Pure Punjabi…where did it all start?

Pure Punjabi cookery school, meal prep and food events

Pure Punjabi…Where did it all start?

 Increasingly, the old-fashioned ways have disappeared and to find home-made garam masala, tandoori dishes and all manner of home-cooked Indian food, you need to be in an Indian household.


Traditionally, when Indian girls were brought up, their mothers imparted them with all the essential know-how that they would need when they got married. These skills included a vast repertoire of culinary talents. Being able to impress your mother-in-law with your talents was of utmost importance. Therefore, being able to make yoghurt from scratch or to know the precise quantities of each type of masala were critical in your success as a daughter-in-law. 

As many Punjabi newlyweds and families ventured abroad to try and offer their (future) children more opportunities, the emphasis turned from successfully impressing (future) in-laws to fighting to ensure that your new life was a success. Therefore, many Punjabi mothers wanted to ensure that their daughter were well equipped for their new lives in a new country. Due to this shift in priorities, from cooking, to education and financial success, many Indian mothers haven’t passed on these time-honoured traditions.

However, as the first of her brothers and sisters to flee the home country, our mother/grandmother, Seso Kaur, clung to what she knew. For her, passing on her knowledge and skills was a necessity, as she was still in the mindset of training Surinder to be a skilled daughter-in-law. Therefore, Surinder was taught all the exact spice blends, how to make a variety of dairy products including ghee, paneer (cottage cheese) and yoghurt, how to make all the traditional breads and an array of starters, mains and sweet Indian desserts – and let’s not forget a good cup of cha (tea)!

When Surinder had her own children, most unusually, she decided that, in addition to academic and financial achievement, she would pass these traditional skills on to the next generation (despite her upbringing being completely different to her mother’s). However, she did make a modern change to her methods…instead of teaching just her daughter, she taught her sons as well. Safia, and her brothers Samir and Arun, are extremely proud of their culinary skills and that they can be self-sufficient with their in-depth knowledge of Punjabi cuisine and not rely on shop bought products to create dishes.

Out of her three children, Safia gets the most enjoyment from cooking. She feels as though cooking Punjabi food and preserving these time honoured skills, preserves the memory of her late grandmother. There’s a sense of continuity in using the same pots and pans and using the same methods as the previous generations.

Customer Reviews

Indian Meal kits, Dinner Kits & Gift Boxes

Customer Reviews

Karen Taylor October 2018

We are having such fun cooking from The Spice Pack Collection and all the dishes have come out brilliantly. The smell is divine and Rob, who is very fussy, is particularly impressed. All our visitors are wowed when they smell the box – we’ve been too possessive to share any with others, as yet!

As a natural therapist I particularly appreciate the healthy aspect of each dish, none of which compromise on taste. Good ingredients freshly cooked makes a big difference.

We’re going on holiday with three other couples in a couple of weeks and going to take the pack with us to cook some dishes together.

Maria M / BBQ Meal Kit Box customer

“We had a BBQ for family and friends few weeks ago and we made the Lamb Kebabs & Coconut & Sesame Chutney and Crushed Tikka New Potatoes & Mango Chicken… We received such rave reviews!! All so easy to make with the spices and sauces all provided for us…food was all delicious!”

Chris & Debs - dinner kit with cook-along customer

“That was so fun…

Thank you for the zoom meet up. That was so fun. We will definitely be up for another. Please send another suitable invite and kit. We are predominately veggies so used the butternut squash version. If this continue the local takeaway will suffer for sure. Again thanks”.

Carol R. dinner kit with cook-along customer

“What a wonderful cookalong…

…The Mango Chicken was delicious and my naan bread actually looked amazing – like the real thing. I feel so successful. Thank you. Looking forward to our next cookalong”.

Pam Brown – dinner kit with cook-along customer

“Thank you so much both…

– the class was amazing and we both really enjoyed the food. It makes so much difference knowing exactly how to do things and that we can make such tasty food which is gluten free. Jeera rice has always been my favourite but many restaurants don’t have it on the menu”.

Sylvia M – dinner kit with cook-along customer

“Thank you so much...
... for a great hour of cooking on Saturday evening. I enjoyed it very much as I have never done anything like it before. The Punjabi chicken was delicious and we had enough to freeze for another time”.

Sue W – dinner kit with cook-along customer

“Well that was amazing…
... the best curry I've ever had and Jxx said it was like being in India ( as he’s spent so much time there with work ) loved the class and so did Exxx looking forward to coming to your workshops…
…and will order some more kits from your website”

Roy P…dinner kit with cook-along customer

“Many thanks…
...for the cook–along workshop yesterday. It was very enjoyable and the meal tasted lovely. As someone who is not a confident cook it was ideal to follow your teaching. I have recommended this to a friend of mine who is very interested in joining the next cook–along. I will definitely be doing it again”.

Ellie Pipe

I highly recommend this lovely family run local company…

... We’ve enjoyed 2 of their meal kits now along with an online cook along to show us what to do. Thank you.

Diane McGillivray

I love them all and would highly recommend…

...If I had to choose one it would be the Mango chicken.