Tag: savoury

Beetroot Pesto Pasta

Makes 5 servings. There’s something wholly exhilarating about eating a colourful plate of food. It appeals to our inner child (taste the rainbow, anyone?) and makes for an instant mood lifter. This colourful Holi inspired dish is not just a riot of flavourful hues, it’s also a kaleidoscope of textures ranging from creamy to crunchy. […]

Kosha Mangsho Pie

Makes one double-crust 9 inch pie Like many, we haven’t been able to travel home in over a year. Home. Just the word brings comfort. To us, home is languid lunches and evening snacks and heavy dinners. If home had a flavour, it would be of browned mutton—or Kosha Mangsho—an incredibly rich and tender Bengali […]

Fish Alberas

Makes 4 servings. Fish Alberas [uhl-bay-russ] is a signature dish of the Bene Israel; an Indian-Jewish community believed to have arrived in the 1st or 2nd century, after their ancestors were shipwrecked on the western coast of India. Influenced by Konkan cuisine and the Marathi tongue, the ‘al’ refers to ginger and the ‘ras’ refers […]

Meatloaf & Mash Cake

Makes a two-tiered 6 inch layered cake. I created this particular cake because apparently, there are people out there who don’t like cake! Who are these people? What’s wrong with them? Should we stage an intervention? Anyway. Built with stacks of meatloaf, frosted with buttery, mashed potatoes, and served with a side of thick, brown […]

Indo-Thai Khow Suey

Makes 4-6 servings. Khow Suey or ohn no khao swè is a curry based noodle soup that is topped with a variety of condiments. Brought to the subcontinent during WWII by migrants from Myanmar (then Burma), no one Khow Suey is alike. Some are distinctly Indian, some reflect Pakistani influences, others stay true to their […]

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 […]

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 […]