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…

Munakkaya Mamsam – Mutton Curry with Drumsticks

One of the biggest things I noticed when I moved from South India to the North, was how few veggies people use in their non-vegetarian dishes. I absolutely love the food up North, but it’s kinda rare to see anything other than spinach or potatoes paired with meat. Down South – especially in Hyderabad –…

Ghee Rice

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for Ghee Rice that I make very often to go with my South Indian curries. I like it because it uses cooked rice, and is just so damn quick to throw together. Here’s the recipe: Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a wok Throw in 2 star anise, 1 piece…

Kaju Rice

Neither posh, nor overly simple. Is this what they call smart cashewal? Heat 1 tbsp ghee or oil Throw in 1 tsp caraway seeds and let them crackle. Substitute: cumin seeds Add 15 cashew nuts, split in half and cook till golden brown Throw in 2 cups of cooked rice Add salt and toss well…

Boring Indian Vegetable Curry

Heat 3 tbsp oil and throw in 1 small piece of cinnamon, and 1 bay leaf Add a cup of finely chopped onion and cook till light brown. You can do this on high heat, but be careful not to burn them, okay? Add 2 heaped teaspoons of fresh ginger & garlic paste + 2…

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…