"I grew up not appreciating how lucky I was that my mum cooked amazing food for us every day. There was always something different on the table, and it was always delicious. The aroma of fried spices when I came home from school or from playing in the street was…homely, comforting and generally great to come back to.
But, one thing I also remember from life at home was that mum was always in the kitchen. I'd wake up in the morning to the sound of her in the kitchen and the smell of onions frying. She seemed to be there for the rest of the day until the last of the washing up was finished in the evening. And when I started learning about our food, I realised that it was because there was always a lot of preparation with our food, whether that was grinding spices, frying onions or bringing all of the ingredients together.
So, what I want to do with Mazzeh Spice is to give you the simplest ways to create authentic, traditional Parsi food. These kits require the least possible effort to make beautiful spiced curries, meals, snacks and side dishes for your family and friends.
All of the spice packets are put together by hand in our family kitchen. I hope you enjoy them."
- Xerxes, Creator of Mazzeh Spice
Parsi Tomato Curry Spice Mix 60g
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: approx 25 minutes
A tomato based curry with delicate spices and a hint of cinnamon. Just add 300g chicken and two medium sized potatoes for a traditional curry that will serve four people. If you prefer a vegetarian option, you can experiment with your favourite vegetables, such as courgettes, broccoli, mushrooms, peas, sweetcorn, carrots...the list goes on!
Our Spiced Tomato Curry is quite a light curry, its consistency is close to gravy or soup, but its aromatic flavour will bring your meal to life! However, if you want to thicken it up you could mash the potato, or leave the lid off to let the water reduce.
When we were young this was often served as a starter with warm, fresh bread. These days, we have it at home on basmati rice with naan bread, sometimes with saag aloo, or a bit of mango chutney.
- Lightly fry the contents of the spice kit in one tablespoon of ghee (or oil) for two minutes.
- If using chicken, add 300g and brown with the spice.
- Stir in 400g of chopped tomatoes (blended if preferred).
- Add 300ml of boiling water and if desired, add a chopped, par-boiled large potato.
- Leave to simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Vegeterian option: Replace chicken with your choice of vegetables and add during step 4.
Onion, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger, chilli powder, salt, cardamom