spices

Cauliflower Rice Biryani Salad
Cauliflower Rice Biryani Salad

A few years ago when people discovered that they could do so much more with cauliflower other than bake or roast it, it was like a whole new genre of cooking opened up to discover. Cauliflower was pulsed and crumbed to mimic raw rice and form a pure veggie pizza base...

Sumac Roasted Eggplant Lentil And Cherry Salad
Sumac Roasted Eggplant Lentil And Cherry Salad

This is a thoroughly satisfying, hearty and savoury salad made with minimal fuss by roasting eggplant slices rubbed with sumac, making a garlic balsamic dressing in a mason jar and tossing it all together in a bowl with some lentils, dried cherries and herbs. Need...

Mushroom Masala And Fenugreek
Mushroom Masala And Fenugreek

When I was six years old we were studying the propagation of plants from seeds in science class at school. I would save up plastic ice cream containers, fill them with dirt and scatter some seeds my mum gave me. I would pack the top loosely with more dirt and water it...

Chickpea And Coconut Korma Curry With Pumpkin
Chickpea And Coconut Korma Curry With Pumpkin

This gentle curry is pure comfort! An amazing mix of spices simmered slowly come together to create a revelation of flavours in your mouth. I love a good korma base. Derived from the Turkish kavurma which quite literally means cooked meat, this meatless recipe is an...

Hyderbadi Chicken Biryani With A Modern Dum
Hyderbadi Chicken Biryani With A Modern Dum

  Baking is an exact science. Indian Cooking is not. One of the most forgiving styles of cooking [except mithais and pakwaans], Indian cooking is kind to the cook and takes on as many beautiful and delicious variations as there are cooks. The versatility of...

Kari Ayam - Malaysian Curry Chicken
Kari Ayam - Malaysian Curry Chicken

  I bought the Shiok cookbook when I was still in Singapore after hoarding a copy from the local library for so long that they slapped me with a heavy fine. I decided then that it would not only be cheaper but also sensible to buy my own copy.   The Shiok...

Nutmeg Butter Biscuits
Nutmeg Butter Biscuits

My memories of nutmeg go back to when I was about six. I remember being curious about a wrinkly looking seed that was very very hard. I remember mum grating it and magically releasing a tantalising aroma that made me feel happy and fuzzy down to my toes. I remember...

Shahi Paneer - Indian Cottage Cheese In Tomato Gravy
Shahi Paneer - Indian Cottage Cheese In Tomato Gravy

    In Indian cuisine, when you stir fry vegetables and/or meat and/or cottage cheese with spices and herbs, the resulting dish is called a sabji or subji. A simple sabji accompanied by daal (lentils) and roti (bread) forms a satisfying meal in most...

Yoghurt Soup For Food Revolution Day
Yoghurt Soup For Food Revolution Day

      It is Food Revolution Day today. May 17 2013. A day to make a difference in evolving how we cook and how we eat while sharing the bounty and knowledge of food with our children, friends, families and even complete strangers. The brainchild of...

Spinach And Cheese Curry - Palak Paneer
Spinach And Cheese Curry - Palak Paneer

  When I was very little, we almost always ate at home. Going to dine out was a luxury and reserved for very special ocassions like someone's wedding. Over the years, that luxury was extended to birthdays and then to celebrate small achievements - an award at...