Piquant and juicy Shimla Mirch Parkhe – Charred Stuffed Peppers

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This March weather with its broad streaks of sunshine but nippy winds are making me instictively want lighter, brighter flavours but also a touch of comfort. These fit the bill perfectly and are a firm favouite. They are also a great example of how not every Indian dish is smothered in sauce…

Whole juicy peppers, sometimes in a gem-like array of colours, are gently blistered on the outside to give a smoky char and filled with a piquant, silky mash that is just bursting with the flavours of ground pomegranate, cumin, chilli, ginger and coriander. The tartness of the filling contrasts perfectly with the blushing sweetness of the peppers… Continue reading

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