Quiche Indienne- Jamie Olivers classic twisted to our tastes


Lately I have been cooking up a lot of Jamie Olivers recipes.Like all good recipes they are based on classic ones and his cheese and mushroom quiche is a nice take on the French Quiche Lorraine with its smoked bacon, creme fraiche and that famous french butter.

Just as Jamie is a bit  conservative with the garlic and onions, to suit English tastes, I tend to go a little to the hot side.Adding more  garlic, chillies, more onions and vegetables  and reductions in the cheese and cream which I find too heavy for our weather.So here is Jamie's Quiche with a twist. An Indian twist.

Here is a nice fairly quick recipe . Nice for a monsoon lunch for four with a plate of salad on the side.


For the pastry base:

220 gms of flour

110 gms butter

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp ice cold water


For the filling:

1 tbsp olive oil

100 gms bacon, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped fine

6 cloves of garlic, minced

100 gms mushrooms, sliced

3 spring onions, sliced

3 large size mild chillies , as above ( like jalapenos ), remove the seeds and chop

4 eggs

75 gms double cream

75 ml milk

50 gms cheddar cheese, grated

Salt and pepper to taste.



Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Mix the butter into the flour with your fingertips till it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and gather into a ball swiftly without handling too much. Keep wrapped in the fridge for half an hour.

Grease the pie dish with a bit of olive oil. Roll out the chilled dough to fit the base. Cover with dried peas. rajmha or channa and cook blind in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

Remove the peas.

Heat 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and fry tthe chopped bacon. remove then fry the garlic and onions in the same oil. Add the chopped spring onions, the chillies and fry for a couple of minutes. Last of all add the mushrooms and saute till changed in colour.

Arrange this on the cooked pie base.

Beat the eggs, add the cream and milk and beat some more. Add the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the other ingredients in the dish.

Bake for 30-40 minutes.







An Embarassment of Riches-Rasmalai


Lately I have been inundated with interesting emails and SMS's.

They offer me a fortune, as I am one of those special people picked out of the Universe to recieve, completely gratis, a mind boggling amount of money , for doing nothing, for just being me.

Take this one for example:

"Your mobile number has won 450,000 GB Pounds in ongoing............... Int"l Mobile promo. To claim your prize email to --->"

or this:

"Your email id has been awarded £2,500,000 GBP. Send Full name, Country, Tel, Age"

Now we all know these messages are rubbish, but in my heart of hearts this sounds completely right. After all don't I deserve it? The Chosen One.  To get a gratuity for life.

Gratuity: A favor or gift, usually in the form of money, given in return for service.

Noun    1. gratuity - a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter) backsheesh, baksheesh, bakshis, bakshish, pourboire, tip

2. gratuity - an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation

Obviously I mean 2 above. An award for meritorious service...etc etc.

But what is this service....for living?

Ok these are hard times- arent they? And then, in the new Americanese we are learning fast here...I am Special. So put "hard times" and "special" together and you have the infinite capacity to receive handouts. In fact they sound positively deserved!

Its because of this kind of thinking that there are more small fry caught by this phishing than you would imagine.

On the other hand its this kind of thinking that seems to characterise our politicians. They recieve fortunes all the time from unidentifiable sources. So many of them look like Cheshire Cats who have licked the cream...repeatedly.

For those of us who do not belong to that disgusting sounding group "The Creamy Layer"and are not fat cats who have creamed off the top for years- here is a nice recipe to add richness to your life without guilt. And here your efforts will be justly rewarded..its not a lottery after all.




500 gms Rabdi

1 tsp cardamom/ elaichi

750 gms Sugar

250 gms Paneer

4 tbsp maida ( white flour)

1/2 level tsp baking powder

400 ml water + 1 litre

1 tbsp sliced unsalted pistachios

Make the Rabdi from 2 litres of milk. Bring milk to the boil and reduce heat. Let it simmer gently for 1 1/2 to 2 hours stirring occasionally.Add the powdered cardamon and 150 gms of the sugar when it has reduced to 1/4th the original amount. Mix well till the sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate.

Make the patties: Mix the 4 tsps of the flour and baking powder together.Mash the paneer till smooth.Add the flour mix to the paneer and mix very well.Now make 12 patties out of this paneer.

Dissolve the remaining  flour in a bit of water.Heat the rest of the water and add the flour mix and sugar. Bring to a boil and when the syrup starts foaming add the patties . Cook for 10 minutes. The syrup should foam constantly and should not settle down during this process.You will need to top up the water to allow this to happen. Add about 200 ml water very , very slowly in a trickle from a jug right through the 10 minutes.

When the Rasmalai patties are cooked they will have little holes in them like a sponge.

Remove and put in a seperate bowl  filled with 1 litre of  water .Let them cool.

Now squeeze out the water and syrup from the patties very gently and put into the bowl of prepared rabdi.

Scatter the sliced pistas on top and serve chilled.


Now isnt that worth a million dollars??










TV Chefs wanted

A T.V Cookery Production team is looking for good chefs who can participate in their show "Food Maha Challenge Muqabla".

This show will be telecast on Food Food channel.The show is a  competition between a male and afemale cook and Madhuri Dixit willl be representing the female cook and Sanjeev Kapoor will represent the male cook.

The judge of the show is MR SANJEEV KAPOOR .


If any one is interested  call on  02242769017 between 11 am to 6 pm.

The auditions date are:

                        8th July Mumbai
                       10th July Nagpur
                       14th July Delhi
                       17th July Kolkata
                       20th July Hyderabad.