Category: Regional Cooking

Kofta Curry

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 50 mins Serves 4-5 Ingredients For the Kofta (meatballs) 500g lamb mince 1 onion, diced 1 tsp garlic paste ginger or 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp ginger paste or 1” fresh piece, finely minced 1/2 pack Najma’s Kofta Spices 1-2 chillies, finely chopped (optional) Fresh coriander leaves, chopped […]

Bengali Dal

Bengali Dal is a staple accompaniment to plain rice along with fried fish or curry served in every traditional household. It is known for it’s souplike, thin consisitency which stems from a a very simple fact that less is more. In rural homes where hard-working villagers are often living on the breadline, their income often […]

Mixed Dal Tadka

Tasty yet so simple to prepare, you can use two or more different types of lentils to create this satisfying dish, perfect with either naan, roti or rice. There’s nothing stopping you from just enjoy song a bowlful by itself… I used equal measures of red lentils and Bengal gram lentil. You could opt to […]

Spinach Pilau

A rare Sunday at home with an opportunity to cook something different from the norm. Nutritious and bursting with delicate flavours, this is a vegan dish which can be enjoyed by the bowlful on its own or combined with any curry or side dish of your choice 😊 Prep Time: 5 mins Cooking Time: 30 […]

Easy Moong-Masoor Dal

This hearty recipe is all you need to warm up during these cold, grey and drizzly evenings bringing a fuzzy feeling of warmth from the inside out. Dal (lentil curry) forms an integral part of the staple Bengali diet and is present at most mealtimes in a every traditional household. Surprisingly simple, yet nutritiously satisfying, […]

Sabut Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentils)

One of my favourite lentil curries often made at my in-laws, I have just reduced the use of oil to the bare minimum 😊 Enjoy with naan, boiled rice or fragrant zeera (cumin) rice for a wholesome, healthy and heart-warming dish on a cold winter’s day. Prep time: 5 mins Cooking time: 45 mins Serves […]

Gobi Bhuna

A delicious yet simple semi-dry dish, best enjoyed with traditional roti or in a wrap for a satisfyingly healthy meal! Prep time: 5 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Serves 2 Ingredients 1 medium cauliflower, separated into florets 1 medium tomato, chopped 3 tbsp oil 1 tsp mustard seeds 1tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp dried chilli […]

Spicy Aubergine Stew

Last night I was ‘Desperately Seeking Spice’ and discovered a plump aubergine hiding out in my refrigerator 😊 I had 45 minutes to present something palatable and suitably spicy before it was time to break my fast. So I decided to cut out the elaborate prep and just throw it all into one of my […]

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