Making Khoresht-e Bademjan at Conflict Kitchen’s Virtual Iranian Cooking Lesson


Last weekend, I participated in one of the coolest cooking collaborations I have experienced. I was picked to be one of the participants from around the world in Conflict Kitchen’s virtual cooking lesson with Executive Chef Bahar Sarhangi live from Tehran.


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Spicy Mutton Curry

I don’t eat much red meat at all but when I am in India I really do enjoy the occasional dish made with mutton. The flavor that mutton imparts onto whatever it is being cooked with is just so deeply satisfying. Here is a superb spicy mutton curry recipe I tried this past summer, which must be eaten with piping hot basmati rice. This dish can be made with chicken too.

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Pastilla/Bastilla with Chicken and Almonds, La Maison Arabe

Pastilla also know as Bastilla is a traditional Moroccan dish which has its origins in Andalus.

This popular Moroccan dish is basically sweet and salty meat pie wrapped in a phyllo type dough called (warqa). It can be filled with chicken, pigeon, seafood or vegetables. It is really delicious – the combination of savory, sweet, soft and crisp works beautifully.

Pastilla is usually served as a starter.

In New York one can find Warqa at Tanjawi or Naseem Meat Market & Grocery 
in Astoria or Sahadis in Brooklyn.

You can use phyllo dough too but make sure you butter each layer or it will get too dry and crack.


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Shepherd’s Pie

This might be one of my family’s favorite dishes of comfort right now! I love this recipe I found courtesy Alton Brown and ofcourse I always add in my own little tidbits to any recipe.

In this case I just added a whole bunch of baby spinach leaves to the meat filling and it was delish!


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Shanti’s Mutton Thoku

 My friends Aparna and Aravind in Chennai, India have a fabulous cook who makes some amazing South Indian food. This past summer I got a peek into Shanti’s kitchen and learned some of her super recipes.


Here is a wonderful spicy mutton dish which goes really well with hot white rice.


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Mutton Cutlets

Mutton cutlets are a really popular dish in India. The meat can be substituted by anything from chicken to beef. Here is a super easy recipe for yummy cutlets from my mother’s kitchen.



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Curried Mutton Chops

Chops in India are called “chaamps” or chops. We very rarely eat any kind of red meat but for an occasional calorie splurge this is a worthy recipe. These spiced mutton chops are spectacular.

It’s a really simple recipe but requires a long cooking time. If you can marinate the chops for a few hours ahead of time – it would turn out even better. This recipe makes a huge pot full of chops – you can reduce the recipe by half for a smaller amount

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