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Recipe: Vegetable Gold Coins


This one’s our family’s own invention: vegetable gold coins. Think of them like an upgraded burger patty: overflowing with fresh ingredients and spices, but all kept together. When made well this one really tastes like a party in your mouth. Savoury, deep fried, and lots of fresh food: who can say no to that? Recipe: Vegetable Gold Coins Servings: 16 Gold Coins. Ingredients: 4 slices of crustless white bread 2 large potatoes, boiled with skin on 10 french beans finely chopped 1 carrot grated 1 cup of green peas boiled 1 tablespoon grated ginger a small bunch coriander leaves finely … keep reading

Indian style cottage cheese & pea rolls


This is one of our homemade inventions and looks like a superstar when served up as an appetizer – doesn’t need any frills in terms of garnishes and fancy plating to look good and taste great. The thick, soft potato shell with crisp outside melts in your mouth, whereas the fresh peas and cottage cheese are mouthwateringly good. When we served this one up at a recent friend gathering they immediately ran out as people took seconds, thirds, and even fourth helpings. What really makes the dish shine is the secret ingredients Ras El Hanout and Garam Masala paired with … keep reading

Mom’s Delicious Dal Fry, it doesn’t get better than this

dal fry regency spices

Dal Fry is a really popular Indian Lentil dish. It’s seasoned with a blend of spices giving it great depth of flavour. This dal never gets old, and is a staple of any north indian restaurant. It’s also easy to make. You can enjoy the dal fry with rice or roti or naan, it tastes great both ways. Here’s our home recipe, passed down through the generations! Serves 4-5 Ingredients: 1 cup Toor Dal (Arhar Daal) 5 cups water 2 small onion, finely chopped 1 small tomato, finely chopped 2 green chillies, slit in halves 1inch piece Ginger, grated 1 … keep reading

Fragrant Black Daal

Dinner at Jolly's Indian Bistro

Indian’s almost all unanimously agree that the king of daals is the Black Daal. Rather blandly named, this daal is a rich, thick daal made using black lentils. It’s lightly, but carefully spiced, and an absolute joy to eat with rice. If you’re going out to a north indian restaurant in a large group, this will undoubtedly get ordered. Hope you enjoy our family rendition! Recipe: Fragrant Black Daal Serves 4 Ingredients 100g dried black gram (mungo bean), soaked for about 6-8 hours 1 tbsp single cream 1 tsp butter 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin 1/2 tsp … keep reading

Veggie Cutlets – For making Indian style burgers

veggie burger recipe

In India, a burger almost rarely means “with meat” – quite the contrary to the rest of the world! India has historically been known for it’s high vegetarian population, and the influence has stretched deep into the western burger. Instead of going the “mock meat” route, Indian burgers are very different. They showcase the freshness of the vegetables and spices used, and it ends up like almost eating a curry transformed into the shape of a burger patty. Call it one of the earlier forms of haute cuisine if you will! This burger patty is very down to the earth, … keep reading

Recipe: Aloo Matar (spiced indian potato and pea curry)

photo: Joana Petrova

This recipe hails from the North of India, but is extremely popular all over because of the simple and fresh ingredients used. Some households prefer a dryer texture, in which case omit the tomato and don’t make into a paste. This recipe is commonly enjoyed with Indian Basmati rice, poori and chapatis (roti). Ingredients – 2 medium potatoes (aloo), peeled and diced – ¾ to 1 cup peas (matar) – 1 tbsp almond powder (grind 8-9 almonds in dry grinder) – half tsp (3g) Cumin Seeds – Pinch of Asafoetida – ½ to 1 tsp (3-5g) Red chilli powder (for … keep reading