From Bombay with Love. Closed, for now.
We’re simply thrilled to share the (extra-special, not-even-in the-book ) recipe for Chef Naved's Chilli Chicken, inspired by an Indo-Chinese favourite from Bombay’s Leopold Cafe. We’ve been inundated with requests for an at-home recipe for this much-loved café staple and Chef was only too happy to oblige. We sincerely hope you enjoy it.
We simply must salute the efforts of @thelittlelondonvegan for this first-rate, fully plant-based take on the Dishoom Chicken Ruby. She has very kindly made the recipe available for everyone’s enjoyment – do check her profile for the link. Enjoy, friends.
Eid Mubarak, friends. Although we may not, this year, be able to come together to celebrate, we sincerely hope you enjoy a day filled with joy, hearty feasts and much happiness. Enjoy the celebrations – we send love to you all.
As we near the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Chef Naved is delighted to share the secrets of this firm Eid favourite, the Lamb Raan. Lamb Raan makes a most satisfying centrepiece for an Eid feast (or, indeed, any celebration ). Some preparation is required (including a 24-hour marination, if time allows ), but your efforts will be very well rewarded. We heartily recommend serving alongside gunpowder potatoes, a bowl of greens and naan.
We’re simply delighted to see your dedication to daal. Chef Naved’s most-cherished dish is finding a place on the table (and in the hearts ) of so many readers. 📷: @mondomulia
Freshly baked naan is a first-rate accompaniment to almost any dish and we’re delighted to share our recipe for your at-home enjoyment. Whilst not the easiest to perfect at home (unless you have a tandoor oven to hand ), these instructions will still yield a most pleasing result - do kindly see Chef Naved’s top tips in our Stories for further assistance.
A kindly (and really quite important ) note on our cookery book. Dear friends, it has come to our attention that some cheeky so-and-so has pinched our Dishoom cookery book and is sending it in illegal pdfs to everyone and their nice auntie over WhatsApp, social media, and the like. It’s sort of what you might call an act of piracy, and in these tricky times, when restaurants have no people in them, this act of piracy feels that touch harder. Some of you good people out there may have received a copy of this pdf. You likely even thought, innocently, that we had decided to give it away. You may well be Dishoom fans (for that we thank you sincerely ) and you may even be enjoying reading it and cooking from it! Fair enough. But, if you do come across it, or have already, then perhaps we might ask you kindly to consider doing one of the following? Buy a copy of the real thing. Call us old fashioned, but there’s nothing quite like settling into an arm chair, weighty tome in one hand (might we suggest an East India Gimlet in the other ) and truly taking time over the stories contained within its pages. Alternatively, don’t buy a copy, but do donate what you can to @hospitalityaction , a charity that is working tirelessly to support our industry, and those who are most affected by the difficult circumstances in which we find ourselves. If times are tough for you too, then please do just enjoy the book. We’ll take some pleasure in your enjoyment and the knowledge that it is bringing comfort in difficult times. Finally, whatever you do, perhaps we might ask you to send a link to this post back up the chain on WhatsApp or wherever you received it? That would be much appreciated! With love from Shamil, Kavi, Naved and the Dishoom team
Haleem is a firm favourite for Ramadan and Eid, and one of Chef Naved's most cherished dishes, today we're delighted to share our recipe with you. A challenging at-home recipe, some patience in acquiring online the requisite ingredients (especially in these times ) will be needed, as well as a little practice to perfect the method. May your time and patience be well rewarded.
Chicken Berry Britannia, much-loved and often enjoyed at Bombay's Britannia, equally delicious when devoured at home. 📷: @foodylens
Chef Naved’s much-cherished Masala Chai recipe for your at-home enjoyment. This powerful concoction of milk, sugar, tea and spices is what keeps Bombay (and the Dishoom kitchens ) running.
Sharing in the traditions of Ramadan has always been of deepest importance to us – from breaking fast with our Dishoom family, to sharing Iftar with guests from all walks of life – it is a time where we come together to celebrate differences and break down barriers over food and drink. This year, though, new and necessary barriers must keep us apart. To nourish the spirit of Ramadan, we’re delighted once again to be working with our dear friends @ramadantentproject . Throughout the month we will be sharing our experiences of breaking bread together and we invite you, regardless of your beliefs, background, or persuasions, to join us. Share your Iftar experience, food and stories with @openiftar , @dishoom and #MyOpenIftar . Ramadan Mubarak friends. May your fasts and prayers be accepted.
From Dishoom Kensington to @imperialnhs with love! This week our big-hearted (and safely socially-distanced ) team of Dishoom-wallas have donated almost 2,000 meals to St Mary’s Hospital. It is our deepest and most sincere pleasure to fuel their incredible, life-saving work with Jackfruit Biryani and Chicken Ruby. We’re working with @feed_our_frontline , a coalition of well-known restaurants and food providers who have joined forces to feed the NHS. #FeedNHS
An incomparable sundowner, as back garden or balcony-friendly as can be. Dill and celery bitters enhance our version of a Gimlet, but a classic recipe of equal parts gin and lime cordial with fresh lime wedge to garnish will do just as nicely.
Through the course of these pages, you will go on a gentle walking tour of south Bombay, peppered with much eating and drinking. Once you find your places of refuge, Bombay will become human and then – without you noticing exactly when – it will complete the seduction and become delightful. 📸: @priya .b.patel
The origin of our Chicken Ruby hails not from Bombay but Delhi, where the chef at famous Moti Mahal originally fashioned Butter Chicken (by its other name ) from leftover tandoori chicken for his staff. It has been their most famous dish for many years. 📸: @mamashighstrung
Where mornings were once a rush to the door, now we find ample opportunity to assemble a more substantial breakfast – one such example being home-made Keema Per Eedu. 📸: @jamesassmith
A matchless bun (bread ) maska (butter ) pudding. Best enjoyed with a scoop of ice cream. 📸: @figandfocaccia
Our cookery book (and highly subjective guide to Bombay ) is written for seasoned chefs and occasional cooks seeking inspiration, travelers wishing to escape, and perhaps also for Bombayites feeling a touch nostalgic. 📸: @joanamsebastiao
The world we find ourselves in, where barriers have become essential to the greater good, is very strange. In recent days, we’ve been watching the crisis escalate with increasing sadness, and feeling an enormous urge to help. Fortunately, like-minded people were thinking along the same lines. Today we’re absolutely delighted to be partnering with our friends from @leonrestaurants , @tortillauk , @PizzaPilgrims and many more restaurants to show our (massive, heartfelt! ) appreciation and love for the heroic NHS workers who are literally saving lives every day. This new endeavour is called #FeedNHS , and we aim to provide 6,000 daily hot meals to hospitals in London – then plan to extend this across the nation. We’re figuring out how to get as many hearty hot meals as possible to sustain our NHS heroes. (It goes without saying that the safety and wellbeing of our team will be an absolute priority. ) All support is very welcome! You can donate to the campaign via the link in bio, and give what you can afford. Every penny will go towards feeding the NHS. Or if you belong to an NHS trust or food operator that either needs help or can offer services, please sign up using the link also found in our bio.
Chef Naved spoke to our lovely friends from @mobkitchen about his many visits to Radio Restaurant in Bombay which inspired our own Dishoom Keema Pau. See here for Chef demonstrating the simplicity of this hearty dish, ideal for fashioning at home!
Last week’s decision to close the restaurants to dining guests was difficult and deeply sad, for all of us. Since then, we've been absolutely blown away by the love, generosity and support you have shown to our team. From spreading the word of our burgeoning takeaway and delivery service, to offering to support us in any way possible, you all have been so big-hearted towards us. We won't forget it. But, after a whirlwind weekend satisfying your Dishoom needs from afar, things have changed again. Today we looked at the world around us and at our wonderful team, and felt strongly that we needed to do more. So, as of now, we have halted all collection and delivery from our restaurants, so we can send our team home to stay safe and well with their loved ones. A socially distanced Dishoom family - but still a family nonetheless. While the restaurants are closed and takeaway is off the table (so to speak ), we offer solace in our cookery book, which is most certainly still available to order. May it bring Dishoom, joy and plenty of Daal to your home. From all of us, with love.
In the past few days and weeks, coronavirus has blown our world apart. Last week already feels like a year ago, the present is unrecognisable, and the future is extremely uncertain. And the decisions we are faced with are incredibly tough. We have arrived at a very sad, but inevitable and clear choice. As of today, all Dishooms are now closed to diners. This includes Dishoom Birmingham, where the launch (including soft launch ) will be postponed. It feels like the right thing for us to do. To do what we can for our guests, to keep as many of our team in work as possible, and to continue to support our charities, we are now offering both collection and delivery. You can now order and collect a takeaway from us from morning 'til late. And, if you live near a Dishoom, you can order a delivery to your home. (Please note there is a ‘no-contact’ delivery option. ) We will be continuing our commitment to donate a meal for every meal we serve, to ensure we continue to support our charity partners despite the closure. Our big-hearted, first-class team are as devastated by this situation as we are, and we’re working really hard to do the best that we can for them. It goes without saying that this will be incredibly challenging when our restaurants are closed and perhaps even for some time after that. We are still struggling to understand a world with no restaurants in it. The industry that we’ve proudly been a part of for the past decade will likely be permanently changed. Most of our friends and neighbours have already closed, and we hope and pray that they will make it to the other side of this severe storm. We'll be there too, on the other side, welcoming you back with very big smiles, pots of chai and enormous warmth. It's going to take some doing and a fair wind behind us, but we'll be there, firing up the stoves, opening up the doors and waiting for you. Until then, we sincerely wish you and your loved ones the best health and as much happiness as you can muster for the months ahead. Please look after one another. We really do miss you already, and we can’t wait to see you on the other side. With much love, Shamil, Kavi & the Dishoom team
Delicious Dahi Bhalla Chaat is our Holi special, and available until 19th March!
The little-known fact that Bombay includes the second-highest proliferation of Art Deco buildings (after Miami ) was chief inspiration of Dishoom Kensington.