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I come from a family of obsessed foodies. It’s no wonder then that food is on my mind, pretty much always! If I’m not cooking, eating or talking about it … I’m probably thinking about it. I must admit that food wasn’t always an obsession. As a child, I was a very fussy eater. It was my mum’s brilliant repertoire of food and sheer persistence which made me give in, and from then on, there was no looking back. I am essentially self-taught. My food does not reflect the food of any particular part of India as my mum is from the North and my dad is from the West coast. Mumbai was their home for many years before they moved to Goa where I grew up. The mix went a step further when I married a Mumbai Goan and welcomed into the family my sister in law who hails from the South. Each connection brought with it a distinct cuisine unique in itself, yet connected in some way to its counterparts. Over the years, I have observed and learnt from women who, to me, are masters of their own cuisine. They toiled in the kitchen making meals from scratch using recipes that have been handed down through the generations. It is this food I hope to humbly bring to the table along with the wonderful stories that go with it.

Join me on my culinary journey to unravel the secrets of mum’s home cooking.


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Experiences

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The first of three evenings dedicated to the unsung heroes of Indian food.
It's all about sitting down for a hearty Indian meal and finding out the story behind each dish being served. The recipes... Read more

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The second of Three evenings dedicated to the unsung heroes of Indian Food.
It's all about sitting down for a hearty Indian meal and finding out the story behind each dish being served. The recipes... Read more

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The final in a series of three evenings dedicated to the unsung heroes of Indian Food. Join me on my culinary journey to unravel the secrets of Mum's home cooking.
It's all about sitting down for a... Read more

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Flavours of India

I am attempting to bring a few of my favourite dishes to the plate. Some that
I've showcased before while others that I can't wait to! This is authentic
Indian food made from... Read more

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Goa on your Plate!

Goa is where my heart lies! It is where I grew up and where my childhood home is. I have wanted to showcase its fabulous food for a while now so without... Read more

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Quick on the heels of Goa on your plate! I am doing another Supperclub with
some favourites from the Goan menu and some new vegetarian options. Goan food
has both coastal Indian and Portuguese... Read more

Supperheroes

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I am extremely Proud to be part of the Supperheroes Event for Action Against
Hunger this year. Join me for an evening of hearty grub and help me raise
funds for a wonderful cause.

... Read more

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Bombay or Mumbai is often referred to as the 'City of Dreams'! It's the city
where people from all over the country flocked and continue to do so in the
hope of hitting the big time; To 'live the... Read more

Contact

Website: damngoodcurry.com

Email: nilanjani.dilling@gmail.com

Twitter: @Nilanjanip

Reviews

A Damn Good Curry - The Very Hungry Londoner

07 Feb 15 by The Very Hungry Londoner

A Damn Good Curry « The Very Hungry Londoner

09 Sep 13 by The Very Hungry Londoner

Tasty treat

Rating: 10

rubypink attended A touch of Spice in October 2013, reviewed on 6 October 2013

Supperheroes

The whole evening lived up exactly to its name, it was a damn good curry. Can't wait for next time.

Wonderful taste of Goa

Rating: 10

CinnamonCulture attended Goa on your Plate! in August 2013, reviewed on 13 September 2013

I have heard of Indian supperclubs for a while now, but never really had a chance to experience one. Being personally invited by a friend seemed like a good excuse to finally give it a go and I am very pleased I did. The whole experience has left a distinguished memory of a very personalized dining. Each course was introduced by the skilled chef(ni;) Nilanjani, who passionately spoke about origin of the dishes giving us a first taste of things to come. The tables' decoration was understated yet perfectly fitting within the Goan theme, which was a lovely addition to the ambience. Before arriving I was a little bit worried about joining a table of complete strangers for the whole evening. However, the lovely banter that ensued coupled with splendid personalities I was lucky to get to know, paired well with a beautiful food we were served. Chorizo was a surprise on an Indian menu, but then we ate Portuguese influenced Goan fair! Lovely, succulent, spicy - I wanted more but the plate was empty! The main course had it all - wonderful smoky Xacuti, flavoursome chicken and perfect prawns. My only quip - I wish I was given a doggy bag with the Damn Good Curry's Baath cake - truly magnificent dessert at the end of the meal had us all reaching for another piece! Thank you!

Goa on a plate

Rating: 10

maritak attended Goa on your Plate! in August 2013, reviewed on 1 September 2013

I have never been to Goa but was transported by Nilanjani's wonderful dishes. The flavours were wonderfully balanced and both presentation and taste were second to none.

The venue is slightly off the beaten track but so well worth the find as it is a very comfortable bowling club hall, with a reasonably priced bar, filled with the mouth-watering smells from Nilanjani's cooking.

All dishes were excellently executed and delicious but my favourites were the Choris Pav's (accompanied with lovely home made chutneys) the Muotton Xacuti, the Prawn Curry and the Baath.

CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!

Review for Goa on a plate

Rating: 9

Shameem attended Goa on your Plate! in August 2013, reviewed on 31 August 2013

Nel, I loved your food ! The variety of flavours, the depth of heat of the xacuti, the home made chutneys, especially the tomato one! I also loved the way you came and talked food to us all, you not only put a lot of work into the preparation and cooking if the food, but the sourcing if really good ingredients too. All of this was very evident. The only thing I would ask more of is chilli ! Not only do I love it but my experience has shown me that people out there are ready for it too, so be brave and cook as you would eat, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the feedback!!! You can always balance one spicy curry with milder ones like you did last night. A big thank you for all, your hard work yesterday I really appreciate it!!

Loverly Grub

Rating: 10

Graham attended Damn Good Curry Supper club in June 2013, reviewed on 24 June 2013

This was a tremendous feast! Every course and dish was so good. Can't praise the chef enough for her hard work and talent.

Damn good curry

Rating: 9

rodjacob attended Damn Good Curry Supper club in June 2013, reviewed on 18 June 2013

Splendid food, I had the vegetarian option, but was tempted and also dipped into the chicken curry. Authentic and beautifully cooked and flavoured.

Damn Good Curry

Rating: 10

catmbri attended Damn Good Curry Supper club in June 2013, reviewed on 17 June 2013

The food was fantastic really delicious and lots of it. Had the veggie curry and the rice, breads and two sides were perfect and such generous portions. Lovely host too who explained all the dishes. Would definitely recommend.

Subtle Spicing- perfectly balanced!

Rating: 9

Asma attended Damn Good Curry Supper club in June 2013, reviewed on 17 June 2013

Was a delight to taste such well made Indian food! My favourite was the Wada and the Tomato Rasaam. The Wada was perfectly made....really crunchy on the outside and soft inside. The coconut chutney was delicious-not too spicy with a kick in the end. Was really brave of Nilanjani to serve Rotis for so many people....was delicious with the Tomato Rasaam! Definitely will go again to her Supperclub and would encourage others to book her future events...the dishes are authentic regional dishes- perfectly executed!