Category: Pakistani

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 […]

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 […]

Gluten-free Besan (Gram Flour) Rotis

Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves 4 Posting on demamd, this is a healthy,  gluten-free easy alternative to regular chapatis which I have adapted from the mum-in-law – the inspiration behind much of my creative cookery 😊 A runny batter ensures the rotis are spread thinly and cook inside out without burning. […]

Achari Chicken

Good to be back here! It’s a long shift in my kitchen tonight as I prep for a private catering event later today. Christmas parties everywhere! The biriyani masala mix is well under way, wafting its aromas at this rather ungodly hour 😳 While I wait, having of course done all my chopping, I thought […]

Aloo Bhorta

Aloo Bhorta (spicy mashed potato) is a timeless comfort food which can be enjoyed equally with rice or rotis. As a Bengali, my staple meal growing up consisted of boiled rice and my mum often prepared this bharta in traditional Bengali style, either using mustard oil as a base or ghee; the latter treating one’s […]

My Chicken Curry

I used to love my Mum’s simple chicken curry with its distinctive flavour of green peppers and whole spices. Ironically though, when visiting my parents’ home, Mum would often ask me to make ‘my’ chicken curry to give her respite from her own cooking. Now let’s get this right, my version of chicken curry is based […]

All Things Chai…

Chai for me is to be enjoyed on its own. Simple. No food required. I often long for a ‘dhaba’ (roadside restaurant) style desi (with reference to all things South Asian) chai. The last time I enjoyed the authenticity of sitting by a roadside kiosk at dusk, sipping a hot, sweet masala chai, was during […]

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