On any given day (but particularly on Valentine’s) we want your hearts and bellies to sing. Howsoever you choose to join in the love-filled celebrations this year, we wish you the dreamiest day and hope you can drink (chai) deeply and wrap your busy teeth around plenty of Dishoom classics at home. Do read on to indulge in some inspiration.
A Valentine’s breakfast (in bed – perhaps?) of two hearty naan rolls with house chai alongside can be ready in a swift 20 minutes thanks to clever little Naan Roll Kits. Soft, lightly charred naan is topped with a little cream cheese, tomato-chilli jam and fresh coriander leaves and wrapped around first-rate fillings: Ramsay of Carluke’s streaky bacon or Chef Neil Rankin’s most delicious vegan sausages. First-class tipples may also be added for those with merrymaking mornings in mind.
For a little helping hand in the kitchen, our signature kits are just the ticket. Choose from the Home Feast, centred around best-loved grills, or the vegetarian Biryani Feast, starring a first-rate Jackfruit Biryani. Both are accompanied by a collection of café classics all part-way prepared ready to be finished at home in as little as an hour. Impress and delight with your secret sous chef, or bring your loved ones together stoveside.
Kits come complete with everything you need to create a sumptuous spread as well as a handy Dishoom Tea Towel (a lovely little extra, to gift, or keep for oneself). You may also wish to add a touch of sparkle to your meal with a bottle of our top-notch natural sparkling wine.
Kindly note, all at-home kits can arrive anytime before 10pm on your chosen day, so be sure to select the day before you plan on enjoying.
Easy-to-follow recipes for café classics alongside many more truly delicious dishes may be found in our eccentric and highly subjective cookery book.
Lamb Raan makes a most satisfying celebratory centrepiece. Marinate the meat in garlic and ginger paste before being slow-cooked with bay, vinegar, peppercorns, cinnamon, black and green cardamom pods until meltingly tender, then pull into silky shreds and combine with a deliciously savoury masala. Whilst some preparation is required (including 24-hour marination, if time allows), your efforts will be very well rewarded. The recipe may be found here.
We heartily recommend serving alongside smoky-grilled gunpowder potatoes, a bowl of greens and some naan. To finish, warming and vibrant Pineapple & Black Pepper Crumble will whisk you away to warmer climes, and Chilli Chocolate Mousse provides a suitably sweet endnote.
If you don’t fancy donning your chef whites, Dishoom favourites can also be delivered to your door, ready-to-eat, via Deliveroo. Enter your address here to see if we can reach you. Duly note, moreish chutneys may be added to your Deliveroo basket as a perfect last-minute present.
If you’re hoping to dazzle this Valentine’s day, create your own cocktail hour with the help of our bottled tipples. Highly sippable and satisfyingly strong, each serves two and arrives ready to be poured into your finest glassware. Choose from The India Gimlet, Permit Room Old-Fashioned and Sonia’s Negroni, or opt for all three with the covetable set. Top tips for preparation and serving from Dishoom's resident daru-walla may be found here.
For added ambience the soft scent of incense does the trick, we like to use sticks infused with sandalwood. As a backdrop, the timbre and tones of soft jazz music is a most-romantic touch. Dom James, one-quarter of Dishoom Kensington's resident jazz troupe, the Marine Liner's, has created an excellent playlist which you can find here. For something a little more rock and roll, our very own Slip-Disc CD or vinyl makes a fitting alternative.
The sun is momentarily out again. Calendars are fast filling up. There’s many a thing to do and many a friend to meet. And if we may kindly add to the excitement and the plan-making, here’s our list of what we’re looking forward to in September.
While we were at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we caught Evening Conversations, an engaging show by Sudha Bhuchar. We caught up with her after the show to talk about her journey and her views on South Asian representation on screen, which you can read below. And for those who didn’t walk down the cobbled streets of the city or stumble into an impromptu performance this year, we highly recommend it for 2024.
Each year as August dawns, the streets and rooms and corners of Edinburgh fill with music, art, laughter and song. Wander into grand halls and pokey pubs, as the morning sun rises or in the dark of night, to see creations of every kind as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In honour of this wonderful celebration of the performing arts (and as a little treat), here’s a special edition Dishoom Loves, covering all the acts we’ve circled on our festival programme.
For anyone looking to learn or read more on Partition, this page holds a series of resources, for all ages, created by people knowledgeable and knowing about such matters. It is by no means definitive – we have simply found them to be useful, inspiring and accessible.