was born in Kenya to Indian parents; when she moved to London as a child, the cooking of her new home collided with a heritage that crossed continents. What materialised was a playful approach to the world's larder, and Ravinder's recipes do indeed have a rebellious soul. They are lawless concoctions that draw their influences from one tradition and then another - Cauliflower Popcorn with Black Vinegar Dipping Sauce; Spicy Aubergine Salad with Peanuts, Herbs and Jaggery Fox Nuts; Skate with Lime Pickle Brown Butter; Tempura Samphire and Nori; Lamb and Aubergine Fatteh; or utterly irresistible Banana Cake accompanied by Miso Butterscotch and Ovaltine Kulfi.

These proudly inauthentic recipes are what you might loosely call 'immigrant cuisine', with evocative stories from a past that illustrates the powerful relationship between food, people, place and identity. The tastes and smells of this brazen new world are sophisticated, welcoming, fresh, exciting and bold.

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