Chef Romy Gill has needed to work exhausting for her success.

She was born and introduced up in Burnpur, West Bengal, the place her father labored in a metal plant. She realized to cook dinner along with her mom and determined she wished to be a chef after her mom was identified with most cancers. Romy by no means formally studied culinary arts, and when she moved to the U.Okay. in her early 20s to go to college, she didn’t have helpful connections within the hospitality enterprise.

Romy married an Englishman and settled in a small city within the west of England, close to Bristol. She went on to open her personal restaurant, Romy’s Kitchen, in Thornbury. I went there as soon as: It was charming with excellent meals. But it surely has closed now. It’s by sheer drive of persona that Romy has made her approach onto the nationwide, and even worldwide, stage.

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Rooster with coconut curry (nariyal murgh), as cooked by chef Romy Gill.
Supply: Romy Gill

Her first cookbook, “Zaika: Vegan Recipes From India,” was well-received and he or she was already a daily visitor on cooking applications earlier than changing into one of many cooks on “Prepared Regular Cook dinner,” a BBC daytime recreation present.  She’s additionally a contributor to publications, together with the New York Instances and Nationwide Geographic, and was invited to cook dinner on the James Beard Basis in New York.

Alongside the best way, she has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE award, making her Member of the Most Glorious Order of the British Empire. She’s presently engaged on her subsequent cookbook, “The Himalayan Path, Kashmir to Leh.”

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Chef Romy Gill
Photographer: Ella Miller

I requested Romy for a newbie’s recipe for an Indian dish and he or she has equipped one for nariyal murgh, a rooster curry with coconut. There are only a few substances that you simply chuck right into a blender and that’s about it. It’s not a classy dish with layers of taste. However in case you are on the lookout for a easy Indian recipe that tastes nice, this may be just right for you.

I made it with solely 4 rooster thighs (as an alternative of the 9 specified within the recipe) as a result of even I’d wrestle to eat that a lot meat, and I do like an abundance of spicy gravy. Romy recommends cooking the rooster with the bone in, for taste. I purchased boneless meat as a result of I’m lazy. 


9 rooster thighs (peel the pores and skin off)

175 grams (6.2 ounces) of white onion peeled and diced into chunks

6 cloves of garlic

15g ginger peeled and diced

2 inexperienced chilies

2 teaspoons turmeric

2tsp floor coriander

1tsp salt

1tsp paprika

2tsp tomato puree

400 milliliters (13.5 ounces) coconut milk


In a blender mix all of the substances, besides the rooster, right into a wonderful paste.

Warmth a (fan) oven to 200 levels Celsius (392 Fahrenheit), gasoline mark 6 . That’s 220 Celsius in a daily oven.

Whereas the oven is getting scorching, combine the thighs and paste in a bowl.

Place in a casserole dish and cook dinner within the oven for 45 minutes.

Richard Vines is Chief Meals Critic at Bloomberg. Observe him on Twitter @richardvines and Instagram @richard.vines.

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