Cooking Class in Pyongyang, North Korea

It’s been a little over two months since we came back from North Korea – the most mysterious country Paro and I have ever set foot in. If you’ve been following my ramblings on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll know that I try to do a cooking class in every country I travel to. For me…

Boring Indian Chicken Curry

Heat 2 tbsp vegetable / canola / sunflower oil Throw in a bayleaf and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (optional) Add 1 cup chopped onion and cook till brown Add 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste and 3 tbsp water. Cook for 1 min. Chuck in a cup of chopped tomato. Canned tomato works. At a pinch, ketchup…

Bindu’s Kurnool Style Peanut Chutney

Once in a while, people who come for a class with me, leave things behind. Sometimes it’s a USB cable. Sometimes it’s a kickass recipe for Peanut Chutney. I’ve been running my Boring Indian Food Workshop™? for like a year & a half now. One of the most fun things about my side gig, is…

Sukha (Dry) Aloo Gobhi

I once ran a cross country race when I was in school. I was a notoriously slow runner & participated only because it was compulsory. There were 35 other kids in the race – ALL better at this shit than me, but that Friday something was different. We started running, & I soon saw other…

Aloo Gobhi Masaledaar

Heat 1 tbsp mustard oil Throw in 1 tsp cumin seeds, a bayleaf and a little piece of mace and let everything crackle. Add a chopped onion and cook till brown Add 1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste and a splash of water. Cook for 2 min on high. Chuck in a chopped tomato and cook till…

Mixed Nut Chikki

In a pan, toast 1.5 tbsp of white sesame seeds till they start to pop. Take off heat, and set aside Toast 1 cup of mixed nuts – equal quantities of cashews, pistachios and almonds in a pan for 5 min. Slice the almonds and cashews in half or they’ll be a little too chunky….

Chitti’s Keema Cutlets

Heat 1 tbsp oil Throw in 1 tsp mace, 1 black cardamom & 1 bayleaf. Cook for 30 seconds. Add one chopped onion and cook till brown Add 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste and a splash of water and cook for 1 min on high Chuck in one chopped tomato and cook the mixture till…

Palakura Pappu

Palakura Pappu from Andhra Pradesh – loaded with spinach and just so many flavours! By far, one of my favourite ways to cook lentils. Cook 1 cup of Toor Dal (Pigeon Peas) in a pressure cooker. If you don’t have a cooker, soak the peas for a hour in warm water and then cook on…

Mutton Khorma

Get hold of 500 gm of the best leg mutton you can find.  Add 1 tsp turmeric and salt, and pressure cook till the cooker screams at you thrice. Take off the heat, and let the pressure go down on its own. We’re looking to get a head start on the cooking process with this,…