Master This Holi With Masterchef Dishes

‘Anyone can cook.’ Ratatouille.

For those who don’t know, Ratatouille is a movie that can make you fall in love with cooking. But if you already are, and that masoor ka tadka makes your heart beat faster than the pados ka ladka, today is your lucky day. Because as Holi comes closer and preparation of delicacies takes the center-stage, we have some professional recipes to help your dishes shine out. This Holi, when the guests greet you with the best of wishes, serve them with the best of dishes that have appeared on MasterChef.

Check out these easy and amazing recipes from MasterChef India and MasterChef Australia. (more…)

Making Earth Hour Worthwhile

Isn’t it a blessing when small things yield large results? Like an hour of darkness yielding a bright future or a quick five-minute read of this blog resulting in a fun hour-in-the-dark. So, while the world may end up before problems like the perfect salt-pepper combination find a solution, let’s make sure global warming is not the reason for it.

By pledging your support for Earth Hour organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), you can do your bit for the Planet. By switching off your lights between 8.30 to 9.30 pm tonight, you would be able to do your share for mother earth.

And just to make sure you don’t forget, take the pledge in support of Earth Hour here.

To make it easier for you to stick to this unbreakable pledge, here are some cool ideas that you can apply to make sure your hour in the dark is a walk in the park. (more…)


We are those people who party at everything from birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, job, salary to India defeating Pakistan in a cricket encounter. We don’t even need a lavish one! A plate of food and a friend will do. And with such a lifestyle, anyone can guess we are on constant lookout for excuses to party. Well, how about ‘I got to know these amazing party hacks and I wanted to try them out ASAP!’ for an excuse?

Try these simple ideas to enhance your experience if you are a party lover. And try them out one at a time if you are a party freak! (more…)


Talking of headaches; your tedious work, defiant children, demanding housework and uninvited guests constitute most of it. And God forbid if you ever suffer a real one, all these responsibilities go unchecked. Fortunately, there are only two things you need to care about to ensure you don’t crack under pressure – time management and healthy food.

Yes, we know if you had one, you would comfortably ensure the other. But the question remains that in an age where being on-the-go is the success mantra, how to stop and care even for your health? How to find time for healthy fruits and vegetables in a world where chhole-bhature are readily available everywhere. We have the answer here. (more…)


If you have ever bemoaned the lack of anything exciting ever happening in the Delhi food scene, you should giddy up and visit Soda Bottle Opener Wala.

Soda Bottle Opener Wala (SBOW) is a quaint Bombay Irani Cafe serving Parsi/Irani cuisine and a bit of Bombay street food. Vintage Parsi in a new and exciting style, the café boast of two branches in the NCR – one in Cyber Hub, Gurgaon and the other in Khan Market Delhi.

Times Food & Times Night Life Awards included the SBOW in its list of finalists due its authentic Parsi cuisine and an ambiance that takes you back to the Iranian cafes of yore.

While its menu is as much of a mouthful as its name, there’s one special dish that would forever imprint itself on your taste buds. The incredibly delectable Sali Chicken is a culinary masterpiece conceptualized by the restaurant’s head chef Anahita and every amateur cook should his hand at least once preparing it.

To prepare this gem of a dish, you’d need a variety of ingredients. However, if you live in and around Delhi, you can order all of them with a single tap on Pepper Tap.

Participate in the Meet the Chef Contest 

By trying your hand at preparing the succulent Sali Chicken, you have the opportunity of meeting the winning chef at the Times Food and Times Nightlife (TFNA) Awards 2016 on 3rd March, 2016.

Presented by PepperTap in association with Cook Fresh, the contest gives you the opportunity to meet the winning chef at the prestigious award ceremony. Simply order the ingredients hamper of your favourite recipe from Gourmet Box to be automatically be nominated for your participation in the contest.

If your name comes up in the lucky draw you’d be invited to the Times Food and Times Nightlife Awards, where you’d get a window to chat with the winning chef.

Click here to order the ingredient’s hamper from Pepper Tap.

Sali Chicken


Refined oil                             (as required)
Ginger Garlic paste            1\2tbspn
Sambhar masala                1\2tbspn
Chicken boneless                100gms
Red chilli paste                    1tbspn
Degi mirch                            a pinch
Kolah vinegar                      5ml
Jaggery                                  5gms
Cumin and coriander powder        a pinch
Water                                    (as required)
Chopped tomatoes            500gms
Salt                                        to taste
Sali                                        15gms


  • Soak jaggery in the kolah vinegar.
  • Heat oil, add ginger garlic paste and saute the mix.
  • Add onions and saute till they go light brown.
  • Add degi mirch powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. Cook the spice mix.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook they are tender. Then add warm water, boil, blend and strain into tomato puree.
  • Now add chicken and cook with gravy.
  • Add sambhar masala, jaggery vinegar and mix well.
  • Garnish it with sali and serve hot.

Sali Chicken

You’ll be amazed to find out what a delicious result this simple recipe results in. The folks at SodaBottleOpenerWala understand cooking is not all about exotic ingredients and time-consuming procedures, it’s about finding the perfect combination. Visit their widely spread chain of cafes to explore other beauties of cooking.


For a chef who takes pride in his craft; for a chef who has the culinary chops to turn food into fine art; for a chef who has made it his goal to add a Michelin star to his name – the Times Food & Times Nightlife award 2016 was the place to be.

Hailing the best restaurants and eateries across Delhi, the award highlighted the diverse food culture of Delhi and gave us a chance to explore some of the truly innovative in-house recipes of the chosen restaurants.