Mother India At Home: Recipes, Pictures, Stories
I first heard about Mother India after living in Glasgow for a year or so – I was at a friend's house nearby, and we were getting takeaway for dinner. The way Mother India was mentioned was with such reverence that I was really curious about this restaurant. Little did I know that there was actually three restaurants in close proximity; Mother India, Dining In With Mother India and Mother India's Cafe – this time, we were trying the food from the cafe. I remember being really impressed by the difference from takeaway Indian food I'd eaten Australia. Since then I've dined at all three restaurants and have consistently been blown away by the variety of dishes, the subtlety of flavours and the amazing, welcoming service.
As Yelp Glasgow's Community Manager, I was lucky enough to meet Monir Mohammed and Asif Ali to launch the Pakora Passport last year at Mother India on Westminster Terrace. I heard through twitter that they were releasing a cookbook and I knew I had to get my hands on a copy, stat. Particularly so I could finally get the recipe for daal, which is one of my favourite dishes.
The book has loads of recipes, as you'd expect – including the above chana daal with scallops which will be the first dish I cook! But the part of it I enjoyed so far was reading Monir's story about how Mother India came to be. It is a really fascinating read for anyone who has enjoyed the delights of the restaurants and who loves Glasgow – Monir's story is simply amazing. I won't give any of the details away, but I will suggest you pop along to one of the restaurants for a meal, and grab a copy of the book while you're there.
Mother India at Home, by Monir Mohammed and Martin Gray is available to buy from Mother India, Dining In with Mother India and Mother's India's Cafe in Glasgow, and Mother India's Cafe in Edinburgh, for £20.