Flew down from Copenhagen to Houston and onto San Francisco to attend the soiree set by Chef Ranjan Dey in this famed New Delhi Restaurant on Ellis street. Recipes from my book How to Cook Indian were served as a part of the dinner menu and the book itself was launched as a fund raising event for the Compassionate Chefs Café (CCC), a no profit organization, founded by Dey in San Francisco. CCC works with the Tenderloin After School Program (TASP) and the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad to provide them with important resources to become members of a global village. New Delhi Restaurant, set up way back in 1988, is impressive. Named one of the finest Indian restaurants in the US by New York Times and it also features on the Galloping Gourmet TV Show. New Delhi has been decorated like a maharaja’s private banquet room and the restaurant serves cuisine made from recipes culled from the royal Indian menus dating back 300 to 400 years using the freshest local ingredients. Ranjan Dey is chef and owner, as also star of PBS show ‘My India’. He creates daily specials with his six gourmet spice blends that are marketed under the name of New World Spices. Dey is the caretaker of Indian culture and cuisine in the west, definitely!
Off to New York for a couple of days and some more events. Then back home.
As the flavour of my trip is to promote Indian cuisine, I will encourage you to get going with some wholesome recipes at home, starting with dinner tonight!
Till I write again.