Anita and Me

A beautiful story by Meera Syal , a story of a punjabi Indian family trying to make a living and uphold tradition and culture and imbibe¬† whatever little they can to their star , anita.¬† The novel takes us on a journey with a young 9 year old Meera , her color , her friends , her growing up in a mining village, west Midlands , england in a predominantly white community. She comes to worship Anita , her neighbor . The novel speaks about certain characters having strong racist attitudes . For me , her grandmother’s character was the most adorable. reminded me of mine.

Having said that , we wanted to make something which reminded us of Punjab, but at the same time wanted to steer clear of the usual punjabi dishes , so we opted for this beautiful , colorful and awesome Gobi and Paneer bhurji , a recipe by Tarla dalal , which we adapted to our palate. The original recipe called for garam masala , but we decided to opted for Khara( whole) masala.


3 cup of grated cauliflower

1 cup of crumbled paneer

1 cup of diced tomatoes

1 medium sized red onion

For the masala :

1/2 inch cinnamon

1 bay leaf

3 cloves

3 elaichis

1/2 teaspoon shah jeera

4 cloves of garlic

4 Green chillies

A few sprigs of cilantro for garnish

A pinch of turmeric

Salt , Oil to taste


1. you know the drill, heat oil/butter/ghee , add turmeric and add the whole masala ingredients , saute for a minute , add the cloves , minced onion ,garlic, green chilles and saute until the raw smell disappears. Then add the tomatoes , salt and cook until done.

2. Add the grated cauliflower and cook for a good 15 minutes or until the gobi is done. add the paneer and cook for another 5 minutes. sprinkle coriander and serve hot with roti!I served mine as a side with rotis and a green salad.

P.S. Apologies for not posting the Basil Mania yet, I will do it tomorrow. I have been tied up with a lot of things lately which forced me to keep away from blogging. Please excuse me and I will surely post the round up tomorrow. Also , I have not replied to any mails , extremely sorry dear friends, will write to you asap.

15 thoughts on “Anita and Me

  1. Siri says:

    Dee – the bhurji looks yummy..:).. I was away for the long weekend to ‘S’ place and had no time to post for this month’s ‘book made me cook’..:(. Hope to make up next month’s Harry Potter special.. Yipee!!!


  2. Priya says:

    The bhurji looks fiery and yummy! The first time I tried a grated cauliflower dish was with Ashwini’s Gobi kheema recipe and I loved it. I am definitely trying yours now.

  3. Shyam says:

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  4. maddy says:

    The recipe sounds great.But it is surprising that your recipe did not have red chilli powder but how did you get the color.
    I’m sorry to say this but i doesn’t make any sense.
    Thank you.

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