Home-made tandoori roti

For many weeks, I wanted to make tandoori roti at home, in the same way as my mother made once upon a time. For all those familiar with this kind of Indian flatbread, it’s normally (at least these days) available only in restaurants and made in traditional, under the ground, clay tandoors (ovens). As a…

Green chicken

This is the Green Chicken!  A kilo of chicken, chopped into small pieces, green chilli, coriander, some mint, green onions and the usual salt to taste. Of course, to give it some more spice, I threw in half a teaspoon of black pepper powder as well. Chop a bunch of onions, the green chilli (a…

Sitting stew

This classic once again appeared last night on our dinner table. The weekend is always lazy, particularly in this extremely hot weather, so one has to try and manage with the ‘easy cook’ options. And what better way to do it than use the ‘slow cooker’! Just get as many vegetables as possible, chop them,…

Mini burgers, maximum taste

The well-extended weekend, thanks to the Eid holiday in Bahrain, means that we are in the kitchen very often – and trying out new things. Yesterday was burger day – rather, mini burger day – and we had plenty of them. Preparing these is easy – with the usual tomato and onion and lettuce, topped,…

Bottle gourd fritters curry

A Punjabi favourite, this is a dish we do not frequently made since it involves a lengthy process. However, thanks to the Eid Holiday, the bottle gourd fritters curry finally saw light of day. Take a medium-sized bottle gourd and finely grate it in the shredder. Then squeeze the water out of the shredded gourd and…

Desi fish ‘n’ chips

Fish and chips is an all-time favourite around the world. But I gave it a twist this evening. After marinating Kingfish steaks in a wee bit of red vinegar, salt, red and black pepper, it was cooked on the plate grill and then served with raw onion, lemon mint leaves and seasoned French fries. The…

The slow stew

The easiest -and the tastiest – thing to make. The mutton stew! A kilo of fresh mutton, an assortment of veggies, chopped – medium sized pieces – onion, tomato, a few green chilli and it’s done. Well, not quite! Ideally, first fry the mutton in a pan with a couple of tablespoons oil. Throw into…

Red Riding Chick

Last week I discovered I had a five-litre ‘bag-in-a-box’ South African red wine stashed away in the ladder. It smelt all right, even for a wine novice like me – so I used it to ‘dress up’ chicken pieces in it. And nothing could be easier to cook than this. I took a kilo of…

Appam Ahoy!

Appam stew – the name’s an appetiser in itself! This is a dish I love but have not made at home for a while. The reason : we did not have the right kind of ‘deep’ pan to make the appam (a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. It is…

Spinach and mushroom casserole

This was prepared by Asveen – rather quickly – after the customary “what’s for dinner” question asked ever so often. This time, however, I threw the ball back in her court with “you make” for an answer! Though my contribution was only chopping the garlic, I took a look at what was going on. Take…

‘Bhindi’ boom

It’s summer time and in these months, nothing of significance is grown in our little kitchen garden. However, that’s not the case for the okra, or the ladyfinger, or ‘bhindi’ as we call it back in India. We’ve had four ‘harvests’ already in the last couple of weeks but last night decided to have it differently…