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When Asma Khan moved to the UK in 1991, as the good wife of a Cambridge scholar, she could not even boil an egg. She spent her first two years in the country eating salad and her husband’s chicken curry. In her own words “life was not worth living.” In 1993 Asma travelled back to India to spend time in her ancestral kitchens, and over the course of a few months mastered recipes that have been in her family for four generations. The food comes straight out of the Nawabi/Mughal school of cuisine which is part of her heritage. Since that day, Asma decided to turn her new skill into a life of working 24/7, swapping her brocade kurtas for kitchen whites.


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Experiences

Supperclub Summit

by Darjeeling Express

Asma Said Khan has had these recipes in her family for generations. The food comes straight out of the Nawabi/Mughal school of cuisine, but with her own modern twist. Now she's taking these dishes... Read more

Supperheroes

by Darjeeling Express

An evening of Bollywood music and authentic flavours of Indian street food for a really good cause. Come dressed as the dance diva of the 70s Helen or King Khan Shahrukh Khan! And if dressing up is... Read more

Sunday Feasts

by Darjeeling Express

About Darjeeling Express:
After finishing her doctorate in Law, Asma decided to follow her heart and her mother's footsteps and start a food business. She cooks with recipes which have been in her... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

November marks the beginning of winter in India, and this evening is dedicated to the frosty mornings in Darjeeling’s tea estates and romantic sunsets over Calcutta’s Howrah Bridge. Alongside some of... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

The first Darjeeling Express supper club of the year will be on 26th January 2013 – India’s Republic Day. We are feeling patriotic and so this feast will showcase some of our favourite dishes... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

India was introduced to this cuisine by the Hakka community that moved to Kolkata over a century ago. Tangra was the local Chinatown... a densely inhabited area near the airport filled with tiny... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

Come and join us on a journey of discovery. Savour the healing and warming spices from India. Panch poran from Bengal (the five seed mixture of nigella, fennel, black mustard seed, fenugreek and... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

A diverse variety of street food can be savoured along the little lanes that go off Chowringhee in Calcutta. The chaat-wallah next to Lighthouse Cinema, Kabab and paratha shops, puchka wallah stands,... Read more

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From Persian nobility to the British military, the food heritage of Calcutta is a confluence of myriad food cultures and flavours. Embark on an incredible edible journey with Darjeeling Express in... Read more

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Finally Summer has arrived.....so have the mangoes! Come and celebrate the arrival of the best Indian fruit (ok its my favourite fruit!)...and an interesting mix of Indian regional dishes.


WELCOME... Read more

by Darjeeling Express


Find Your Feet is a small international development organisation based in London, who enable poor rural families in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Nepal and northern India to grow enough food so they don’t have... Read more

Supperheroes

by Darjeeling Express

The Sari does not need a long explanation as most people know it is the traditional 6 yards of fabric worn by women in India- here is your chance to WEAR one if you have not worn one before! We will... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

There is no competition in this supperclub between rice and bread. There is no rice...we just have different kinds of Indian breads in this dinner! Chappatis, Rogni Roti, Lachedar Paratha, Black... Read more

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It finally feels like Summer....so this is the Supperclub to celebrate blue skies and abundance of Indian mangoes in London! For a change I have some Hyderabadi and Bihari dishes in this menu- apart... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

Marking the end of the month of Ramadan, where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset- the Eid feast is a meal where every family cooks dishes which are traditionally associated with this festival. The... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

The arrival of the first Chinese emigrant to Calcutta was recorded in 1778...a Mr Yang Tai Chow who set up a sugar factory near Calcutta (the Bengali word for sugar is "chinni"...which also means... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

The cities of Hyderabad and Calcutta are separated by 736 miles- for one night
you can enjoy the cuisine of both these cities in a special Darjeeling Express
Supperclub. I was fortunate to live in... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

_Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai_, which in Hindi means, "Indians and Chinese are
brothers"\- was a slogan used in the 1950s to describe Indo-Chinese relations-
without getting into the politics of how much... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

On a recent visit to India- I attended a wedding dinner of a stranger (as one
does in India!)- my uncle took me along (he was invited!) and thought it would
be nice for me to enjoy a wedding feast. I... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

This is the final supperclub for this year- the theme is the perfect match- no
I am not starting a side business of a marriage bureau! I am matchmaking with
food- serving the classic traditional... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

The first Darjeeling Express Supperclub of the year starts on a very exciting
note-we have Tilda Grand Basmati Rice as our partner for our supperclubs in
2014. The signature Darjeeling Express... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

Indo-Chinese food is very popular in India. As a child, going out for a meal
in Calcutta was almost inevitably a meal at a Chinese restaurant. Almost all
the restaurants in Calcutta were run by... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

Come and join us on a journey of discovery. Savour the healing and warming
spices from India. Panch poran from Bengal (the five seed mixture of nigella,
fennel, black mustard seed, fenugreek and... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

India was introduced to this cuisine by the Hakka community that moved to
Kolkata in the 18th century. Over the years the Indian Hakka adapted their
traditional recipes to the local palate and today... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

Jugalbandhi जुगलबंधी is a collaboration between two Indian musicians of
different musical traditions. In the performance, both artists play a solo
piece on different instruments often with very... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

For one afternoon only, Darjeeling Express takes over the private dining room
at Cinnamon Club for a very special "daawat" (feast). Indulge in a banquet of
royal recipes from the palaces of... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

For one afternoon only, Darjeeling Express takes over the private dining room
at Cinnamon Club for a very special "daawat" (feast). Indulge in a banquet of
royal recipes from the palaces of... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

The diversity of Indian food is staggering-when it comes to vegetarian food
the regional differences are even greater. The recent and in my opinion the
unfortunate growth of cold storage facilities... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

We are celebrating four years of hosting supperclubs at Darjeeling Express!
Our debut supperclub was in August 2012 during the London Olympics. I have
decided to cook 12 of my favourite dishes from... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

The cities of Hyderabad and Calcutta are separated by 736 miles- for one night
you can enjoy the cuisine of both these cities in a special Darjeeling Express
Supperclub. I have lived in both cities... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

The traditional Calcutta style Dum Biryani is my most treasured recipe, the
recipe has been handed down to me by family cooks who cooked at all our family
weddings. The Biryani has always been the... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

Darjeeling Express and friends invite you to celebrate Diwali on the 7th of
November at the Green Rooms Hotel with an event in a new format. This will be
a social gathering with food counters and... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

Darjeeling Express and friends invite you to celebrate Diwali on the 7th of
November at the Green Rooms Hotel with an event in a new format. This will be
a social gathering with food counters and... Read more

by Darjeeling Express

We are hosting our final supperclub event for this year on the 21st of
November to raise money for Find Your Feet- a British charity that works to
support and empower deprived women in rural India.... Read more

Contact

Website: www.darjeeling-express.com

Email: darjeelingexpress@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook: Facebook page

Twitter: @AsmaKhanCooks

Reviews

FeedTheTang: From Kowloon To Kolkata

03 Apr 13 by FeedTheTang

Review

Rating: 10

Krishma attended Biryani Supperclub in October 2016, reviewed on 13 October 2016

One of the best experiences of Indian food outside of the subcontinent and great exposure to different regional food, that I have not had before, aside of the puchkas, which transported me back to a street stall in the bustling streets of Kolkata. Every dish was flawless and seasoned to perfection. Dietary requirements were met to an exceptionally high standard and you didn't miss out. The day after and I'm still dreaming about khoobani ka meetha dessert. Asma was a wonderful host and talked about the food with such passion that you could taste the love in her food. The atmosphere was perfect in an intimate setting with the right amount of diners, you could converse with everyone at your table and see their reactions to the food. If you don't try the offerings of the Darjeeling Express you are really missing out. Honestly, ditch that reservation and await the next supperclub.

Darjeeling Express responded on 14 October 2016:

Thank You! I am so glad you enjoyed the dinner and I look forward to feeding you again!

Perfect start to my birthday week.

Rating: 2

bibiroy attended Tale of Two Cities- Hyderabad & Calcutta in September 2016, reviewed on 11 October 2016

Darjeeling Express Supperclub.
Venue - Bird of Smithfield, Farringdon.

A wonderful evening of Hyderabadi and Bengali cuisine by the incredible Asma Khan and her superb team.

I don't have a birthday, I have a birthday week! Trying to catch up with family and friends on the same day has always proved impossible, so many years ago I decided, rather than get stressed about it I would jolly well enjoy myself.

My darling mother treated me to one of Asma's delightful evenings at her new supperclub venue, Bird of Smithfield. The room on the first floor provided the perfect setting for an intimate dinner. I say dinner but it was more like a banquet. Every dish was exceptional.

I thought I would miss her famous biryani but the Khosa Mangsho and Malai Prawns more than made up for it. My mother the harshest of critics, found herself nodding and smiling the whole evening, watching me suck the sweet marrow from the bones and at one point Asma jokingly began to feed me spoonfuls, whilst packing the prawns and paratha in boxes so I could have a midnight feast! Believe me I was not the only one she did this for. Her reputation precedes her. The company including my food guru Andy Hayler was perfect. All of us likeminded people, enjoying the authentic cuisine of Hyderabad and Kolkata.

Asma showered us with her unique generosity and hospitality. It is easy to see why this beautiful lady has been so successful. She cooks from the heart for people who love her.

Thank you Asma for a wonderful evening.

Darjeeling Express responded on 14 October 2016:

THANK YOU! It was an honour feeding you and your mom!

Superb

Rating: 10

rassa attended Biryani Supperclub in October 2016, reviewed on 2 October 2016

Asma surpasses herself effortlessly. Each time I have the privilege to eat her food, I discover new flavours and aromas. Her food is DIVINE!

Darjeeling Express responded on 14 October 2016:

Thank you!

A lovely evening of great food and good company

Rating: 10

DianaMorganSocialMediaMarketing attended Mughlai Dawaat in January 2014, reviewed on 14 January 2014

I met Asma some time ago at one of Sabrina Ghayour's events and have wanted to come to one of her supper clubs ever since. Keith and I were made very welcome, and seated at a table for 6 where we enjoyed some fun and interesting conversation. The food was both abundant and delicious. There were some very unusual starters of which I especially enjoyed the very crisp lamb Keema ka Samosa and the Dahi Puchka Chaat (pani puri shells, stuffed with potatoes, black chickpeas layered with yogurt and tamarind chutney). Murgh Tengri Kebab (chicken drumstick kebabs marinated overnight in lemon and spices) was delicious. These left us "too full" for the main event, the mutton biriani - although of course we managed to eat a great deal of it!

Darjeeling Express responded on 23 January 2014:

Thank you Diana for writing such a lovely review! I am so glad you came and enjoyed my cooking!

Evening of Delights

Rating: 10

Foodiexplorer attended Sari and Lungi- Indian fancy dress Supperclub in October 2013, reviewed on 19 October 2013

Supperheroes

Huge thank you to Darjeeling Express for a wonderful evening! Upon arriving, we were very warmly welcomed and provided with Saris to dress up, which really added to the magical atmosphere. What followed was none less than a feast of delights, every single one of the 13 dishes served were delicious and melted in our mouths. Oooohs and Aaahs all around our beautiful table. Finished with the most delicious darjeeling tea. That the host prepared such a fantastic evening for us with all profits going to Action against Hunger was a great gesture of generosity and moved us all. I'd give this event 20 out of 10. Thank you!

Darjeeling Express responded on 19 October 2013:

Thank you for your wonderful review!! I am so glad you and your friends enjoyed the evening! Asma

What a wonder

Rating: 10

alessandraspera attended Sari and Lungi- Indian fancy dress Supperclub in October 2013, reviewed on 19 October 2013

Supperheroes

A faboulous evening, amazing food and atmosphere! This was easily the best Indian food I ever had outiside India.
Thank you ever so much to the hostess. I'll definetely come again and strongly recommend it to anyone who loves good food. An experience not gto be missed!

Darjeeling Express responded on 19 October 2013:

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Very glad it was an enjoyable evening! I look forward to feeding you again in the near future! Asma

Review

Rating: 10

richard w attended Eid Supperclub in September 2013, reviewed on 10 September 2013

This was my first supperclub and an amazing experience. The hosts were great and the food was even better. They had no problem catering for me being a pescatarian. I look forward to going again. Thanks Asma.

Fantastic night, amazing food, great hostess

Rating: 10

Regan attended Curry for Change Supperclub in June 2013, reviewed on 17 June 2013

Thanks for a brilliant night. The food was incredible and you made us feel very welcome and comfortable in your home.

Exceeded my expectation and the tastebuds were set alive for sure

Rating: 10

Coco attended Darjeeling Express Calcutta pop-up lunch at The Cinnamon Club in April 2013, reviewed on 30 April 2013

I knew the food and the event would be great, but had not idea it would this amazing. Each dish has such complex and depth in flavours, there was fish, lamb, chicken, vegetables, my tastebuds were set alive and for sure dancing.
The people I met were people who have tasted Asthma's food before, and it is clear why they return again and again because it is some of the best Kolkata for I have tasted. The other guest were lovely, each person was here simply to enjoy great food. I made many new friends and hope to see them again soon at a future Supperclub. Both Iqbal and Vivek hosted and supported Asma and her tea so well, it was a joy to experience such a lovely evening, its shame I had to mad rush after the heavenly dessert to host my now private party. Asma well done you are so gracious and inshallah I hoe we get a chance to combine our love and passion for cooking and create a really special menu. Meanwhile well done you truly have a talent and love to make people feel welcome and happy with your food.
Suban'allah
With love
Saima from The Hampstead Kitchen

Amazing and flawless

Rating: 10

michaelbragalondon@hotmail.com attended Darjeeling Express Calcutta pop-up lunch at The Cinnamon Club in April 2013, reviewed on 28 April 2013

The Cinnamon club pop up was Asma's first we heard but if I hadn't known the fact would have thought it was her forte Every thing was flawlessly executed and then there was teh food..Standouts for me included the fish cake canapes, the saffron scented chicken chop, the heavenly moist momos, and the piece de resistance Calcutta Biryani followed by steamed set Calcutta sweet yoghurt. We were enchanted by the Lalani and Co's exquisite fine tea tastings and educated on aged Himalayan rice used in the biryani (Green Saffron a business that stretches from Haryana in India to Co Cork Ireland)..To top it all off there was a goody bag with lovely tamarind chutney and a chilli cookie from Duke of Delhi to take to home-flawless and delightful

If you havent been to one of Asmas experiences do go to the next darjeeling express do Not only will you be fed with love, warmth and a huge level of generosity you will be inspired to meet foodies who care about food, the world at large and best of all are a relaxed happy, welcoming and friendly bunch!