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Bella’s Fenugreek Chicken Curry, Methi Murgh

Chicken and fenugreek are a match made in heaven, it's one of those classic pairings in Indian cookery that melts everyones hearts. This curry is typical of Punjabi cuisine in the north of india, and is especially popular in the home kitchen. Dry fenugreek leaf - kasuri methi, is readily [...]

By |March 14th, 2016|

Bella’s Indian Chips and Salsa, Papadums with Kachumber

My best friend Kitti has just returned from a holiday in north India, and although I didn't quite fit in her suitcase, I was certainly with her in spirit. To celebrate her return I threw a north indian inspired dinner party, and challenged myself to featuring some curious and lesser [...]

By |March 10th, 2016|

Bella’s Black Lentil Dahl with Tomatoes and Cream, “Dal Pakhtooni”

I've long been curious about different pulses and grains... the selection we're used to is quite narrow, and more focussed on european varieties. In India, there is a huge variety of pulses, which are made into delicious vegetarian dishes with many regional variations. This dahl is made with a type [...]

By |March 9th, 2016|

Bella’s Kashmini Style Eggplant and Yoghurt Curry, Dahi Baingan

Eggplant is probably my favourite vegetable of all time. It's creamy, slightly bitter, and oh so delicious. It's a vegetarian and meat eaters dream, and I'm sure you'll fall in love with this curry. Dahi Baingan is a classic dish in Indian cuisine, it literally translates to "eggplant and yoghurt". [...]

By |March 8th, 2016|

Bella’s Indian Cheese and Potato Dumplings in Creamy Curry, Malai Kofta

The word "kofta" is used for many different dishes throughout India, the Middle East and even Greece. Essentially, it means ball and can refer to a number of savoury dishes e.g. Greek lamb meatballs, Balkan pork and veal, North Indian vegetarian varieties and North African seafood varieties. I've even heard that Turkey [...]

By |March 7th, 2016|

Bella’s Red Amaranth Steamed Dumplings with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Photo Credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com Gong Hey Fat Choi... That's happy new year in Chinese! New year is celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and is full of symbolism and traditions. This year we will be celebrating on 8th February. On new years eve, families get together for a [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|

Bella’s Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry

Tomorrow is the Sri Lankan national day of independence, and it's celebrated with various dances, performances, ceremonies, parades, and of course food. It's a day where a sense of national unity is promoted, and serves as a good reminder of how important food is in bringing people together. I've always appreciated [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|

A very Filipino Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

As with so many countries, the history of the Phillipines has shaped their Christmas traditions. Their Spanish past means that many catholic traditions are upheld, and because it was an American colony there are lots of western traditions. As with the Koreans, the Filipinos also love to give money as [...]

By |January 15th, 2016|

A very South Korean Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

There are more Christians in South Korea than most Asian countries, making up about 25% of the population so it’s definitely a big deal! The light displays in Seoul are second to none, and a real treat for tourists and locals alike. Although Christianity is technically allowed in North Korea, [...]

By |January 11th, 2016|

Bella’s Indian Almond and Pistachio fudge slice ”Badam Burfi”, as seen on The Morning Show

In Australia we are so lucky to sample so many amazing foods from different cultures from around the world. This week Hindus around the world will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, and families everywhere decorate their homes with lamps and [...]

By |November 18th, 2015|