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Butter Chicken and Almond Seekh Kebab with Mango Chutney Yoghurt, for Pataks

Seekh kebabs are a North Indian/Pakistani dish with ties to middle eastern cookery - spiced ground meat is threaded onto skewers and cooked over a charcoal BBQ. It's fantastic street food - especially delicious wrapped up in a naan bread with some sauce. This is a really easy chicken and [...]

By |June 10th, 2017|

One-pot slow cooker butter chicken and buttery rice, for Pataks

Traditionally, butter chicken, also known as “makhani” in Indian, is made with chicken pieces on the bone, which are perfect for slow cooking coming into the cooler months. The bones release lots of flavour and nutrients into the dish, which is cooked in butter for extra yumminess. Don’t be tempted [...]

By |June 10th, 2017|

Lamb Tikka Shephards Pie with Mushy Pea Crust, for Pataks

This dish is an homage to British Indian cooking. When you think about it, there are so many ingredients that both the Indians and British love to use – potatoes, peas, lamb, and mint are all classics in both cuisines. So it’s no wonder that throughout history the English have [...]

By |June 10th, 2017|

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|