Embroidery Techniques Kamal Kadai Tutorial

I have recently been experimenting with various kinds of embroidery from various parts of the world. So for the tutorial today I thought I would introduce you to Kamal Kadai which originated in India. We will be making an embroidered hankerchief.

You Will Need

A plain hankerchief

An embroidery needle

Embroidery thread

A small embroidery hoop

Pencil & Paper

Step 1

First you need to decide on your design. Try it out on paper first. Kamal Kadai works using lines, so bubble style writing would be rather hard, keep it angular and straight.

Step 2

Place your hankerchief into the embroidery hoop. Using the pencil lightly draw your design onto the fabric.

Step 3

Now we need to stitch the design on using long vertical stitch lines.

Step 4

The fun part! Bring your needle up at a corner and weave up and down horizontally through the vertical lines. Turn the needle round and weave the opposite way.

Keep going using this technique until you have filled that section of vertical lines. Then start on the next section according to your design. Make sure to keep the horizonal weave lines close together and ta da you’ve embroidered your hanky! If your design is hanging too far away from the fabric just put a few tiny stitches in to hold it down.

The small cross at the bottom of the hanky was created using another embroidery technique, if people would like I can teach this in another tutorial in the future?

We love sweets – Gulab Jaman Recipe

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending an Indian wedding. It lasted for days and was the most opulent event I think I’ve ever attended. I’m still in awe of the jewellery, saris and entertainment. The other thing that stuck me was the immense amount of food on offer. Some things were familiar, while others I had not tried before. But one pudding was so delicious I had to find out not only what it was but how to make it. The recipe I am sharing is for Gulab Jaman and it was given to me very generously by the mother of the bride:

What You’ll Need

100g dried milk

25g plain four

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp melted ghee (or butter)

Whole milk

200ml vegetable oil (for frying)

100ml water

250g caster sugar

3 cardamon pods

Step 1

In a large bowl mix together the dried milk, flour, baking powder and ghee. Add milk slowly until a soft dough is formed. Divide mixture into 11-12 balls.

Step 2

In a saucepan begin heating the water, add the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved add the cardmon pods (broken in a pestle & mortar). Simmer for ten minutes.

Step 3

Heat the oil in a frying pan, keep the heat low and add the balls a few at a time. They need to be cooked slowly so they cook evenly and don’t toughen.

Step 4

Place the cooked balls into the sugar syrup. Leave to soak for at least one hour. They can be eaten hot or cold. Enjoy!