Karmasutra Starter Spice Crumble Carpaccio

This recipe by

Urban Rajah


This fingers only aphrodisiac loaded carpaccio is a lovers delight, rare beef fillet or ostrich fillet gently seared, juicy tender and caressed by ginger, lime and coriander.


Makes 2 generous portions

  • 200g beef fillet
  • 50g plain popcorn
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 150g dry white bread
  • 8 radishes, finely sliced
  • 1cm, peeled fresh ginger and sliced julienne
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 2 tbs coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 finger green chilli, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime, and 1 tsp of lime zest.
  • 1 tbs pomegranate seeds
  • Generous glug of extra virgin olive oil
  • Dash of salt


  1. For the spice crumble, pop the popcorn, coriander/cumin seeds and garam masala and bread seasoning in a blender. Pulse until everything is crumbly.
  2. Slide the contents into a plastic food bag and throw in the fillet. Jiggle everything about until the meat is thoroughly coated.
  3. Now heat a griddle pan or skillet over a high heat until it starts to smoke and brown the fillet on all sides until you see a crust forming, this will take around 5-8 minutes, try not to agitate it too much, just gently turn it. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Next, slice up the radish, red onion, julienne (slice into matchsticks) the ginger and finely chop the coriander and chillies, slide everything into a large bowl along with the lime zest.
  5. Pay the fillet a visit and using a very sharp knife, cut slices 2-3mm thick until there’s nothing left and use the back edge of the knife across each slice stretching each piece a little.
  6. Pop the fillet into the bowl with the fresh ingredients and squish lime juice, scatter the pomegranate seeds in and a glug of olive oil over the top, pitch in a dash of salt and mix well.
  7. Serve on a platter and layer the ingredients ready to eat with your fingers.

Urban Rajah

The Urban Rajah (aka Ivor Peters) is a TV chef, food writer, consultant and pop up restaurateur. He feeds over 30,000 people a month. With roots in the Indian subcontinent he’s on a mission to spice up the nation through accessible recipes and menus.

Urban Rajah has engaged audiences with his combination of cooking and story-telling across the UK, UAE, India, South Africa and USA. His signature-waxed moustache ensures he’s never forgotten and his recipes and stories guarantee he’s always remembered. For him, food is a consumable form of art which has the power to excite, inspire, educate, inform, seduce and satisfy human longing. His media credits include appearances on C4, BBC1, BBC London plus a slew of contributions across UKTV, The Guardian, The Independent, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, National Geographic and Delicious Magazine amongst others.

Urban Rajah believes that food tastes better when they’re accompanied with stories and the stories help foster a better understanding of people’s heritage, communities, struggles, achievements, aspirations and inspirations. In short, food is a cultural art form, it’s the glue which, connects us to each other helping us gain unique human insights.

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