a mound of beans with coconut

beans with coconut

This fansi poriyal is a simple and delightful South Indian vegetable dish, generally prepared to accompany an everyday meal.

a platter of onion bhaji

onion bhaji

Onion bhaji are one of the great staters or snacks. The trick to making vengaya bhaji is to ensure there is more onion than batter.

a serving dish, filled with pan-roasted brussel sprouts

pan-roasted brussel sprouts

Crispy outer leaves, and softer, but still crunchy centres, spiced with turmeric, cumin and mustard seeds, hoti bund gobhi sabzi is a wonderful way to prepare Brussel sprouts.

a serving bowl filled with cabbage poriyal

cabbage poriyal

A dry, stir fried preparation of shredded cabbage, spiced with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Muttaikose poriyal is great dish from Kerala.

a serving bowl of diced carrots and beans with lime

carrots and beans with lime

This is a simple dish of carrots, beans and lifted with lime. Gajar sem ki sabzi is a common Bengali preparation.

a plate of Gujarati carrot salad

carrot salad

A crunchy Gujarati salad with carrots and black mustard seeds, gajar nu salat is a light, fresh and healthy dish to enjoy as an accompaniment to most main dishes.

a bowl of chickpea, tomato and onion salad

chickpea, tomato and onion salad

A street food favourite. Chole chaat can be served on it’s own, as a snack, a nourishing lunch or as a side dish to a more complex meal. The flavour combinations from the chickpeas, tomato and onion, the chaat masala and the chutney and the crunch of the sev make this a quite special dish.

a bowl of masala chickpeas

masala chickpeas

Dishes of spiced chickpeas can be found across all of India. This is the Punjabi chole, or channa masala, as it is more commonly known..

a bowl of coconut chutney

coconut chutney

Getti chutni is a simple versatile chutney to go with most South Indian foods. It is most commonly served with idli, vada or dosa.

serving dish of mango chutney

mango chutney

This Bengali chutney, am ki chutni, is a tangy, and slightly spicy chutney which goes well with any rice or lentil dish.

a bowl of tamarind and date chutney with some papdi on the side

tamarind and date chutney

Khajur imli ki chutni is one of the most common and instantly recognisable chutneys served throughout India. It has a sweet and sour taste with a bit of chilli heat. The tamarind gives it a tang and the dates give it sweetness.

a platter of corn salad

corn salad

This sweet corn salad, maaki chaat, looks appealing and is healthy, light and full of flavour. The spices and the corn work well together.