This months review is a little different as we were not only eating the food but also cooking it, with the expert help of Lajina from Masala Magic.
Masala Magic was created two years ago by Lajina Leal who has a passion for good, healthy and tasty authentic home style Indian food, as eaten at home for many generations. Lajina said, “I was encouraged by my friends whilst out eating in an Indian restaurant to start my own business, they much preferred my style of home cooking than the dishes offered commercially.”
Lajina started making her own spice pots which she created with the same flavours that she has used to cook for her family and friends for many years.
The spices are lovingly prepared, roasted and ground before being carefully measured and packed into the pots to make perfectly spiced curries. The pots are a very low fat option compared to cooking using jars of curry paste or sauces, as the pots are low in fat, no salt or sugar and gluten free, which makes them a very healthy option. All the spices you need to create perfect curries in one pot and the exquisite spice blend is so versatile, by tweaking the flavours you can create, Jalfrezi, Kormas, Tikka Masala and Rogan Josh style dishes.
SInce creating the pots Lajina has gone on to offer lessons for every level of cook to learn the art of creating superb curries, using Curry Masala Magic Pots or all the herbs and spices from scratch, the choice is yours. With a Curry Masala Magic pot and the addition of a few extra ingredients, the Indian Restaurant and take-away experience, speedily comes alive at a fraction of the cost and calories. As well as curries you can also learn to cook your favourite sides such as bhajis, samosas, spicy rice, Bombay potatoes and chappatties.
Lessons can be booked at your home and also at work, Lajina has had many bookings for team building sessions which have been very successful and a great fun way to cook together.
We decided to book a family lesson at home as our children also love to cook. Lajina brought all the ingredients with her, we had chosen to make a chicken curry and to make a slightly more creamier option for my girls, Daisy and Poppy. We also decided to make onion bhajis, chappatties, spicy rice and lemon Bombay potatoes to go with our curry.
We all got involved with various bits of preparation and cooking throughout the evening. I prepared the onion bhajies which were then deep fried. Daisy and Poppy had fun making the chappatti mixture and rolling them out; watching them being cooked was interesting to see how they inflated over the heat. Poppy and I also prepared the finely chopped salad which had some unusual but tasty extras. Nik helped with the rice and potatoes. Poppy and Daisy helped with the curry and Poppy also enjoyed making the mint dip.
We were all starving by the time we finished cooking, although we had all been stealing the onion bhajis throughout the night as they had been cooked first and were delicious, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Daisy and Poppy’s curry had some coconut milk added to it so it wasn’t quite as hot as ours. The food was quickly devoured but as we had catered for six we did have some left over. We loved the taste and flavours of all the dishes and were very proud of our achievements from our first Indian cookery lesson – no more take-aways for us!
If you don’t fancy cooking yourself you can always order an Indian buffet which starts at just £99 for six people, there are various menus to choose from which you can view and order online at www.masalamagic.kitchen
Lajina made the cooking lesson really fun with her warm and bubbly personality and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Whether you are considering a lesson with the family at home or looking for something different for a corporate event, hen/stag night or any other social gathering, you will have a great time with Lajina.
Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel