Spice up your life with Lajina Masala


Aloo Palak, Spinach and Potatoes


Spinach dishes are by far the most popular when discussing menus for my business, spinach and potatoes is a classic, a dish served regularly at home and when spiced well, is so healthy and yummy. The potatoes can be swapped for lamb, chicken or paneer (Indian cheese), the principle remains the same, fry your onions, […]

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Banana Loaf

banana loaf

Are you thinking banana loaf isn’t very Indian and not very spicy, well, that’s true as most Indian mums use their ovens to store their oil filled Karahi, a thick steel deep fat fryer, my mum’s was a juggling act as it didn’t have a flat bottom and it was filled with oil and stored […]

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Onion Bhajes are very similar to Punjabi pakoras, with a subtle spicing difference and of course a combination of red or white onions, it’s a savoury dish I make without fresh coriander, saving that for the delicious and fresh tamarind dip which accompanies these little crispy fried, dumplings. Bhajes are one of those speedy dishes […]

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Chapaties, Roti or Flatbreads


Chapaties or roti are the daily staple bread in many Asian homes, we each have our own style and the recipe I share is a typical Punjabi recipe, the wheat flour is traditional atta, available in many Asian stores and larger supermarkets, I always choose medium flour, which is healthier than the white and not […]

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Home made Easy Naans


The simplest naan recipe, delivering fluffy, pillowy flatbreads, so moreish and lovely to mop up your yummy curries. The recipe has been tried and tested in many ways, travelled with me to teach others, it’s an easy one for you all to follow and so easy to adapt with your favourite flavours. Please don’t be too precious […]

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Kheer – Punjabi Rice Pudding


Kheer is traditionally cooked in a big pan on the stove, sweet and moreish. It’s served in temples and eaten on special occasions, mine is the easiest recipe and as I add nuts, seeds to other Indian sweets, when making kheer, I keep it simple, just sweet and milky. Traditional at Lohri, so please have […]

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Lajina Curry Masala Daal


This is a nutritious and easy-to-make dish that can bring variety to an everyday menu. It’s also extremely delicious. It uses daal (lentils), so it’s great for vegetarians too. Finish it off with a handful of coriander and you’ve just made yourself a dish that would be worthy of any top Indian chef.

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Pumpkin Parathas

pumpkin paratha

  A very popular Punjabi breakfast, stuffed flat breads, they can be eaten any time of the day, simply delicious with some yoghurt, pickles, daal or just a nice cup of masala chai (tea). These stuffed flat breads are cooked in a frying pan and such a treat when home made. The traditional Indian mum […]

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Saag (Punjabi Greens)


My saag recipe is the traditional method, with lots of short cuts, not turning the occasion of making saag into a stressful event. I would always help my mum to wash and chop the green leaves, but once it went into a pan, I never understood the thickening or cooking process, it was too time-consuming […]

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Vegetable Somosas


A little Christmas favourite, triangular pastry parcels willed with a delicious filling.  If you can season these well, they will be far superior to anything you have ever had before, I promise you. Somosas are complicated, time consuming and am always disappointed when trying others and I have decided that making them myself is the […]

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