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

Fresh and wholesome Gobi di Sabji – Spiced Steamed Cauliflower

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No one gets as excited about cauliflower season as Indians, but that’s because we know how to make utterly scrumptious gobi di sabji out of them.

Banish any memories you have of this vegetable as soggy, malodorous and bland from school dinners, and embrace this delicious dish, a real Punjabi home classic, where the delicate sweetness of the cauliflower is enhanced by a whisper of subtle, earthy spices… Continue reading

Mouth-watering Tamarind Chutney

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Given it is Mother’s Day this weekend in the UK, it seemed only fitting that this recipe post is one that takes it right back to where that bond first began between me, my mother, food and flavours.

When my mummyji was carrying me during pregnancy, she would crave tamarind so much she would eat it torn right off the block to satisfy her sudden sour tooth. And, lo and behold, it has always been my  favourite flavour in the whole world, as I just adore its tang.

And my connections to this recipe, known to us as imli chutney, as imli is our word for tamarind, go waaay back to my early childhood, as it was the first thing I was ever entrusted to make by myself in the kitchen as a little girl, and I was known as chief chutney maker amongst my relatives… Continue reading

Luxurious Saffron, Almond and Cracked Black Pepper Rice

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I’m definitely in the mood for a luxe fix for supper this evening and saffron, as we all know, is the most luxurious and expensive spice in the world, with the wispy fronds lending their unique flavour and golden hue to magically transform dishes…

With cracked black peppercorns adding muskiness and heat, and the creamy nuttiness of the almonds sidling up to the saffron, also known as zaffran, there’s a touch of both Moorish romance and Mughal opulence about this dish. I cook it all the time, particularly to accompany creamy dishes as it tastes decadent and looks impressive but is super simple and quick to prepare, so it is the perfect dinner party accompaniment… 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