Black Chickpea Sundal

Every few months, Paro locks me in the TV room with a 6 pack of beer, and embarks on the marathon task of straightening out the kitchen and the store room. These exercises are always interesting and while they remedy some of the havoc I tend to wreak, they also yield ingredients that have been…

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…

Simple Onion Pulao

Cook half a cup of Basmati rice. Wash the rice and cook it in plenty of boiling water for exactly 12 minutes. Drain the rice out in a colander and run it under cold water for 30 seconds Heat 1 tbsp canola / sunflower / rice bran oil in a wok Throw in 1 tsp…

Easy Peasy Chicken Curry

Heat 1 tbsp oil & throw in 1 tsp cumin seeds and let them crackle Add one large chopped onion and cook till golden brown Add 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste and cook with a little bit of water. Add 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp red chilli (or as much as you like) & 3…

Cauliflower 65

Cut 500 gm cauliflower into small florets Assemble the following in a bowl: 1.5 cup corn flour, 1 cup refined flour, 2 tbsp rice flour, 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp soy sauce, salt, red chilli powder, freshly ground black pepper and some red food colour if you want that crazy shade of red….

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…

Broccoli Soup by Highly Motivated Early January Dhruv

New year, new me! I’m going to cook soup for dinner at least twice a week. It’s going to be great. I’ll be eating healthier. I’m going to lose a ton of weight. I’m going to have that extra spring in my step, and I’m going to forget about ALL of this in the next…

Ulli Vada – Kerala Style Onion Pakoras

These pakoras (pakorae?) are very different from the pakoras you get in North India, and to be honest, they changed my life a little bit.Here’s the recipe: In a bowl, add 3 thinly sliced onions Add 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger and 3 chopped green chillies Add 7 tbsp gram flour (Besan) and 3 tbsp…