I met Asma Khan online a few short months ago. It’s always a pleasure chatting about food to someone as enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgable, as Asma. When she needed some advice on how to bottle her Indian chutneys and pickles, I was able to help, having learned how to do this myself only a few years back. On that occasion, we met for ramen at Shoryu and I was pleased that we clicked in real life as we had done via the web.
But when I really fell under Asma’s spell was the evening I tasted her cooking, attending her Darjeeling Express Supperclub, held in her Earl’s Court home.
I’ve grown up with Indian food, not just my mum’s cooking but that of family and friends and a fair few restaurants over the years. My mum’s remains my favourite because it is made for me, with all her love in it and it’s not only delicious but familiar, comforting and wonderful.
But wow, Asma’s cooking is at another level. I’m often impressed by great Indian food but I can’t remember the a time I’ve ever been quite so blown away by the flavours, textures and sheer delicousness of what is essentially home-style cooking.
Every single dish of the incredible selection we were served was excellent but I must give special mention to the cashewnut alo, the paneer Chettinad, the tomato ke cutt, the fish malai curry and the dried apricot dessert, khoobani ka meetha. Chilli fiends in our group were particularly delighted by the mirchi ka salaan, a chilli and peanut stirfry unlike anything we’d had before.
The good news is that you can try Asma’s cooking for yourself, and to be honest, I’d get in there fast because this lady is destined for huge success and I think tickets to her table will only become harder and harder to get your hands on.
Asma is cooking for a one-off special event at the Cinnamon Club later this month, which I’m very much looking forward to. Tickets are selling fast so if you are interested, do book now. Or drop her a line for dates to attend her next supperclub.