A winter afternoon in the kitchen

Now, I’m a girl who is faithful to my Punjabi roots. I love the classic flavours and spices and I love showing people how easy it is to make authentic curry .

However I’m also British born and bred and for the last fifteen years my beloved Scotland has been my home. I fell in love with Scottish cooking a few too many decades ago. Tucked up in my kitchen, you’ll find me cooking up Cullen Skink, Clootie dumpling, pancakes on the ancient iron griddle I picked up in in a charity shop, and the comforting pleasure of lentil soup with a fresh buttered roll.

I’m not so much of a purist, though, that I don’t indulge in a little bit of fusion. This recipe is the result of playing around in the kitchen one cold and gloomy January afternoon, grabbing some spices and lentils from our wee production room and vegetables I had hanging around.

Is it dhal, is it ridiculously thick lentil soup, who knows…….?

Yasmin’s fusion lentil stew:


12g paprika

12g good quality garam masala

Chilli powder to taste


1 tbsp olive oil

300g green lentils

2 large leeks split lengthwise and sliced approx. 1 cm

2 large carrots diced

2 cloves garlic chopped

2 medium potatoes diced

1 veg stock cube


Sweat leeks and carrots and garlic in oil for ten minutes.

Add spices and  cook off for 2/3 minutes stirring constantly.

Add washed lentils

Add 500ml boiling water and 1 veg stock cube. Simmer 20 minutes.

Add a little extra water if required and taste for salt.

Add potatoes and cook for 20/25minutes or until potatoes and lentils are tender. Check every so often adding a little extra water if needed.

Fresh buttered morning roll optional but highly desirable!

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New product - Yasmin's Range

After a few months of designing and creating beautiful new packaging, our range of single recipes made using handmade blends is now ready for sale. We hope to have them on the website very soon but in the meantime we can post them out so just contact us for any info. We'll be at Country Living Glasgow and Hopetoun House again this year for those of you who like to buy in person. 


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Christmas 2016

We've been rather lax with our news posts this year but if you'd like to know whats been happening at Scotia Spice just read Yasmin's latest blog.


There is still plenty of time to order curry kits for this Christmas. Last recommended postage dates for Royal Mail this year are Tuesday 20th Dec for 2nd class and Wednesday 21st for 1st class.


Our new product, Yasmin's Range, a series of individual recipes and spice blends each serving four people is not available to buy online yet but please email us if you would like to purchase any. They make ideal stocking fillers and secret Santa gifts and are priced at £3.95 each or 3 for £10 plus postage. 

New Spices in Curry Kit Packaging

Quite a year......

As a mum of two and running a small business, this is one of the rare opportunities I have to reflect on the passing year.  


On a personal level I watched my son set off on his journey as a university student, and in my business we welcomed two new members of our small team. I started Scotia Spice to share my passion for my family’s food, but also to allow me to be there when my kids got home from school. So having our two new members work during school hours, so they can be home to see their wee ones back from school, feels good.


We’re very proud to see our kits in the prestigious Fenwick’s food hall in Newcastle and a growing number of delis and farm shops around the UK.


It was a big surprise and an honour to receive the title of Curry Queen 2016 at the Scottish Curry Awards, more so because the nominations came from the public, and the final decision from a panel of judges within the industry. For a small company, in a very noisy world, it’s great to know that we’re being noticed. 

Curry Award Winner 2016 Scotia Spice


The big day approaches…..


All those around me seem to have sorted out their Christmas shopping whilst all I’ve done is ponder and now I can feel a rising sense of panic! However, come the 25th I’m sure the four of us will have a lovely time as we indulge in our wee traditions: opening our stockings all piled onto one bed, scoffing chocolates and panettone for breakfast and opening presents one at a time so we can see everyone’s reaction.


Before then, there are cards to be written and presents to choose and send. If someone in your life might like to learn the art of authentic Punjabi curry making don’t forget to take a look at our website this Christmas.


Coming very soon…..


If you caught up with us at Country Living or Hopetoun House this year you will have had a sneak preview of our brand new ‘Yasmin’s range.’ Containing a spice blend hand crafted in the Scotia Spice kitchen and a recipe card featuring one of my authentic Punjabi dishes, these wee pouches just require fresh ingredients to make four portions. We’ve been delighted with how quickly they’ve flown off the stand and will be featuring them on our website very soon. Watch this space but in the meantime if you would like to purchase the new product please email us.

Yasmin's Range

Last deliveries

Thank you to all our customers - it has been a very busy festive period for us. We are taking a well-earned break from 24th - 28th December and will not process orders during this time.

Handmade Christmas gift cards

We have just made a batch of lovely wee Christmas cards to go with our curry kits. If you are buying a kit as a Christmas present and would like us to include one with a handwritten message just fill in the box when asked during ordering.


Its show time!

Its that time of year again and we have a busy period of shows and Christmas fairs coming up. If you are at any of them please come and say hello and sample our tasters. We'll have good offers on at every show for that perfect Christmas present. Yasmin will be demonstrating at Country Living Glasgow this year too so if you're going, have a look at the programme and make sure to catch her in action and sample her cooking.


Here's where to find us:


Living North Christmas Fair, 5th - 8th November, Newcastle Racecourse

Dunblane Centre Christmas Fair, 15th November, Dunblane

Country Living Christmas Fair, 19th - 22nd November, SECC Glasgow

Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair, 27th - 29th November, Hopetoun House, South Queensferry

Green Gallery Christmas Fair, 27th - 29th November, Green Gallery, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire

House for an Art Lover Christmas Fayre, 6th December, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Killearn Country Market, 6th December, Killearn, Stirlingshire


My very first Blog!

For me blogging about the food I grew up with was always just a matter of time.


I grew up in a world full of Punjabi Cooking, my earliest memories are sitting at the kitchen table licking lamb masala off my fingers, the air filled with the nutty smells of freshly cooked chapathi. There were years filled with time spent in the kitchen with my mum learning just how much spice was needed, how to balance the fragrant, the robust and the hot. Throughout my adult life my love for all kinds of food and cooking developed, yet I always returned to my roots - tasty, fresh home-style Punjabi cooking. In 2006 I finally took the plunge and opened the Scotia Spice Cookery School. Based in my own kitchen,  teaching the dishes I grew up with and still love so much today, it’s been a privilege to pass those skills on to my enthusiastic pupils.


A couple of years ago a chance conversation led to the development of my curry kits, and a new chapter for Scotia Spice and me. My good friend Pauline became my business partner and we packed the kits with my recipes, delicious spices and lots of tips and techniques from the cookery school allowing my food to reach many more folk.


There is such a lot to blog about. From memories of the food I grew up with and the rich tradition it’s come from to how I’ve adapted it over the years, the aromas, taste and how to use classic Punjabi Spices. How to take the freshest of ingredients and make delicious, healthy and simple family food, I hope to touch on all these subjects and many more, I also hope to share the thoughts of the talented food bloggers it’s been my pleasure to meet over the years and who’ve so kindly written abut what I do.


I’ve always wanted to pass on my knowledge and experience of the authentic food I grew up with and love so much and hope that this blog opens up another avenue for me to spread the word……….


In the meantime a simple recipe from my childhood:


Lunchtime Raita


Serves 1


Punjabi food is as much about the simple peasant dishes that take next to no time to put together as it is about the curries. This was one that my mum would make for a quick and easy lunch when we hadn’t been to the shops that day. For me it’s evocative of lazy school holidays and hours spent with my comics and colouring books! It’s soft, crunchy, sour, spicy and fresh………


200g potatoes, Desiree or Maris Piper work well

200g natural yoghurt

A good handful of crunchy lettuce such as Cos or Romaine

Chilli powder



Peel and chop the potatoes into cubes then boil in salted water until tender to the point of a sharp knife. Drain and allow to cool. Combine the potatoes, yoghurt and lettuce and add salt and chilli to taste.


I like this with enough chilli powder to make my tongue tingle maybe a quarter tohalf a teaspoon depending on strength but make it to you’re your own taste. I also like to finish this dish by wiping  up the last bits of spicy yoghurt with a chunk of soft white bread!


Hearing the views, thoughts and comments of my pupils, clients and audiences is one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do. Please do get in touch via facebook, twitter or email and I promise to get back to you.


Pauline, my good friend, and myself indulging in some Punjabi sweets.

Pauline, my good friend, and myself indulging in some Punjabi sweets.

Balmaha's Braw Weekend at Loch Lomond - Sat 4th & Sun 5th Oct

Balmaha’s Braw Weekend, organised by The Oak Tree Inn and sponsored by Deanston Distillery is a festival of food, drink, music and entertainment on the banks of Loch Lomond. Scotia Spice will be there with a stall selling our curry kits and gift vouchers for the cookery school. Yasmin will also be demonstrating on both days. It promises to be a great weekend of food and entertainment so come along if you can.

Speciality & Fine Food Fair - London Olympia 6-8 Sep 2015

We're delighted to have a stand at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair at London Olympia. Its the leading UK trade event that exclusively targets food and drink buyers from the speciality and artisan food industry. The event runs for three days starting on Sunday 6th September. Make sure to come and say hello if you're attending. 

Christmas delivery dates

For guaranteed delivery before Christmas, all orders must be placed by 12 noon on Thurs 18th Dec. We will still accept orders after that date but cannot provide a guarantee they will arrive in time for Christmas.


If you live in the area of Balfron (G63)  you are welcome to save on delivery costs and collect in person. Please email or phone to place your order and arrange a collection time.

Christmas Fairs 2014

We will be attending quite a few fairs over the next month. Please click on the links below for venue details and times and come and say hello.




Fri 14th Katy Rodgers Winter Fair

Sat 15th Dunblane Centre Christmas Fair

Thurs 20th - Sun 23rd Country Living Christmas Fair

Fri 21st - Sun 23rd Green Gallery Christmas Fair




Tues 2nd Stirling Castle Christmas Shopping Fayre 

Wed 3rd Eric Liddell Centre Evening Christmas Market

Wed 3rd The Woodhouse Coffee Shop Christmas Shopping Evening

Sat 6th Killearn Christmas Market

Sat 6th - Sun 7th The Riverside Museum Christmas Fair

Sun 7th House for an Art Lover Christmas Fayre





BBC Good Food Show Glasgow box winner

Mrs Sandra Frame was the winner of our competition at the BBC Good Food show in October. She chose a chicken box. We hope you enjoy cooking our recipes Sandra.

Matthew Steedman won a box at the Eat, Drink Discover Scotland event at Ingliston in September. He chose a lamb box.

We will be running another competition at the Country Living Show in the SECC in Glasgow in November so make sure to visit our stand, H21, to enter.

'Your guide to true Punjabi cooking' wins BBC Good Food award

The BBC Good Food Shows Bursary awards are always hotly contended, so we were completely thrilled to find out we had won an award for 2014

We sent our boxes off to Katy Truss of fabulousfoodfinds.co.uk back in August and were delighted to learn that they had made it through to the Good Food tasting kitchen a few weeks later.  When Katy rang to let us know  the news she explained that the team were really impressed with our concept of teaching people how to cook authentic Punjabi food for themselves. They felt the spice tasting guide was a great idea and also loved our packaging, high praise indeed!  It's been an intense year of product development which makes praise from such a prestigious organisation doubly rewarding.

The award allows us to attend the BBC Good Food Show Scotland free of charge, something a small company like ours could never afford to do otherwise. We get the chance to meet current and new customers face to face as well as being able to talk to food bloggers and press.

The BBC Good Food Show Scotland takes place at the SECC in Glasgow from the 17th to the 19th of October. See bbc.goodfooshow.com to book tickets.