Ayla – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one of two copies of Ayla: A Feast of Nepali Dishes from Terai, Hills and Himalayas by Santosh Shah.

Ayla: A Feast of Nepali Dishes from Terai, Hills and Himalayas by Santosh Shah explores and experiments with the spices and flavors of Nepal with a range of recipes, perfect for both the beginner and experienced home cook.

Santosh Shah is an experienced chef, who has worked in high-brow restaurants for years, including Cinnamon Kitchen and Michelin-starred Benares. He competed on the UK’s most prestigious cookery competition, Masterchef: The Professionals, coming in second place.

Santosh Shah was born and raised in a small village in Nepal called Karjanha, Siraha. Santosh’s inspirations and amazing dishes come from the ingredients from his childhood such as terrine made from colocasia leaf, a spinach like leaf with a deep earthy flavour that he use to pick from his mother’s garden.

In his debut cookbook, Santosh shares 60 simple but flavorsome recipes alongside stories from his personal experience and the history of certain foods. These dishes are approachable for home kitchens and provides us a look into the cuisine of Nepal.

Our takes you inside this beautiful book and features the following

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  • sarahawker  on  June 28, 2022

    I love love love love Okra so I’ll be looking forward to a new prep w/ the Home-style okra masala

  • rkosully  on  June 28, 2022

    I would love to make the Sherpa noodle soup.

  • mjes  on  June 28, 2022

    Steamed chicken momos with ginger & chilli with a tomato sesame chutney (Kukhura ko momo)

  • ChicagoJen  on  June 29, 2022

    Spiced spinach & fig potato croquettes, but I would make bunch of nibbles for a meal, so many recipes sound amazing.

  • kaityblueeyes  on  June 29, 2022

    The Crispy onion beignets (Pyaj ke kachari) sound unreal!!

  • dfcsator  on  June 29, 2022

    Sheppard noodle soup.looks great

  • fadoum  on  June 29, 2022

    I am interested in Surpa noodle soup….I have had a similar one that I love and want to try another version

  • nvernon  on  June 29, 2022

    Stuffed bitter gourd (Karela bhareko)

  • reader1trees  on  June 29, 2022

    Sweet rice-flour dumplings (Yomari) sound delicious.

  • jungliemonkey  on  June 29, 2022

    I’d definitely like to try the red junglefowl curry!

  • demomcook  on  June 29, 2022

    Sherpa noodle soup (Thukpa)

  • foodie16  on  June 29, 2022

    Flaxseed chutney

  • Trentinla  on  June 29, 2022

    the noodle soup!

  • Roosta  on  June 29, 2022

    Potato pickle (Aloo ko achar)

  • wildchild  on  June 30, 2022

    Nepali rice-cake pizza (Chatamari)

  • Siegal  on  July 1, 2022

    Pork and bamboo shoot curry

  • kmn4  on  July 1, 2022

    Spicy chickpeas (Chana ko dal)

  • Jalvarado423  on  July 1, 2022

    I cant wait to make all the snacks!

  • bopper  on  July 1, 2022

    Buffalo Curry

  • Plumbobmummy  on  July 1, 2022

    Pork & bamboo shoot curry

  • janethaste  on  July 1, 2022

    Kukhura ko momo would be to my taste.

  • rollyridge  on  July 1, 2022

    The first recipe that popped up looks so intriguing that I want to try it! Spiced spinach & fig potato croquettes (Aloo chop sag wala)

  • dataentrytard  on  July 2, 2022

    I would like to try preparing Spiced chicken salad

  • emi10383  on  July 2, 2022

    Sherpa noodle soup

  • Sand9  on  July 2, 2022

    Fried Cookies x

  • Dendav  on  July 2, 2022


  • dzant  on  July 2, 2022

    Can’t wait to cook from this book! I want to make Nepali rice-cake pizza (Chatamari) first!

  • Laura1  on  July 2, 2022

    Spicy chickpeas (Chana ko dal)

  • jessamybride  on  July 2, 2022

    Has to be the Red Junglefowl Curry

  • chefandra  on  July 2, 2022

    Crispy chilli chicken (Swadilo piro tareko valeko masu) sounds yummy!

  • chezlarios  on  July 3, 2022

    Spicy chickpeas (Chana ko dal)

  • Jennwalker314  on  July 3, 2022

    White fish with mustard and onion sauce

  • maci234  on  July 3, 2022

    Sherpa noodle soup.

  • j3g  on  July 3, 2022

    Bamboo shoot pickle (Tama ko achar)

    I’ve had the house mustardy daikon pickle at Royal Nepal in Alexandria VA, and I bet this pickle would get me close.

  • bookmark77  on  July 3, 2022

    Sherpa noodle soup

  • bookmark58  on  July 3, 2022

    The Buffalo Curry

  • michalow  on  July 3, 2022

    tomato sesame chutney!

  • eliza  on  July 3, 2022

    Dry spiced cauliflower and potatoes

  • prettypistol  on  July 4, 2022

    Sheppard noodle soup

  • kitchen_chick  on  July 4, 2022

    Crispy potato & puffed rice salad (Chana chatpate)

  • Bohrnsen  on  July 5, 2022

    momos for sure!

  • LRT  on  July 5, 2022

    First recipe to try would be: Spiced spinach & fig potato croquettes (Aloo chop sag wala) (page 30).

  • chromiumman  on  July 5, 2022

    the sherpa noodle soup

  • vinochic  on  July 5, 2022

    Himalayan yam curry (Tarul ko tarkari)

  • coryphaeus  on  July 5, 2022

    Himalayan passion fruit cream sounds delicious

  • AYLA4595  on  July 6, 2022


  • janv  on  July 6, 2022

    Himalayan passion fruit cream (Lahre aap)

  • Bottle  on  July 6, 2022

    How can anyone chose!! I look forward to eating my way through all recipes

  • tcjanes  on  July 6, 2022

    Quail curry.

  • ravensfan  on  July 6, 2022

    Crispy onion beignets

  • renharvey  on  July 7, 2022

    Fermented greens & potato soup (Aloo ra gundruk ko jhol)

  • rchesser  on  July 7, 2022

    Himalayan Passionfruit Cream.

  • sayeater  on  July 7, 2022

    Tomato sesame chutney – I love chutney’s and this is a new one to me!

  • garethm  on  July 8, 2022

    My work colleagues love momos, so I’ll start with Kukhura ko momo

  • AIC  on  July 8, 2022

    Sherpa noodle soup stands out to me!

  • roxlet  on  July 8, 2022

    spicy chickpeas!

  • hrk  on  July 8, 2022

    Himalayan yam curry (Tarul ko tarkari)

  • betsyradelow  on  July 8, 2022

    Honey yogurt drink (Dahi ra maha)

  • ozfoodie  on  July 8, 2022

    The Potato pickle (Aloo ko achar) intrigues me. Potato pickle? Bring it on!

  • BMeyer  on  July 8, 2022

    Steamed chicken momos

  • wats2901  on  July 9, 2022

    Crispy chili chicken…mmmmmm

  • fbrunetti  on  July 9, 2022


  • raidishes  on  July 9, 2022

    tamarind chutney

  • dzm  on  July 10, 2022

    Flaxseed chutney

  • trudys_person  on  July 10, 2022

    Lots of unfamiliar ingredients in this book, so I think I’d try something familiar like Mattar pulao first … then head out on a quest for a more complex dish – buffalo curry or red junglefowl?

  • clairew137  on  July 10, 2022

    Spicy chickpeas (Chana ko dal)

  • ceejayen  on  July 10, 2022

    Crispy chilli chicken (Swadilo piro tareko valeko masu)

  • RickPearson54  on  July 11, 2022

    potato pickle

  • maggz19671  on  July 11, 2022

    Red jungle fowl curry

  • lucymajor94  on  July 11, 2022

    White fish with mustard and onion sauce

  • kkez  on  July 11, 2022

    Crispy potato & puffed rice salad (Chana chatpate)

  • Franki  on  July 12, 2022

    Okra masala for me

  • sarahteertzah  on  July 12, 2022

    Potato curry (Aloo ko tarkari)

  • poneill  on  July 13, 2022

    Sherpa noodle soup

  • banba1  on  July 14, 2022

    Spiced chicken salad (Kukhura chhoyela)

  • jd5761  on  July 14, 2022

    tamarind chutney for me

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  July 15, 2022

    would like to try the green mango & coconut chutney (Hariyo aap ra nariyal ko achar) found on page 155 first

  • SharronM  on  July 15, 2022

    I keep seeing plantains at my local grocer and I have never tried cooking with them. I would try the Plantain Curry.

  • Smallbrownhound  on  July 15, 2022

    Crispy Onion Beignets I think.

  • Lora724  on  July 15, 2022

    I’d love to make Dry spiced cauliflower & potatoes (Aloo ra gobi ko tarkari).

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  July 16, 2022

    Spicy chickpeas (Chana ko dal)

  • iza27  on  July 16, 2022

    Grilled marinated kebabs

  • LaurenE  on  July 18, 2022

    Sweet rice-flour dumplings (Yomari)

  • silversand  on  July 18, 2022

    Fermented greens & soybean salad (Gundruk ra bhatmas)

  • MaggieMaggieMae  on  July 18, 2022

    Spiced spinach & fig potato croquettes

  • oduong930  on  July 19, 2022

    crispy onion beignets!

  • Shelley.b  on  July 20, 2022

    crispy onion beignets

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  July 22, 2022

    Fiddlehead fern curry (Neguro ko sag)

  • Leonard5854  on  July 23, 2022

    Sherpa noodle soup

  • kmwyman  on  July 24, 2022

    Sherpa Noodle Soup (Thukpa)

  • EmilyR  on  July 24, 2022

    Sweet rice-flour dumplings

  • chrissyfaery  on  July 26, 2022

    Wonderful recipes! I’d love to try the Spiced chargrilled jackfruit first!

  • erinrobinson  on  July 30, 2022

    The fried breaded prawns with tomato sesame chutney sound delicious right now. I also would want to make the Himalayan passionfruit cream.

  • orchidlady01  on  August 2, 2022

    Spiced chicken salad (Kukhura chhoyela)

  • RSW  on  August 2, 2022

    Spiced spinach & fig potato croquettes

  • Nomoregruel  on  August 5, 2022

    Pointed gourd tempura (Parwal ko taruwa)

  • mph993  on  August 5, 2022

    The Nepali rice-cake pizza (Chatamari) sounds great!

  • garrettsambo  on  August 6, 2022

    I would like to try Plain rice (Bhat).

  • gallucci  on  August 8, 2022

    I’d strart with the Crispy chilli chicken 🙂

  • elysedc  on  August 9, 2022

    I would love to try the Colocasia leaves curry!

  • paulo_b  on  August 10, 2022

    Crispy onion beignets (Pyaj ke kachari)

  • nocona  on  August 11, 2022

    crispy onion beignets sound divine!

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