Indian Stir Fry (Gujarati Sambharo)

In Gujarat, Northern India, numerous small plates and bowls of food are served together to create a traditional thali that families can feast on. Food here is all about fresh flavours, cooked in a simple way, with the best spices that pair effortlessly with these other dishes; subtle flavours have to mix together, without one…

Tandoori Vegetable Fried Rice with Red Chilli and Lime

I like to do a weekly supermarket shop, which means that the day before shopping day is always the one where we eat what we have, and try to minimise waste. I love this “creative day” because I am a huge fan of using up what’s left over, and experimenting with what I already have…

Upgraded Spicy Maggi Noodles with Vegetables

Sometimes, I just want a quick lunch or dinner, but for me, that doesn’t mean compromising on flavour. I often look at pre-packaged food and think about how I can add my own twist to it. Can I cook it differently? Can I add spices? Can I mix it with something unexpected? When I do…

Pumpkin and Pine Nut Fiorelli in a Butter, Chilli and Rosemary Sauce

I love store-bought fresh pasta. It is quick to cook, comes with good fillings and is perfect with a small side salad or fresh garlic bread. The trouble is, there are never enough vegetarian flavours, and it is my personal bug bear when you see fresh pasta that looks vegetarian, only to find out that…

Home Made Gujarati Curry Paste

Anyone who knows me will know how much I love a good Gujarati curry or shaak. There is just something so nostalgic and comforting about eating food that you grew up with, meals that you know and love, and tastes that ignite happy memories of years gone by. This curry paste is a recipe my…

Fresh Garlic and Chilli Oil Chutney

This fridge staple, known as lasan chutney, is something I have grown up with as a Gujarati. It almost doesn’t feel right calling this a recipe because it’s more an ingredient, a base for so many dishes, Indian and otherwise. I usually make a batch a month and then throw in a spoon or two…

Vegetable Puffs With Coriander Chutney

A simple dish, packed full of vegetables and fresh flavours, these puffs are the perfect dish for breakfast (with masala chai, of course), a speedy lunch, an afternoon snack or a light dinner. You can make the mixture ahead of time and freeze it, and you can use it in cheese toasties if you want…

Masala Stuffed Padron Peppers with Red Jalepeno and Lime

This Gujarati dish was adapted from a recipe that my mum makes, and it is delicious. I wanted to make something tasty using leftover padron peppers and jalepenos, and this masala mix truly transformed these simple ingredients. Quick and easy to throw together, you can substitute the padron peppers for mild chillies or even bell…