Asma's Indian Kitchen

Darjeeling Express, the popular London restaurant founded by Asma Khan, started as a dinner for a dozen guests in a home where Indian food was lovingly cooked from family recipes going back generations. The pop-up in Soho was wildly successful and led to a permanent restaurant location at Kingly Court, Carnaby in London.

The kitchen at Darjeeling Express is run by an all-women team and features home-style food cooked with passion. The restaurant champions females as a portion of the profits from the restaurant go to the Second Daughter's Fund. You can read more about this charity and donate at the link provided.

Asma's debut cookbook, Asma's Indian Kitchen: Home-Cooked Food Brought to You by Darjeeling Express pays homage to the author's royal Mughlai ancestry and the busy streets of Kolkata, where she grew up. Winner of a World Gourmand award in the Indian Food Category UK, this title has made many best book lists in 2018. 

The author's bio is impressive. After completing her law degree she went on to earn a PhD in British Constitutional Law at Kings College London. Cooking was always her passion which spurred Asma to register for a food business. As mentioned above, Asma is a staunch advocate for social change and will be the first British Chef to star in Netflix's award-winning series Chef's Table.

Asma's Indian Kitchen was published in the US in February of this year by Interlink Books (and in the UK by Pavilion in October 2018). It is beautifully photographed with chapters organized as follows heavily focusing on feasts: Feasts for Two, Family Feasts, Feasting with Friends, and Celebratory Feasts. The book ends with menu suggestions to guide the reader in preparing an Indian spread.

The dishes here are approachable with ingredients available at most major markets. There are recipes that I haven't come across myself before in an Indian cookery book. Those dishes include Chicken chaap (a unique dish from Bengal), Spicy roast beef, and Broccoli with nigella seeds and egg. 

We have a number of Asma's recipes indexed from various publications that you can try now, as well as three from this particular book: 

Asma is a force of nature and while I have never met her and likely never will - I want to be her friend. Her drive and compassion inspire me.

Many thanks to Pavilion and Interlink for supplying copies of this brilliant title in our giveaway below.

Pavilion is offering 1 copy of this book to EYB Members in the UK and Interlink is offering 2 copies to members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • mpdeb98  on  4/1/2019 at 8:01 PM

    Saffron chicken korma

  • lauriesk  on  4/1/2019 at 8:33 PM

    Rice pudding with brown sugar

  • rchesser  on  4/1/2019 at 9:25 PM

    Sautéed okra with garlic (Sukhi bhindi)

  • AlexH  on  4/1/2019 at 9:28 PM

    Narangi (Orange) korma! Actually, everything.

  • Nkrieda78  on  4/1/2019 at 10:15 PM

    The Masoor Dal for sure!

  • love2chow  on  4/1/2019 at 10:34 PM

    Dahi baingan, the butternut squash with curry leaves

  • merkusje  on  4/2/2019 at 2:32 AM

    Hard-boiled eggs in gravy (Anda curry)

  • lapsapchung  on  4/2/2019 at 2:51 AM

    Shredded chicken with eggs in gravy (Chicken bharta)

  • Zaira  on  4/2/2019 at 7:44 AM

    Saffron Chicken Korma

  • StokeySue  on  4/2/2019 at 10:43 AM

    Ghee-fried prawns (Chingri bhaaja), they are just glorious in the restaurant

  • lean1  on  4/2/2019 at 11:20 AM

    Aubergine with potatoes

  • Zephyrness  on  4/2/2019 at 1:18 PM

    the garam masala, love a good spice blend

  • JenjiRM  on  4/2/2019 at 2:38 PM

    Lemon rice with cashew nuts!

  • jmay42066  on  4/2/2019 at 6:45 PM

    Potatoes with cashew nuts (Kaju aloo)

  • Sfz74  on  4/3/2019 at 8:23 AM

    Chicken chaap sounds tasty

  • ravensfan  on  4/3/2019 at 11:53 AM

    Spinach with Indian cheese (Saag paneer)

  • annmartina  on  4/3/2019 at 4:07 PM

    Egg halwa

  • banba1  on  4/3/2019 at 7:30 PM

    Shredded chicken with eggs in gravy (Chicken bharta)

  • uk2nl  on  4/4/2019 at 4:26 AM

    beetroot raita

  • kmn4  on  4/4/2019 at 9:54 AM

    Spiced chickpeas (Channa masala)

  • lpatterson412  on  4/4/2019 at 9:57 AM

    Smokey mashed tomatoes!

  • janv  on  4/4/2019 at 3:31 PM

    Baked saffron bread (Sheermal)

  • verorenee  on  4/4/2019 at 5:20 PM

    Ghee-fried prawns

  • saregama  on  4/4/2019 at 11:32 PM

    Spicy beef roast, with Aloo bharta, two of my dad’s favorites

  • ktcupcake  on  4/5/2019 at 9:26 PM

    Spiced rice and lentils

  • t.t  on  4/6/2019 at 2:26 AM

    Spinach with Indian cheese (Saag paneer)

  • cake17uk  on  4/6/2019 at 11:25 AM

    Saffron chicken korma (Zafran murgh korma)

  • LaurenE  on  4/6/2019 at 5:55 PM

    Saffron chicken korma

  • bhatch777  on  4/6/2019 at 8:23 PM

    channa masala

  • tennyogirl  on  4/6/2019 at 11:53 PM

    Courgette sabzi

  • bopper  on  4/7/2019 at 9:48 AM

    Masala omelette

  • jezairey  on  4/7/2019 at 11:10 AM

    I'm a tea addict, so I would try the Spiced Himalayan Tea - a new variation on the there, for me.

  • dtremit  on  4/7/2019 at 1:06 PM

    I was so inspired by Asma's episode on Chef's table! I've never seen an orange korma before -- might be an interesting place to start.

  • elsid22  on  4/7/2019 at 6:47 PM

    Saffron bread!

  • sarahawker  on  4/8/2019 at 4:08 PM

    Lamb meatballs in a rich gravy (Shahi kofta)

  • thecharlah  on  4/8/2019 at 9:44 PM

    Spicy potato mash, raw version (Aloo bharta 1)

  • Livia  on  4/13/2019 at 12:52 PM

    Everything ! or could start with the Saffron chicken korma and the fried aubergine

  • jifar  on  4/14/2019 at 6:50 AM

    Shredded chicken with eggs in gravy.

  • liasim  on  4/14/2019 at 4:31 PM

    Spicy potatoes

  • Avrlind  on  4/14/2019 at 11:50 PM

    Sautéed okra with garlic

  • Jenamarie  on  4/21/2019 at 8:02 PM

    Spiced rice and lentils (Khichree)

  • rashaye  on  4/21/2019 at 10:36 PM

    Smoky mashed tomatoes

  • EmilyR  on  4/24/2019 at 1:33 AM

    Lemon rice with cashew nuts (Peela pulao)

  • jenmatt  on  4/24/2019 at 4:10 PM

    Spiced whole cauliflower

  • edyenicole  on  4/28/2019 at 1:36 PM

    spicy potatoes!

  • AnnaZed  on  4/29/2019 at 4:21 PM

    Hard-boiled eggs in gravy (Anda curry)

  • auntietina  on  5/1/2019 at 3:29 AM

    Spiced aubergine in garlic raita (Dahi baingan)

  • Sand9  on  5/1/2019 at 12:28 PM

    Rice Pudding with Brown Sugar x

  • AEA  on  5/2/2019 at 3:34 PM

    Narangi Korma

  • Dannausc  on  5/6/2019 at 6:43 PM


  • demomcook  on  5/10/2019 at 11:04 PM

    Enriched unleavened bread (Rogni roti)

  • sequoia55  on  5/11/2019 at 2:16 AM

    Spiced chickpeas (Channa masala)

  • mklittle  on  5/11/2019 at 9:05 AM

    Stuffed bell peppers!

  • Shelley.b  on  5/11/2019 at 9:56 AM

    Ghee-fried prawns

  • Elve56  on  5/11/2019 at 10:11 AM

    Beetroot raita, the combo of yogurt and beets sounds delicious.

  • virjeania  on  5/11/2019 at 1:57 PM

    I'd like to try making Tomato chutney with prunes and apricots

  • fluffies  on  5/12/2019 at 11:02 AM

    Chicken chaap!!

  • Sfgordon  on  5/12/2019 at 8:34 PM

    I'd try Spiced aubergine in garlic raita (Dahi baingan)

  • RickPearson54  on  5/13/2019 at 9:35 AM

    spicy potatoes

  • tararr  on  5/13/2019 at 3:03 PM

    Masoor Dal

  • lgroom  on  5/15/2019 at 8:15 PM

    Saffron Chicken Korma

  • cellenly  on  5/16/2019 at 10:47 AM

    Baked saffron bread

  • bookmark77  on  5/18/2019 at 3:45 AM

    Spicy potatoes

  • bookmark58  on  5/18/2019 at 7:44 AM

    Saffron chicken korma

  • silversand  on  5/18/2019 at 9:27 AM

    Spicy fried aubergine slices (Begun bhaja)

  • sidarlo  on  5/18/2019 at 10:14 AM

    Saffron chicken korma

  • bookmark31  on  5/18/2019 at 1:09 PM

    The saffron chicken korma.

  • vickyallum84  on  5/18/2019 at 3:55 PM

    Spicy Potato Mash

  • dazman  on  5/19/2019 at 2:25 AM

    Masoor dahl

  • zeenie  on  5/19/2019 at 2:30 AM

    Spiced chickpeas

  • carajanehunter  on  5/19/2019 at 2:39 AM

    Chicken chaap!

  • Isis1981uk  on  5/19/2019 at 7:30 AM

    The Vegetable pulao

  • Peach1234  on  5/19/2019 at 8:58 AM

    Saffron Chicken Korma

  • paulbing  on  5/19/2019 at 10:35 AM

    Anda Curry

  • mhindle  on  5/19/2019 at 11:05 AM

    Fish in coconut milk

  • sheridarby  on  5/19/2019 at 11:11 AM

    Saffron Chicken Korma

  • DimensionAEB  on  5/19/2019 at 2:18 PM

    I'd try the Saffron Chicken Korma

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