INDIA

"The view from the fort along the river to the Taj Mahal was what divine starry-eyed Indian deliriums are made of and although I didn’t feel the same romantic pulling power as I did when standing in front of the Taj, I unquestionably felt solitary here."  - Chef Two Sail

Speechless

Speechless

Relishing the history

Relishing the history

Unfortunately the smog hinders the magnificent view of the Taj

Unfortunately the smog hinders the magnificent view of the Taj

India Gate

India Gate

The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel Presidential suite

The Imperial Hotel Presidential suite

The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

My hosts at my hotel

My hosts at my hotel

Rashtrapati Bhavan

Rashtrapati Bhavan

My lovely hosts

My lovely hosts

Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple

Hindu Temple I walked past every day

Hindu Temple I walked past every day

The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel Presidential Suite

The Imperial Hotel Presidential Suite

Mr. Vijay Wanchoo, geneal manager The Imperial Hotel

Mr. Vijay Wanchoo, geneal manager The Imperial Hotel

The Spice Route Restaurant, Imperial Hotel

The Spice Route Restaurant, Imperial Hotel

Street food

Street food

The center of Delhi; Connaught Place

The center of Delhi; Connaught Place

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Village

About to experience a ten hour bus trip with a horde of locals

About to experience a ten hour bus trip with a horde of locals

Camel Taxi

Camel Taxi

Normal Delhi traffic

Normal Delhi traffic

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Village

Santosh the manager of my hotel was a life saver

Santosh the manager of my hotel was a life saver

Purana Qila (Old Fort)

Purana Qila (Old Fort)

Train to the Taj

Train to the Taj

Everyday traffic

Everyday traffic

Hand picking saffron

Hand picking saffron

Learning Indian spices on my first day

Learning Indian spices on my first day

Tandoor chicken

Tandoor chicken

Indian Spices

Indian Spices

This is damn hot

This is damn hot

Spice Market

Spice Market

Mastering the tandoor oven

Mastering the tandoor oven

Indrani Pal a wonderful tutor

Indrani Pal a wonderful tutor

Imperial Hotel kitchen

Imperial Hotel kitchen

Roti machine

Roti machine

Goa specialist

Goa specialist

Tandoor king

Tandoor king

Malabari Paratha

Malabari Paratha

The senior team at IICA

The senior team at IICA

Myself and Mr. Virender S. Data Chairman IICA

Myself and Mr. Virender S. Data Chairman IICA

Mr. Virender S. Data giving me my cooking diploma

Mr. Virender S. Data giving me my cooking diploma

Dinner at Bukhara

Dinner at Bukhara

IICA Executive Chefs

IICA Executive Chefs

Myself and Mr. Virender S. Data Chairman IICA

Myself and Mr. Virender S. Data Chairman IICA

Visiting 5 star hotels

Visiting 5 star hotels

Bukhara host

Bukhara host

Spice market

Spice market

The crowds do take some getting used to

The crowds do take some getting used to

Street food

Street food

Flowers

Flowers

Almost as common as cars

Almost as common as cars

Sweets

Sweets

Spice market street food

Spice market street food

A delightful day eating sweets

A delightful day eating sweets

Nuts

Nuts

Fragrant flowers

Fragrant flowers

Grains

Grains

Crispy hot peas

Crispy hot peas

Rock sugar

Rock sugar

Tamarind

Tamarind

Dried goods

Dried goods

You soon learn patience in India

You soon learn patience in India

Jalebi

Jalebi

Jalebi, hot sticky and deadly sweet

Jalebi, hot sticky and deadly sweet

Millions live on the streets in India

Millions live on the streets in India

BBQ

BBQ

This BBQ chicken was spicy and lingering

This BBQ chicken was spicy and lingering

If I was a chicken I would not want to live in Delhi

If I was a chicken I would not want to live in Delhi

Chicken anyway you like it

Chicken anyway you like it

Karim, the best in Mughal cuisine opened in 1913

Karim, the best in Mughal cuisine opened in 1913

Poori expert

Poori expert

Delectable and spicy and two bucks

Delectable and spicy and two bucks

President Clinton's favourite restaurant Bukhara

President Clinton's favourite restaurant Bukhara

Learning from the Tandoor masters

Learning from the Tandoor masters

Bukhara kitchen

Bukhara kitchen

Friendly elephant

Friendly elephant

Local fruit on my way to cooking school

Local fruit on my way to cooking school

Everything for lunch is home grown

Everything for lunch is home grown

Winner of chef competition I judged

Winner of chef competition I judged

Over a month I learnt a ton from these two outstanding and friendly chefs

Over a month I learnt a ton from these two outstanding and friendly chefs

The IICA farm is 100% self sufficient

The IICA farm is 100% self sufficient

Me and Arjun

Me and Arjun

Everyone should visit the Taj Mahal

Everyone should visit the Taj Mahal

Indian BBQ

Indian BBQ

BBQ Tandoor chicken and spicy sauce

BBQ Tandoor chicken and spicy sauce

Me and Virender S. Datta who was once one of India's top chefs before he opened IICA.

Me and Virender S. Datta who was once one of India's top chefs before he opened IICA.

Sugar cane juice

Sugar cane juice

Red Fort

Red Fort

A wonderful day with the students and chef's from IICA

A wonderful day with the students and chef's from IICA

Sight seeing Delhi

Sight seeing Delhi

Skiing In India

The Gulmarg cables car is the worlds highest ski run at 4,000 meters

The Gulmarg cables car is the worlds highest ski run at 4,000 meters

4,000 meters

4,000 meters

Flying over the western Himalaya's

Flying over the western Himalaya's

Locals coming to see my taxi crash

Locals coming to see my taxi crash

Local ski hire

Local ski hire

The only skier so far

The only skier so far

My hotel where the windows are covered in plastic distroying the view

My hotel where the windows are covered in plastic distroying the view

Skiing with a few Kiwis

Skiing with a few Kiwis

New friends

New friends

5 star accommodation

5 star accommodation

Plenty of great slopes to ski

Plenty of great slopes to ski

My taxi in a smash

My taxi in a smash

Taxi crash

Taxi crash

Local billboard advertising

Local billboard advertising

First chair lift ride is exhilarating

First chair lift ride is exhilarating

Sledging is way more popular than skiing

Sledging is way more popular than skiing

On top of Gulmarg

On top of Gulmarg

4,000 meters and off for a climb with guide

4,000 meters and off for a climb with guide

Mountain to myself

Mountain to myself

On top of Asia

On top of Asia

Let it snow

Let it snow

Mountain restaurant'

Mountain restaurant'

Not a soul in sight

Not a soul in sight

Rogan Josh, Potato Aloo and hot Roti, bloody spicy but luscious

Rogan Josh, Potato Aloo and hot Roti, bloody spicy but luscious

Snow storm

Snow storm

Soldiers patrolling is common

Soldiers patrolling is common

Gulmarg village

Gulmarg village

A few rare white faces

A few rare white faces

Stunning views

Stunning views

Views of Pakistan

Views of Pakistan

Local Kashmir village

Local Kashmir village

Hotel concierge

Hotel concierge

New Zealand friends and guide

New Zealand friends and guide

Chair lift above the clouds

Chair lift above the clouds

Highlands Park Hotel famous for Kashmir cuisine

Highlands Park Hotel famous for Kashmir cuisine

Local ski legend Kashmir Karan

Local ski legend Kashmir Karan

Fresh snow overnight

Fresh snow overnight

A big dump over night

A big dump over night

As good as it gets

As good as it gets

Climbed up to Mt. Apharwat at 4,124 meters

Climbed up to Mt. Apharwat at 4,124 meters

The road out after storm last night

The road out after storm last night

Gulmarg heli skiing

Gulmarg heli skiing

The skiing is amazing

The skiing is amazing

Woo hoo

Woo hoo

I think I might miss my flight

I think I might miss my flight

Airport please ?

Airport please ?

Saffron specialty restaurant

Saffron specialty restaurant

Goodbye Gulmarg

Goodbye Gulmarg

Soldiers at Kashmir airport

Soldiers at Kashmir airport

Cuisine In India

Below are dishes I leanrt to cook from all over Inida

Below are dishes I leanrt to cook from all over Inida

Shemuie Mutton. Mutton chopped coated in Vermicelli.

Shemuie Mutton. Mutton chopped coated in Vermicelli.

Tandoor chicken

Tandoor chicken

Making my own Masala blends

Making my own Masala blends

Achari Paneer Tikka

Achari Paneer Tikka

Yellow Dahl Tadka & Tawa Parathan

Yellow Dahl Tadka & Tawa Parathan

Samosa and tamarind sauce

Samosa and tamarind sauce

A modern Achari Paneer Tikka

A modern Achari Paneer Tikka

Yellow Dahl Tadka

Yellow Dahl Tadka

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Tandoori Chicken and Lamb Kebab

Tandoori Chicken and Lamb Kebab

Building a curry base

Building a curry base

Vindaloo curry paste ingredients

Vindaloo curry paste ingredients

Dim Porota; stuffed eggs in Indian bread

Dim Porota; stuffed eggs in Indian bread

Cauliflower and potato curry; Aloo Gobi

Cauliflower and potato curry; Aloo Gobi

Dimer Chop (Egg Croquette)

Dimer Chop (Egg Croquette)

Biryani

Biryani

The essential Indian spices

The essential Indian spices

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

Dal Makhini

Dal Makhini

Delhi Mutton Curry

Delhi Mutton Curry

Wazwani Murgh

Wazwani Murgh

Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma

Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh

Cholar Dal

Cholar Dal

Bombay Prawn Curry

Bombay Prawn Curry

Pork Vindaloo

Pork Vindaloo

Southern lobster curry

Southern lobster curry

Chicken curry & fragrant rice

Chicken curry & fragrant rice

Sandesh; Indian milk sweets

Sandesh; Indian milk sweets

My first garlic Naan cooked in the Tandoor oven.

My first garlic Naan cooked in the Tandoor oven.

Pickles and chutneys

Pickles and chutneys

Chickpea Curry with Poori and onion

Chickpea Curry with Poori and onion

Tandoor garlic naan

Tandoor garlic naan

Dhal Makhani and Spinach Paneer

Dhal Makhani and Spinach Paneer

The complete Indian Banquet

The complete Indian Banquet

Tandoor oven selection, Dahl Makhani & garlic Naan

Tandoor oven selection, Dahl Makhani & garlic Naan

Lamb Seekh kebab

Lamb Seekh kebab

Bengali Fish

Bengali Fish

Lamb Madras

Lamb Madras

Tandoor Lobster tails

Tandoor Lobster tails

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Onion Baja

Onion Baja

Goolar Kebab

Goolar Kebab

Goan Prawn Curry

Goan Prawn Curry

Goat Curry

Goat Curry

Potato Aloo

Potato Aloo

Chicken Madras

Chicken Madras

Spinach Paneer

Spinach Paneer

Fijian Lamb Curry

Fijian Lamb Curry

Tandoor Prawns

Tandoor Prawns

Chicken Tikka Marsala

Chicken Tikka Marsala

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