Menu for our next dinner: 25th November 2011

We are pleased to announce our next dinner will be held on Friday, 25th November 2011 at 7 pm, and the menu is very vegetarian-friendly although non-vegetarians won’t be let down!

To book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page, where you can pay by Paypal (you won’t need a Paypal account to do this, just your credit card information). If you would like to save the transaction fee and pay by direct account transfer, please contact me on fareena @ khanacommune.com (without the spaces).

Here is the menu so far (subject to slight changes depending on the availability of fresh ingredients at the time):

to start

piaju – onion and lentil fritters

aloor chop – potato parcels with veg or meat filling

coriander chutney

mains

chilli paneer with sweet peppers

traditional bengali tandoori chicken

broccoli bartha (mash) with a hint of mustard oil

mishti kumra – seasonal pumpkin stir-fry

pakistani tarka daal infused with green mango

pulao rice with caramelised shallots

to sweeten

mama’s handmade out-of-this-world gulab jamun

to drink

homemade lebur shorboth – lemonade

yemeni kisher, aeropresse coffee and a selection of teas

still and sparkling water

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Photos from 20th October 2011

Menu - 20th October 2011

The thing about supper clubs is – as we’re slowly learning, they attract a certain kind of guest. Almost invariably, he or she is sociable, adventurous and easy-going. If not, they wouldn’t be keen on dining in a stranger’s home surrounded by further more strangers.

For our inaugural khana commune London dinner on 20th October 2011, following a successful pilot, we were not disappointed. Each guest – there was a photographer, a game designer, a banker, a fashion expert, a charity worker amongst others – was as sweet as pie. It just makes all the effort so, so worth it.

Without Zina around, we were slightly panicky about how we’d do and there were moments when things got hairy in the kitchen and in the service. The jumbo prawns, frozen at source in Bangladesh, were still defrosting by the time starters were finishing. We forgot to provide napkins until a guest reminded us halfway through the mains. That kind of thing!

We kept calm (mostly) and the evening went pretty smoothly in the end.

On the menu were dishes very close to our hearts, but before that here’s a shot of our beautiful table setting, with a sneak peak at the sweet tamarind juice and lemon water.

Flowers - 20th October 2011

To start, we served a mozarella, grape tomato and homegrown basil canapé – not Bangladeshi but one of my favourite flavour combos.

Then, we had aloor chop – tender potato parcels stuffed with minced meat and then covered with panko breadcrumbs. This dish is delicate and quite a challenge to make. It’s so worth it because it was a hit with our guests.

Potato Kebab

The potato kebabs were served with a delicious Pakistani coriander chutney, which I learnt from my Liverpudlian aunt-in-law – she hails from Multan, Pakistan and is an exceptionally good cook.

Then we served a surprise item – chee cheong fun (rice noodle rolls), a popular breakfast dish from Singapore. We kept it simple and served with a little
sweet bean paste and chilli oil.

For the mains, we had bengali style jumbo prawns. When I say jumbo, I really mean it. These prawns can be as large as the palm of your hand – they are pricey and a pain to source but again, totally worth it.

The fiery Rajasthani lamb curry made by Abdul-Rehman, which was a clear favourite that evening.

begoon bhartha – bengali eggplant mash

The pomegranate salad was also a surprise menu addition. It’s originally Turkish – I learnt to make it at a restaurant on Stoke Newington Road, East London. It helps to sit facing the kitchen area, while the chef makes this dish fresh for about a dozen customers while you’re having your dinner. Needless to say, I happily memorised the ingredients/portions!

aamer achar – mango and garlic pickle
(which we clearly forgot to photograph)

pulao rice with caramelised shallots

Rice - 20th October 2011

To sweeten, we had chunky gooey-centred cookies, fresh out of the oven, served with a choice of organic milk, yemeni kisher, aeropresse coffee or herbal tea. This photo really does not do the cookies justice.

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Next dinner: 20th October 2011

**This dinner is now fully booked. We look forward to cooking up a storm for everyone coming. To keep up to date on last minute cancellations and future dates, please sign up to our mailing list (to the right). 

We are thrilled to say our next supper will be on Thursday, 20th October 2011 at 7.30 pm. To book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page, where you can pay by Paypal (you won’t need a Paypal account to do this, just your credit card information).

If you would like to save the transaction fee and pay by direct account transfer, please contact me on fareena @ khanacommune.com (without the spaces).

Here’s the provisional menu. If fresh ingredients for any of these dishes become unavailable, we will announce changes a few days before the dinner. If you need to inform us of any allergies, please email us at the address above.

to start

mozarella, grape tomato and homegrown basil canapé

aloor chop – tender potato kebabs stuffed with minced meat
served with coriander chutney

chee cheong fun (rice noodle rolls with
sweet bean paste and chilli oil)

mains

bengali style jumbo prawns

fiery rajasthani lamb curry

begoon bhartha – bengali eggplant mash

pomegranate salad

aamer achar – mango and garlic pickle

pulao rice with caramelised shallots

to sweeten

chunky gooey-centred cookies, fresh out of the oven
served with a shot of organic milk

drinks

sweet tamarind juice

still and sparkling water

coffee, yemeni kisher and tea

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Photos from 19th August 2011: khana commune debuts in London

khana commune, founded by my younger sister Zina Alam, has been taking food-crazy Singapore by storm since November 2010. It’s been so exciting watching the concept grow from a distance here in London – through her delectable blog, that when Zina suggested we throw a dinner in London during her holiday here, we were immediately intrigued.

When better to take a stab at pulling off something radical, than when the expert herself (Zina had thrown 20 supper club dinners in Singapore by then) is in town?

We had a bit of an uphill task – we have an active 7 month old baby, a comparatively smaller living space and no domestic help… but, we’re big foodies and we love having people over so that’s got to count for something.

Our friends Affan and Unaiza took baby out for the day, while we rearranged the living room to make space for the largest setting on our lovely Mascotte table. We pulled our IKEA chairs out of storage, borrowed two antique ones from our next door neighbour, another four from our friend Layla and here’s the final result:

Finally satisfied that we could accommodate 10 people for a sit-down dinner, it was time to start cooking supper.

One of our guests Sam Cho took some exceptional photographs that evening and these are featured below. Sam later also wrote a review. You can see it all here. Thanks Sam!

On the menu:

king prawn & french bean bartha (mash) in delicate crustades

garlic & herb lamb chop with a summer raspberry & chipotle sauce and beetroot salad

For the mains:

mama’s chicken curry


oven baked whole chilli mackerel

tarka dahl with caramelised onion and coriander

spicy mango salad with a hint of mustard oil

okra stir-fry

creamy home-made pistachio kulfi with an almond thin

a non-dairy alternative dessert for one of our guests

Yemeni coffee brewed from coffee husks, not beans

My other half, Abdul-Rehman, is a coffee aficianado and he treated our guests to a batch of some rare Yemeni coffee (kisher/gisher) – brewed from coffee husks, not beans. A clean, refreshing beverage – more like tea, than coffee, that ended the evening perfectly.

For those so inclined, there was freshly-ground aeropresse coffee too.

Coffee demo

The group was a lively bunch who seemed to hit it off from the get go – there was a solicitor, a management consultant, an artist, a journalist, a surgeon, a photographer and a charity worker to name a few. All wonderful guests who reminded me (after months of keeping a low profile, enjoying our baby) how much I truly love meeting new people over some home cooked food. Thanks all, for making the first khana commune in London so fab.

Khana Commune London - 19th August

D and S are missing from the photo above as we forgot to take a snapshot before they left.


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Menu for 19th August 2011

to start

king prawn & french bean bartha (mash) in delicate crustades

garlic & herb lamb chop with a summer raspberry & chipotle sauce and beetroot salad

For the mains:

mama’s chicken curry

oven baked whole chilli mackerel

tarka dahl with caramelised onion and coriander

spicy mango salad with a hint of mustard oil

okra stir-fry

pulao rice

to sweeten

creamy pistachio kulfi with an almond thin

Yemeni coffee brewed from coffee husks, not beans

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