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…

Uyghur style Dapanji with Kudaimian Noodles

Man, I love this thing. Dapanji simply translates to Big Plate of Chicken and is easily one of the most delicious Chinese dishes I’ve picked up over the years. The Uyghurs from the Xinjiang province of China have a fantastic cuisine, that mixes Chinese and Central Asian flavours and packs a real punch. When I…

Gajar Ka Halwa

My first month in Delhi was stressful & very very cold. I was woefully unprepared for the winter & was beginning to wonder if the frosty tip of my nose would ever forgive me for choosing to relocate to North India in the month of November. Paro was in China at the time & I…

Masala Chai

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups of water • 1 cup of milk • 4 tsp of black tea (Assam or Darjeeling recommended) • Sugar • Black peppercorns – 1/2 tsp • Green Cardamom – 4 pods • Cloves – 2 • Grated ginger – 2 tsp Utensils • Saucepan • Teaspoons • Tea strainer • Teacups…

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…