I loved every bit of this dish, and it was so darn easy to put together. Not to mention super duper quick, warm (perfect for the weather), healthy, vegan, glutenfree and delicious!Read More
This all-natural indian-style chutney made with fresh beets, raisins, tamarind and spices is a deliciously balanced sweet & spicy condiment on crackers, breads, dosas, idlis or even eggs!
For a recent event, I served this chutney with kale paniyarams (pan fried semolina cakes - pics below) and the guests licked off every last bit. Truly versatile, and fast becoming a must-have condiment in my kitchen.Read More
"Born in India, plated in Thailand
This dish of vision, is anything but bland,
With spices few, but herbs fresh in season
The look itself will make you lose all reason!
Healthy like hell, with a natural crisp
Chili & spices, do that tingle on your lips,
Roll em up, and sink your teeth
This guilt-free dinner can stand up to meat!"Read More
Upma is a quintessential breakfast/brunch dish in the southern part of India. Fragrant, light, low on spices and a very satisfying bowl on rainy day, it's my constant go to when I find myself cooking for 1. It not only comes together in minutes, but can also be adapted to seasons by using any produce abundant at the local farmers market. Here is my nutrient packed version with Zucchini & Kale - a healthy kickstart for a cool autumn day!Read More
"I went far out, in search of vegetables fresh
And came across this farm, where I could've gone insane!
Beets & lettuce, fresh cauliflowers off the ground
Oh my! My excitement remained no bounds.
I set out to chop, sizzle and prepare
A meal that said seasonal, flavorful and rare...
Out came this wonderful soup, chilled to the core
Grapes and Gobi? Yes sir, I present you no bore!"Read More
"Breakfast of champions, this gotta be
Flavourful, and packed with nutrients you cannot see..
A warm comforting bowlful, or some quick spooned bites
Putting the muffin aside? Yes, you just might!
Inspired by home, and the bright summer sun
Perfect for meatless monday, or after that morning run,
It's vegan, but fancy a dollop of yogurt? Feel free
Specially if you're a spice wimp, like me!Read More
KYC [Kay. Vai. See] - Know.Your.Client. A common phrase in the Investment Banking world that refers to knowing detailed information about who you do business with. In our world, it is simply knowing who stirred the curry.
Last week, we launched the 29. KYC Dinner Series. A series of dinners focussed on learning, interacting, collaborating, sharing and of course...eating. Our first dinner was held with our favorites - the ever creative team at West Elm Market in Dumbo, Brooklyn - a spot that all food, condiments or table/dining ware fanatics like myself must must check out! Warning : it's hard to leave the store empty handed.Read More
It's been a while since I wrote about an event. I must be busy.
Someone asked me today whether my events are getting easier [and better] as I host more and more of them. It got me thinking about my first popup just a year ago. And boy (if I may say so myself), have I improved. From struggling to fill 10 seats, to 20 spots going off in a flash within 48 hours, I am inclined to think I must be doing something right. And learning. Still learning.Read More
When I served this at one of my events, I really didn't expect for people to ask me the recipe. Had the plain ol' cucumber salad cut un-laboriously for every childhood meal, suddenly become mainstream? Or was it that in an effort to appreciate complicated food, one had forgotten how simplicity tastes? Either way, I couldn't help but remember those summer days when mum used to serve this alongside a Rajma (kidney bean curry) Chawal night, and we always tried not to look at it (as though it would magically disappear!) - not that we didn't like it, but as kids, who wanted to have anything green!Read More
Did you know beetroot leaves are edible? Yes sir! The young ones can be eaten raw, and as they get older it is advisable to cook/sauté them as you would do with spinach. Packed with vitamins and other nutrients, 1 medium beetroot – leaf, stalk & root et all helps boost immunity, fight infections, lower blood pressure and increase red blood cells. Aren’t those enough reasons to add it to your next meal?
And if you cook it like I did, you won’t care how healthy it is. You’ll just want more.Read More
“A desi breakfast staple, goes mainstream this spring,
With asparagus for an oomph, I create this seasonal fling.
Humble and easy, this flattened cousin of rice,
Is ready in minutes, and bears nearly no vice.
Cook up for a weeknight, oh you’ll do so on repeat,
After you taste the magic, once you sit down to eat..”Read More
The idea was born, the time came, and just as quickly, it was all over. But not for nothing.
Two months of hard work paid off last night, when 29. hosted it's first ever Supperclub dinner inside the West Elm Chelsea home-store in New York! 15 guests were treated to, apart from my non-stop banter, a tasting menu inspired by Indian cuisine. The story behind it all? What is 'home' to me. Oh, and if it's not already hard enough playing host + chef, I was also trying to be the event photographer!Read More
“Farro is nutty, Farro loves spice,
It is my solution, To something other than rice.
Cooks in minutes, And blends in well,
Be it soup or curry, Or a bake so swell.
With a grainy bite, And a fragrance mellow,
I now turn everything, Into a version A-la-farro…”Read More
It's the 29th! What better a date than this to recap the 29. endeavors in 2014.
2014 was a special year for me. I completed my first full year as a chef. Yay! Swapping careers took a while, and despite the many times when I questioned the decision, I am happy to report that I am indeed exhilarated. This year was about growth, learning, accomplishments, partnerships and tiny milestones that mean a lot, yet keep me humble. The only drawback of being your own boss is that there is no team to throw a holiday party with! But I'd like to believe that I'm in part celebrating with hundreds of new friends I made in 2014. Wherever in the world they might be. (Are you listening folks?)Read More
Kachumbar in Hindi loosely means 'crumpled'. Referring to a mixed raw salad of finely chopped vegetables [never with Avocado though!], it is served alongside mains and is probably one of the only salads traditionally used in Indian cuisine. Bhatura, on the other hand, is a deep fried flatbread eaten with rich & spicy chickpea curry. A much loved (and reasonable) street food for the masses. The combination of the two - unheard of! And that is exactly where I come in.With a crisp chewy base, and a mushy topping with subtle spices, there is nothing not to love about this combination. Think India street food meets Aussie avo smash!Read More
Soup - people love it or hate it. But given the ease and practically no-recipe for coming up with these concoctions (not to mention the health factor!), I had to put this recipe up.
I was waiting for a cousin to come home for dinner. She had been on a vacation, and I wanted to give her something healthy to eat after all the junk on the road. At the same time, I wanted to empty my refrigerator before I left for holiday [chuckle!]. That combination, my friends, turned out to be pretty magical. I pulled out everything from my vegetable tray and created this recipe as I went along. The music definitely helped ;). With bold Indian flavors, a hint of spice & all the 'green' from the veggies, this bowl of deliciousness was too tempting to pass on while I worked on the photos. Honestly, I didn't expect it turn out as good! Slurp.Read More
"The fault was mine, I'd held it wrong
Made an incision, while humming that song,
And it bled and bled, all over the counter it bled
Luscious, sweet, a river of red,
There was no turning back, the damage had been done
It was now in two, once a wholesome one,
I sighed, someone had to pay for this pain
So I tossed it all up, and created a salad insane!"Read More
Anyone who has grown up in Norther India has come to love Poha - that light & easy breakfast dish traditionally made with flattened rice. But what's the fun in traditional! Here is my version with quinoa - full of flavor, pretty healthy and completely vegan/GF.Read More
"I know I know, summer is over, but can't we celebrate anyway?
Slurp, crunch, savor, the red we love all May...
Spiced like the streets, on a scorching Indian afternoon
It's like those childhood treats, during holidays in June
July has come & gone, and Autumn is taking over the sun
So we'll hold on to the warmth, in this little glass of yum.."
1/2 watermelon, cut into cubes or rounds (using a melon baller)
2 large cucumbers, de-seeded, peeled and cut into 1inch pieces
Juice from 1 lemon
Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped (the more the better!)
12-15 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon black/rock salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika or chili powder
1/4 teaspoon dry mango powder
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
Salt to taste
Mix the watermelon, cucumber, coriander & mint and chill for 30 mins. When ready to serve, toss with lemon juice and spices. Eat fresh. A quick, simple, super healthy spiced fruit salad that will change the way you see watermelon!