Bengali Rice Kheer

This dish can be made at any time, and it is also a favourite sweet at Diwali.

This beautiful Indian dessert is a favourite dish made at Diwali, but it can be made at any time. It is quite wonderful, an Indian take on a rice pudding. One of the beautiful traditions of Diwali is the making and sharing of sweet things.

You might like to browse our dessert recipes here and here, or our Indian recipes are here and here. Find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

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Pickled Cumquats

Vibrant in colour and tangy in flavour, these are a great addition to salads, soups and other dishes.

It is an exciting time when Cumquats (Kumquats) are in season. Each year, Cumquat Marmalade is made. And then attention turns to Cumquat pickles.

Are you looking for cumquat recipes? Browse our collection.  Or look through our recipes for preserves here. and here. Our favourite is Cumquats in Gin. Find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

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Beetroot Halwa | Glossy, Buttery, Divine

A sweet Indian dessert.

This style of the Indian versions of Halwa are made of fruit or sweet vegetables such as beetroot and carrot, which are cooked down for a long time in ghee and sugar. They are intensely flavoured and delicious.

Halwas are very sweet, so they are meant to be eaten in small servings. This one would be good on its own or, in a Western style, with some cream or plain icecream. Because it is very jam-like, it is also great on thick Turkish toast, or stirred through a plate of porridge.

You might like to browse our other dessert recipes here and here, and our other beetroot recipes here. and here. Other Indian recipes are here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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Mung Dal | ISKON

ISKON recipes are always delicious.

This Mung Dal so tasty – like most of the recipes from ISKCON, it is unexpectedly delicious. Loads of ghee gives the dal a glorious taste – ghee and mung go together so well. Also the dal is roasted with turmeric and asafoetida before cooking, emitting a delicious aroma.

You might also like to try a Mung Dal Kitcheri, Mung Dal Sundal, or Mung Dal with Ghee. Browse Mung Dal recipes here and here, or Dal recipes here and here. Other Indian recipes are here and here, or find inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.

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Peperoni in Padella | Roasted Red Peppers Salad

A simple dish with sweetness of red capsicums for the heat of summer

On hot days you need quick and easy food that is light and cooling. Make some Red Peppers in Oil and then go to the beach.

You will also enjoy Capsicum with Feta and Kidney Beans, Grilled and Oiled Eggplants and Peppers, and Sweet Red Pepper Salads. Perhaps even try drying capsicums for winter snacks. All Capsicum recipes are here and here, and Salads here and here. Our Italian recipes are here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.

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A Spicy Cucumber Salad with Herbs and Poppy Seeds

A marvellous cucumber salad, complete with poppy seeds and herbs. Join me for dinner?

A spicy cucumber salad, just in time for a wonderful, summer-on-the-balcony lunch.

This is a recipe from Ottolenghi, and you can see all of our Ottolenghi recipes here.

Are you after other Cucumber Salads? Try Cucumber and Tomato Sunday Salad, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad, and Cucumber and Mung Salad.

You also might like to browse our collection of Cucumber Salads. Or simply browse our Late Summer dishes.

This time in other years I was making Indian Cucumber Salad, Crispy Garlic and Sage, Asparagus in Pastry, Baked Peppers, Red Peppers in Olive Oil, and a Strawberry Frappe.

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Tahina Tarator | Tahini Spread | Tahini Dip or Dressing

A taste of the Middle East

This is a wonderfully simple dip, spread, dressing or sauce, quick to make, healthy and delicious to eat while watching the share prices.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Green Tahini Dip and Sauce, Yoghurt Tahina Dip with Herbs, and Green peppers in yoghurt.

You can browse all of our our Dips are here, Lebanese dishes here and Middle Eastern recipes here. Or be inspired by our Late Spring recipes.

This time in other years I was making a Cucumber Olan Curry, Salt and Pepper Lotus Seeds, Marinated Zucchini, Dal Makhani Nilgiri, Green Mung Dal Soup, Lentil Dumplings in a Spicy Gravy, and Overnight Breakfast Oats.

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Salt and Pepper Makhana | Salt and Pepper Lotus Seeds

A wonderful snack made from Lotus Seeds

Puffed Lotus seeds, or Makhana, are an unusual ingredient that is used in India and SE Asia. Makhana Palak is a wonderful dish of lotus seeds in a spinach gravy. But it is also beautiful to simply saute the puffed seeds in butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Are you looking for recipes for snacks? Have a look here and here. Our favourite snack is Bhajji. See our lotus seed recipes. Other Indian recipes are here and here, or find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

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Cauliflower Walnut Cream Soup

A soup perfect for transitional weather.

A light soup which allows us to recall winter yet allow Spring to advance on her journey.

Are you looking for soup recipes- see here and here. Or perhaps cauliflower recipes here and here. Our favourites are Cauliflower Slow Cooked in Oil and Carrot and Coriander Soup. Or find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

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Doodh Wale Aloo | Milkman Potatoes | Indian Potatoes in Milk

A satisfying and easy curry.

Indian potato recipes are some of the best in the world. From mashed potato to deep fried potato, to potato in toasted sandwiches, the addition of spices something special from these dishes made from humble ingredients. This recipe is a lovely, home cooking, comforting dish of potatoes in milk.

Many cuisines combine milk or cream with potatoes – the French in Potatoes Dauphinois, Germany has Potato Salad made with cream, the Danish love Brændende Kærlighed, and then there is English Mashed Potato and French Mashed Potato, both with milk or indulgent with cream. Potato and milk is definitely a thing.

You may like to browse our Potato Recipes here and here.  Or explore our collection of Indian recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

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Simple Aloo Palak Subzi | Potatoes and Spinach | A Dry Curry

Spinach and Potatoes, a warming and nourishing combo – a very healthy, homely and delicious dry vegetable dish

There are two ways of making aloo palak one is dry aloo palak subzi and the other is potato in a wet, smooth spinach gravy. Today’s recipe is the dry version – Fried potatoes are mixed with spinach and spices. It is a popular North Indian dish.

This is a surprise dish, one where a simple spinach base with so few ingredients makes a tasty dish. That speaks to very good matching of ingredients and the matching of spices to the vegetable.

Are you looking for other Subzi dishes? Try Sweet Potato Subzi with Yoghurt, Aloo Baingan Subzi, and Carrot and Beetroot Subzi.

You might also like Mint Paneer and Makhana Palak. Also check Saag Aloo, a version of this dish with tomatoes.

Browse our other Subzi recipes, our Spinach Recipes and Potato Recipes. Other Indian recipes are here, or find inspiration in our Early Spring dishes.

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Carrot Sambol | A Jaffna-Style Salad

Sambol is one of the most popular side dishes in Sri Lanka.

Sambol is one of the most popular side dishes in Sri Lanka. It is cheap and easy to make and is enjoyed from humble homes in rural areas to the 5 star hotels of Colombo. Sri Lankan’s will dive into this delicacy at breakfast, lunch or dinner! It’s usually served as an accompaniment to string hoppers (small disks of rice noodles popular for breakfast in Sri Lanka) or rice and curry at any time of day.

Most Sambols are simply a set of ingredients that are mixed together, so they are incredibly easy to make. It also makes a great summer salad for picnics, post xmas haze or long summer nights eating on the balcony or decking. Adjust the amount of yoghurt to your personal preference. Continue reading “Carrot Sambol | A Jaffna-Style Salad”

Parsnip and Carrot Mash

A quick, wintery mash

Parsnips at this time of the year are beautiful, soft and tender (see the soup made yesterday). This is a great mash using both parsnips and carrots.

Parsnips cook quicker than the more dense carrots, so you can either add the parsnips a little time after the carrots, or, like me, love the texture of mashed parsnips with partly mashed carrots.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Are you looking for delightful Mashes? You might also want to try Garlicky Potato Mash, Broad Bean and Butter Bean Mash, and Pumpkin Cooked with Lashings of Butter. And try these Potato Mashes – English, French, and Indian.

Browse our parsnip recipes here and here, and the  carrot recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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A Magical Spicy Parsnip and Carrot Soup with Crispy Garlic

A hearty soup complimented by crispy garlic.

Parsnips are under-rated. It has something to do with the fact that they can be woody if they are too old or bought out of season.But buy them when they are in season and at their prime, and they are wonderful winter vegetables.

Are you after similar recipes? Try Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises, Parsnip and Barley Soup with Garlic and Sage and Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup.

You can browse all of our Parsnip recipes, and our Carrot recipes. Explore our Soups too. Or be inspired by our Mid Winter recipes.

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Lotus Seeds with Spinach | Palak Makhana

Lotus Seeds are a crunchy ingredient suitable for many different dishes.

Lotus are sacred to many cultures (see some beautiful photos here), and many use the seeds in their kitchen. Phook Makhana (lotus seeds) are cooked in a spinach gravy, much like the way that Palak Paneer is cooked.

This is quite an interesting dish. The phool makhana adds texture to the dish but not a lot of individual taste – similar to the way that paneer adds texture but little taste to Palak Paneer.

You may also be interested in Salt and Pepper Makhana. Or browse our Indian collection of recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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