Recipe: OMG WTF BBQ Pork Ribs

Barbecued some pork ribs for the first time ever this week, and was amazed at how easy it was to do! I actually discovered BBQ ribs pretty late in life. They were never a big thing growing up, and I ate them for the first time at a TGIF or something. I then had a…

Recipe: Coorgi Pork Curry

Found a frighteningly good recipe for Coorgi pork, and cooked the hell out of it this week. Mad props to Shireen Sequeira for posting this gem. The first time I tasted Coorgi Pandi / Pork Curry was when Paro and I had taken a quick weekend trip to Coorg in South India. We’d stayed at…

Recipe: Hyderabadi Baghara Baingan

Baghara Baingan is a Hyderabadi classic. My mum has been cooking it for years, but I somehow never got around to making it myself. Gave it a shot a few days ago, and was pretty happy with the results. Paro said it was the best Baghara Baingan she’d ever eaten in her life. My head swelled…

Recipe: Kurkure Karele / Bitter Gourd Fry

The first sign of actually growing up, is when you stop making a fuss to eat your damn veggies. I eat everything under the sun, but as a chef – I’d say vegetables are more versatile to cook with than meat and should always be a part of a meal. I’ve always loved Bitter Gourd (Karela…

Recipe: Gonda Wala Meat

This is a pretty ancient recipe. My great grandfather who lived in a small town called Gonda in Uttar Pradesh, used to cook this, and it’s stayed in the family ever since. Now I never met my Great Grandpops, but my Dad used to cook this mutton curry all the time when I was growing…

One man’s floor is another man’s roof

My first employer was a resort in a small hill station called Munnar in Kerala, South India. This was the first time I’d ventured out of home, and everything was new. Munnar in 2004 was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen, but presented its fair share of challenges once you were outside the gates…

Recipe: Kalakand

Yesterday was Diwali. We had some friends over for drinks, traumatologist more drinks and dinner and generally had a great time. Diwali is a massive deal back in India, check and everyone’s kitchen usually produces something sweet. Now if you’ve been following this blog, you will see that I lean heavily towards non-vegetarian fare. There’s the…