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Recipe for family meals :

Crab Sticks with Sesame and Garlic

This recipe is published with the permission of Manju Malhi from her book 'Brit Spice'. Manju first made her mark on the BBC 2 'Food & Drink' show in 1999, beating hundreds of other competitors to secure a guest cookery slot. And she hasn't looked back. After the success of her 2001 TV series 'Simply Indian', she has now published her first book.

Manju's upbringing in the Indian community of Middlesex strongly influences her cooking style, yet she has given a modern twist to traditional methods to produce a 'Brit Indi' style of food. She has developed an unusual yet easy cuisine, simplifying complicated Indian dishes without the need for use of countless spices. Many of the recipes have their roots in recipes handed down from her mother.

Every dish in 'Brit Spice' is accessible, easy to follow and quick to make, using ingredients that are readily available nationwide. Her fresh approach makes Indian cookery a pleasure - not a daunting challenge - with consistently delicious results.

To visit Manju's Brit Spice web site <click here>

"I love eating seafood sticks on their own but this dish is irresistible. Although it's meant to serve four, I could easily wolf down the lot".


2 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed of finely chopped
250 g / 8 oz crab or seafood sticks
2 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
25 g / 1 oz fresh coriander leaves, washed and chopped

  • In a frying pan, a wok or a saucepan heat the oil, and fry the onion for a couple of minutes.
  • Then add the chillies and garlic, and continue to fry, stirring, for a minute.
  • Tip in the crabsticks and cook for a couple of minutes, until they have broken up, then fold in the soy sauce and sesame oil.
  • Garnish with the coriander leaves and serve in a pitta pocket, or as a starter with rocket leaves and watercress.

If you haven't got red chillies use 1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder.

Serves 2 - 4

Manju Malhi
Recipe from Brit Spice

©Manju Malhi 2002