I learned how to cook after I finished my O’levels. That summer all my friends had been given permission to go on holiday to Greece – on their own! I, on the other hand, had to stay home and learn how to cook! Each day my mother taught me different recipes and berated me for getting things wrong because we didn’t have endless pots of money to spend on more ingredients. She was adamant I had a good repertoire so I could show any future Indian mother in law that I not only had a great career but was a good housewife too! I hated the whole process and sulked often. Now of course I am grateful to have these basic skills and recipes and cook them every week with my own daughters.
The method I was taught for the Cauliflower Curry is a great example of the Gujerati style curries of my heritage. I have since learned lots of different styles from other Indian friends or from my travels – my favourite being Keralan because of my love of coconut. So I’d like to share my youngest daughter’s favourite Potato and Prawn Curry with you too. It has slightly more spices but the method is just as simple.