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Posted on October 18, 2017 by

October – Carrot Halwa Spring Rolls

Carrot halwa in its traditional form must be India’s most recognisable dessert as it is cooked in most Indian homes in winter. Carrot halwa is a great dessert for for instance Diwali and it is not very difficult to make. Serves 6 Ingredients: 60g ghee or clarified butter 250g regular carrots, peeled and grated 250g Read More

Posted on July 25, 2017 by

July – Lassi Panna Cotta

Lassi Panna Cotta – a fresh, summery dessert accompanied by juicy, sweet mangoes, perfect at this time of year. Anyone who has travelled to India in the summer will be familiar with Lassi stalls that pop up all over small towns and cities during the summer months serving these cooling drinks at the peak of Read More

crab cakes
Posted on November 24, 2016 by

November – Bengali Crab & Cod Cakes

As we head into the festive season, I’m sharing my recipe for Bengali crab and cod cakes. This is a great little snack, and an ideal dish for a party, it can be useful to use up all the trimmings, if you had a big party. The crab cakes are slightly unusual in its use of raisins, Read More

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Posted on October 31, 2016 by

October – Stuffed Parathas

October’s dish of the month features the recipe for kheema stuffed parathas, a popular Punjabi breakfast. Dip the bread into yoghurt or pickle or scoop up butter with it. Traditionally it’s always freshly churned home made butter but regular salted butter will do just fine. As made by Vivek on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen – catch up on the show Read More

spices on newsprint
Posted on October 21, 2016 by

Vivek is Back on Saturday Kitchen and BBC Radio 2 this week!

The forthcoming week is set to be a delicious one! On Thursday 27th October, Chef Vivek will be talking festive food and all things Diwali on BBC Radio 2. Tune in to BBC Radio 2 from 5pm on Thursday 27th October for the Simon Mayo Drivetime show for a special ‘Foodie Thursday’. And on Saturday 29th Read More

Shrimp Kichri-min
Posted on July 11, 2016 by

July – Shrimp Kichri

July’s dish of the month features the recipe for shrimp kichri, a great brunch dish and as made by Vivek on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen – catch up on the show here! I remember my Dad used to say a true Bengali can’t have a single meal without fish or something fishy! Kichri was something that was Read More

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Posted on July 11, 2016 by

June – Baked Whole Fish

As demonstrated to the crowds by Vivek at this year’s Taste of London festival in Regent’s Park, for June’s dish of the month we’re sharing a simple yet effective barbecue dish, perfect for entertaining or an impressive family lunch. You could easily wrap the fish in foil and cook over a barbecue, but baking in the Read More

Old Delhi-Style Butter Chicken
Posted on March 30, 2016 by

March – Old Delhi-Style Butter Chicken

In honour of James Martin’s final Saturday Kitchen Live appearance, March’s recipe has to be his all-time favourite – Old Delhi-Style Butter Chicken! Without doubt butter chicken has to be India’s favourite dish when eating out. I must have asked hundreds of people to name the one dish they always order when they go out Read More

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Posted on February 4, 2016 by

February – Uttapam – South Indian rice pancake with spiced potatoes

Uttapam – South Indian rice pancake with spiced potatoes In celebration of Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday this month, how about trying uttapam? A firm favourite of mine, that can be enjoyed anytime of the day but are excellent for breakfast.  Serves 4 Ingredients For rice pancake 50g split white urad dal 150g basmati or Read More

Posted on November 9, 2015 by

November – Apple & Carom Seed Crumble

Apple & Carom Seed Crumble This is a dessert we often make when our neighbours have too many apples in their garden. As you can probably tell by now, ajwain or carom seeds are a particularly favourite spice of mine, so there I go again! Carom seeds add a wonderful pungency and savouriness to the Read More

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