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June 2022


Dit is geen traditioneel Indiaas recept, maar kan zeker in aanmerking komen om door India geïnspireerd te zijn. Een geweldig idee voor een zomerse picknick of om de restjes rijst de volgende dag op te maken. Ik heb hier zilvervliesrijst gebruikt voor de textuur, maar je kunt ook rode of wilde rijst gebruiken voor meer textuur in de salade. Het gebruik van ingelegde ui of kool zal het recept naar een andere nieuwe diepte brengen. Indian-ish Brown Rice Salad 300 g zilvervliesrijst ((voorkeur: Lassie))200 g wortel (in reepjes)200 g rode kool (in reepjes)3 el limoensap2 tl zout200 g sugar snaps (grof gesneden)1 gele/rode paprika (in reepjes)4 el kokosolie1 tl zwart mosterdzaad10 kerrieblaadjes1 tl chaat masala50 g cashewnoten (gebrand)50 g sultana's of rozijnen10 g verse korianderblaadjes (gehakt)10 g muntblaadjes (gehakt) Bereid de rijst volgens de aanwijzingenop de verpakking.Meng ondertussen in een kom de wortel en

Madras Diaries is here to make a statement Madras Diaries started last year in the middle of global pandemic in the heart of Amsterdam right in between all the chique cafes and restaurants. You must think who does that when you would only serve south Indian food whereas your neighbour serves a fancy French dish. But Madras diaries took that challenge. And I am so proud and happy that they not just started in the heart of the city but are sticking to some really unconvential items on their menu. I have spoken about Madras Diaries very often on my Instagram and even recently in my interview to Het Parool, I mentioned about how much I adore the food they serve and it just transports me back to my memories from Chennai, Hyderabad and my repeated travels to Kerala. My love for South

Continuing my search for good Indian restaurants across the Netherlands, I recently visited Krishna Vilas. I heard from a friend living in the Hague some great reviews about this place and decided to give it a try. Is it worth a visit or should we skip it? Know more below. Location: Krishna Vilas is situated quite centrally in the city of Den Haag or The Hague on Hooikade which is a 7 mins ride away from the main central station by tram or a 20 mins walk. Hooikade is like the eating street with a bunch of restaurant options, pubs, discount stores, etc. This restaurant is located at the hook of the street with a good approach from the main road. The restaurant started in the month of June in 2018 and has been attracting people from all over especially a lot

New Indian Streetfood destination The one thing that any Indian or anyone who has visited India misses when outside India is always the street food (which is not always the most hygienic ones in India and sold right on the street. But that’s not all true always :P). If you are someone who is yet to visit India then you totally should try this. Your life will change, and you will no longer crave just for fries and chips always! That’s the back story as to how I stumbled upon 29 Spices – the new restaurant in Amsterdam painting the city red with their Indian food. 29 Spices is located in Jordaan region of Amsterdam well connected with the public transportation system of the city. This quaint little cafe started few weeks back and I saw quite a lot of people walking

The quantiest corner Indian restaurant Somewhere hidden in the west of Amsterdam is this gem of a restaurant named Flavours of India run by an Indian couple from Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of the East. The restaurant looks small with just seats enough to fill up a family of 12 people but the food is full of flavor. It definitely doesn’t bring the fine dining experience but who wants that all the time. This place might not look appealing from the outside or when you see it on food delivery apps but you are missing out on some real good food, cooked with passion and love if you don’t try it. The restaurant has an open, clean kitchen with some really high quality ingredients used for cooking. I went ahead with Nihari with Butter Naan and their speciality Biryani which was cooked in

Nepali Food right here in Amsterdam Tucked away in the centre of the busy streets of Amsterdam is this amazing hidden gem called Bhatti Pasal. As an Indian from Kolkata (East of India) which shares fairly close/undefined borders with Nepal, I have had the experience of growing up with Nepali food. The biggest fascination growing up was Momo with Chutney, which since ages has been sold on the streets of Kolkata with a spicy tomato chutney and a clear veg/chicken soup. Every visit to India in the last 2 years meant eating more and more Momos to fill my heart with no more cravings till I visited Kolkata again. But no more cravings any more, as I found this authentic Nepalese restaurant right here in Amsterdam! From the busy, crowded shopping district of Amsterdam Kalverstraat is this stand alone, cosy, boutique restaurant. Bhatti

A true gem in the heart of Antwerp My search for true Indian food took me all the way to Belgium. There are more than 200 restaurants serving Indian food in the Netherlands but maybe I was bring little too adventurous. I ended up in Aahaar Delux, a 14 year old restaurant run in the heart of the city of Antwerp. The restaurant is very close to the Diamond market which is one of the most interesting attractions of Antwerp. In the last week of September one of my foodie friend and I took the journey to discover this gem of a place. Aahaar Delux is just 10 mins walking distance from the main central train station. Also if you haven’t been to Antwerp don’t forget to check their beautiful interiors of the central station. It looks almost like a royal palace. Good

Is it daal, dal, dahl or Dhal? These are ways in which lentils or pulses are named. To be honest right way of writing or calling it would be either daal or dal, adding an extra ‘h’ makes the easy sounding word turn tough, but again call whatever you like it is the best known vegan protein naturally available today. There are more than 50 different lentil groups in India but we will focus on the most commonly used ones in the Indian kitchen. But before we progress, you have a question in your mind about the term ‘daal’, don’t you? Well the terminology is used in 2 situations: Dried Lentil/Pulse/Bean is called daal. For e.g. – Mung Beans is called Hara Moong Daal, or Split Yellow Peas is called Toor DaalAnd any dish or lentil soup prepared using this food group

Spices are the way of life for any Indian kitchen. There is no Indian who can cook without spices, to add to our fascination of spices we even add them to our tea or use them for their medicinal purposes as well. And why won’t it be, India has been the spice capital of the world, the largest producer of almost all spices known. And hence we can’t think beyond them! Duh! In my kitchen I have an entire cupboard dedicated to the varieties of spices, two racks in my refrigerator and a special portion of my freezer as well. But for daily use I have this spice box or as we call it ‘Masala Dabba’ in Hindi for my everyday cooking. (Masala = Spice & Dabba = Box). It’s not always the standard ingredients as you see below, but keeps

Cooking the perfect rice is quite a difficult task as much as it might not be seem to be. For someone like me who has grown up eating rice for most of her meals, I do find it challenging to get those perfect strands of rice too. Every variety of rice cooks differently and behaves differently in water and heat. It is important to understand that there is no thumb rule applicable to all varieties. Below I have tried to just explain how to cook basmati rice in 2 different ways - Pasta method & Absorption method. P.S either of these two methods will bring you the best rice, provided you use a good quality rice brand. Pasta Method Absorption Method Types of basmati rice that is perfect for your recipes