Ras Malai Flavoured Cheesecake

No-bake cheesecake, subtly flavoured with saffron, cardamom and pistachio I was recently gifted the most beautifully aromatic Persian Saffron by the Ruby Saffron company. Saffron, known as Kesar in Punjabi, is such a versatile spice, it can be used in sweet and savoury dishes. My favorite use of it is in Ras Malai, which is…

Jeera Rice

Rice cooked with cumin & onions Jeera Rice is cooked at least twice a week in my home as five out of seven of our evening meals are usually Indian food, so if it’s not a roti meal then it’s a rice meal.  Many people struggle with cooking rice – it can turn out too…

Keema Mattar

Minced lamb and peas cooked in spices Keema Mattar is such a beautiful dish – the combination of the spicy lamb mince and the sweetness of the peas when they pop in your mouth is so good.  If you keep the dish with a slight sauce it’s even better as it keeps the mince juicy…

Pakora

Crispy gluten free vegetarian fritters A Pakora is the snack you are most likely to be offered when you turn up at a Punjabi family home unannounced.  So easy to throw together, I remember my Mum would have trays of them ready for us if I called her from the motorway to pop in on…

Spicy Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb cooked in a beautiful ginger & tomato sauce This particular lamb dish has a Kashmiri origin. It can be made with lamb or goat and is actually a signature dish there, although it was originally brought to Kashmir by the Mughals, which also gives it a Persian influence. In my version of this dish, the…

Masala Chicken

A warming, spicy chicken dish – a beautiful go-to when you want something comforting The recent change in the weather has left me feeling a little out of sorts and although I usually take it easy on days like that – I still want good food and nourishment.  This Masala Chicken really hits the spot. …