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
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.
Our home food is much simpler, lighter, fresher and healthier than that which you find in a typical Indian restaurant and has a vibrant breadth of clean flavours. On a daily basis, we generally use very few spices. Continue reading
Did you know that Aloo Tikkia, which are moreish, spicy and tangy little potato patties, are so named because, just like Chicken Tikka pieces, they resemble the little pendants, tikkas, that Indian women wear along their hair partings?
The seeds of Grokker were sown in 2012 when CEO and Founder, Lorna Borenstein, a retired internet executive, avid yogini and home chef, was on vacation with her husband and three children… Continue reading
Nothing like a mid-morning cup of tea, especially in Asian households, with constant exclaims of “chaa banaa!” (make tea!)… Continue reading
One of the reasons I decided to start a blog was so that I can more closely connect to and share recipes straight away with the utterly awesome people all over the globe who have been writing to me over the years… Continue reading
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
Did you know that even though lemons are acidic, if used in a small quantity, lemon actually has an alkalising effect on the body? Continue reading
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