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Moong Daal Khichdi


Khichdi (pronounced Khi-cha-ri) is one of those quintessential dishes one almost only eats at home. Every family probably has its own version of this dish and the differences can vary from tiny variations in spices to more fundamental ones about how...

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Indian Kitchen Basics Part 1: Whole Spices


This week, instead of a recipe, I thought I’d focus today on one key aspect of what goes into any Indian recipe, namely the spices! I’ve had a few people ask me what I think the minimum basics required to cook an Indian...

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Immunity-Building Turmeric Latte

This recipe goes back to my childhood - its probably something every Indian mother has in her repertoire, a concoction that gets prepared when a cough and a sore throat makes itself felt. It combines two of my favourite immune system boosters -...

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Chilli-Garlicky Spinach

Are there a few staples that you make sure never to run low on in your kitchen? The ones that you know yield gold in moments both easy and challenging: 8:15 Sunday evening, after an all-day train journey;  2:30 a.m....

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Turmeric Ginger Cordial

As you’ve probably heard or read, I recently became 1/3rd of a popup store here in Frankfurt called mer. It took about three months of planning—and painting—to create this space and one of...

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Goats Cheese Puffs with Thyme and Honey

Here’s an extremely simple recipe that comes together very quickly. It’s also a crowd pleaser and can be so easily customised that you can keep repeating it and yet never get bored (I have some suggestions for combinations at the end). It’s great as an...

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Chunky Fig Chutney

A highlight of our recent holiday in the French countryside was the incredible produce: Every fruit and vegetable was bursting with flavour. I sliced open a fennel bulb and it perfumed the entire kitchen with its fresh scent!

The best thing,...

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Pumpkin Spinach Tarte

This recipe came together very quickly. I had guests coming over in the afternoon, and had forgotten to think about a light snack. It was noon-ish, but lunch wasn't in order; there was a nip in the air and a steady drizzle coming down. Summery...

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