This is a play on an Italian artichoke recipe that has been in my family for at least three generations.
Artichokes are quite difficult to come by in the UK so when I found some yesterday at a farmers market, I just had to buy them.
As I am trying to cook as much Indian food as possible these days, I started thumbing through my Indian cookbooks to see if I could find a good recipe but found nothing.
So I went for the spice cupboard and came up with this.
4 large globe artichokes – cut in half with outer leaves and hairy choke inside removed.
150ml olive oil
Juice of 3 lemons
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon flaky salt – I use Maldon
2 tabelspoons garlic puree
1 tablespoon red chilli flakes
Pre-heat the oven to 200c / 400f
Squeeze the lemon juice into a large baking dish.
Rub the artichoke in the lemon juice inside and out.
Place the artichokes in the dish flat side down and pour the olive oil and water over them.
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Coat the artichoke leaves with the garlic puree and sprinkle with the rest of the ingredients.
Cover with foil and place in the oven for about 45 minutes.
Check to ensure the artichokes are tender with a fork and serve.