10 ESSENTIAL INDIAN RECIPES (GLUTEN FREE)

In this section you will find all the ingredients you need to form the basis of your Indian cooking repertoire. Once you have the right spices and pantry staples, you'll just need to shop regularly for fresh produce, dairy and meat.  

The 10 essential recipes you can purchase as part of your pack from the shop section of this website are:

+ batata vadas

+ green chutney

+ perfect rice

+ moong dal pancakes 

+ kachumber salsa

+ coconut chicken (or fish) curry

+ chicken tikka

+ bombay vegetables

+ paneer

+ dal  

Once you have mastered these recipes, you can start trying new ingredient combinations and the possibilities are endless.  For an Indian banquet, try a combination of pakoras and chutney for starters, and for the main course make chicken tikka and a curry, vegetables, a salad, rice and moong dal flatbreads.  

There are lots more recipes in the featured recipe section of this site, as well as dessert recipes. 

ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS

In your masala dabba...

Cumin seed, red chilli powder, turmeric, mustard seed, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorn.

SPICE MAMA’S VINDALOO MASALA

My vindaloo masala combines hand roasted cumin seed, red chilli powder, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves and peppercorn.

SPICE MAMA’S BOTTLE MASALA

My bottle masala combines all above ingredients with the addition of roasted sesame seed, poppy seed, coriander seed, szechuan pepper, shah jeera, chana dal, saffron, paprika, nutmeg, allspice and star anise.

My freshly made spice blends take all the guess work out of flavouring your cooking with spices and are so easy to use.  

In your pantry... 

Rice (the best aged Basmati rice you can get)

Dals: toor dal, moong dal, masoor dal

Beans: chick peas (dried and tinned), black eyed peas (dried and tinned), kidney beans (dried and tinned)

Coconut: cream and milk (In Australia, Ayam brand is the best: look for a brand that doesn't contain any added ingredients), dessicated coconut

Tomato: tomato passata, tomato paste, tinned tomatoes 

Flours: besan flour

Oils: ghee, coconut oil (unrefined), peanut oil, olive oil

Other: tamarind paste, dried mint, white wine vinegar, salt, sugar

In your shopping trolley... 

Aromatics: red onions, spring onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves, mint leaves, lemon and lime 

Seasonal vegetables and some basic staples: potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, spinach

Seasonal meats and seafood

Full fat yoghurt and full fat milk

 

Happy cooking!