Keema Matar (Lamb Mince with Peas)

Keema Matar (Lamb Mince with Peas)

It was a long time ago, but if I close my eyes, screw up my face and concentrate, I can still almost taste it. I was about 9 years old and lived with my parents and brother in rented accommodation in Ghaziabad, a city around Read more

Aloo Tikkis (Potato Cakes)

Aloo Tikkis (Potato Cakes)

This just might be the time and place to make a profound declaration about my lifelong love for potatoes. If not now, when? No matter what else has changed in my life from childhood to adulthood, this spudevotion has remained unequivocal. You cannot hide a Read more

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

Spinach and cheese. It’s probably one of the best pairings of the food world. Why else would so many countries in the world have their own take on this classic combination? America has her spinach dip, India her saag paneer, Greece her spanakopita. Cyprus pairs Read more

Crisp Onion Pakoras/Bhajiyas

Crisp Onion Pakoras/Bhajiyas

There is no denying it. India loves pakoras. It’s difficult to walk around in India without eventually coming across some shop, tiny or big, selling these fried morsels. Like cricket, pakoras are a national passion. As with much else in India, it’s not easy to Read more

Baked Sriracha Chicken Wings

Baked Sriracha Chicken Wings

If you think these look good, just wait till you taste them. But that’s not even the best part. They are baked, yes, but thanks to a nifty little trick, get as crisp in the oven as when deep-fried. Sounds too good to be true, Read more

Of Autumn & Butternut Squashes

Of Autumn & Butternut Squashes

October is here – the weather is taking its cue and obediently turning cooler. The lazy, unscheduled summer days of school holidays have given way to a more structured routine, to children back at school, to weeks more strictly divided into weekdays and weekends. Central Read more

Instant Ricotta Cheese Pedhas

Instant Ricotta Cheese Pedhas

Hi, my name is Suman and I am a former addict. There was a time in my life (mostly when I was growing tiny humans in my belly) when I could not get by a single day without my habit. I was, and I am Read more

Tandoori Cauliflower Bhurji (Scramble)

Tandoori Cauliflower Bhurji (Scramble)

Or equally, I could have titled this post, ‘An Ode to Cauliflower’. Brace yourself, I am about to sing cauliflower’s praises.  Because I am not sure I love another vegetable as I love this. Growing up, I was taught appreciation for all kinds of food, Read more

Beetroot & Tapioca Pearls Khichdi (& a Carrot Variation)

Beetroot & Tapioca Pearls Khichdi (& a Carrot Variation)

If anyone needs convincing that texture is an important part of our enjoyment of food, they only need to look at tapioca pearls. Why else would anyone use an ingredient that has nothing to say for itself in terms of flavour? Its sole job is Read more

Beautiful Bibimbap

Beautiful Bibimbap

At first, it was the name that did it. Many years ago, while on holiday abroad, we stopped for lunch at a little restaurant and on the menu was this dish that I had never heard of before.  How could I resist such a catchy Read more