Soya Bean Pulao

‘Soya Bean Pulao’ is a flavourful vegetarian dish that’s perfect for days when you need a quick, easy and nutritious meal. A ‘Pulao’ or ‘Pulav’ is a traditional Middle Eastern or Indian dish made of rice and cooked in stock with a variety of spices, typically with meat or vegetables added to it. This vegetarian…

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Chikki (Peanut & Cashew Nut Brittle)

‘Chikki’ or ‘Brittle’ is a traditional Indian sweet made with jaggery and chopped nuts. The variety of Chikki made is immense, with different combinations of chopped nuts being used. Peanuts and cashew nuts are usually the most popular choices for the preparation of this delicious sweet. Feel free to replace the peanuts and cashew nuts…

Paneer Chilly (Indo-Chinese Cottage Cheese)

‘Paneer Chilly’ is a very popular vegetarian dish made using fresh Paneer (Cottage Cheese) and Green Capsicum. It may be served as a quick, delicious snack or even as a curry with warm noodles. It belongs to the unique ‘Indo-Chinese’ cuisine that’s developed over the years in restaurants and street food stalls across India. The…

Pais (Rice Pudding)

‘Pais’ or ‘Rice Pudding’ is a thick, creamy and fragrant dessert that’s often made to celebrate festivals in Goa. It is traditionally flavoured with pieces of Turmeric (Haldi) leaf and is relished either warm or cold. In the northern parts of India, the rice pudding is called ‘Firni’ or ‘Phirni’ while further south, the pudding…

Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand

Thick sweetened curd flavoured with Saffron and Cardamom is a popular dessert offered to the Gods on many festive occasions in India. ‘Shrikhand’, as the dessert is traditionally known, is served in dollops with deep-fried circles of crispy dough or ‘Pooris’. As children, we often snuck in spoonfuls of Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand straight from the…

Amrakhand/Mango Shrikhand

‘Amrakhand’ is a delicious summer dessert that makes the most of the season’s sweet mangoes. Traditionally, fresh mango pulp is added to thick sweetened yoghurt that has been strained of its whey overnight. We’ve used a fabulous short-cut to whip up Instant Amrakhand in just ten minutes, ready to be served in all its fruity…

Almond Tart Shells

Almond Tart Shells are made of three simple ingredients within just an hour. They contain absolutely no flour and are a great gluten-free alternative to regular tart crusts. These versatile Almond Tart Shells can be used to make desserts with baked fillings (like jam tarts or mini pies). They are also ideal for being filled with…

Ansache Mel (Pineapple Jam)

Pieces of fragrant and ripe Pineapple simmer in a thick sugar syrup to form a delicious golden jam.  ‘Mel’, the Portuguese word for ‘honey’, aptly describes this aromatic Pineapple Jam or Ananas Jam. A spoonful of it is like a burst of summer flavours! Whether spread across buttered toast, added to chilled milk or savoured…

The Saucy Chicken

Tender chicken pieces stir-fried in a sticky sauce that’s hot, tangy, salty and sweet. This dish is a real explosion of flavour and perfect for a Saturday night treat! The chicken is marinated in a combination of store-cupboard ingredients for a quick, easy and filling meal. The credit for this delicious recipe goes to my…

Chatpata Bhel

Why not celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a bowlful of spicy ‘Bhel’? One of the most iconic street foods of India, Bhel is a snack that’s very easy and quick to rustle up. It’s a perfect combination of puffed rice, spicy savoury mixes, finely chopped onions and tomatoes. What sets this dish apart is the…

Prasadache Ladu (Dry Fruit Ladoo)

‘Mahashivratri’, a festival to honour Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is a very special occasion celebrated all over India. Devotees observe day and night-long fasts, immersed in prayers, invoking divine blessings for health, peace and prosperity. The fasting period is usually broken with sweet milk and dry fruits. ‘Prasadache Ladu’, a festive sweet made with…

Palak Paneer (Cottage Cheese & Spinach Curry)

Palak Paneer is a popular north-Indian curry that’s often served for meals and is a great source of important nutrients. A bowlful of this steaming curry, that’s easy and quick to make,  is perfect with Chapati, Naan or Jeera Rice. Here’s a short blog post with the recipe and video for the way we make…