Category: Savoury

Chicken & Couscous

Makes 4-6 servings. I discovered this dish when I was 18, exactly 18 years ago. Back then, it distinctly belonged to Southern Europe. Over time, it has evolved into a stateless island, influenced by all the lands that touch the Mediterranean Sea between Morocco and Turkey. Here, cinnamon is friends with saffron. Cumin hangs out […]

Goan Chorise Chili

Makes 4-6 servings. One lazy winter evening, I was rummaging around in the fridge and saw some leftover rajma curry and day-old stir fried carrots and beans. Sigh. Then I spotted a chain of Goan sausages, and thought, huh, that stuff can zhuzh up anything. Thus was born my Goan Chorise chili. A one-pot wonder […]

Bengali Mustard Chicken

Makes 3-4 servings. As a Bong living in Bombay, I frequently crave Bengali cuisine. Especially during the festival of Durga Puja. And there’s nothing more quintessential to Bengal than a mustard based curry. However you choose to receive her, this golden goddess carries a sharp trident, ferociously poised to strike you in the nose. The […]

Pepperoni Pizza

Makes 2 x 10 inch pizzas. Pepperoni pizza is a hot favourite in our home. As a result, I’ve experimented extensively before arriving at this recipe. While everything is made from scratch, you can bang out this pizza in 90 minutes flat. There’s no need to pre-bake the crust or reduce the sauce for hours. […]

Quiche Lorraine…ish

Makes one 11 inch quiche. Last year, I had the privilege of eating Quiche Lorraine, in Lorraine. Cream, eggs, bacon, pastry. That’s it. Yet, it was so profoundly delicious, that I had to recreate it in Mumbai. My recipe has the basic flavour profile of a traditional Quiche Lorraine, with one major modification—a phyllo pastry […]

Crispy Pork Gyoza

Makes 30 medium sized gyoza. Translucent, melt-in-your-mouth wrappers envelope a juicy flavourful filling in this gyoza. They’re so light and tasty, that you’ll go through all 30 in under 15 minutes. But these aren’t just any gyoza. What elevates this dish to dumpling heaven is the attached crispy pancake, which adds a wonderful textural contrast […]

Delhi Butter Chicken

Makes 4-6 servings. Necessity is the mother of invention. This recipe was born of all the disappointing butter chickens that we’ve ordered in Bombay. I’m yet to eat anything here that matches even the most average Delhi butter chickens. Ergo, making butter chicken became an absolute necessity. This dish is completely homemade, but involves a […]

Bigass Burgers

Makes 6 burgers If the Big Mac had an elegant cousin, this would be it. Juicy, tender and loaded with flavour, there’s a reason I call it “bigass”. Fully assembled, it stands at about 6 inches tall. However, because the bun is so soft, it squishes down oh so easily, adjusting itself to your mouth […]