What is Cooking Like Mummyji?

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I was drying up the dishes in the kitchen when the doorbell rang. It was a particularly blustery and sodden Saturday in April 2002, the kind of grey day when all you want to do is shut out the dreariness and dozily curl up in the warmth of the living room… Continue reading

What does Mummyji mean?

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Mummyji is the hybrid term we used as kids growing up in Britain when addressing our mothers. ‘Mummy’ was English, but then we stuck ‘ji’ on the end as our one-size-fits-all suffix to denote respect.

Not to be confused with Ali G.

For this is a book all about the food from our mother’s hands as Asians living in Britain; the spoonfuls fed to me as a child, enchantingly spiced by lands and generations that were not my own. It is about being fed love, heritage and nourishment and being a bastion of the tradition, wisdom and skill of previous generations, to preserve and pass on with great care.

Food for all: Langar

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Although I am not formally religious, I was born into a Sikh Punjabi family and grew up with the traditions and customs. I hugely admire Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, for his admirable vision of bringing people together and uniting them through their similarities, rather than focusing upon differences, separation, superiority or control.

One of the most beautiful ways this is expressed is through the concept of Langar… Continue reading

Ayurveda who?

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Although not strictly adhered to, and more out of habit than intention – as the principles have filtered their way down through centuries of approach and become ingrained within our dishes and techniques – my family naturally eat meals of components which tie-in with the Ayurvedic system… Continue reading

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