a platter of lamb biryani, Lucknow style

lamb biryani

This lamb biryani is from Lucknow and demonstrates the Awadhi cuisine. Lucknavi biryani has wonderfully complex flavours and is a work of art when presented well.

three differently coloured capsicums stuffed with paneer

paneer stuffed capsicums

Spiced paneer stuffed capsicums, bharwan simla mirch, are perfect for a vegetable dish on their own, as part of a feast, or as a starter.

a pan of cauliflower in pickling spices

cauliflower in pickling spices

Achari Gobhi is a simple and delightful cauliflower dish from Lucknow. The pickling spices are the spices to make pickles, hence the name. Simple to cook and goes with just about anything.

A jar of apple, peach and apricot chutney

apple chutney with peaches and apricots

Our family apple chutney, or seb aroo aur kabani chutni. Made with apples, peaches and apricots, this is sweet and spicy chutney. It is an ideal accompaniment to almost every Indian dish.

a mason jar of kheer

rice pudding

Not your common rice pudding. Cardamom and saffron flavour this dish and is not meant to be stodgy. Kheer is one of the most common desserts across all of India.

three barbecued lamb cutlets on a bed of kachumber

barbecued lamb cutlets

Lamb cutlets, barbecued, using three different marinades. Burra kebabs are from Awadhi cuisine, and are a common street food in Lucknow.

leg of lamb, lucknow style, shank in, on serving platter

Lucknow leg of lamb

Lucknavi raan is a slow roasted leg of lamb. It has a delicate taste that enhances the flavour of the meat, and is very visually appealing. A special occasion dish.

two mughlai lamb shanks in a serving dish

lamb shanks

Rich and luscious lamb shanks, slow-braised in spices and yoghurt. This dish, naili gosht, comes from Lucknow and shows the Mughal influence on Awadhi cuisine .

three barbecued lamb cutlets on a bed of kachumber

National day lunch

Australia and India share a national day on 26 January. Here is what we might serve at a BBQ on that day.

a stack of naan on a wooden platter


Leavened bread, cooked on a griddle, in a tandoor or even a barbecue. Naan is one of India’s favourite breads.

a serving plate of nargisi kofta curry

nargisi kofta curry

Nargisi kofta is an Awadhi dish, featuring boiled eggs covered in spiced lamb and served in a spicy yoghurt and tomato sauce.