Chetna's Chickpea-paneer-curry

Chickpea Paneer Curry (Chole Paneer Curry in Almond Masala Gravy)

A simple creamy curry with almonds, onions and tomatoes which is the perfect base for the paneer and chickpeas. The chickpeas are soft and the sauce has a great hit to it that is offset by the almonds. Serve with piping hot chapati or rice. Ingredients 2-3 tbsp sunflower oil1 large onion, chopped1 tsp cumin seeds1 tsp black mustard seeds10-12 … Read More

Chetna's Fenugreek-chicken-curry

Fenugreek Chicken Curry (Methi Murg)

Fenugreek cooks so well with chicken and adds some great flavour. You can really taste the fenugreek (methi) but it’s not over-powering and the sauce is not too creamy but is rich and delicious. Ingredients 3 onions, thinly sliced3 tbsp rapeseed oil1 tsp fennel seeds1 tsp cumin seedsBunch fresh fenugreek3-4 garlic cloves5 medium tomatoes2-3 thumb-sized pieces of ginger6 pieces skinless … Read More

Chetna's Special-Oreo-cake

Special Oreo Cake

This is a delicious layered Oreo cake with an extra chocolate layer for added indulgence! Ingredients Cake Batter350g softened, unsalted butter350g caster sugar350g self-raising flour1½ tsp baking powder1 heaped tsp vanilla extract2 tbsp milk6 eggs½ packet Oreo biscuits Swiss Buttercream Icing4 egg whites300g caster sugar450g softened butter4-5 Oreo biscuits, crushed Chocolate Ganache Filling200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces200ml double cream … Read More

Chetna's Pickle-spiced-aubergine-curry

Pickle Spiced Aubergine Curry

This vegetarian/vegan aubergine curry is special as it has really aromatic, deep flavours of achar – pickle in Hindi – these are usually soaked in seed and mustard oil and I used this flavour as a base for this curry. Ingredients 2 tsp fennel seeds2 tsp coriander seeds1 tsp mustard seeds1 tsp cumin seeds1 tsp nigella seeds/onion seeds½ tsp fenugreek … Read More

Chetna's Spinach-&-onion-pulao

Spinach & Onion Pulao

This spinach & onion pulao is a light and quick dinner from my 30 Minute Indian recipe book that doesn’t need a side with it – just some pickles and yoghurt, or perhaps some dhal or potato sabji. Ingredients 2 medium onions, thinly sliced2-3 tbsp sunflower oil1 tbsp fennel seeds4-5 cloves4-5 black peppercorns3 cloves garlic, grated1 tsp salt1 tsp chilli … Read More

Chetna's Celebration-cake

Celebration Cake

This is a light, simple sponge, that is big enough for 20-25 people. A beautiful, melt in your mouth, delicious celebration cake. Ingredients Cake Batter250g golden caster sugar (or plain)250g unsalted butter, softened250g self-raising flour1 tsp baking powder1 tsp vanilla extract5 eggsZest 1 unwaxed lemon2 tbsp milk Filling600ml double cream4tbsp caster sugarLemon curd100g strawberries, de-stalked and cut in half100g blueberries100g … Read More

Chetna's Bean-and-potato-burger

Bean & Potato Burgers

These simple and delicious burgers are ready in minutes. They should have a slight crispiness on the outside but be super soft inside. I love to eat them with carrots and onions or salad or spinach leaves. Add other sauces or chutneys to your preference. Without the butter and mayonnaise, this is completely vegan. Ingredients Burgers2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled, cut … Read More

Chetna's Green-beans-and-potato-sabji

Green Beans & Potato Sabji

This Alu Sabji is really simple, healthy and delicious. It still has a bite but isn’t super crunchy and raw which is how a Sabji should be to absorb all the spices. Eat as a topping on sourdough or chapati or have with Tarka dhal on the side. Ingredients 1 tsp cumin seeds1 tsp black mustard seeds4 large plum tomatoes, … Read More

Chetna's Jeera-chicken-&-pulao

Jeera Chicken & Pulao

Make this cumin and black pepper chicken sabji with onion pulao in just 30 minutes. Simplicity at its best! Ingredients 2-3 tbsp sunflower oil3 red onionsHeaped tsp cumin seeds1 tsp salt½ tsp chilli powder1 tsp turmeric1 tsp garam masala½ tsp black pepper1 tsp ground cumin5 boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cut into bitesize piecesBunch fresh coriander Method Start by heating … Read More

Chetna's Basque-cheesecake

Honeyed Basque Cheesecake

This creamy, burnt cheesecake recipe from Ed Smith’s Crave is melt in the mouth and cloud-like! Ingredients 600g cream cheese120g golden caster sugar2 eggs300ml double creamPinch salt2½ tbsp runny honey40g plain flour Method Pre-heat oven to 220°CGrease 8” round cake tin – springform or loose-bottomed if possible.Line with double baking paper cut slightly larger than the tin and press right … Read More