The BBC Good Food show was great for discovering new food companies from all over UK & Ireland.
One of the most exciting companies I discovered, Scotia Spice, however, was from just up the road in Balfron.
Yasmin McDonagh learned how to cook Punjabi food from her mum, aunties and gran, and learned how to blend spices and flavour food in an authentic Punjabi style. She grew up in a household that had “the fragrant curries, comforting dahls and freshly made raitas” in the family kitchen.
After starting a cookery school in her own kitchen, Yasmin launched Scotia Spices to teach the world how to replicate the recipes that she had grown up with. She has created a whole range of products with blended kits and easy-to-follow instructions for you to make amazing food in your own home.
I was won over by the Scotia Spice stand and couldn’t resist asking Yasmin if I could review an authentic Punjabi curry kit. Lucky for me, the answer was yes. It would have been pretty awkward otherwise.
Scotia Spice’s Punjabi Curry Kit comes in three flavours. The incredibly popular Chicken, Lamb and Vegetarian. As my wife doesn’t eat meat or poultry, I chose the veggie option.
The kit came with an impressive amount of ingredients. The spices were a mix of the familiar and the unknown. (I hadn’t heard of Ajwan Seeds before.) There was also chickpea flour for the Sweet Potato & Red Pepper pakora. All of the packets were resealable to keep them fresh if you’re not making everything at once.
The booklet that comes with the ingredients is possibly the best one I’ve ever received with a food kit.
You can tell that Yasmin is used to educating people who have zero cooking experience. The recipe steps are explained with such clarity. Even though this is such a versatile kit, a complete beginner should not feel in any way intimidated by the idea of picking one up and heading to the kitchen.
We invited family around for dinner, and decided to add the Masoor Dhal and Sweet Potato & Red Pepper pakora to the menu. The spices smelled amazing.
The lentils simmering in the Masoor Dhal spice mix filled the house with the most amazing aromas. I was quite happy stirring the mix taking the credit for all of Scotia Spice’s expertise and hard work! Emma made the pakora mix up and got her pakora frying skills on.
The results were incredibly tasty dishes which everybody loved. The Dhal was eaten so fast I didn’t get a photo of it! The food was bursting with flavour. You don’t get any ‘bland’ on the menu with Scotia Spices.
The best thing is, there are still other recipes and dishes in the pack to try out and plenty of ingredients left to do so.
The authentic Punjabi Curry Kits are available here at £24.95 which includes recipes and ingredients for six dishes. It comes in Chicken, Lamb and Vegetarian varieties. A brilliant Christmas present idea for aspiring cooks and fans of Punjabi spices!