Author Archives: Safia Hothi-Bellamy

What is ghee?

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What is Ghee? Ghee is the Punjabi and Hindi word for clarified butter. It is butter that has been gently brought up to a simmer.  This causes the butter to separate into different layers, allowing you to remove the impurities that will burn if butter is used in cooking. This means that ghee can be […]

Fenugreek: an introduction to this lesser known spice

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Fenugreek: an introduction to this lesser known spice There are many spices, such as cinnamon, cumin and coriander seeds. The ones I have just mentioned are familiar to most people, but there are other lesser know spices, such as fenugreek, which we seldom see in western cookery and would probably never be able to identify […]

Fight off winter bugs with Traditional Indian remedies

Herbs and spices not only provide great flavour to so many dishes, but also contain a powerhouse of natural ingredients that boost our immune systems and help us fight off those pesky seasonal bugs. Here are my 3 favourite Indian remedies that I use year after year to fight off Winter nasties… Winter cough: Turmeric […]

5 Indian food myths busted!

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  There are so many misconceptions out there about Indian food. Many of these stem from the belief that “all Indian food is the same”. So, I’m here to set the record straight! Even if you consider yourself a ‘curry aficionado’, I bet you will have been tricked by at least one of these… 1. […]

What is Langar?

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This system (langar) was implemented in Sikh temples over 500 years ago. Through initiatives such as National Langar Week (which takes place in either October or November), as well as other projects, Sikhs are hoping to spread the spirit behind the system of langar into the national and international community, so that everyone can benefit […]

Pancake day recipe: Turmeric & vanilla pancakes with agave syrup & lemon juice

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  Pancake day recipe: Turmeric & vanilla pancakes with agave syrup & lemon juice These pancakes are quick to make and really delicious. They are vegan and dairy-free (not that you’d know). Note: These pancakes must be served with their agave syrup & lemon juice topping, as they complete this golden stack perfectly. Make 9 […]

Cookery hack: How to flatten Makki di Roti using the traditional method

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Cookery hack: How to flatten Makki di Roti using the traditional method Makki di Roti are the lesser known, yet equally delicious chapatti. They are made from cornmeal and are traditionally served with Saag (spiced mustard leaves). Naturally gluten-free, they are a quintessential Punjabi dish – that is to say – hearty, plant-based farmers food. […]

Partition: our experience at the India-Pakistan border ceremony

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Partition: our experience at the India-Pakistan border ceremony On the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, we’d thought that we’d look back at our family’s time at the Indian-Pakistan border ceremony. If you are planning a trip to India and are putting together a list of must-do items, put the Indian-Pakistan border ceremony at the top […]

A step-by-step guide: How to make roti (chapattis) from scratch

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Punjab is known as ‘The bread basket of India’ due to the vast amount of crops grown in this rural area, which provides 80% of India’s produce. As the master region of breads, roti (also known as chapatti) is the daily bread that accompanies each meal. It is so essential to our diet that the […]

Our family trip to Northern Cyprus

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Our family trip to Northern Cyprus   When you hear people talk about Cyprus, usually it’s the Greek side that immediately springs to mind. However, there is also the Turkish side. It is understandable that most think of the Greek side – you can only fly directly to the Greek side, it’s currency is the […]

Pancake day: 3 Indian inspired pancake recipes

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Pancake day: 3 Indian inspired pancake recipes Chocolate orange and cardamom pancakes These pancakes make a lovely change to plain pancakes and are great as an indulgent weekend breakfast or as a treat! If you’re making these for children, they may find cocoa nibs a little too bitter, so you can always swap them for […]

How to make paneer

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How to make paneer   Paneer is Indian cottage cheese, and is very simple and easy to make and is very similar to ricotta. To make paneer, you just need 2 ingredients, so why not give it a try…   Ingredients: 4 cups of whole milk (must be whole milk) juice of 1 lemon mixed […]

3 Healthy Indian inspired breakfast recipes

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3 Healthy Indian inspired breakfast recipes Cinnamon-pecan granola Makes enough for 1 person Ingredients: 1/4 cup jumbo rolled oats (use gluten-free oats if you prefer) 1 teaspoon honey 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 5 pecan nuts, roughly broken into smaller pieces 1 tablespoon flaked almondsSeeds of 1/2 a pomegranate 1 cup Greek yogurt (or plant-based yogurt if […]

How to use turmeric

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How to use turmeric Turmeric: what it is and how to use it Turmeric is an ingredient that is always appearing in recipes and on blog posts these days and is hailed as a miracle spice, renowned for it’s health properties. Although it may sound like a great idea to include turmeric within your diet, […]