Inder Preet Singh loves cooking real Indian food. This menu features different rustic, home-style, Indian comfort-food dishes that showcase both the complex flavours of his mother’s Punjabi cuisine, as well as those from his hometown of Hyderabad, a region in South-Central India known for its unique blend of the Islamic and Hindu cultures. Join us for a taste of true Indian home cooking that goes beyond the generic, simplified dishes often found in many Indian restaurants.
A starter of shrimps cooked in a vibrant ginger and garlic Punjabi masala, served with flatbread to soak up all the amazing flavours.
Large bone-in chunks of goat or mutton, slowly simmered in an onion-tomato based gravy. A quintessential Sunday afternoon meal in many Punjabi homes (especially prior to the widespread introduction of broiler chickens), it remains a favourite at many popular roadside dhabbas (food stalls). ‘Tari’ stands for ‘gravy’ in Punjabi and Hindi, and the deeply flavourful sauce is as much the star as the tender meat itself.
No Punjabi house party is complete without this. A relatively recent creation, this dish’s supposed Chinese influences (it has a dash of soy sauce) was thought to add a fancy touch to meals when guests came over. Morsels of pressed cottage cheese sautéed with cubes of onions, tomatoes and green peppers and warm garam masala.
The two main dishes are accompanied by Jeera Rice, (steamed rice with cumin seeds), warm flatbread, a fresh Kachumber salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, and a homemade mango-garlic Indian pickle.
A classic Indian dessert made from delicate vermicelli simmered in sweetened milk and cream, garnished with almonds, cashews and raisins. Rarely available commercially, but almost always a part of an Indian home-feast, this dish is also commonly prepared in abundance after Ramadan and shared with community.
Inder has been working in marketing in the telecom industry in Toronto for the past 2 years. Cooking is his his happy place, connecting him to both the Punjabi cuisine his mother taught him, as well as the food of his hometown of Hyderabad.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.