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Recipes you’ll love from Nadiya’s Simple Spices

by Rachel Deeley

published on 13 September 2023

Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya Hussain has taught us inventive new dishes, easy family-friendly midweek meals, and – of course – great baking recipes with her bestselling cookbooks and TV shows. Now, with her eighth and latest cookbook, she’s demystifying the art of cooking with spices.

Nadiya’s Simple Spices is full of flavour-packed recipes that incorporate eight staple spices: cardamom, fennel, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, chilli, bay leaves and curry powder – plus art masala, a mouth-watering blend of all eight spices that makes a robust flavour base for curries and other hearty savoury dishes.

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Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of recipes from Nadiya’s Simple Spices, to give you a taste of what to expect from this varied and versatile cookbook.

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Nadiya Hussain’s Saag Aloo Chicken Jalfrezi

With its simple ingredients and minimal prep time, this fuss-free recipe is an easy addition to your weeknight dinner rotation – and a great way to use up leftover chicken and veg.

Nadiya Simple Spices Crispy Leek Biryani

Nadiya Hussain’s Crispy Leek Biryani

This inventive take on a classic rice dish uses art masala (a delicious blend of all eight spices) and crispy leeks fried in ghee, topped with a fried egg with a perfectly runny yolk.

Nadiya Simple Spices Milk Fudge Flapjacks

Nadiya Hussain’s Milk Fudge Flapjack

Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, this oaty treat topped with Indian milk fudge uses crushed cardamom pods for a subtle depth of flavour.

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