Our Chefs: Manju Malhi

manju malhi After converting the British into loyalists of Indian cuisine, Manju Malhi, reputed cross-over gourmet, returns the favour by setting up kitchen in India to whip up near-authentic British cuisine with a delectable desi tadka. Raised in North West London, Manju grew up surrounded by Indian culture and traditions and several years of her childhood were spent in India.

In her cooking, she draws on her past and combines the realities of urban western life and has come up with her own unique Brit-Indi style of food. She won the BBC Food and Drink's competition in 1999, and cooked with Antony Worrall Thompson on BBC2 and was invited back a second time. Manju has also been asked to create the concept of a 'British' restaurant in Delhi. She loves hosting cookery theaters around the country promoting the easy ethos of Indian home cooking.

In her show, Cooking isn't Rocket Science, she teaches viewers how to prepare classic British dishes with readily accessible local ingredients in India while retaining the original essence.


  • Chocolate Malt Milkshake

    A frothy and rich milkshake made with chocolate ice cream and some malt powder.
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  • Curried Eggs with Grilled Vegetables

    Boiled eggs cooked in the flavor and aroma of various masalas. Serve with some grilled veggies and a bowl of light lettuce salad.
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  • Chicken Italiano

    A delightful dish with marinated and pan fried chicken mingled in a creamy sauce with button mushrooms and baby corn.
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  • Pasta Salad with Asparagus Dressing

    A warm pasta salad dressed in an enticing potatoes and asparagus sauce and topped with chicken ham, eggs and cheese. A simple, speedy and satisfying meal.
    Recipe Tags: Italian
  • Carrot & Peanut Salad

    A healthy salad with the crunch of peanuts and carrots. Tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
    Recipe Tags: Carrots
  • White Pasta Salad

    Smooth pasta ribbons smothered in a rich and creamy white sauce.
  • Caramelized Pineapple

    A creamy thick pineapple puree with a caramelized crunchy top. A tasty dessert perfect for a summer afternoon.
    Recipe Tags: Desserts
  • Potato Cakes

    Easy to make potato cakes served with with Irish Stew.
  • Mushroom Brown Rice

    A healthy rice option as brown rice have more fiber that white rice. The mushrooms are the main flavor agent in the dish. Mildly seasoned with salt and pepper.
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  • Lemon Pudding

    Lime and lemony! A sweet milk based pudding rich in taste and flavor.
  • Chicken Korma with Beer

    An interesting mix of chicken and beer. Chicken cooked in tomato puree, cream, spices and beer.
    Recipe Tags: Chicken
  • Green Bean Salad

    Green beans tossed in the flavors of salt and pepper. Simple and quick. A perfect salad with some potatoes and meat.
  • Cauliflower Cheese

    An easy and hassle free Cauliflower Cheese recipe that makes for a satisfying meal. Cauliflower florets mingled in a cheesy-mustard sauce.
    Recipe Tags: Cauliflower
  • Chicken Marengo

    Chicken cooked with wine , mushrooms and tomatoes. The tangy flavor of lemon and some olives thrown in makes it a treat for your senses. Sprinkled with parsley.
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  • French Onion Soup

    Beautifully caramelized onions bring out a nice brown color and aroma to this classic french onion soup. Traditionally served with slices of baguettes baked with cheese. This soup recipe is a winner at the dinner ...
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  • Zucchini Loaf

    A soft and airy bread loaf made with zucchini, cinnamon and chopped walnuts. Serve it with gravies or pasta of your choice.
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  • Tomato and Basil Sauce

    This basic tomato and basil sauce with onions, chilli flakes , balsamic vinegar and pepper smothered over some silky pasta is delicious.
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  • Grilled Chicken in Mustard Sauce

    Chicken breast seasoned with salt & pepper, pungent mustard sauce with cream, onions and white wine, grilled to perfection.
    Recipe Tags: Mustard
  • Pan Fried Fish

    An easy and quick recipe to cook fish fillets. Fillets of your choice cooked with turmeric, chilli powder and lemon juice.
    Recipe Tags: Fish
  • Almond Souffle

    Light and airy souffle topped with flaked almonds and a citrus sauce with orange juice, brandy and orange rind. This almond souffle recipe is a must try.
    Recipe Tags: Almonds