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Butter Chicken

There are few things I can eat as often as a well made hot, buttery naan with  butter chicken. Sometimes I wonder if that’s not played some subtle subconscious role in my falling in love with Atul…. some latent sub-conscious urge to get closer to the genes that created butter chicken. Since forever, I have measured life in terms of butter chicken. If a book is good, it will have the right butter chicken recipe in it. If the foodie is real, s/he will recognise the real orangish hue of butter chicken from the fake brown one, if a restaurant is good, they will know not to add any onions… if the lachcha parantha is smart, it will know to shine next to a perfect butter chicken.

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Mutton Belli Ram and Butter Naan – Enough said.

I’m going to cut to the chase here. Really there is nothing to be said except – this is probably one of the best Indian mutton dishes out there. The technique is unique, hard to screw up and plain genius. But then, why wouldn’t it be? Its Jiggs Kalras favourite recipe and he is the biggest star of Punju, nay, cooking there ever was. Maybe the original Indian celebrity chef even. Far before the likes of Sanjeev Kapoor, Tarla Dalal started popping out of the woodwork offering a mix of pseudo continental and accessible Indian recipes by the galore. Read more

Deep, earthy, creative and subtle – the spirit of Sarson ka saag

Makkai ki roti, sarson ka saag, gud aur piyaz. That has to be the point of winter

One of the reasons that God made winter. Makkai ki roti, sarson ka saag, gud aur piyaz. (Cornmeal flatbread, Mustard greens, Jaggery and Onions).

You know its kind of strange that of all the communities in this world, I ended up marrying a Punjabi. My childhood was  a strange relationship with the Punju community.  A love-curiosity-disdain mix. Jealous disdain probably because all my Punju school mates had so much more fun than I did with my convent school-catholic-well brought up mallu self did. Read more

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