Chicken Korma has the typical aroma of cardamom: slightly spicy yet velvety smooth. (photo credit: Kim Thy)
Chicken Korma has the typical aroma of cardamom: slightly spicy yet velvety smooth. (Photo Credit: Kim Thy)

“I love to make my guests happy and make them feel at home.” This is truly a motto I could make my own. And one that fills every dish of Papa Kazmi.

In 2012, at almost 60, Papa Kazmi fulfilled his long time dream of opening a restaurant. Hills & Mills in Delft was born. Soon the place became a hot spot in the heart of the Dutch city where many come to experience Papa’s magic. Some wanted to spread his cooking beyond the city’s borders. The idea of a cookbook started to form in Papa Kazmi’s children mind and the seed became a tree.

Papa Kazmi Pure Cook Book is not your typical cookbook. Of course it is filled with 80 delightful recipes of modern Indian cuisine, some straight out of the cuisine of Hills & Mills but I read it like a story, one you tell your children and grandchildren. This is exactly what it is about – a family story, told with sincerity, honesty, and love – a tribute to a father from his children – a celebration of delicious food. A self-taught man who left Pakistan at 16, Papa Kazmi is not your conventional chef. His journey took him from his home country to the Netherlands via London. Food became his way of communicating and connecting with people everywhere, while keeping his family roots alive.

Among the traditional Indian dishes, some are his own creations mixing the best of different worlds. Matar pilav, Bharta, Tamarind chutney, Mango lassi, Raw mango coconut pie – exotic names for mouthwatering recipes. Every chapter of this book is filled with soups, the famous Naan, hot and cold drinks, heartwarming lunch and dinner dishes, treats and desserts – you name it. Each recipe uses pure ingredients and brings out intense flavor. They are easy to follow thanks to the straightforward key symbols, very creative. They also can be adapted to everyone’s taste and diet using the helpful tips and tricks. The photos of Kim Thy illustrate them beautifully.

I loved every recipe I tested – the chicken Tikka, the chickpea salad, the coconut and mango panna cotta – light, delicous, simple yet intensely flavorful. My children enjoyed to experience surprising new dishes from far away but with a western twist that makes it easy to enjoy. I can’t wait to dig even further into this delightful gem and to share my great finds with family and friends. As Papa Kazmi would say, “every meal should be a feast”. So be it!


What You Need to Know

Title: Papa Kazmi Pure Cook Book

Recipes, Concept and Text: Sheraz & Nawaz

Publisher: The Pure Family

Design and Illustrations: Joelle Lemmers

Photography: Kim Thy

ISBN: 978-90-824405-3-9

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Christine is a life enthusiast, attracted to happiness, creativity and beauty in everything. It is not because she is French that she loves Fashion but she does. Photographing her food is becoming a habit of hers!


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9 Responses to "Cookbook: Papa Kazmi Pure"

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  2. Nikki  11/03/2016

    Food so often brings people together. I love Indian food in particular! I’d not head of it until now, but it sounds like a good read and a must-have for those who enjoy cooking 🙂

    • Christine Cognieux  13/03/2016

      Thank you Nikki. It really is a keeper!

  3. Cristal  11/03/2016

    This looks extremely delicious and the cookbook seems like it would be an interesting read as well.

    • Christine Cognieux  13/03/2016

      Thanks Cristal. truly an inspirational reading and cooking!

  4. Brian  12/03/2016

    Great article Christine! I never explored food from the Indian subcontinent too much, but mango lassi. Raw mango coconut pie sounds great as well!

    • Christine Cognieux  13/03/2016

      Thank you Brian. Papa Kazmi makes it so easy to cook amazing indian dishes with a modern twist.

  5. Rosemary  13/03/2016

    So inspired to read that he accomplished his dream of opening his restaurant at almost 60 years old. That’s simply amazing. The descriptions you’ve provided seem delicious. The cookbook promises to be delicious as well. Pretty inspirational and pretty cool!

    • Christine Cognieux  13/03/2016

      You are so right Rosemary! I found Papa Kazmi so inspirational and his cooking so emotional. A Coup de Coeur!


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