Samosa – Crunchy Restaurant Style

I spent my childhood in Southall and back then, it had three Indian cinemas – The Dominion, The Century and The Liberty. We lived in what was called ‘Old Southall’, close to the Dominion Cinema.  Next door to the cinema was an Indian restaurant called Sagoo & Thakkar which is now known as the Roxy….

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…

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…

Motha di Daal

Moth beans cooked in warming spices Motha di Daal (Moth pronounced Mawt) or Moth beans as known in English is a lentil that makes really flavourful daals and soups.  The beans have a nutty flavour and as they cook down they release a creaminess which makes a very heart-warming dish especially when cooked as I…

Aloo Mattar Anda Sabji

Potatoes and peas with eggs (optional) cooked in spices What can you make with a few potatoes and some frozen peas? Yes – you have a few options – you could boil them and make mash with peas, maybe have them with fish fingers, or something else from the freezer…..or….you can really push the boat…

Aloo Baingan Sabji

Japanese Aubergine cooked with potatoes and spices Aloo Baingan Sabji is a firm favourite in my list of great vegetarian recipes. I love the way the aubergine soaks up the flavours of all the other ingredients in the pan, the warmth of the spices and the slight tartness from the tomato, and with the added…

Panjiri

A nutritional and healthy pick me up Panjiri is a wonderful snack that is so full of energy. Many Indians make this during the start of the winter months in large quantities, and it is eaten in the mornings to keep away colds and other ailments and to give their immunity a boost. It is also good for…

Saron da Saag

All that is green and healthy! Nothing can be more quintessentially Punjabi, than Saron da Saag – a winter delicacy made in North India with fresh mustard greens and other green leafy vegetables. No dish from the Punjab, conjures up more powerful nostalgic memories of Punjab, than this earthy, hearty and honest vegetable dish full…

Lachha Paratha – easy version

Layered flaky crispy paratha This Paratha originated in the Indian state of Punjab. Lachha meaning “layered ring” in Punjabi and rolling it into a pin wheel shape. The dough is rolled, pleated and folded to form a ring. This ring is then rolled out again and fried with a little oil on a hot pan or tava. This…

Aloo Gobi

Potatoes and Cauliflower cooked in spices Aloo Gobi is one of my favourite vegetarian dishes. The version which we make at home is a distant relative of the type found in “curry houses” up and down the country.  The authentic Aloo Gobi has light fluffy potatoes, which add a delightful creaminess to the dish, and…