Pineapple Achar

Assemble the following in a mixing bowl: 2 cups of sliced pineapple 1 cup of sliced onion 1 chopped Thai red chilli 1 small bunch of fresh coriander / Chinese parsley Dressing: You can either make this in a bowl on the side, or simply chuck everything into one big mixing bowl. 1 tsp fish…

Singapore Chilli Crab

I got this recipe from a 65-year-old Uber driver who loved Chilli Crab & adrenaline with an equal passion. I remember nervously taking notes on my phone with this friendly but completely insane man shouting the recipe out to me while flying his Hyundai down the AYE like a goddamn meteor on steroids. It’s super…

Uyghur style Dapanji with Kudaimian Noodles

Man, I love this thing. Dapanji simply translates to Big Plate of Chicken and is easily one of the most delicious Chinese dishes I’ve picked up over the years. The Uyghurs from the Xinjiang province of China have a fantastic cuisine, that mixes Chinese and Central Asian flavours and packs a real punch. When I…

Gajar Ka Halwa

My first month in Delhi was stressful & very very cold. I was woefully unprepared for the winter & was beginning to wonder if the frosty tip of my nose would ever forgive me for choosing to relocate to North India in the month of November. Paro was in China at the time & I…

Masala Chai

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups of water • 1 cup of milk • 4 tsp of black tea (Assam or Darjeeling recommended) • Sugar • Black peppercorns – 1/2 tsp • Green Cardamom – 4 pods • Cloves – 2 • Grated ginger – 2 tsp Utensils • Saucepan • Teaspoons • Tea strainer • Teacups…

Munakkaya Mamsam – Mutton Curry with Drumsticks

One of the biggest things I noticed when I moved from South India to the North, was how few veggies people use in their non-vegetarian dishes. I absolutely love the food up North, but it’s kinda rare to see anything other than spinach or potatoes paired with meat. Down South – especially in Hyderabad –…

Ghee Rice

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for Ghee Rice that I make very often to go with my South Indian curries. I like it because it uses cooked rice, and is just so damn quick to throw together. Here’s the recipe: Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a wok Throw in 2 star anise, 1 piece…

Kaju Rice

Neither posh, nor overly simple. Is this what they call smart cashewal? Heat 1 tbsp ghee or oil Throw in 1 tsp caraway seeds and let them crackle. Substitute: cumin seeds Add 15 cashew nuts, split in half and cook till golden brown Throw in 2 cups of cooked rice Add salt and toss well…