a bowl of sambar on a serving platter with idli

rice cakes

These savoury rice cakes, idli, are served at breakfast, as a snack, or in place of rice for a lighter meal.

a serving of kedgeree - rice with fish and egg


Kedgeree is another Raj specialty, appropriated and modified from traditional Indian fare. It is considered a breakfast dish. Buttery rice, with fish and eggs, and a hit of chilli. Great way to start the day.

a small serve of Parsi brown rice

Parsi brown rice

This brown rice is actually white rice with caramelised jaggery and onions. Lightly golden in colour, vagharela chawal is mildly sweet and fragrant from the whole spices, this is a step up from plain rice.

a plate of Bengali fried rice

Bengali fried rice

This rice dish is typically Bengali. Called ghee bhaat, it is sometimes referred to as Bengali vegetable pulao. It is a simple, wholesome rice and vegetable dish, suitable to accompany almost any lentil or vegetable dish in this book.

a bowl of plain basmati rice

plain basmati rice

Simple, fluffy, plain basmati rice, or chawal to accompany any Indian dish.