Masala Chai with dry ginger & mace

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…

Awadhi Style Chicken Khorma

Heat 2 tbsp ghee +  2 tbsp canola oil Throw in 2 large sliced onions and cook till soft Throw in 15 cashew nuts and cook till the onions are brown Remove from heat, cool and blend to a paste using some water In the same wok, heat 1 tbsp ghee + 1 tsp canola…

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…

Dhaba Style Dal Fry

Wash 1 cup of Chana Dal till the water runs clear Pressure cook the dal with 2 cups water till your cooker screams at you 5 times. The dal should be soft and very easy to mash. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, soak the dal in hot water for an hour, and then…

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…

My brief association with a microwave oven

This here, is another story from the time I worked at a resort up in the mountains in Kerala. Munnar was beautiful but cold and very very VERY damp. One month into our new jobs, we had a house to live in, but apart from a couple of beds and the odd side table, there…