Ethapazham Pachadi (Kerala Plantain Curry)

If there is one variety of banana that I absolutely love, it is the Ethapazham or Nendrapazham, or plantain. It is great as a fruit, in curries and in desserts. This particular curry, Ethapazham Pachadi, is easy to make and is a fine balance of sweet and spicy. Ingredients Ethapazham or plantain 2, peeled and… Continue reading Ethapazham Pachadi (Kerala Plantain Curry)

Chicken Tikka Masala

I love this Indian dish that has its origins outside India. Having conquered the UK palate and overtaking fish and chips as the quintessential British dish, it is now increasingly available in restaurants in India and around the world. I still love the version available in London, which is where I first encountered it. I… Continue reading Chicken Tikka Masala

Aloo Parantha (Potato Pancakes)

Aloo paranthas or wheat pancakes stuffed with potatoes are a favourite with most people. I have found that my friends all enjoy hot potato paranthas, irrespective of race, nationality or gender. This aloo parantha can be made even if you don’t have the traditional implements — chakla or marble rolling tile, belan or rolling pin,… Continue reading Aloo Parantha (Potato Pancakes)

Palak Paneer (Spinach with Cottage Cheese)

The best palak paneer I have had is from a restaurant called Moti Mahal, not far from where we grew up in Delhi. I had to try a few times before I developed this version that is quite close to the taste I remember from my childhood. Ingredients Spinach leaves 1/2 kg, washed, steamed and… Continue reading Palak Paneer (Spinach with Cottage Cheese)