Dishoom: From Bombay with Love: Cookery Book and Highly Subjective Guide to Bombay with Map by Shamil Thakrar and Kavi Thakrar and Naved Nasir

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  • Foodycat on September 17, 2019

    The garam masala seems like a fiddle but it's incredibly good. The lamb boti kebabs and the house black dal are absolutely delicious.

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  • Chole bhature

    • IvyManning on July 19, 2020

      Soak beans in tea in fridge for at least 8 hours or you can't taste the tea.

  • Chicken Ruby

    • IvyManning on August 27, 2020

      I agree with stockholm28, I think there is a typo in the sub recipe for Makhani sauce...175ml (3/4 cup) of oil for one dish? There's a thick film of oil when simmering it...and then you add a substantial amount of butter and cream! I'd recommend reduce to a few tablespoons of oil when making the Makhani sub recipe. It was tasty, but takes a long time, perhaps make the sub recipe one day and finish the rest the next day.

    • FJT on June 12, 2021

      We were supposed to be going to Dishoom on a trip to London just as the pandemic started, but it was cancelled so I bought the book instead. So glad I did; this was delicious. I took note of the other comments and only used a little bit of oil for the makhani sauce. I made the sauce at the same time as the marinade for the chicken, so this came together really quickly on the day. I also made double the sauce recipe so that I had some to freeze for another meal.

    • stockholm28 on December 26, 2019

      I made the chicken ruby curry. It was very good, but it is quite time consuming. I’ve had this in the restaurant and thought it was great. Mine really didn’t look like like the photo. My sauce was much thicker. It uses a lot of oil and I did end up removing some of it after frying the garlic as it just seemed like too much. Recipe is here:

    • joneshayley on August 30, 2020

      Absolutely worth the time taken to make this. The makhani sauce calls for 175ml oil, of which I decanted 150ml off after cooling the sauce. Next time I’d just use far far less in the first instance. The flavours are so complex and rich, it’s easily the best curry I’ve ever made.

  • Makhani sauce

    • IvyManning on August 27, 2020

      I think there may be a typo here. 175ml (3/4 cup) of oil makes this super greasy and then you add butter AND cream. Try it with 1/4 cup of oil and you'll still be able to fry the garlic and make the sauce with the rest.

    • joneshayley on August 15, 2021

      Reduce the oil vastly! This is lovely and beautifully complex. Absolutely my favourite curry sauce

  • Naan

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      I made this with all-purpose flour and it worked fine. It was easier for me to slap these on a baking steel positioned a few inches below the broiler element than carrying a heavy cast iron skillet back and forth from the stove to the oven. Both methods worked though and I was happy with the results.

    • Jojobuch on May 15, 2021

      I've made this both with plain/all-purpose flour and cake flour (as I'd read that cake flour was a better substitute for maida flour). I liked the plain flour version much more - it resulted in a very nice, pliable dough that baked quickly into naan on my stove using a cast iron pan.

  • Onion-tomato masala

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      This stuff takes a good while to cook but you will be rewarded every time you use it as it adds a wonderful long-cooked flavor to whatever you are making. I plan to keep this stuff on hand all the time. It's like the love child of caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes!

    • VineTomato on April 11, 2020

      Great base for other recipes in this book. I've frozen the left overs. It's even pretty good with pasta!

    • JJ2018 on January 11, 2020

      This took me much longer than the book suggested for the onions to darken and I think that at first my medium heat wasn’t ferocious enough. This made more than the 450ml indicated but all the better for the freezer.

  • Garam masala

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      I really liked the oven roasting method for the spices. The rose petals bring a lovely floral note. A very special garam masala, worth the effort to make.

    • rmardel on October 15, 2021

      I made this using the oven-roasting technique which worked very well, with no chance of burning. I do truly like the flavor of this garam masala; it is more complex than store-bought, and more complex than the version I have been making for years, with a well-rounded flavor profile and a nice fruity/floral note. it does not have much of a peppery afterburn, but heat can always be added separately to dishes if desired. This looks promising to be my new pantry basic.

    • VineTomato on April 11, 2020

      A nice blend and I used the oven method which brings out the fragrance of the spices with no chance of burning. I didn't have any rose petals on hand so left them out.

    • Foodycat on December 26, 2019

      So different to bought garam masala. The fragrance is incredible.

  • Kabab masala

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      The fenugreek flavor is a bit overpowering for me. I used it on the gunpowder potatoes but I'm not sure I want to use it again.

    • VineTomato on April 11, 2020

      I wanted to love this more than I did. It's okay but not amazing. I made my own chaat masala following Ragavan Iyer's recipe.

  • Gunpowder potatoes

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      I thought these were good but the fenugreek in the kebab masala was a bit overpowering. Not something I need to make again.

    • joneshayley on August 15, 2021

      Brilliant side! Full of flavour pops and textures. Roasted the potatoes rather than grill, simply as the oven was on. Husband particularly enjoyed .

    • Foodycat on June 01, 2020

      I cheated and used leftover chips (fries) rather than cooking the potatoes from scratch. A very good way to zhush them up.

  • East India gimlet

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      I like that the recipe says to taste before pouring, providing a chance to adjust the sweetness. I was surprised how nicely the lime juice, dill and celery bitters balanced out the sweetness of the lime cordial.

  • Monsoon martini

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      This is a delicious and nicely balanced cocktail. The Ancho Reyes and black walnut bitters make it way more interesting than your average espresso martini.

  • The commander

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      This is a good cocktail for a martini lover. I couldn't get the Kamm & Sons aperitif that plays the vermouth role here and substituted a local product, Amaro Angeleno and I thought it worked well with the peppery gin.

  • Cyrus Irani

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      This is a very interesting and well balanced cocktail. The recipe describes the turmeric-cayenne-yogurt mixture as "curdled" after adding the lime juice. I saw no hint of curdling but went ahead and filtered it through a coffee filter and was rewarded with a lovely, clear, golden syrup.

  • Ginger & garlic pastes

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      I made both of these and froze them in a flattened zip-top bag so I can easily break off what's needed. It's not that difficult to prep these items fresh for each cook but if you are making a number of recipes from the book, it is convenient.

  • Jackfruit biryani

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      This was good but not really worth all the deep frying. I suspect the jackfruit and potatoes could simply be pan fried instead of deep frying. The rice was cooked perfectly and prettily colored and the flavors were good. Just not a fan of frying!

    • marydulwich on January 21, 2021

      I've just finished eating this and I'm pretty blown away! Jackfruit doesn't appeal to me at all but I thought i'd give this a go and the flavours are incredible. A bit of a faff to make but you end up with perfectly cooked rice, so much flavour, and even delicious and pleasant-textured jackfruit. Highly recommend.

  • Raita

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      Excellent raita. Nice flavors from the vegetables and a little crunch from the toasted cumin sprinkled over top. Will definitely make again.

    • etcjm on April 08, 2021

      Made to eat with the chicken biryani. I don't think I've added tomato to a raita before, but it worked. Nearly burnt the fried onions for the biryani while deseeding the tomatoes though - if they had burnt, this might have had a different review! It tasted a bit salty before putting into the fridge to sit - but it did brew as per the instructions. 2 comments at the table as to whether this was a new raita and it was nice - so it might be a keeper. I'll be honest, I hardly had any because the biryani was so good, it didn't need it.

  • Butter-bhutta

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      Love the flavor of the lime and deggi mirch with the corn but the salt level was way too much for me. Next time, I'll use a lot less salt.

  • Chilli cheese toast

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      Delicious cheese toasts to serve with soup.

    • Bloominanglophile on September 16, 2020

      The headnote to this recipe states "Indians eat this when in need of a little comfort". Isn't this all of us nowadays! A handful of simple ingredients added up to a delicious snack, or in my case, lunch! Great with beer (in my case a Guinness Stout).

  • Kachumber

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      Very simple to make and provides a fresh note to the richer dishes in the book

  • Rajma

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      This with rice and the raita makes a super satisfying meal. I used Rancho Gordo Rio Zape beans instead of canned. The onion-tomato masala takes a while to make but it all pays off by adding a great slow-cooked flavor to this easy dish that comes together in the time it takes to cook the rice.

    • joneshayley on September 03, 2020

      A delightful cheap and flavourful meal. This was a huge hit for us and dc.

    • metacritic on April 16, 2020

      Extraordinary. As good as the dal makhani is, this is even better, which isn't faint praise.

    • JJ2018 on January 11, 2020

      Really enjoyed this. Requires the masala base which takes some time but the rest of the curry came together quickly

  • Akuri

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      Tasty alternative to regular scrambled eggs. Personally, I prefer the masala beans on toast and the eggs on the side.

  • Parsi omelette

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      Loved this tasty omelet. Use a large enough pan so the omelet won't be too thick and easier to roll

    • joneshayley on September 01, 2020

      Really nice breakfast.

  • Kejriwal

    • SheilaS on October 02, 2021

      Delicious! Loved the technique of starting the egg in a hot pan, topping with chili/cheese and finishing in the oven.

    • Foodycat on December 26, 2019

      Very simple and very good.

  • Tomato-chilli jam

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      Love this jam. Mine took longer to cook down than the book timing but it eventually set up nicely. Perfect addition to a cheese or charcuterie platter or on a grilled cheese sandwich.

    • eliza on September 11, 2021

      This makes a tasty sweet/hot/savoury jam, and it is very easy. Made this using ingredients from my veg garden, so I used golden pear tomatoes, Korean kimchi chillies (red) and my own garlic. I didn't have any ginger so I put in 1.5 tsp of ground ginger. For the vinegar, I used part rice wine and part distilled white vinegar. My end product is surprisingly hot as my chilies really vary in heat. Mine also took much longer to gel, and next time I would add a bit of pectin with the sugar. Looking forward to having this with the chicken dish in the book as suggested or on toast with goat cheese.

    • joneshayley on September 03, 2020

      Perhaps I did this wrong but even after an hour the sauce was not thick nor jammy and very very sweet? I now have a thin sweet chilli type sauce that I’m not sure I’ll actually use.

    • Foodycat on December 26, 2019

      Really good.

  • Cheese & masala sticks

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      A fun quick snack to make with prepared puff pastry.

  • Jeera biscuits

    • SheilaS on October 04, 2021

      These buttery cumin cookies are barely sweet so they are a perfect complement to the sweet Masala Chai. Mine cooked a good bit quicker than the time in the book - 9 min vs the 15-18 min given but I used my small toaster oven and it's possible it overshot the temp. Love the small batch size - I got 11 cookies.

  • Nankhatai

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2021

      The dough was very crumbly and certainly took more than a feather-light touch to flatten but they're delicious buttery cookies perfect with a cup of masala chai.

  • Masala chai

    • SheilaS on October 04, 2021

      Love the mixture of spices in this chai. Might dial back on the sugar a bit but I enjoyed it as a sweet treat. The lengthy cooking time certainly extracts a lot of caffeine from the tea - I was buzzing around the house for a while!

  • Prawn koliwada

    • VineTomato on April 11, 2020

      Divine! Really easy to make, just as long as you remember to leave time for the marinade to work it's magic.

  • House black daal

    • VineTomato on March 22, 2020

      Absolutely delicious. I tend to always use more ginger than the recipe recommends and in this case it was overpowering. Next time I'll stick to the recipe, which relies on a subtle balance of flavours that really come together beautifully. I used my pressure cooker for the first step (25 minutes) and the lentils were already starting to break apart, after adding the tomato and spices I only cooked for a further 20 minutes. There will be a next time where I want to experiment with a 24 slow cook.

    • VineTomato on April 11, 2020

      I'm back to report on the 24 hour slow cook. It worked perfectly and the dhal held together better than the pressure cook version. I soaked the dhal for 6 hours. Boiled on high for 10, and simmered for 50 minutes on the stove top. Then into the slow cooker with everything but the cream, and brought to a simmer and then onto low overnight. The next day I opened the slower cooker to let it reduce for part of the day, and by the time dinner came it was perfect. My only gripe is the smell was a little off putting first thing in the morning, and after cooking it all day I didn't really feel like eating it for dinner. I enjoyed it more the day after.

    • Foodycat on December 26, 2019

      This takes a long time. Mine took about 5 hours. Well worth every minute - it has the most beautiful flavour.

    • Tee.Tee on June 14, 2020

      I followed the instructions per the book and was not disappointed. I have had this at the restaurant. This was pretty darn close. I’ll be making this again. Easy but have to be attentive.

    • purrviciouz on October 18, 2020

      Absolutely incredible! I doubled the recipe and am so glad that I did because it really does take about 5 hours and the flavor is superb.

  • Bowl of greens

    • VineTomato on April 11, 2020

      I have been dying to make this. It is my favourite thing to order at Dishoom and even Mr VT enjoys it. The home version was a disappointment - the oven grill just can't achieve the same results. Be warned this is one of those books where you start one recipe and realise you need two other recipes to complete it! I'll come back again with a straight oven roast for 15 minutes and skip the blanching - that will work for the broccoli but not sure about mange touts.

  • Lime & chilli dressing

    • VineTomato on April 11, 2020

      It's good but does it really need all that oil?

  • Paneer tikka achari

    • joneshayley on August 15, 2021

      Really good and very easy. The peppers are particularly flavourful. The marinade includes “Indian pickle” - I mixed lime pickle and mango chutney and that worked brilliantly. The masala dusted over at the end is essential-it adds a complexity and completes the dish

  • Paneer tikka chapati roll

    • joneshayley on August 16, 2021

      A lovely lunch, went down very well. Whenever you make the paneer kebabs always double so that you can have this the next day

  • Keema per eedu

    • joneshayley on September 01, 2020

      Brilliant recipe. The depth of flavour and yet subtlety of spicing is utterly perfect. A perfect brunch

  • Chicken berry Britannia

    • joneshayley on August 22, 2021

      Very very good. I added pomegranate seeds and they were welcome crunch.

    • etcjm on April 08, 2021

      So much flavour. Quite unexpected really as I felt it wasn't too difficult and 'expected' how it would taste. It ended up being on another level really. I did extra chicken as it had defrosted on the side and I was worried it would end up wasted, I adjusted the spices accordingly. The only change really was I left out the julienned ginger - having increased the ginger to 35g I was very concerned it would end up too spicy. 3 of us were happy with that decision, the 4th wanted more! The 'saffron water' created so much colour. The fried onions - be very careful. One second nowhere near, next one - black (or so you think), but my word - make extra to sprinkle on top. Looking forward to more from this book. I used barberries instead of cranberries (oh the ottolenghi effect). Served with the raita and brussel sprout thoran (meera sodha). Excellent.

  • Mattar paneer

    • joneshayley on September 01, 2020

      Absolutely delicious! The serving suggestion of kachumber alongside adds to the overall meal. The texture contrast to the soft melting cheese is brilliant.

  • Salli botti

    • joneshayley on August 15, 2021

      Very very good, the finishing with the vinegar (I used white wine vinegar) and jaggery make this l! It’s deep and rich, completely delicious.

  • Aloo sabzi

    • Jojobuch on May 15, 2021

      Very satisfying curry, thickens nicely from the potatoes.

  • Chicken tikka

    • Foodycat on June 01, 2020

      I used pheasant breast. The marinade contains very few ingredients but has a huge amount of flavour - really delicious.

  • Spicy lamb chops

    • Foodycat on December 26, 2019

      We used to go to an Indian restaurant that did the most delicious lamb chops, and we could never figure out how they could be so more-ish. This recipe gets very close.

    • mjes on August 25, 2021

      Read the recipe: first marinade step is 2 hours; second marinade step is 24 hours; 15 items to measure for second marinade. This is not a last minute recipe - it is make a serious commitment to the recipe. I ignored the cooking instruction "until nicely caramelized" having decided I was more concerned with not overcooking the lamb ... so, yes, a bit more caramelized would be good but I can't expect perfection on the first try.

  • Malabar paratha

    • Foodycat on August 06, 2020

      Good technique but I didn't get them thin enough so they burnt before they were cooked through. I froze most of the pleated disks of dough so I will have another go when I get the char out of the frying pan. I may try baking them on a hot baking sheet instead of on a pan.

  • Keema pau

    • Foodycat on August 06, 2020

      I just did the keema and served it with paratha and salad, rather than in pau. New-to-me technique of making a yoghurt sauce, splitting it and cooking the raw meat in the separated sauce, but it made a very rich, velvety version of keema. I prefer the way I usually do it with more spices though.

  • Bacon naan roll

    • Foodycat on December 26, 2019

      The tomato chilli jam is excellent - I used bought naan and it was a bit too much bread for the amount of filling but the flavours were brilliant.

  • Okra fries

    • Foodycat on December 26, 2019

      These will change the mind of anyone who says they don't like okra. Crisp and not remotely slimy.

    • Tee.Tee on June 14, 2020

      Substituted those slender green Indian chilis for the okra. Delicious! I needed the right batter. This came close to the one from the restaurant.

  • Lamb boti kebab

    • Foodycat on December 26, 2019

      I hadn't used papaya paste before - it's absolutely magic the way it softens the meat and helps the spicing draw in. Even on flat metal skewers, the kebabs were almost too soft to turn. I've used the same marinade for venison kebabs, which were also wonderful.

    • metacritic on May 17, 2020

      Good but the first dish from book that I've cooked that wasn't otherworldly good. I had high expectations and was somewhat disappointed. Will try again even so.

  • Soft-shell crab masala

    • chrisbing on January 02, 2021

      Used king prawns, as no crab available, still very good.

  • Tamarind chutney

    • chrisbing on January 02, 2021

      Used for crab masala recipe, worked well. Not tasted on its own.

  • Murgh malai

    • metacritic on May 17, 2020

      I tried out of curiosity but with some skepticism. Cheddar? Malt vinegar? They worked! This is a fantastic dish.

  • Masala prawns

    • metacritic on July 02, 2020

      Fantastic dish. One of the easier ones in this book that I've tried. Included an interesting technique of straining the marinade so that the prawns weren't damp when put on the grill. SO suggested it was the best dish with shrimps I've made. It wasn't but it was quite good.

  • Prawn moilee

    • metacritic on February 16, 2021

      Terrific and - a rarity for this book - dead easy. Tastes exactly like the Konkanese dishes I miss here in the US.

  • Chocolate mousse

    • JJ2018 on August 14, 2021

      My first attempt at a traditional chocolate mousse which we all enjoyed. It was very rich though and used a lot of bowls so would only make for a special occasion

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Reviews about this book

  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    The one Indian cookbook that will always remain in my collection as it is a gift to my palate and spirit.

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  • Food52

    The book, fittingly, begins with a fold-out map of the city that inspired the recipes inside, as the reader is taken on a winding tour of its best-loved crevices...

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  • ISBN 10 1408890674
  • ISBN 13 9781408890677
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  • Published Sep 05 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 400
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

Publishers Text

The long-awaited cookbook from Dishoom.

Through the course of these pages, you will go on a gentle walking tour of South Bombay, peppered with much eating and drinking. Gradually, you'll discover the simple joy of early chai and omelette at Kyani and Co., of dawdling in Horniman Circle on a lazy morning, of eating your fill on Mohammed Ali Road, of strolling on the sands at Chowpatty at sunset or taking the air at Nariman Point at night. 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.

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