If you can't stand the heat: Skye Gyngell visits Sri Lanka to check out the locals’ fiery curries

In early February I was in Galle in Sri Lanka, invited over to cook dinners to accompany readings at the literary festival that is held there each year. I had been to the country before and loved it – it is still very unspoilt – and attending the literary festival is one of the most fascinating and fun things I have done.

Chicken and coconut curry pancakes

Serves 4

All steamed up: Mark Hix creates delicious Asian dumplings

Recently, I've taken to nipping down to the Taiwanese restaurant Leong's Legends in London's Chinatown. They do great dumplings and my favourite is their house special – dumplings filled with liquidy soup. Dumplings and dim sum snacks can be made quite easily at home with pre-made gyoza and wonton wrappers bought from Asian supermarkets. You can also make dumpling paste simply with flour and water and flavour it how you wish, as I've done below.

Potato and cauliflower curry

Serves 4-6

Cauliflower pakoras

Serves 4

Duck and ginger broth

Serves 4

Resolve to be good: Skye Gyngell's healthy recipes for a happy New Year

Now the New Year's excesses are done, it's time to think about eating more healthily – but that doesn't mean giving up on flavour, says Skye Gyngell

Spiced prawn soup

Serves 4-6

Lamb with prunes and Moroccan spices

Serves 6

Around the world in 80 dishes No. 35: Pumpkin and sweet potato soup

Ingredients to serve 8, or 10 as a starter

Moroccan lamb neck and date broth

Serves 4-6

Squash curry

Serves 4-6
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