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Naan bruschetta, eggplant pickle, and Kachumber salad

Bread. It’s a staple dish, literally all over the world. The fantastic thing about bread is that it’s a flavour carrier, so you can put almost anything on it and take your taste buds on a journey to anywhere: from a Vietnamese bahn mi, to a French croque madame, to [...]

By |April 29th, 2017|

Korma Kale and Chickpea Fritters with Pataks Eggplant Pickle

  Corn fritters and zucchini fritters might have taken Aussie kitchens by storm, but did you know that they have been cooking fritters in India for years? “Pakora” are little fried snacks made from vegetables and chickpea flour. They are fried to crispy golden deliciousness, and our version, made with [...]

By |April 14th, 2017|

Bella’s baked Tandoori Barramundi salad with pickled Cucumber and herbed Yoghurt

Indian cuisine is probably the most diverse in the world – north to south, province to province, and even home to home have an incredible variety of dishes that would take more than a lifetime to master. Because of the complexity of spice blends and and sheer number of dishes [...]

By |February 10th, 2017|

Sammy and Bella’s Lamb Masala as seen on The Morning Show

  This Lamb Masala is a waist-friendly version of a favourite takeaway curry. Spices, garlic, chilli and onion add amazing flavour without the need for salt or sugar to be added to the dish. Lamb leg steaks are a lean cut of lamb, which means this dish is very low in [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|

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 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|