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 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,…

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….

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…

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…

Butter Chicken for Vegetarians

Now that you have been hooked by the sensational headline, this particular recipe will blow your mind. Like it did mine! Butter Chicken is sacred to me. I love it so because I have grown in the days when this secret recipe was not well known and the only way you could enjoy it was at…

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…

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…

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…

My Secret Kadhi Recipe

I respect people with trade secrets. Especially when I am one of them. But of late I have come to know that sharing is caring. That’s why I bring to you my Secret Kadhi recipe that I have evolved over the last 9 years when I first donned the apron. The start was a bumpy…