Actualising the Mutton Korma Dream

You know that feeling of utter, unadulterated delight when you nail a recipe as grandiose as the Mutton Korma? Well, I experienced it right here in my kitchen. I was no stranger to Mutton Korma. But it was a stranger to me. Going to an authentic Mughlai restaurant back in India with the extended family,…

Vegetarian Biryani Is Served!

My love for biryani is no secret. Traditionally hero-ed on meat, it is my go-to recipe on most occasions when having people over. But this time  the one visiting us was our friend P from India, who is a vegetarian. And I really wanted to make biryani still. Hence, my version of the Vegetarian Biryani…

Kadhai Paneer Rediscovered

Paneer, oh paneer! It is incredible how much adulation a single ingredient can receive considering paneer is mostly the popular choice when wanting to eat something special back in India. For vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Kadhai paneer has graced many a dinner table at the restaurant as the showstopper. Now it does in my kitchen…

The Ultimate Comfort Food – Rajmah

India is a country of  such immense diversity that one is truly spoiled for choice in this eternal gastronomical paradise umpteen with one delicious recipe after another. In the middle of such expansive food traditions, it is hard for but one recipe to stand out. Yet it does, as the ultimate comfort food. Yes, I…

The Romance of Massaman Curry

There is a lot of history in food. Take Massaman Curry for instance. One theory suggests that it originated in the heart of Thailand under the influence of a Persian merchant. Then there is the other background story tracing massaman curry roots to Southern Thailand with a flavour palate inspired by Malay and South Indian…

The Quintessential Dal Makhni

Never was there a typical Indian party meal that took place without the quintessential Dal Makhni! So, it was important for me to nail this recipe. Traditionally slow-cooked overnight for several hours, Dal Makhni tastes of stuff that foodie dreams are made up of. Thanks to a really cool tip from my fellow-foodie girlfriend S,…

Marble Cake for Beginners

This is where it all began for me. My love affair with baking, I mean. It was back in 2008 that after multiple failed attempts I finally succeeded in making this incredible Marble Cake and I have treasured the recipe ever since. The recipe is an evolved one considering the improviser I am. I remember…

Street Food at Home: Pao Bhaaji

There is something about street food that always gets me going. Especially Indian Street Food. As easy as it is to get your teeth into these everyday delicacies at most fast food joints back in India, you really have to go the distance to enjoy them abroad. That’s how I began cooking Pao Bhaaji at home….

Coconut Cream Bread Made Easy!

Baking cakes is a stress buster for me. Really, I could be having the most challenging of days but once the cake tin is sitting pretty in the oven – all’s well with the world. For afternoon tea, I have always relied on Banana Bread. Whilst I still stand by that recipe, it is always a good idea…

Super Hot South Indian Chutney with Idli

Just like in Australia, Sundays back in India are meant for elaborate breakfasts that often turn into delicious brunches. Idli, a South Indian steamed rice cake is a popular choice when thinking of something special to cook on the weekend. I am a big fan of all food South Indian. I can literally give an…

Aate ka Halwa, Dessert for the Soul

There are desserts and then there are desserts. But there is simply no comparison with Aate ka halwa. Made from the simplest of Indian pantry items, it has a clean flavour that bowls me every time! So if I am ever craving something sweet, Aate ka Halwa always comes to the rescue. Aate ka Halwa, Dessert for…

Authentic Fried Rice at Home

It is hard to find anyone who does not enjoy a bowl of nicely prepared Fried Rice. Nicely prepared is the key here. Can’t tell you how many disappointing attempts later, did I stumble across this really awesome secret to Authentic Fried Rice. Yes, the local Chinese restaurant way. So here goes… Authentic Fried Rice…

No Sugar Cheesecake

You would have to be living on another planet if you have not heard of Kayla Itsines. She is an absolute legend. I admire her for what she stands for – inspiring women to be the best version of themselves. Honestly, I am yet to try out her #bbg fitness program but one day I…

Spinach Mutton Curry aka Palak Gosht

In my limited kitchen life, I have encountered, that there are some recipes that are never meant to look good but taste absolutely divine. Palak Gosht is one of them. Inspired by my mum’s traditional Uttar Pradesh style of cooking, this intense mutton curry is slow cooked with spinach and spices to deliver a taste…

Zafrani Malai Paneer

For the benefit of my non-Indian friends, Zafrani Malai Paneer refers to Indian cottage cheese cubes cooked in a delicate cashew and cream based gravy infused with the richness of saffron. It sounds grand. I know. It is meant to. This amazing recipe has the power to be a showstopper on your menu especially when…