Mash, peas,fries

This is a really quick-fix meal and there’s nothing fresh about it! The green peas are frozen, the mash comes in a packet (just add water and butter) and the fries (wedges) are from the freezer as well. The buns, of course, are from the neighbourhood bakery! And, oh yes, the gravy crystals are also…

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,…

Made at home meat burgers

Yes, we made them from scratch. These lovely, yummy burgers! The sauces are completely optional – and so are the French fries! The best part, however, is the oil-free grilling on the plate and the brown bread! Even the cheese is ‘light’.  

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…

Dhaba times are back

We’ve finally found in Bahrain what we’d been missing for so many years – a Punjabi Dhaba – or a traditional roadside eating place – so popular all over India, particularly in Punjab and along the highways. Food at these rather rustic places is the basic – just a couple of vegetables, may a meat…

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…

Slow – and tasty!

Tried my hand at making the traditional Punjabi Chicken Curry – in a slow cooker, and with a tangy twist! The deal is simple. For a full (1000 gms) chicken, take two large onions, two large tomatoes, four large green chilli, three cloves of garlic and a table tennis ball size of ginger. Coarse chop…

‘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…

Revival

I am now in the process of reviving this blog that I began three years ago but stopped somewhere this time in 2015. However, in addition to putting in an occasional recipe, I will also have pictures of food, mostly cooked at home, along with some reviews of restaurants we eat at.

Slow-cooked lamb chops

These are the classic slow-cooked lamb chops. The local butcher had given me exactly what I wanted so I took the opportunity to make what I had been craving for the past few weeks. This is what I did. Preparation: Squeeze a large lemon in a large pan. Add salt to taste, a generous dollop of freshly-chopped…

Methi and Milk Chicken

It’s been quite a while that I have cooked anything to make these pages but this evening I thought this deserved to find some space. This methi (fenugreek) and milk concoction, with a few chicken pieces thrown in, is the perfect dish to take away that boredom and an unwillingness to get into the kitchen….