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…

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…

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…

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,…

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 Marinate 500 gm boneless chicken cubes in 3 tbsp yoghurt, 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste, salt, 1 tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp Garam Masala powder &…

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…