Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Methi Chicken


1Kg of chicken (boneless thighs)
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Garlic paste
1 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Corriander powder
1/2 tsp Kashmiri Mirch salt
a little Mustard Oil
a sprinkle of turmeric powder

Keep it in the refrigerator for 30 mins to an hour or overnight preferably .

1. Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan or kadhai. 
2. Temper the oil with 1/2 tsp of Methi seeds and 1/2 tsp of whole Cumin seeds
3. Add 1-2 cup of thinly sliced onions and fry till the onions are soft and turning brown. 
4. Mix 1tsp Ginger paste
5. Mix 1tsp Garlic paste 
6. Add in 2 Green Chilli

Add this paste to above and fry for next 2 minutes

7. Add in 1 Large Tomato (chopped)

8. Fry till oil separates

9. Add 1 tsp of Cumin Powder, 1 tsp of Corriander Powder, 1/2 tsp of Kashmiri Mirch

Fry the masala with sprinkle of water

Add the chicken pieces and salt to taste

Fry till they colour changes.

Cook uncovered for the next 15-20 mins 

At the end of this process you will see the oil separating , that indicates good things are in the making.

Now add 2 tsp kasoori methi crushed between your palm, mix everything well together and about 1/2-1 cup of warm water

Adjust salt for taste. Cook covered till chicken is done. By this point a thin layer of oil should float on the top indicating all is good.

Sprinkle some more of the kasoori methi and keep covered until you serve hot.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Aloo Gobhi

Potatoes,1 inch cubes2 medium
Cauliflower , large florets1 medium
Oil3 tablespoons
Cumin seeds1 teaspoon
Green chillies,slit3
Ginger paste1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli powder1/2 teaspoon
Saltto taste
Yogurt2 tablespoons
Ginger,cut into thin strips2 inch piece
Tomato,chopped (optional)1 large
Fresh coriander leaves,chopped2 tablespoons
Heat oil in a kadai and add cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour, add green chillies and ginger paste. Sauté for half a minute. Add potatoes and cauliflower and stir. Sauté for two to four minutes. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt and mix. Add yogurt and mix again, cover and cook on medium heat till done. Add ginger strips and stir well. Add tomato and stir. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot. 

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Cholar Dal

Pressure Cook 

1 cup of Chana Dal/Cholar Dal with almost 2 & 1/2 cups of water
1 green cardamom,
1 clove,
1/4 tsp of turmeric
and little salt

for 6 minutes after steam has built up in the cooker or say about 10-12 mins on the whole. The lentils should be soft and cooked by this time, if not you need to cook more.

Heat 1 tbsp of Oil (or Ghee) in a Kadhai 

Temper the oil with

1 small bay leaf,
2-3 green cardamom/elaichi,
2-3 clove/laung,
1" thin stick of cinnamon
and 2 dry red chili

Add a pinch of asafoetidia/hing to the oil

When you get the aroma of the spices add the cooked dal to the pot and saute. Do not add the dal water at this point. Reserve the dal water for later use.

Add a fistful of golden raisinssalt to tastea pinch or two of turmeric and mix well. You can add a little grated ginger, I don't necessarily do it always.

Add about 1/2 - 1 cup of water and let the dal simmer till it comes to a boil. This dal will be on the thicker side and not very liquid, so simmer till it reaches a thick consistency.

Just before taking off the heat add 1/2 tsp of sugar and mix. Add 1/2 tsp of ghee if you have not used ghee for cooking. Taste and adjust for seasonings. TipIf you are not used to whole garam masalas in your dal, fish out the cardamom, clove, bay leaf and cinnamon from the dal at this point.

Garnish with fried pieces of coconut. You can also add a little grated coconut as the garnish.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Suji Payesh [Suji ki Kheer]



1 litre milk
3/4 cup sooji (rava)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
10-12 strands saffron
10 almonds crushed coarsely
5 pistachios crushed coarsely
5 Cashews to garnish
1 tsp. ghee


Heat ghee in a heavy deep pan.
Add sooji and stir till lightly roasted
Boil milk in another pan
Add sooji, stir continuously so no lumps form
Cook till the kheer is semi-solid (or preferred consistency is reached)
Add sugar and stir till sugar dissolves
Add remaining ingredients
Add cashews to garnish on top
Serve hot

Sunday, 6 November 2011


Ra One 
Starring Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor 
Director - Anubhav Sinha
Release Date - 26th October 2011
Review - **
Not worth watching in a cinema hall. Wait for TV release.

Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri 
Director - Imitiaz Ali
Release Date - 11th November 2011
Review - ***
A R Rahman and Mohit Chauhan are the real rockstars of this movie. Good attempt by Imtiaz in direction and the narration though the weak spot of the movie is definitely lack of a compelling story. 

Don 2 : The Chase Continues
Starring Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra  
Director - Farhan Akhtar
Release Date - 23rd December 2011

Starring Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt   
Director - Karan Malhotra
Release Date - 2012

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Best Indian Restaurants in London

Sarasas Restaurant 

One of the best Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani in London
Excellent collection of Dosa's as well

630-634 Uxbridge Road, Hayes, Middlesex  UB4 0RY

Website -

Selfridges Food Garden Cafe [04th Floor]  
Best Indian Thali in Central London
Top restaurant to stop for Lunch for Indian Tourists

Selfridges & Co
400 Oxford Street
(near Bond Street Station)
Veer Dhara Restaurant   

Authentic Indian Taste in St Albans

81, St. Peters Street,
St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Tel: 01727-847070

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat- 12 Noon to 11:30p.m.
Sunday- 12 Noon to 10:30p.m.
Ruby M's Restaurant   

Good Indo-Chinese Food

466-468 Alexandra Avenue,
Rayners Lane, 
(next to Rayners Lane Tube Station)
Blue Ginger Restaurant   

Excellent Starters especially Tandoori Prawns


Lunch - Tues - Sat :: 12 pm - 3 pm
Snacks - Tues - Sat :: 3 pm - 6 pm
Dinner - Mon - Sat :: 6 pm - 11.15 pm
Sun & Bank Holidays* :: 1 pm - 10.30 pm
*Food is served throughout the day
383 Kenton Road,
Harrow, Middlesex 
HA3 0XS 
Tel:      +44 208 909 0100
Fax:     +44 208 909 3988

Woodlands Restaurant   

Finest South Indian Food in Central London

Marylebone Lane
77 Marylebone Lane 
London W1U 2PS 
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7486 3862 

37 Panton Street 
London SW1Y 4EA 
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7839 7258 

102 Heath Street 
London NW3 1DR 
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7794 3080 
Sakoni's Restaurant   

Best Vegetarian Buffet in London

5-8 Dominion Parade, 
Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2TR

127-129 Ealing Road, Wembley HA0 4BP

Chandni Chowk Restaurant   

Best Chole Bhatura in London and if you like having Gol Guppa's standing !!

106 The Broadway, 

Southall, Middlesex 
0208-867 7200 


The Vintage Restaurant [Harrow]   

Good Butter Chicken. Recommended if you are in  Harrow and looking for some nice North Indian food.  

207 Station Road, 

Harrow, Middlesex 
0208-427 7960 


Events in London 

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Hindu Temples in UK

1. Neasden Temple

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple

Location - Neasden, London

Address - 

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden,
London NW10 8LD, U.K.
Tel: (+44-20) 8965 2651

Murti Darshan Timings

9.00am11.00amMurti Darshan Open (Viewing of Sacred Deities)
11.00am11.45amMurti Darshan Closed for Rajbhog Thal (Offering foods to the Sacred Deities)
11.45am12.15pmMurti Darshan Open for Rajbhog Arti (Ritual of waving of lights to the Sacred Deities)

Murti Darshan Closed (Monday to Friday)
Murti Darshan Closed (Saturday & Sunday)
4.00pm6.00pmMurti Darshan Open

Abhishek Timings

Visitor Information including public transport -

2. Watford Temple

ISKCON - Bhaktivedanta Manor

Bhaktivedanta Manor was donated to the Hare Krishna movement in the early 1970's by the former Beatle George Harrison.

Address - 

Bhaktivedanta Manor
Dharam Marg
Hilfield lane, Aldenham
Near Watford, Herts
WD25 8EZ

(for Sat-Nav use WD25 8DT)

Phone - 01923 851000
Email -

For those who have Satellite Navigation in their vehicles, please note that the postcode which directs you nearest to the entrance gate is: WD25 8DT
Do not use WD25 8EZ as this will lead you to a near-by village

Website -

Temple Opening times - 4.30 am to 9.30 pm

Arati Times - 

4.30 am to 4.55 am - Mangal Arati
12.30 pm to 12.55 pm - Raj Bhoga Arati
7.00 pm to 7.25 pm - Sandhya Arati 

3. Balaji Temple - Birmingham

Shri Venkateswara(Balaji) Temple

Dudley Road East,

West Midlands,
B69 3DU,

Tel: 0121 544 2256
Fax: 0121 544 2257

Current Temple opening Timings: 

WeekDays Morning: 8.30 a.m - 1 p.m Evening: 4 p.m -9 p.m 
WeekEnds Morning: 8.30 a.m - 2.30 p.m Evening: 4 p.m -9 p.m

Website -

4. Shri Sanatan Hindu Temple 

Shri Vallabh Nidhi Sanatan Hindu Temple in Wembley and Leytonstone
(also known as Whipps Cross Temple)

Wembley (London) - Ealing Road, Wembley Middlesex HA0 4TA

Leytonstone (London) - 159-161 Whipps Cross Road Leytonstone London E11 1NP

Current Temple opening Timings: 

Open: 7:45AM to 8:00PM

Aarti: 8:00AM - Morning
7:00PM - Evening

12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM

Website -