Kitchen diaries of a culinary queen

MASTER CHEF DIPNA ANAND TALKS ABOUT HER COOKING PASSION, TOP TIPS AND HEALTHY EATING IN LOCKDOWN by MITA MISTRY A MASSIVELY popular pastime during the Covid-19 lockdown has been cooking and many experts like master chef Dipna Anand have helped guide those wanting to learn new recipes. Having been brought up among a family of […]

Grandma Todiwala’s macaroni and cauliflower cheese

EASTERN EYE asked celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala to give a recipe for Ramadan. He said: “This was mum’s all-time favourite dinner for us when we were kids. It goes back to when the first pasta was introduced to the British public and promptly found its way to India, and into the clubs of the Raj. […]

Top cooking tips for Ramadan

AWARD-WINNING CHEF SARAH ALI CHOUDHURY’S GUIDE TO HEALTHY EATING DURING THE HOLY MONTH by ASJAD NAZIR A KEY aspect of Ramadan is preparing food before and after the daily fast. With a coronavirus lockdown in place, it is even more essential to get this aspect of the holy month correct, but some simple food and […]

Cooking in quarantine

by MEERA DAS AS THE whole world learns to slow down and stay at home during these challenging times, I found myself returning from an adventure fuelled holiday and taking on an immediate, self-imposed quarantine, just in case I was a coronavirus carrier. My focus was shifted in an instant. I was homebound with all […]

MasterChef contestant Jasmeet Dial on what’s cooking next

by LAUREN CODLING A SEMI-FINALIST on the BBC’s MasterChef has reflected on his time on the popular cookery show following his elimination last week. Jasmeet Dial impressed viewers with his Asian-inspired cuisine, including his Vegan Aubergine 3 Ways Thali dish. The meal saw him being crowned ‘Cook of the Day’ after it won over MasterChef […]

How to stay connected while social distancing

THE DIVERSE INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES KEEPING PEOPLE ENGAGED DURING COVID-19 by ASJAD NAZIR VARIOUS individuals are demonstrating that self-isolation doesn’t mean solitary confinement by giving all those indoors during the lockdown ways to keep connected. From fitness and cooking classes to quizzes and Bollywood parties, technology is being used to keep those at home healthy, entertained […]

Ayurvedic morning rituals

by  MITA MISTRY “WRITE it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Imagine waking up in the morning feeling calm and full of positive energy for the day ahead. Many will spring out of bed, but for those who are not morning people, there is […]

Relish a dish, cherish a wish at Ping Pong Dim Sum

“DIM SUM” means to touch the heart. And London’s Ping Pong Dim Sum tries to do exactly that through the exotic gastronomic experience it offers across its restaurants in the city.   Marking this Chinese New Year season, the restaurant group’s master chef Ruby Wu has created a range of new dishes and mouthwatering dim sums […]

‘How some diets influence mental health while some don’t decoded’

A poor diet may worsen mood disorders like anxiety and depression, according to a study which is the most up to date overview confirming that certain foods can influence mental health condition. According to the researchers, including those from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, there are some areas where this link between diet and […]

Asian restaurants offer spicy specials to help beat wintry chill

  By Nadeem Badshah SOUTH Asian restaurants have unveiled healthier Christmas menus as more diners are choosing to eat out over the festive period. Eateries are aiming to give people a “curry Christmas” with their own twist on traditional dishes – including turkey black garlic tikka, gol gappa shots, tamarind glazed Brussels sprouts and festive […]

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