Garam Masala Kitchen started as an online recipe book for my kids- to empower them with one of the essential life skills- COOKING! When my kids expressed interest in learning how to make everyday food, we looked for recipes that were simple and quick. We went through countless books, blogs and videos. Soon, we discovered that most resources assumed prior cooking knowledge and these recipes had a fair amount of guess work- that’s pretty confusing for a new chef!
So, I decided to put together my personal “go-to recipes” that are easy, healthy and cater to busy lives and have been my lifesaver, some for over two decades now! Most of my recipes require minimal hands-on time and require almost no babysitting. I am big on one-pot/pan meals and pressure cooking. With a few key spices, pictures and videos for reference, and totally legit shortcuts, these recipes produce consistent results, and most importantly, they can be made in 30 MINUTES or less…. well, most of them, but the ones take a bit longer than 30, are so worth the extra time! These recipes are ideal for weeknight dinners with creative options for leftover lunches, work great for entertaining, and are fail-safe for new cooks.
On an average day, I’m juggling project deadlines, client meetings and kids activities, which leaves me with very little energy and time to plan meals. Age has also made me conscious of healthier and hi-protein/low-carb choices. So, my cooking style now reflects healthy, customizable cooking that can be done quick and easy. I use these recipes for entertaining too, without having to spend an entire day cooking a spread. Garam Masala Kitchen is a humble effort to share my culinary journey through these recipes and techniques with all of you- because recipes only get better when shared!
My Culinary Journey
I started cooking in my early teens, by helping my mom in the kitchen. I inherited my mother’s cooking style and recipes for traditional north Indian Punjabi food. Typical Punjabi recipes use seasonal produce and fresh farm ingredients. From Butter Chicken to stuffed Parathas (flatbreads) to Makki Di Roti & Saag (seasoned mustard greens with cornmeal flatbread), it offers plenty of choices for vegetarians as well as meat lovers. I learned from my mother that one doesn’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to make these tasty and healthy meals. And boy, did that come in handy! Thanks Mamma!
My journey in life, my travels and most importantly, motherhood has had a big influence in my kitchen and made me evolve as a cook. When my kids were tiny little babies, I barely had 20- 30 minutes to make meals for the day. That led me to turn slow-cooked classics into 30 minute meals with minimal babysitting. I still remember the first time I made Chicken Biryani in the oven – Touchdown! When my girls were 4-5ish, we would play “Iron-Chef”, where they would pull together random ingredients from the pantry and fridge and I would incorporate them in a meal…..that’s how we got started on fusion cooking, ended up with dishes like Biryani Arancini and Samosa Pinwheels. Fusion dishes make perfect weeknight meals and are easily customizable. Without any extra effort, I can turn the same Fish Tikka into tacos for my kids and a hearty salad for my husband and I.
With GMK, I hope to share these quick and easy, healthy and delicious home cooking recipes with my family, friends and you all!
My Latest Recipes
3 qt Mini Duo/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes/ VegetarianMarch 30, 2018
3 qt Mini Duo/ Condiments & Sides/ Instant Pot Magic/ Under 30 minutes/ VegetarianMarch 30, 2018
3 qt Mini Duo/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutesMarch 29, 2018
3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Condiments & Sides/ Instant Pot Magic/ Under 30 minutes/ VegetarianMarch 26, 2018