Chicken Tikka Biryani at Bombay Masala, Whitecross Street

Bombay Masala Chicken tikka biryani

The husband impressed me the other day by coming back home with a biryani from Whitecross Street. Without being asked, without being reminded at least three times, and without calling me from the stall to confirm that I did indeed Continue reading

Chicken Biryani at the Cricket Club of India

Chicken biryani at CCI

OK – I need to stop being such a “back home in India” bore. But maybe a couple of posts more? (And incidentally, hello, you have signed up for a blog on Indian food – so deal with it!) Deciding Continue reading

Chicken biryani at Barbican Express, Whitecross Street

Barbican Express

I first heard about the twice-a-week food market at Whitecross Street on twitter from the handle @zemblamatic who is very partial to the biryani sold at the stalls here. I was intrigued and waited for a couple of months until Continue reading

The Accidental (and clueless) Biryani Maker – Guest blog by my friend Ali


I was once told that in order to be a very successful entrepreneur, it helps to be just a little bit clueless, the logic being you are more likely to take the necessary risks. So I have found on my Continue reading

Chicken Biryani at Raavi Kebab House, Drummond Street

Raavi Kebab House

Saturday afternoon and a family outing to hip Shoreditch. OK, Whitecross Street where alas, the food market is only open on Thursdays and Fridays.  Husband had a meeting in a very swish cafe and the son and I thought we Continue reading

Vegetarian Biryani at Southbank Tandoori – Guest blog by my friend Resa

Vegetarian biryani at South bank Tandoori

First of all, a disclaimer: I’m an Anglo veggie who doesn’t know her masala from her elbow so read on with caution… Poornima and I went for lunch at the South Bank Tandoori. I do like a restaurant with a Continue reading

“Byrani from the Wok” at Indi-go Westfield

Chicken biryani from Indi-go Westfield

Apologies in advance for a slightly distracted post. I have one eye out on Sachin Tendulkar’s batting against Australia and the other ensuring that the son has both his eyes and most of his brain on his homework and not Continue reading

Chicken Biryani at Masala Zone – guest blog by my friend Laura

Chicken biryani at Masala Zone

Laura’s Disclaimer I am no Indian cookery expert. I follow where Poornima & Kunda lead – if they tell me it’s good then I like it. I love Indian food, and invites round to the Saini-Kirloskar house are always accepted, Continue reading

Gosht biryani at Indian Essence, Petts Wood – Guest blog by Zoe Perrett

Indian Essence biryani

About Zoe (in her own words) “I’m Zoe Perrett- also trading under the alias of The Spice Scribe. I’m a food writer, eater and cook specialising in all aspects of Indian cuisine. Based just outside of London, sharing  a tiny Continue reading