Everyday Indian Food
Namaste and Hello!
My name’s Kiran. Welcome to my kitchen.
I’ve been teaching Indian vegetarian cookery classes in Oxfordshire for more than 14 years. I’m also the co-founder of Holy Cow! F.C. (Food Company) – a company run by my daughter. We make Holy Cow! sauces. We love home cooked food – it’s very different from what you find in an Indian restaurant in the UK!
Real home cooked Indian food has delicate layers of flavour – and a little kick of heat. We eat it every day because it’s tasty, healthy and versatile. I want to share some of my home cooked recipes with you here on this site. Many of my traditional recipes have been
ruined adapted and updated by my kids who grew up in Britain.
This site won’t all be about Holy Cow! I want to share some of my ideas which will teach you the basics of Indian cookery, and hopefully help you to be more creative in the kitchen (and maybe sometimes I’ll use my Holy Cow! sauces just to give you some extra inspiration!).
First things first. Here’s my spice box below – it’s one of the most important things I keep by my side in my kitchen (bottles of my Holy Cow! sauces are in a holster around my waste. Just kidding).
Over the next few posts I’ll show you more about the spices in this special little box and how to make the most of the secrets inside it… Indian food often sounds a bit mysterious like that – but I’m here to show you just how fun, easy and of course how yummy it can be.
Just so you know what I keep in my basic spice box – starting at the top and going clockwise – I’ve got paprika, coriander powder, cumin seeds, whole mustard seeds, chilli powder, turmeric – and salt in the middle.
My cupboards are full of many more spices – I love to experiment and try new ideas. But don’t worry, we’ll take it slowly, and begin with the some of the spices above first.
Here’s another spice box I recently bought from India – it smells amazing when I slide the wooden cover back. This box has small white cardamons, cloves, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns and nutmegs in the middle.
I hope that’s intrigued you a little – maybe your mouth is already watering!
Come back soon for my first quick simple recipe. I’m going to start with a north Indian classic. One that every good
Indian wife cook should know! Aloo Gobi (potatoes and cauliflower) – made famous in the classic british-indian film Bend it Like Beckham. “Anyone can cook Aloo Gobi!”