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

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

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

Classic and aromatic Punjabi Thariwala Chicken

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At this time of year I always get terribly homesick from having indulged in and chowed down as much of my family’s cooking over the Christmas holidays as humanly possible, so there is nothing better for me to cook as a reminder of home than this very traditional and heart-warming Punjabi classic of tender meat cooked on the bone with creamy, soft potatoes soaking up the rich and shimmering caramelised onion and tomato sauce… Continue reading