aloo kofta in gravy | potato patties with curry

Most of the food we eat regularly doesn’t get written into recipes despite the fact that it’s delicious. Why? I can never wait long enough to take pictures – I just want to get stuck in and eat it! Often, the tantalising smell that’s been wafting through the house is enough to tease and tempt…

egg dum biryani

A huge pot of steaming biryani arriving onto the dinner table is a sure sign that you’re going to be for a treat. Richly flavoured and full of surprising textures, biryani is synonymous with splendid food and popular all throughout India. I’ve made so many versions of biryani – classic vegetable biryani, paneer biryani, mushroom…

spinach pesto risotto

Wishing you a very happy summer solstice! Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and the solstice been celebrated in the UK for centuries. Since it’s now officially midsummer, we had better celebrate! We’ve been having a mini-heatwave here. London has hit temperatures of 35°c, and my city around 30°c…

mushroom patty sliders

Delicious vegetarian patties that are crisp on the outside, wet and soft on the inside – and deliver flavour that could rival any first-rate burger? Coming right up. I realised today I was unequivocally missing America. Recently we went to the USA for a short break where we managed to get all the way from…

coconut & almond karanji

This year my birthday fell on Easter Sunday, which is possibly the most revered day of the calendar for Christians. After 40 days of fasting for Lent, and a Holy Week beginning on Palm Sunday (which celebrates Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem), Easter Sunday is celebrated as ‘The Resurrection’; 3 days after his crucification, Christ rose…

saffron & samphire spanish paella

Paella de verduras. That’s “paella of vegetables”, which translates to an absolutely delicious vegetarian rice dish packed with flavour and hearty goodness. Paella as we know it originated Valencia, Spain. It’s perhaps one of the most recognisable and famous Spanish dishes, famed for it’s use of golden saffron, ground peppers, and tasty rice – the most important ingredient….

kanafeh | rose water soaked cheese pastry

How had I not tried this by now? Kanafeh (also spelt as kunafeh, kadayif and many other variations) is a sweet dessert from the Levant. It’s generally agreed to have originated in Palestine, but now many other countries have adapted the recipe by putting their own unique spin on it. The recipe I am presenting to…