Classic meals

Tandoori chicken cooked at home!

the king of kebabs – tandoori chicken!! Here is my version of the ‘king of kebabs’, AKA tandoori chicken, which you can make at home even if you do not have a tandoor. Last year I wrote about my memory of this wonderful dish which reminds me so much of my father. If you’re keen […]

Parsi style prawns

This week I want to share a recipe for prawns cooked Parsi style. This is an ancient recipe that has been passed down the generations by word of mouth. In this particular recipe the prawns are fried in a masala which uses only five  ingredients (besides salt and oil) and the end result is the […]

Dum ka murgh

how can you not smile when you are about to eat dum ka murgh? I want to share this recipe as it is my favourite chicken dish that uses a technique which the French call confit and we Indians call dum [dum derives from the Persian word ‘dum baksh‘  meaning ‘to give breath to’ or cooked in its own juices […]

Murgh kali mirch ……

murgh kali mirch served alongside steamed basmati rice Happy New Year to you all, folks! As my first blog for 2013 I want to share this recipe that, to this day, remains one of the most amazing dishes I have learnt to cook. It is simple yet very technical as it uses black peppercorns, the […]

Mysore Chilli Chicken ….

This chilli chicken dish is simple yet skilled; it is hot but doesn’t burn, and it is tasty but not overly spiced. So much intricacy in this dish! Mysore chilli chicken dish So, let’s get started and first make the masala: Masala (marinade) 9 long dried red chilies (you can use either the Bedgi chilli […]

Crab with black pepper, kali mirch and milagu !!!

about ajoy i’ve been a chef for over three decades now! i trained in chennai and started off with the taj hotel group. i’ve owned nilgiri’s indian restaurant in sydney for over 15 years. i’m on a mission to dispel the myth that indian food is no more than a ‘curry in a hurry’! come […]