The Super Duper Hot Vindaloo

Indian food has the wonderful gastronomical fate of being enjoyed immensely beyond its borders. Butter Chicken and Naan have indeed taken the culinary world by storm. However, there are a few new (or not so new!) entrants that have gone up the ladder. My Aussie friends will vouch for Vindaloo. I had never attempted this…

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…

Zarda: Sweet Rice & All the Things Nice

I am biryani crazy. I love basmati rice cooked to perfection together with a spicy meat curry as the crispiness of green chilli makes friends with refreshing notes of mint. That’s just one. I can come up with a million descriptors trying to do justice to perhaps the best thing that happened to human kind. That…

Easy Matar Patta Gobhi Ki Sabzi

If you call me a fussy eater, you would not be very wrong. I love food but that only applies to foods that I love. And dear ol’ cabbage is definitely not one of them. So much so that I would only cook it every once in a blue moon when completely out of options…

Restaurant Style Chicken Tikka Masala

An honest confession. I have never really been into Chicken Tikka Masala. Butter Chicken is more my stead. But, to my surprise, that was going to change. I am a new mum and with that comes exposure to different groups be it Mothers Groups, Play Groups or if you are completely alien to ‘what to…

The Humble Moong Dal

Dals make for a great addition to the meal repertoire especially when you have leftovers and need just about a little something to make the meal substantial, and tasty! Honestly, I had never really cooked with Moong Dal until recently. Mum-in-law was visiting and she cooked it for me. Boy, did I get hooked or…