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DATE: Sunday, Oct 2

TIME: 12:30 to 3:30 pm

PLACE: New Delhi Restaurant

The Numi Foundation helps provide clean drinking water to the farming communities that grow their tea and also offer experiential gardening, arts and social studies curricula to low-income K-8 public schools. So you can help someone get clean water in India, fill your own cup with delicious tea and help local kids all at one champagne brunch. Not bad for a Sunday!

The event will also feature a special Assamese buffet!
Kumro Bhajji - Pumpkin fritters with black cumin
Narikel Dal - Lentils with cumin and coconut
Papaer Khar - Green papaya prepared with mild spices
Bhindi Sorsori - Okra prepared Assamese style
Koni Alu Pitika - Mashed potatoes and eggs seasoned with mustard oil, cilantro and chopped onions
Steamed rice
Kachumber salad with cherry tomatoes

Payas - Rice pudding with golden raisins
Hurmur Gur - A traditional Assamese dessert with puffed rice, full cream and sweet liquid jaggery
Chai - Spiced milk tea with Numi Assamese black tea leaves

For more information or to RSPV, contact Darian at

May 6 Wine Maker’s Dinner

Rancho Sisquoc & New Delhi Restaurant


Join us for a one of a kind Wine Dinner Adventure. Your taste buds will be taken on an incredible journey from the sumptuous wines of Rancho Sisquoc Winery, to the exotic flavors of New Delhi Restaurant. Your hosts will be Winemaker Sarah Mullins and Chef Ranjan Dey. A beautiful original painting by renowned artist, Uma Shankar of Jaipur, India will be the showcase of the evening. As you delight your palate while wining and dining, let your eyes feast on the work of art that depicts glimpses of the poems from the Madhushaalaa Collection - The House Of Wine. Sarah Mullins’ enthusiasm for making world class wines will dazzle the evening while Chef Ranjan Dey dances around the dining room, sharing the exciting stories behind each and every dish on your table.

$125 per person
inclusive of 8.75% tax and 18% service charge


There will be a poetry reading about the original painting featured in the evening’s silent action. All proceeds from the auction will benefit 300 children across the street at San Francisco’s Tenderloin After School Program and 300 children across the ocean at the Gandhi Ashram with Manav Sadhna, India. Our mission with our ongoing support and programs is to help these children connect with each other and become global citizens like you and me. To learn more, please speak with Chef Ranjan Dey or visit


Mazadaar Shuruaat (Beginnings)
Cauliflower Kosambari
South Indian salad with cauliflower, pineapple, grated coconut and more
2014 Sylvaner – Santa Barbara – Rancho Sisquoc Winery

Mukhya Bhojon (Mains)
Fragrant cabbage and black garbonzo flavored with Kalonji and cilantro and steamed Poha style pressed rice
2014 Chardonnay – Santa Barbara – Rancho Sisquoc Winery

Kerelan Pepper Chicken
Creamy coconut chicken in onion gravy with black pepper, curry leaves and whole mustard served with basmati rice and nan bread
2013 Merlot – Santa Barbara – Rancho Sisquoc Winery

Mithai Aur Chai (Dessert & Tea)
Mango rice pudding with milk dumplings
Masala Chai
2014 River Red – Santa Barbara – Rancho Sisquoc Winery

New Delhi Restaurant     -     160 Ellis Street - San Francisco, CA 94102
Friday, May 6th, 2016 - Door Opens 6:30pm - Dinner Seating 7:00pm

*All purchases of tickets are final. There are no refunds or cancellations.

Purchase Your Ticket Here

Get in touch with your senses and learn to eat the Indian way! (Hint: it involves bread and rice.)

This casual social training workshop will be led by long-time San Francisco chef Ranjan Dey - star of the documentary series My India with Ranjan Dey. ( The event will be both a class and networking opportunity in enjoying Indian food the way it has been done in India for over 5000 years. There will also be information about the diverse dining styles found in the different regions of India.

Ranjan is famous for always being ready for a party. This will be a wonderful social gathering where you will be able to meet and network with other Bay Area foodies.

Ticket price includes food tasting and a glass of wine. 10% of all sales will be donated to Compassionate Chefs Cafe. (

No refunds, please.

When: Friday, April 8, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)
Where: New Delhi Restaurant - 160 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Reserve your tickets here: How To Eat Indian Style

Another Successful Fun! Raiser

The Compassionate Chefs Cafe Fund raiser was a great success. Together we raised almost $7000! Your support will help the kids of Compassionate Chefs Cafe become global citizens. For more pictures, visit us at Facebook.

The Cooking Twins complete their masterpiece.

The Cooking Twins complete their masterpiece.


Head of Raffle Ticket Sales: Gabe.


A happy door prize winner.


Happy people enjoying dinner.


The staff of Compassionate Chefs - who make it all possible.

Happenings for December

Compassionate Chefs Cafe hosted another great party!

A more intimate group of people gathered at the Compassionate Chefs Cafe on December 8 for food,
drinks, henna and dancing. $4555 was raised, and we would like to ask your help in reaching our goal of $6000.
This year is especially important, since the home of the Tenderloin After School Program suffered a fire. The program has re-located to another spot and is working on rebuilding. They hope to be in their permenent home in about a year. As always, 100% of the funds raised are split evenly between TASP and the Ghandi Ashram of Ahmedabad, with nothing held back for expenses. Look for our next event in May 2014!
Compassionate Chefs Cafe.

New Year’s Eve with New Delhi Restaurant

Do you have plans for ringing in 2014? New Delhi Restaurant will be hosting their usual sparkly Indian event.
Make your reservations now for a night of wonderful food and atmosphere. Reservations can be made here. Don’t wait, do it now.
Link to the Menu(pdf) and pricing here.
In addition, New Delhi Restaurant will be providing the appetizers at a Bollywood New Year’s Eve party at the Minna Gallery with BombayLove. Tickets and event details are available here.

Vintage Glam Bollywood Style Party

Save the date: February 7th, 2014. For details email Ranjan

New Delhi Restaurant Introduces the Mindfully Eating Workshops

January marks the start of the wellness and intent season

On Friday, January 17th, The New Delhi Restaurant will hold its first “Mindfully Eating” workshop. After two years of planning, this workshop series will launch with guide Vinita Jacinto conducting the workshops for groups of ten. The focus of each workshop is for the participants to learn to savor each moment of their eating experiences and Be Transformed!

“Eating is something we do every day,” say’s Ranjan Dey, “but with the frantic pace of modern life, we have forgotten how to experience the finer details of each dish or morsel. Enjoying a meal should be almost like taking a mini-vacation. It should rest you, relax you, and spiritually enrich you.”!
What Else Is Going On?
Much more info and witty rejoinders can be found at our Facebook page. Like us and good things will come your way.
New Delhi Restaurant on Facebook

Membership has its privileges: Maharaja Club members receive 20% off their meals in addition to other benefits. Ask how you can join.

Indian Wedding Catering Trends 2014

Chef Ranjan was the keynote speaker at the Silicon Valley NACE meeting. The focus was 2014 Indian Wedding Trends and was held at the beautiful Villa Montalvo at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA.

There was lots of blues, purples, golds and magentas; along with bhranga dancers, amazing table displays, great food and beautiful saris on lovely models. The 2014 Indian wedding season will be stunning!

You can see more pics and read two other reviews of the evening at Divine Affair and at Indian Weddings

Bollywood Dance Party! Dec 8.

Bollywood Dance Party!

This project is to complete the full circle of the Ekatva journey.
Our goal is to take 16 kids and five chaperons from TASP to visit the kids of Ekatva at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India in 2015- 2016. Compassionate Chefs Cafe has already raised $20,000 towards this project. Our goal is to raise $60,000 this year. With your support and generous donation we will reach much closer to the goal.
We are in constant touch with Nimo from Ekatva to help create an organic process to this journey.
The main idea is to create a greater good objective of the spirit of Global citizenship through a dance-drama program. This will start locally first and grow into a city and state wide effort culminating into a trip to visit our brothers and sisters across the ocean in Gandhi Ashram.
The essence of this project is following the foot steps of Ekatva with guidance from Nimo through Laura, the Program Director of Tenderloin After School Program. ~ Ranjan Dey

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 6:00 to 9:00 pm
New Delhi Restaurant and Bar
160 Ellis St, San Francisco
Phone: 415.397.8470

This event is our gift to you. We are hoping this will influence you to help uplift the lives of less
fortunate children both at the Tenderloin After School Program and at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India.

Pay as much as you like: [ ] $50, [ ] $100, [ ] $250, [ ] $500, suggested minimum donation is $50 per person.
Parking at Nikko for $15, located on the corner of Ellis and Mason, compliments of
Orhan Kaplankiran and

Buff Your Karma

New Delhi Restaurant is celebrating by transforming into the Compassionate Chefs Cafe. Our goal has always been to help kids become citizens of the world - by connecting kids across the street in the Tenderloin of San Francisco with kids across the ocean at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. Please join us in this celebration to help us help the children become global citizens.
To RSVP: email Ranjan.

How To Donate

This is a Pay-it-Forward event and we only ask that you donate what you feel moved to give. Suggested
donations are $50 per person. All funds are split evenly between the Tenderloin After School Program and the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. Compassionate Chefs Cafe keeps back nothing for operating expenses;
all goods and services are donated.
Your donation is fully tax deductible. (Non-Profit Tax ID 94-3136771)

Feast Your Eyes & Ears

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Electric Vardo Live featuring DJ AMAR with dance performances by DholRhythms. Also sharing their talents for the evening are henna artists from Henna Gardens and beauty queens from the Miss Asian America Pageant. Event photography will be provided by Anita Mokashi.

DJ Amar


Miss Asian America Pagent

Henna Gardens

Feast Your Tastebuds

Gourmet food and fabulous libations! Enjoy Chef Ranjan’s non-stop ten course gourmet Indian buffet, featuring delicacies and delights, desserts and drinks. On the table you will discover bari pakoras, mini samosas, Hariyali Tikka, Seekh Keebab, Murg Akbari, Gulab Jamun along with lots of other delicious goodies.

Bring an appetite, leave happy.

Who You’ll Help

The kids head to New Delhi Restaurant for lunch and lots of dancing during their 2012 visit.

Compassionate Chefs has a long tradition of helping kids both across the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco and across the ocean in the Gandhi Ashram of Ahmedabad. In 2012, we achieved one of our long-term goals of helping less fortunate kids become citizens of the world by bringing kids from India to the United States.

Sixteen children from the slums of Ahmedabad got to tour America, perform before thousands of people and meet kids from the Tenderloin After School Program right here in San Francisco. This was a goal Compassionate Chefs had set from the very beginning and we were thrilled to reach it with your help.

This year’s project is to send kids from San Francisco to Ahmedabad. We have a date of 2015-16 as our goal and the fundraising begins right now. As always, 100% of money raised goes to the kids, with nothing held back for expenses and all donations are tax deductible. We are grateful for your continuing support.

More dancing and proof that hiphop is the universal language of kids.

Across The Street

The Tenderloin After School Program was created to give the kids of the Tenderloin a safe place to be after school while their parents worked. They provide snacks, homework help, activities and other support to over 200 children.

TASP is proud of their first class of “graduates” – kids who have been in the program and are now entering college - some are the first in their families to attend. To learn more about the Tenderloin After School Program, visit their website: Tenderloin After School Program

Across The Ocean
About 1 out of every 6 human beings on this planet lives in a third world slum. Slum life has many challenges including heavy population density, poor infrastructure, low income, illiteracy, scarcity of food, and a diverse array of health and sanitation issues, amongst the many others.

The EKATVA children are ambassadors of the potential and spirit of those 1 billion human beings around the globe who must constantly struggle to overcome difficulties and challenges that arise from their lack of resources. But yet there is hope.

Through this journey we hope to spread seeds of goodness and compassion throughout the world and inspire our global citizens to serve and care for those in need.
More about Compassionate Chefs Cafe here.

July Updates and News

Updates and News from New Delhi Restaurant

Ranjan, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and Dr. Konrad Ng

There is still room to join Ranjan in India

The Curry Trails trip has five seats left. Now is a great time to reserve your spot on this once-in-a-lifetime nine day Culinary Cultural Adventure with Chefs Ranjan, Vinita and Anagha. We will be visiting India’s Golden Triangle, including the cities of Delhi, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur. Visit for more details and to reserve your space.

President Obama’s sister, Maya came for lunch
The Smithsonian Institue is launching its new Indian American Heritage Project and they kicked things off June 29th at New Delhi Restaurant. For the first time in the Smithsonian’s history, they will be featuring Indian Americans and their contribution to America. Two of the featured speakers for the event were Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and her husband - director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center - Dr. Konrad Ng. We were delighted to host this signficant event and Ranjan is equally delighted to be a contributer to the Center’s website.

What Else We’ve Been Doing…
New Delhi Restaurant has been all over the place. We catered an Indian wedding at Trentadue Winery in the beautiful Alexander Valley. We led some very game people at Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale through A Spicy Affair (not that kind). Finally, we teamed up with Dhol Rhythms for a very rocking Sangeet party (video). Follow Ranjan Dey on Facebook for even more color and flavor.

Ranjan is going to India! And you can too!

Photo by Sharon Vaknin

Ranjan Dey, the outgoing chef-owner of the 26-year-old New Delhi Restaurant in San Francisco and host of the My India special on PBS, is leading Curry Trails, a nine-day exploration of India from September 14-22. The itinerary includes travel to and extensive food research (aka eating and learning to cook) in five Northern India cities: Delhi, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Agra and Jaipur. There is room for about 24 people, and spaces are filling up so fast they’re already at least half gone. Inclusive rates start at $3995.

By Tamara Palmer

Photo by Sharon Vaknin

Join us at the Spices Of India Dinner!

Join us at the Spices Of India Dinner!
March 16th at New Delhi Restaurant

Chef Ranjan Dey tells stories and teaches lessons about Indian culture and history through spices. Learn the flavor profiles of India’s different regions, take home secrets about the “wet and dry trinity” that make up New Delhi’s award-winning curry, and taste how savory sustainability can really be by tasting an Indian-style dish made with mushrooms grown from Chilipepper Dining’s very own Back to the Roots kit!

Spices Of India Dinner
Saturday, March 16
Check-In: 5:00pm
Discussion & Dinner: 5:30pm
New Delhi Restaurant
160 Ellis Street
San Francisco

Regular: $80 all-inclusive
Early Bird: $70 all-inclusive
Early Bird for Le Soleil event diners. RSVP by 2/21.
Click here to make your reservation Spices Of India Menu
Vegetarian and vegan options available upon request.

Mini Samosa
Turnovers filled with lightly spiced potatoes served with mint and tamarind chutney

Onion Bhaji
Lightly spiced onion rings

Murg Akbari
Chicken with cashews, raisins and grated paneer simmered in a special house creamy sauce

Goan Coconut Fish Curry
Peppered Chicken Curry
Sauteed chicken, black pepper, cilantro, and cauliflower in curry sauce

Organic Back to the Roots Mushroom with Panch Phoran (Bengali Five Spice)

Paneer Makhani
Homemade paneer cooked in tomato cream sauce and seasoned with fenugreek leaves

Yellow Dal Tarka
Yellow lentils seasoned with garlic

Peas Pullao
Saffron-flavored basmati rice with green peas

Tandoori Roti and Garlic Naan

Aam Kheer
Homestyle Indian rice pudding with Alfonso mango float


Lemon-lime vodka concoction with rose water, pomegranate syrup and a dash of champagne

Corte Riva Vineyards paired wines

Mango Lassi
A refreshing drink with homemade yogurt and Indian Alfanso mango pulp

About Chilipepper Dining
Last year, Chilipepper Dining was formed as a way to bring people together over unique meals tailored by and enjoyed with local chefs. Our goal was to provide our guests with exclusive culinary experiences that they couldn’t have without Chilipepper Dining as their guide. Through these events - where you met chefs, food producers, and other culinary experts - we accomplished our mission of connecting diners more closely with their food and the process of getting that food onto their plates.

This year, we return with a renewed focus on strengthening that connection through exceptional experiences built around “Locally Sourced, Globally Inspired Dining.” To that end, we are proudly partnering with Back to the Roots, an organization that started in 2009 as a 100% sustainable urban mushroom farm, and has since transformed into a unique company focused on bringing sustainable grow-at-home products into households across the country! Their vision is to serve as a standard bearer of innovation and responsibility in our community in order to inspire others to work towards a more sustainable future. With well over 20,000 Facebook fans, it is clear that BTTR has been and continues to be successful in galvanizing communities into living more sustainably, and we hope that you, like us, will become one of the many inspired by this great organization.

Meet Back to the Roots’ Chef Jared, and learn more about the company at our first 2013 event, “Spices of India” at New Delhi Restaurant. The event is hosted by chef, owner and star of the documentary program My India, Ranjan Dey. Reserve your seat today!

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