Category Archive: Starters

Cherry Tomato and Broccoli Tart with Wholemeal Pastry.

In early spring I planted a couple of tomato plants, anticipating a good handful of ripe red tomatoes at some point. But when I got back from my holiday, there was practically a… Continue reading

Lettuce Wraps With Asian Prawns

Lettuce wraps are healthy, fun to eat, easy to make and moreover versatile. They are a favourite of mine. You can use any flavoured filling you like – meat, vegetables, noodles or tofu.… Continue reading

Chicken Shumai

There are few dishes that make everyone happy and content each and every time I serve it, and this one is among them. What I love the most is that there is no… Continue reading

Parippu Vada with Channa Dal

Growing up, Parippu vada (Masala vada), as we call it in Kerala, used to be one of the most popular after school snacks.  It is made of Channa dal (Bengal gram) or Kadala… Continue reading

Ulli Vada – South Indian onion and curry leaf fritters

These little morsels are terribly addictive; once you start munching on them it’s hard to stop.  In South India this is a popular teatime snack and roadside venders fry them fresh and sell… Continue reading

Roasted peppers

  It feels like it is the beginning of winter in England! Days are getting shorter day by day! But I have no complains because we had a beautiful summer. Market stalls are… Continue reading

Stuffed courgette with spiced minced lamb

I am really glad that summer is still in the air here in London, and summer berries and vegetables are still in season. It is my favourite time of the year here when… Continue reading

Tamarind Rasam

Believed to be native to East Africa, tamarind trees now grow throughout India, South East Asia and the West Indies. They are semi-evergreen tropical trees with long drooping branches and small leaves which… Continue reading

Onion Bhaji

These little morsels are terribly addictive; once you start munching on them it’s hard to stop.  In India this is a popular teatime snack and roadside venders fry them fresh and sell them… Continue reading