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, more drinks and dinner and generally had a great time. Diwali is a massive deal back in India, 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 occasional vegetarian…

Recipe: Bacon and Cream Cheese Dip

We threw a little BBQ party the other day but it was on a Friday. Right after work. This meant I couldn’t do much cooking and we had to resort to mostly store bought stuff. It’s not my style, but it was still a lot of fun. Paro poured so much booze into the Long Islands,…

Recipe: Super Simple Curry Leaf Chicken

I am going to overly dramatize this, and describe it as the  time a potted plant saved my life.  I’m really just paying tribute to my curry leaf plant, but just go with it, okay? Now I’ve been on the road for a bit. Boston, San Francisco and then Vegas. Ate a lot of really great stuff but towards…

Recipe: Desi Capsicum Chicken

When you think about impulse purchases, the things that normally come to mind are expensive watches, unusually colored shirts or an impromptu holiday. My case isn’t so glamorous. I went out to buy a carton of milk yesterday and came back with three bell peppers / capsicums. Now I love capsicum, man. I love to chop…

Recipe: Hyderabadi Khatti Daal

Made some Khatti Daal for lunch today. Paro was sick, so we had one of those comfort food meals: daal – chawal, dahi, pickle and some shaami kebabs. Now I grew up eating Khatti Daal all over the place in Hyderabad, but only recently got reminded of it at my good friend Gauri’s place. Gauri…

Recipe: Pepper Chicken Chettinad

I go through these phases when I get a little obsessed with an ingredient, and I want to use it in every damn thing I cook. Last week, it was black pepper. I’d felt a slight cold coming on early in the week, and in attempt to get my sinuses to behave, I made myself a bucket of chai with…