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. recipe looks yum ,..n nice click too..

  2. Dee..that picture looks just too great..nice one..and nice to know abt the book too..:0

  3. thats a great picture thr ! luved the recipe too

  4. A unique combination. Looks really good!

  5. 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!!!


  6. Picture says it all!

  7. What happened Madam? Hope you are doing well!

    The picture looks awesome. Will call you soon.

  8. the bhurji looks so delicious with mouth-watering pic.

  9. Yummy! I read the book quite some time ago…loved it…even watched the movie :-D

  10. 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.

  11. That takes some patience to read a novel and make something! The pic looks abs delish!

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  13. maddy on July 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm said:

    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.

  14. maddy : Canned diced tomatoes , or crushed or tomato paste will impart that color to the dish.

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