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Kurmas Pesto Pasta

Ingredients1 1/2 cups fresh chopped basil leaves1 tsp salt1/2 cup olive oil (reserve 1 tbsp)3 tbsp pinenuts, lightly toasted and chopped3/4 tsp asafoetida powder125g grated parmesan cheese575g pasta linguine   DirectionsCrush the basil with the salt and half the olive oil in a food processor. Add the rest of oil and the pine nuts and three […]

India Unplated: A culinary journey with chefs Helly Raichura, Adam D’Sylva and Sandeep Pandit

By Neeru Saluja Join celebrated Indian-Australian chefs Helly Raichura, Adam D’Sylva and Sandeep Pandit on a culinary journey on SBS’s new food documentary series, India Unplated. Through this journey you will travel from the far north to the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, exploring and celebrating the diversity and complexity of India’s regional cuisines. You […]

Grow your own ginger

Ginger is used extensively in Indian cooking. Geez! we all wonder at the price, the most expensive culinary vegetable which adds so much flavour to Indian curries. And in winter no Indian home will drink tea without the slice of ginger in it. Most housewives discuss the price of ginger where they can find it […]

Meet Depinder Chhibber who is smiling her way through MasterChef Australia!

By Neeru Saluja With a dream to place Indian home cooking on a global platform, MasterChef contestant Depinder Chhibber is here to stay. A creative and experimental cook, Depinder is smiling her way through the contest impressing the judges with her versatile dishes. Depinder’s cooking journey started from learning traditional recipes from her mum to […]

Ash and Simran represent ”˜Team India’ on Channel 7’s ”˜Plate of Origin’

By Neeru Saluja They are ready to cook up a cultural storm in the kitchen as the husband-wife duo represent ”˜Team India’ on Channel 7’s ”˜Plate of Origin’. IT specialist Ash and his wife Simran who is an actress and model have been married for 14 years. They are the proud parents to two young […]

Yummy Kadi Chawal Thali

By Neena Badhwar At times one feels what to eat today. No not that. Not that even. No don’t feel like when people in the family suggest something. For a housewife this dilemma is always there. What to cook today. For the members of the family it is not a problem but the one who […]

Ripe green mango salad

  By Neena Badhwar Everyone is enjoying the heavenly Australian mangoes this summer – Kalypso, R2E2, Kensington Pride, Honey Gold, Palmer, Keitt, Kent, Parvin and Brooks. In India we used to have over 200 varieties of mangoes which included the aromatic Alphonsos, Dooseri and many more. Then there are the Thai green mangoes which one […]


By Neena Badhwar Gujjias are a traditional Indian sweet made on the occasion of Holi and other celebrations and happy occasions. At Holi people serve Gujjias to guests and also gift Gujjias to friends and relatives. I tried the following recipe from the net and it was not bad at all for a first try. […]

Balushahi by Mrs Vimla Singh

Mrs Bimla Singh with her famous Balushahi Mrs Bimla Singh has been feeding us Balushahi for the last thirty years in Sydney and they are so popular that we all asked her for recipe as now she is 80 years old unless the recipe may be left a secret. Singhs came to Australia in the […]

Delicious Dosa Breakfast

Bina Jose in Sydney makes excellent dosas which are a common breakfast practice with Keralite Hindus. Like the paranthas in the north this dosa and coconut chutney breakfast is a norm in many Malayali homes. Urad dal substitutes for proteins while rice provide the carbs. Fresh coconuts are in abundance all around the coast and […]

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