Recipe ideas for first-class barbecue accompaniments

Even the most orderly of hosts can fray under the demands of preparing a successful barbecue. To prevent this, below we provide some crowd pleasing side dish ideas that will both pair optimally with our Barbecue Box and provide popularity with friends and family. 

If you act with promptitude (preparing the Mint-coriander Chutney in advance and boiling the potatoes before your guests arrive), all dishes can be ready in 30 minutes or less. leaving you time to do something rather spontaneous and cooling with your long summer days – whatsoever that may be.

GUNPOWDER POTATOES

A feisty dish of new potatoes grilled, broken apart then tossed with toasted spices, fresh green chillies, spring onions and coriander.

Serves 4 as a side

Ingredients

500g baby new potatoes

½ tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp coriander seeds

½ tsp fennel seeds

1 tbsp vegetable oil, for basting

25g butter, melted

6 spring onions, finely chopped

5g coriander leaves, finely chopped

3 green chillies, very finely chopped

½ tsp flaky sea salt

30ml lime juice

1–2 tsp kabab masala 

Method

  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender, 12–15 minutes, depending on size.
  2. Meanwhile, add the cumin, coriander and fennel seeds to a hot dry frying pan and toast for 2 minutes until fragrant. Crush the toasted seeds, using a pestle and mortar; set aside.
  3. Heat the grill to high.
  4. Drain the potatoes and allow them to steam-dry in the colander for a minute.
  5. Place the potatoes on a sturdy baking tray. Brush or sprinkle them with some oil and grill until the upper side is crispy and evenly browned, about 5–7 minutes. Turn the potatoes over and repeat to crisp and colour the other side.
  6. Meanwhile, put the crushed toasted spices into a large bowl and add the melted butter, spring onions, coriander and chillies.
  7. When the potatoes are thoroughly browned and crisped, remove them from the grill and divide each one in half, using a metal spoon so that you create nice rough edges. Put them straight into the bowl containing the other ingredients and toss until everything is well combined.
  8. Add the sea salt, lime juice and at least 1 tsp kabab masala and mix again. Taste for seasoning and add more kabab masala and/or salt if required, then serve.
CHILLI BROCCOLI SALAD

This salad has plenty of bite thanks to vibrant broccoli and red chilli, while plump Medjool dates add a delectable sweetness. Mint for freshness, the crunch of pumpkin seeds and toasted pistachios, dressed up in a zesty lime and honey dressing to finish.

Serves 2 as a side

Ingredients

1 small broccoli head

75g roasted pistachio nuts

¾ fresh red chilli

25 coriander leaves

4–5 mint leaves

25g roasted pumpkin seeds

25g Medjool dates

Salt, to taste

45g lime & chilli dressing

1 lime wedge

For the lime & chilli dressing

25ml lime juice

4​​–5 thin slices of ginger

1¼ small green chilli

½ tsp fine sea salt

19g granulated sugar

12ml rice vinegar

75ml mild olive oil or vegetable oil

A few mint leaves

Method

  1. Wash the broccoli, dry and chop into small morsels. Crush the pistachios very lightly, using a pestle and mortar. Finely chop the red chilli and tear the coriander and mint leaves. Place everything in a large bowl.
  2. Pull the dates in half with your fingers, discard the stone, then slice each half into quarters and add to the bowl. (If your dates are very sticky, handle them with slightly wet fingers; the water will encourage the fruit not to stick to itself.)
  3. Pour over the lime and chilli dressing (please kindly see below for the particulars on how to prepare this). Toss everything together and scatter over the roasted pumpkin seeds. Squeeze lime over the salad and use a wedge to garnish.

To make the lime & chilli dressing

  1. Blitz the ingredients together, using a mini food processor or stick blender, until completely homogenised.
  2. The leftover dressing will keep in the fridge for 3–4 days. It will work brilliantly on any salad or green vegetables, and is also delicious drizzled over ripe avocado or served with grilled fish.
KACHUMBER

A messy to-do of cucumber, onion and tomato. A little lime lifts the whole affair.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 small red onion

½ cucumber

1 tomato

20 coriander leaves

Juice of ½ lime

A generous pinch of fine sea salt or ½ tsp kabab masala

Method

  1. Peel and finely slice the onion. Place into a bowl, cover with cold water and let it sit while you prepare the rest of the Kachumber.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways. Slice across the diagonal into elegant half moons. Dice the tomato, removing the seeds first if you wish.
  3. Drain the onions and blot with kitchen paper to remove excess water. Place the tomato, cucumber and onions in a serving bowl. 
  4. Pick half of the coriander leaves, chop and add to the bowl. Sprinkle it with sea salt or kabab masala and mix together. 
  5. Dress the salad with the lime juice, mix well and serve.
CORIANDER-MINT CHUTNEY

In Bombay, vibrantly fresh green chutney is very often served with hot grills, for dipping and daubing as you see fit. This fresh yet slightly spicy one is most fine and moreish.

Makes 70g

Ingredients

½ tsp cumin seeds

20g coriander leaves and stems

20g mint leaves

1 tsp granulated sugar

5g green chilli (1–2), roughly chopped

25ml lime juice

Method

  1. Warm a dry frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds, toast for 2–3 minutes then tip onto a plate and leave to cool.
  2. Using a mini food processor or stick blender, blitz all the ingredients together with 25ml water until smooth. Transfer to a jar, unless serving straight away.
  3. The chutney will keep for 1–2 days in the fridge, though it will lose colour as it oxidises – press cling film onto the surface, before putting the lid on, to deter oxidation.

Order your Barbecue Box here, or for other Dishoom recipes, please see Dishoom: from Bombay with love, our cookery book and highly subjective guide to Bombay.

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