Category: Savoury

Bhog’er Khichuri

Makes 6 servings. For our 50th recipe, we’re doing something very special to me—khuchuri—the Bong avatar of the ubiquitous desi ‘khichdi’. A savoury porridge of rice and lentils, khichuri can be made as plain or rich as the occasion warrants. Watery and mild for when you’re feeling poorly, moderately-spiced for regular days, and heavily-spiced and […]

Paturi & Pulao

Makes 6 servings. I first sampled chhana’r paturi during our wedding celebrations, and wanted to marry it as well. To make it, soft cottage cheese is mixed with a mustard seed paste and patted into a rectangle to look like a fillet of fish. It is then wrapped and cooked in banana leaves. An homage […]

Tomato Soup & Caprese Salad

Makes 4 servings. We’re bidding goodbye to Summer with this fresh, fast, and fabulous meal. Featuring a refreshing tomato basil soup that comes together in less than half an hour, and a bright, spritely Caprese Salad that requires 5 minutes of assembly, it’s an ode to both seasonal produce and laid-back cooking. Served with store-bought […]

Lamb Barbacoa Tacos

Makes 6 servings or 24 tacos. While this Mexican export may be beloved the world over, it’s close to impossible to get a decent taco in all of Mumbai. To honour what makes the taco so immensely popular, I set out to make every single element from scratch. My recipe features soft corn tortillas filled […]

Meat & 3 Veg Tapas

Makes 4 servings. Fried sausages, roasted potatoes, caramelised onions, and sautéed peas snugly sit together in this tapas-inspired, family-style spread, served not with gravy, but with an entire wheel of oozy Camembert cheese! For this dish, I cook all the elements in cast iron, except for the baked cheese dip. That way, the outsides of […]

Tiger Prawn Rolls

Makes 4 larger-than-average sandwiches This isn’t your regular hot dog using any ol’ hot dog bun. Featuring made-from-scratch New England style buns, this salad-sandwich is our take on the esteemed Maine Lobster Roll! In our recipe, we’ve swapped out the lobster for jumbo tiger prawns, which are locally available and just as meaty. And while […]

Roast Chicken & Potato Salad

Makes 4-6 servings. Roast chicken needn’t mean hours in the kitchen, especially during Summer. By opting for drumsticks, you can cut down on cook-time and still cook up heaps of flavour. Marinated simply with fresh herbs, common pantry spices, and good quality EVOO, this chicken is quick to make and delicious to eat. Now, everyone […]

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Makes 15 large rolls When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing worse than standing in front of a hot stove or oven. Enter Vietnamese spring rolls, which call for rice paper and minimal cooking! This recipe takes you through 5 types of spring rolls; 3 non-veg and 2 vegan. Cooling, refreshing, light, yet satisfying – each […]

Salmon Salad & Solkadi

Makes 4 servings Summertime in Bombay is a heat-stroke waiting to happen. Thankfully the folks in these parts have found a way to beat the heat. Behold, nature’s twin coolants—coconut and kokum! Blitzed together, they form ‘Solkadi’ a magic potion that is 99% cold beverage and 1% spicy curry. In this episode of How I […]

Calcutta Mutton Biryani

Makes 5 servings. A mélange of Awadhi cooking techniques, Mughlai flavours, and Bengali sentiments, Calcutta biryani is a true culinary masterpiece. Low on heat and high on flavour, it is undeniably my favourite type of biryani. Back when I was 16 in Calcutta, a bawarchi (masterchef) came to our house to make mutton biryani for […]