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

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

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

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