Indian Meatball Curry


  • 12 meatballs (approx 400g)
  • For the Gravy: –
    • Whole Spices: –
      • Green Cardamom- 3
      • Cloves- 3
      • Cinnamon- 2
      • Bay Leaf- 2
  • Fried Onion Paste:
    • Fried Onions- 2 medium
    • Curd/Yogurt- 2 tbsp
    • Spice Powders: –
      • Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
      • Red Chilli Powder- 1 tsp
      • Coriander Powder- 2 tsp
      • Cumin Powder- 1 tsp
      • Garam Masala Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Other Ingredients: –
    • Ginger Garlic Paste- 2 tsp
    • Cashew Paste- 6 cashews
    • Tomato Purée- 4 tbsp
    • Salt for seasoning- 1/2 tsp
    • Oil- 3 tbsp
    • Coriander leaves chopped for garnish-2 tbsp


  1. Cook the meatballs, the best way to cook meatballs is to shallow fry them, preferably in a non-stick pan with a little oil like vegetable oil or sunflower oil. They’ll take around 10-15 mins over a medium heat, depending on their size. Cook until they are no longer pink in the middle and any juices run clear. You’ll need to turn them regularly to make sure they cook evenly and retain their round shape.
  1. For Fried Onion paste, slice the onions and then fry till golden. Remove and blend into a smooth paste by adding 2 tbsp curd/yogurt.
  2. Also make cashew paste of 6 cashews. First grind into a powder and then add water to make a smooth paste.
  3. You can use readymade tomato purée and if not available, also blend 2 small red tomatoes into a purée.
  4. Chop coriander leaves for garnish and set aside.
  5. For the gravy, heat oil in a wok/kadai and add the whole spices. Once it splutters, add the ginger garlic paste and fry on low heat for 2 mins.
  6. Now add the brown onion paste, mix and fry on low heat for 2 mins.
  7. Add the tomato purée, mix and fry on low heat for another 2 mins.
  8. Add all spice powders other than Garam masala powder and 1/2 tsp (or to taste) salt, give a mix and cook on low heat for 2-3 mins till oil separates.
  9. Now add 250 ml water, Garam masala powder, mix and cook on low heat for 2-3 mins till oil separates.
  10. Add the fried meatballs, mix and cover & cook on low heat for 10 mins.
  11. Remove the lid, add the cashew paste, mix and again cover & cook for 5 mins till oil separates and the meatballs are cooked.
  12. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Hoisin Chicken and Broccoli


  • 700g broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce​
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • ½ lime juice​
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tsp crushed chillies
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • ½ chicken stock cube, made up to 200ml
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 400g boneless chicken thighs
  • 100g bunch spring onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped​
  • 6cm piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Steam the broccoli for 6-8 mins until just tender. Whisk the soy, hoisin, lime juice, honey, chilli, cornflour, pepper and stock in a bowl, then set aside.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan until very hot. Sear the chicken for 1-2 mins, without moving, until lightly browned. Stir and cook for another 2-3 mins until browned on all sides and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Set 2 tbsp spring onions aside and add the rest to the pan along with the garlic and ginger. Cook for  2 mins, stirring frequently, until fragrant and just softened.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low, stir in the soy sauce mixture, then cook for 2 mins to thicken. Add the cooked chicken and broccoli to the pan and gently coat in the sauce.
  5. Scatter with the sesame seeds and reserved spring onions to serve.

Dealing with the Amazon Prime (UK) price hike

Some really valuable advice which cannot be missed as Amazon has hiked the prices of their subscription. The monthly subscription in the UK will go up from £7.99 to £8.99, and the annual cost will rise from £79 to £95.

If you are on the monthly subscription switch to the annual subscription now (atleast before the 14th August 2022).

If you are already on the annual subscription, please cancel and then get a new subscription at the annual rate of £79 before 15th Sept 2022.

Mail I have received from Amazon Prime, like many of you it remained unread till I spotted the Martin Lewis video below.

Important change to your Prime membership

Dear Prime Member,
Thank you for being a valued member of Amazon Prime. We are writing to you about an upcoming change to your membership.As of 15 September 2022, the price of the monthly Prime membership will increase from £7.99 to £8.99, and the price of the annual Prime membership will increase from £79 to £95. The new price will apply to renewals starting 15 September 2022. You can view your next renewal date, manage, or cancel your membership by visiting your account.We continue to focus on making Prime even more valuable for members. This is the first time we have changed the price of Prime in the UK since 2014. During this time, we have significantly increased the number of products available with unlimited, fast Prime delivery; added and expanded ultra-fast fresh grocery delivery; and added more high-quality digital entertainment, including TV, movies, music, games, and books. Prime Video in particular has increased the number of TV series and movies on offer, including Amazon Originals, as well as live sports coverage, such as the Premier League and Autumn Nations Series.
Martin Lewis: Amazon Prime announces price hike – quick tips to beat it

M&S Cafe, Woking

Marks & Spencer have a relatively new store in Woking. This is nearly a 2 min walk from Woking station, located on Victoria Way.

One of the key features of the M&S store is the M&S Cafe. In our opinion the highlight of the cafe is the kids menu.

Firstly it has several meal deals (especially for kids), which make it totally value for money. It is well lit with good amount of availability for seating.

Staff is pretty good as well and helpful. I would highly recommend grabbing a quick meal for kids over here.

Get $25 to get started with your first wordpress site

Making a fresh start with wordpress after trying stuff the hardway. With a background in Computers, pride and may be a little honour pushes you to do it the hard way, i.e. hosting + setup. Things fizzle out, heres to a new start, which I can hopefully afford to keep alive.

If anyone is looking for to make a similar start here is a link which can make that a little bit lighter on the wallet.

Use the link below and if you have signed up using the link, you will receive a US$25 account credit that can be used on your qualifying plan purchase on

Good luck on your blogging journey !