My indispensable Garam Masala spice blend

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Nothing better on a grizzly, cold and wet Sunday like today than to have spent it enveloped in the warmth and earthy perfume of fragrant whole spices roasting away in the kitchen…

Garam Masala is one of the most important, and authentic, Indian ground spice blends and is absolutely indispensable to Punjabi cookery. Growing up, it was, in fact, the only spice blend used in our home, and referred to as just masala. Made from coriander seeds, black peppercorns, cumin seeds, cassia bark, brown cardamom, bay leaves and cloves, it is used in so many of our dishes, even some desserts… Continue reading

Lipsmackingly legendary Plum & Coriander Ribs

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In celebration of Chinese New Year this week, I simply had to offer one of my most favourite Indian-Chinese creations. I have friends who are enormous fans of these sticky, sweet and hot little babies of deliciousness, and one person I once made them for introduced me as ‘the infamous ribs lady’ to her colleagues at an event…six years after I made them for her! They are so ridiculously easy peasy to make and coated in a gorgeous tangle of ginger, garlic, plum sauce, chilli, coriander and maple flavours… Continue reading

Moreish and tangy Aloo Tikki Bites

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With it being Valentine’s, it is only fitting that I offer a recipe that inspires true devotion…These little love bites have been so popular with my friends over the years that they have even gone on to inspire their own themed nights, with mounds of these yummy treats – tangy potato patties flavoured with garam masala, coriander, chilli, cumin and ground pomegranate seeds then covered in a crispy gram flour coating – being the centre of attention…Once bitten, you’ll be smitten, as they will steal your heart… Continue reading

Heavenly Coconut Fish Dream

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Am writing this while basking in some stunning London sunshine streaming through my windows on this February Friday, so am definitely wanting equally sunny flavours for my supper! This immediately brings to mind one of my most popular, and easiest, recipes, with a dreamy coconut lilt giving some serious tropical holiday vibes… Continue reading

Super fast, super healthy, super versatile – Green Masala Coriander Marinade

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Happy February! Whether you’re hitting your stride with New Year’s Resolutions to eat better, just getting those new healthy habits off the ground or looking for a comforting dish full of vibrant flavour that hints at warmer weather, this marinade fits the bill.

Used here for the simplest but utterly delicious tandoori-style baked chicken, eating healthily doesn’t have to mean cold salads, bland flavours and hours of prep using lots of different utensils… Continue reading

Classic and aromatic Punjabi Thariwala Chicken

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At this time of year I always get terribly homesick from having indulged in and chowed down as much of my family’s cooking over the Christmas holidays as humanly possible, so there is nothing better for me to cook as a reminder of home than this very traditional and heart-warming Punjabi classic of tender meat cooked on the bone with creamy, soft potatoes soaking up the rich and shimmering caramelised onion and tomato sauce… Continue reading

Bright and beautiful sparklers for New Year’s Eve – Rainbow Cocktails!

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If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, these glasses of colourful fizz always impress. With the snowy sugar or salt-frosted glasses lined up on a table or counter, a third or half-filled with the fresh fruit purée in rainbow hue order, they are beautifully decorative, ready to be topped with Champagne, Prosecco, Cava or a non-alcoholic spritzer as you wish.

It’s also a great way to use up any tinned fruit you might have lying around, not to mention getting in some of your five-a-day. Or alternatively, for a silkier, more refined finish, they can also be made by making your own infused syrups… Continue reading

CLM at The Taste Awards

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Excited to share that the Cooking Like Mummyji series has been nominated for 2 awards at The Taste Awards!

Also known affectionately as the Tasty Awards, and with a red carpet celebration in Hollywood in January, they are the highest global awards for the Lifestyle Entertainment Industry. This premier broadcast awards show honors the year’s best achievements in Food, Fashion, Home and Lifestyle programming.  http://www.thetasteawards.com/

Cooking Like Mummyji by Grokker has been nominated for Best Ethnic Program and Best Home Chef in a Series. Whoop whoop!

The latter is a viewer’s choice award and can be voted for here!  http://tastetv.com/awards/vote.html   Voting ends 17th Dec 2014.

Thank you in advance! xx

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