Rice

Six basic spice mixes – you may call them “garam masala”. . .Part 1 of my garam masala series.

 The above image shows the six garam masala spice mixes. From L to R top row we have the spice mixes for: seafood, vegetarian, poultry; from L to R [bottom row] for: red meat, nilgiri’s biryani mix, kebabs How do you simplify a complex cuisine which has at least a billion different interpretations, all of them […]

A Tale of Two Classics

the classic Kashmiri, Pandit-style rogan josh In my 30-odd years of cooking, if there is one lesson I have learnt, it is this: never challenge a customer. Never. Ever. Some may agree with this, but there is another school of thought that believes otherwise. Some chefs in so-called high places believe that a customer is […]

1.2 billion people, 5 regions, 32 states, 14 official languages, 100s of styles of cooking, and just one dish called CURRY!!!

How is it that this huge country called India, with such a long history and so many cultures, can end up being known for just one dish – “CURRY”? How is it that this country, which exports besides so many other things the ‘brains’ for the rest of the world, has only one dish to offer to […]