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,…

Butter Chicken

There are tons of Butter Chicken recipes out there. I’ve tried at least 6 different variations, and think I’ve finally arrived at my favourite. Here goes: THE CHICKEN Prep your meat. I like to use chicken thighs and drumsticks (on the bone) for this recipe. Skin the chicken, and make slits on each piece so…

Prawn & Squid Pepper Salt

The first kitchen I ever worked in was the Chinese kitchen at the Taj Residency. It was my third day & Chef Thapa – the Chinese Chef de Partie was in a terrible mood. The CDP from the Cold kitchen had played an epic prank on him & hidden all the “Dhapoos” from the Chinese…

Paneer Bhurjee Toasties

Man, I love Paneer Bhurjee. It’s such a simple thing to make, and it goes so damn well with chapatis and bread. I decided to put a fancy little spin on mine the other day and serve it up as an open-faced toastie. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok Throw in 1/2 tsp cumin…

Masala Chai

Recipe makes 4 cups Boil two cups of water To boiling water (important), add 2 tbsp tea – Darjeeling / Assam and cook for 2 min on medium heat Throw in 3 cloves, 3 green cardamoms, and a small piece of mace Add 2 tsp powdered dry ginger Add as much sugar as you like…

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala – Butter Chicken’s vegetarian twin. I think I love this dish a little more than Butter Chicken because I’ve eaten it at so many different places – from restaurants, to roadside dhabas, to friends’ lunchboxes in school. The recipe is nearly identical to my Butter Chicken recipe, but there’s a difference to…

Peas Pulao

This is a dish that brings a smile to my face & takes me back to the time when I was a trainee chef at the Taj Residency (now the Taj Deccan) in Hyderabad. On the corporate ladder, the industrial trainee is roughly two steps lower than the lowest rung. Somewhere near the underside of…

Recipe: Classic Bruschetta

When life gives you heirloom tomatoes.. make some Classic Bruschetta! I love these amazing tomatoes from Genting Garden in Malaysia and find myself making this little snack quite often. — Here’s the #recipe: 1. Cut the tomatoes. I like to chop them small, but you can slice them too if you like. 2. Gently heat 4…