Celebrate The Art Of Indian Cooking With UMM
“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together.”
A few weeks back, we shared our first recipe ever - the Vegan Coconut Curry, a house favorite straight from the kitchen of our founder, Anisha Vinjamuri. Since then, we’ve gone on to share over 10 recipes of everything from Masala Tea to Cauliflower Fritters to Kheer - all of which are traditional Indian dishes that Anisha has grown up eating (and cooking!).
In India, the art of cooking food is synonymous with a myriad flavours; from spicy to sweet and from elaborate to simple, Indian food and it’s many flavours covers the entire spectrum. However, no matter which ingredients you use or the style of cooking that you incorporate, traditional Indian food has the potential to transform your entire life - mentally, physically and spiritually - and if consumed consciously, can elevate your health and general well-being. Right from the spices that we use to the way we chop our vegetables, every action is reflective of the time-tested techniques that have been perfected by our ancestors and have been handed to us to reap the benefits of.
As we prepare for our first ever cooking class this weekend, we are excited to share with you five recipes that celebrate the rich diversity of Indian cuisines - some from our own trove and others from chefs who we deeply respect and whose work we tremendously enjoy.
Malai Kofta and Hash Brown Chaat by Milk & Cardamom
Hetal of Milk & Cardamom is a bonafide genius when it comes to churning up lip smacking dishes that incorporate the many flavours of Indian cooking with a modern twist that allows it to fit into today’s modern lifestyle. While we love absolutely every mouthwatering delicacy that she posts - whether on her blog or on her Instagram - we especially love these recipes for Malai Kofta, which is a spicy tomato based gravy mixed with creamy rich kofta that pairs well with both bread and rice and a Hash Brown Chaat that promises an explosion of flavours with every single bite.
Image courtesy - Milk & Cardamom
Samosa Chaat Pizza by The Chutney Life
Indian street food meets an American classic with the Samosa Chaat Pizza by Palak Patel of The Chutney Life. The traditional Indian chutneys, cheese and fruit along with the crunchy sev packs just the right amount of flavour to make this a delicious snack that can be enjoyed with your evening tea or glass of wine.
Image courtesy - The Chutney Life
Butter Chicken by Love Laugh Mirchi
This classic Indian favorite by Nisha of Love Laugh Mirchi makes for the perfect option for when you’re feeling really indulgent. Drenched in a creamy sauce that is made with fresh tomatoes and traditional Indian spices and laced with butter, Butter Chicken pairs well with all kinds of bread and rice and can be enjoyed by just about everyone.
Image courtesy - Love Laugh Mirchi
Baked Cauliflower Fritters by UMM Skincare
As a small business, every single view matters so much to us so you can imagine our excitement when our reel for Baked Cauliflower Fritters crossed over a thousand views in just a matter of minutes! Cooked in traditional Indian spices albeit with a modern twist (and a surprise crunch courtesy of the cashews), the Baked Cauliflower Fritters are the perfect healthy snack to enjoy with a cup of coffee or a glass of your favorite wine.