For the Diwali pop-up menu at The Pinkney’s Arms on November 7th, I have chosen my menu from a combination of ideas; going back to my roots, takeaway night favourites at Priya’s Kitchen and observing the Gujarati dishes that are popular around the nation. Pub manager Ian Norman insisted on pani puri for starters; an iconic street food and a great way to start a meal with a burst of flavours and a hint of what’s to come. These were followed by vegetable samosa chaat, served with crispy noodles and a selection of sauces.
For mains, mutton curry has that Sunday night feel, comfort-food for the soul and dhansak, ranks as one of the nations favourite dish, combined with some elements of Persian flavour we created something quite unique. The day after Diwali, Indian New Year’s Day is celebrated and most Indian houses will cook pan fried Masala fish. Sides included chilli paneer in a tomato-based sauce rich with Indian and Chinese spices, tarka daal, chapattis and steamed rice.
Mango Shrikhand is one of my favourite Indian desserts which is made with hung Greek yoghurt, mango puree, pistachios, saffron and almond. I loved working in the professional kitchen at Pinkney’s Arms and I couldn’t have done it without my mate (and professional chef) James Smith. I enjoy plating the dishes up and greeting all my guests. There was such a great buzz and I love that everyone loved it so much. Local business networking guru Amanda Ayres said “truly stunning food. Authentic, fresh and utterly delicious. It was exciting to wait for each of the eight courses to see what was coming next! Priya is an incredible and talented Chef who clearly has a passion for authentic Gujarati food.”