Dishoom's Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is fast approaching, but there's still time to decide on gifts for friends, family, neighbours and the like. Fortunately, the Dishoom Store stocks a range of extremely lovely gifts to suit all manner of recipients (though you may be sorely tempted to keep them for yourself!)

From hard-to-find spices and comforting chai to our beloved naan rolls and gift coins, there are plenty of eclectic gifts and sundries to choose from (no last-minute dashing around required).

Gifts for the keen cook

Dishoom Cookery Book:– The ultimate guide to many of Dishoom’s signature dishes including the famous Naan Rolls, Black Daal and House Chai.

Dishoom Masala Dabba:– A first-class, quick-start collection of twelve top-quality spices and blends, thoughtfully presented in a lovely dabba. A great foundation for mastering Dishoom recipes and Indian cookery.

Dishoom Tea Towel:– Every home cook will benefit from this generously-sized tea towel made of finest cotton for keeping their rotis warm.

Dishoom Chutneys:– Choose from delectable Apple Chundo, Tamarind & Date Chutney and Chilli Chutney – to daub, dip or dollop as necessary to uplift all manner of dishes, or for a perfect gift, opt for the Dishoom Chutney Gift Set which includes all three as well as little stainless-steel spoons and bowls for serving.

Cookbook Hamper:– Combine all of these top-notch treats into one lovely gift with the all-new cookbook hamper. Featuring the Masala Dabba, Dishoom cookery book and matching turquoise-blue tote bag, Dishoom Tea Towel, Urad Dal (for House Black Daal) and Dishoom Chilli Chutney.

Gifts for the consummate host

Feast Kits:– The Home Feast contains signature Dishoom dishes, all lovingly prepared by Dishoom chefs to be heated, grilled and garnished at home. The equally delicious Biryani Feast is a celebration of aromatic vegetarian favourites. Kits may be easily upgraded to include a bottle of Integrale sparkling natural wine too.

Bloody Mary Naan Roll Kit:– An at-home antidote to be enjoyed the morning after long-awaited get-togethers. Sore heads will be soothed, hungry bellies satisfied.

Dishoom House Chai Gift Set:– No morning in India starts without masala chai, and at Dishoom it's much the same. Now, we’re thrilled to share the blend we use in the cafés for at-home enjoyment. Dishoom House Chai is available as a tin or as part of a gift set, with two chai glasses, a tea strainer and two of Chef Naved’s favourite biscuit recipes (perfect for chai-dipping). 

Gifts for the drinks connoisseur

Permit Room Cocktails:– A collection of highly sippable and satisfyingly strong bottled cocktails. Choose from the India Gimlet, Sonia’s Negroni and Permit Room Old-Fashioned. Or gift all three with the covetable Permit Room Collection gift set.

Dishoom IPAs:– Specially crafted by Mondo Brewing Company, our IPAs are brewed with Citra, Columbus, Galaxy and Pacifica hops to deliver the requisite aroma, fruity citrus notes and clean bitterness.

Gifts for the seasoned traveller

Slip-Disc:– A playful celebration of the mutual musical fascination between Bombay and London during the 1960s. Available on both CD and Vinyl LP.

The Beatles and India 2-CD:– Featuring songs written during The Beatles’ stay in Rishikesh, India including ‘Mother Nature’s Son‘, ‘Revolution‘, ‘Sexy Sadie‘, ‘Dear Prudence‘ and ‘Child of Nature‘ among others. 

Dishoom Cookery Book:– Gift someone a trip to India by way of our eccentric, charming (and Sunday-Times-best-selling!) cookery book featuring over 100 recipes and a day-long tour of south Bombay. 

Dishoom House Chai:– The sort of spicy, sweet chai you will find at Bombay’s innumerable tapris (street stalls), normally poured with great dexterity and skill from arm's length into a small, stout glass. 

Stocking fillers

Dishoom Gift Coins:– At the consent of her Majesty's Treasury, we have minted a Dishoom currency. Each coin is worth ten pounds sterling, and will let them do the choosing. E-vouchers are also available for instant delivery (the forgetful may be forgiven).

Dishoom Tea Towel:– Highest quality, large in size and sporting a rather lovely design. Ideal for keeping breads warm and will be kept for many years to come.   

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The Dishoom Canary Wharf story – Chapter Three

The phone keeps ringing shrilly through the flat. Nauzer holds his head in his hands, palms clamped over his ears. “Beta, the phone!” He forgot his mother would still be here. He can’t have her answering in case it is Devia. He runs into the corridor to pick it up. It stops just before he can reach it. Breathless, he looks up and sees his mother in the kitchen. 

Dishoom Canary Wharf – now officially OPEN!

Tucked away in a lovely corner of Wood Wharf, Dishoom Canary Wharf is now officially open and ready to welcome you all. The marble-top bar is ready to hold your drink, the textured, patterned (and extremely comforting) chairs are waiting to be kept warm and the hand-painted mural and carefully curated art – from Bombay and beyond – are waiting to be part of your conversations. 

Dishoom's Chicken Berry Britannia Biryani Recipe

This chicken biryani is our homage to Britannia’s chicken berry pulao, using cranberries in place of the more authentic Persian barberries, which are tricky to find. (Despite much cajoling, Mr Kohinoor has never shared his wife’s famous recipe.) It is prepared in the kacchi style, originating from Hyderabad, in which marinated raw meat goes into the pot, to be cooked at the same time as the rice.

Dishoom's Taj Ballroom Toddy Recipe

No party is complete without some delectable pours to toast the host with the most. For the crafty amongst us, bring out the shakers and strainers and the channel knife and pour your energy into building our festive concoction – The Taj Ballroom Toddy. A warming tipple inspired by The Taj Mahal Palace hotel, where Bombay’s jazz age was born.