Indian Vegetarian Cooking at Geeta’s Kitchen

I grew up eating Indian food but find the variety of Indian restaurants in Hong Kong lacking. It’s difficult to cook Indian cuisines and since I don’t have the spices at home, I would go to the supermarkets to get instant curry packets or Branto’s and Woodlands for my Indian food fix.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

I recently discovered Geeta’s private kitchen in Tsim Sha Tsui through Gormei. Just look at the lunch menu, what a feast!

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Aloo Tikki

We sat around Geeta’s dining table and were given cute aprons to wear before getting our hands busy kneading and rolling. First we learnt to prepare potato cutlets. One good tip is to use frozen bread as bread crumbs, mash the boiled potatoes, add chopped green chillis (would have added more for myself), coriander leaves, and cummin seeds.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Geeta and her daughter Veena (in pink), supervising my kneading skills.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

This is how the pro does it! We were given small portions to mould into round cutlets.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Ready to be deep-fried, pan-fried or roasted in the frying pan.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Palak Paneer or Spinach and cottage cheese curry was next. We chopped the tomatoes, green chilli and ginger.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Pour everything into the food processor and tada!

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Preparing the spinach leaves and learning the secret technique to keep the vibrant green in the veg.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Add turmeric powder.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Pour spinach and cottage cheese cubes – almost done.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Rolling out the dough for chapatis or Indian flat bread was a challenge for me! Especially when Geeta and Veena were demonstrating it effortlessly. Geeta also showed us the different ways to prepare paratha.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

This is how the almost finished product looks!

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Even the cooking utensils are new to me. Geeta showed us how to cook the chapati on a skillet.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Yummy! Too much work for me – will buy them from now on.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Tummy was growling, I was delighted lunch was soon to be served. Aloo tikkis for the win!

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Channa Masala or chickpeas curry

Curry Coma! I wasn’t shy to scoop again and again, topping them with potato cutlets, and mint and coriander chutney.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Healthy and wholesome palak paneer. Quite inspired to try it at home now!

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Chapatis

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Smorgasbord!

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Picture of people taking pictures of their food. The locals would say “camera eats first”.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Colorful masala popadums.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Fascinated with these bright yellow savory Dokhlas – semolina sponge cakes that are sprinkled with mustard seeds. It was delicious and a secret recipe.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Another secret recipe that Geeta would not divulge. The Nan Khathai – eggless cardamom cookies that melt in your mouth. Nomtastic!

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Masala Chai, my favorite and not too sweet too. We had mint yoghurt lassi that I was too busy gulping down. Sorry, no pics to show.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

The crew!

Veena shared some ayurvedic benefits of Indian spices such as fenugreek, turmeric, and coriander. And to be more discerning eating Indian food outside as some add color and preservatives. She talked briefly about the Sindhi diaspora too.

Geeta's Kitchen, Hong Kong

Delish coconut ladoos

The private kitchen is located at: 7E Windsor Mansion, 29-31 Chatham Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.  More information on their Facebook page.

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3 Comments

  1. i am very much attracted by the post. can you tell me the address of Geeta’s kitchen, and the menu and the price etc. thanks, ivy

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