Temptations is a new recipe book from Prim Reddy and Niranj Pather. You may recognise Prim Reddy from her career in TV and radio. She went on to open The Indian Chapter Restaurant in Cape Town. For this cookbook she joined forces with Niranj Pather, a cook, baker and entrepreneur. The inspiration behind Temptations was to create quick and easy meals that will make anyone feel like a 5-star chef. It’s not just about the sustenance, It’s about the experience.
The recipes in Temptations span across cultures as well as include recipes that remind them of home. You’ll find South African, Indian, Greek, Mediterranean, Italian, North African and Portuguese flavours within its colorful pages. The recipes are divided into meal categories like breakfast, starters, soups and salads, mains, cakes, bakes and cocktails. It’s best suited for someone who doesn’t have too many dietary restrictions – there’s lots of meat-based recipes, fish and shellfish as well as dairy. However, you’ll also find some plant-based dishes.
In keeping with their theme of simplicity, the ingredients are mostly accessible and familiar aside for a few (like tamarind) which may be harder to find. It’s the cookbook for those who are busy or don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen and want easy, quick recipes full of flavour.
I have chosen to share their recipes for Fish Curry with Sangati. It is an old Reddy family recipe that comes out of their South Indian heritage. It combines hot and sour and pap or sangati as Reddy calls it. Forget the cutlery, it’s best eaten with your hands.
As always I come bringing my changes. I halved the amount of oil. I could not find tamarind paste so instead used tomato paste to give the gravy a darker colour and richer flavour. If you can get Tamarind paste, use that instead of tomato paste. I also cut down on the chilli powder, the recipe called for 40 grams which is about 4 tablespoons! I like my spice, but do not have that level of chili tolerance – feel free to go with their amount or adjust it to your taste. I also opted to use polenta, not maize meal. They’re similar but I prefer polenta. If you love your pap, use that instead.
Lastly, I have included spices in cup measurements not weight, as I know a lot of you may not have a kitchen scale.
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Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.