Recipe of the month: Dabbawal

January 5, 2018

Dabbawal, an Indian street food kitchen based in Newcastle, recently won the ‘Best Casual Dining in the UK’ accolade at The British Curry Awards. Here, is one of its dishes, ginger chilli chicken with mango salsa, to try at home


(serves 2)

1 Chicken breast (cut into strips)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp roasted cumin seeds

Salt and black pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 lime (juiced)

Approx 20g of cornflour

Mango salsa

1 raw mango (diced)

1 shallot (finely chopped)

1 Thai chilli (finely chopped)

3 sprigs of mint (finely chopped)

25ml pineapple juice

½ a lime

A handful of parsley (finely chopped)


· In a large bowl, add the diced chicken breast followed by the olive oil, ground ginger, whole roasted cumin seeds and a pinch of salt, ground black pepper and smoked paprika, the juice of one whole lime and the cornflour. Gently massage the mix into the chicken, using the lime juice as a base.

· Deep fry the diced chicken strips on low heat at 160°c for five minutes, followed by three minutes on high heat at 180°c.

Mango salsa

· In a serving bowl, combine the diced mango, finely chopped shallot, Thai chilli, parsley, and mint. Add 25ml of fresh pineapple juice. Drizzle juice of ½ a lime and mix well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Serving suggestions

· Layer the plate with a base of mango salsa, followed by cooked chicken strips, and top off with another layer of mango salsa.

· Add some chilli sauce and a squeeze of lime juice and fresh ground pepper.

· Dig in and enjoy!

High Bridge, Newcastle and Brentwood Mews, Jesmond

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