Happy New Year from New Delhi Restaurant, Cheb i Sabbah & DJ Amar!

Champagne ToastYou are invited to join us on New Year’s Eve for a night of Global Beats with Cheb i Sabbah, DJ Amar & guests. We are extending an offer of limited $25 advance tix which include a free drink. Ticket price is $30 at the door. We’re expecting a large turnout and recommend buying in advance.

The night will feature full-length DJ sets by Cheb i Sabbah & DJ Amar as well as performances by Electric Vardo resident dancers.

When: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 10:30 PM to 2:00 AM
Where: New Delhi Restaurant
160 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA

Please read more by clicking on the link which will take you to the ticketing page.
We hope to see you there. Click here for details and tickets!


Thank you for making our 20th Anniversary Celebration such success!

We raised over $9,000 and still counting. On that note, please send us your check if you were not able to join us, but still wanted to make a contribution.

Please make check payable to: 

Compassionate Chefs Cafe
and mail it to:
New Delhi Restaurant
160 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 

Many many thanks to all of you who came and to all our sponsors who made the event a grand success.
We had over 300 friends and family join us!

20 years ago
(L to R) Art Agnos, Sarah Dey, Commissioner Darshan Singh and Ranjan Dey at the New Delhi Restaurant Grand Opening, November 1988
This is now
Former Mayor Art Agnos, Sarah and Kaitlin Dey, Commisoner Darshan Singh, Ranjan and Kodi Dey, November 16, 2008

We would like to offer a special thank you to Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos. Mayor Agnos presided over the offical New Delhi Restaurant ribbon cutting 20 years ago and it was an honor and a pleasure to have him back for our anniversary party. He was joined by another special guest: Commisioner Darshan Sing, who also helped open our doors twenty years ago.

Performances by Dhol Rhythyms and Boom Boom Bollywood entranced the crowd.

Many thanks to Kodi, Latha, Sarah and Kaitlin Dey for organzing all the donations and the raffle; Renda from Henna Garden for her support with the henna artists; Amar for putting together the program with so many dancers and music that kept us jumping all evening long; Boom Boom Bollywood, Verona, Christine and Monica and the always popular crew from Dhol Rhythyms.

Jose Chuc donated his photographic talents and captured many amazing moments from this celebration. And a big thank you to each and every staff member of New Delhi Restaurant for volunteering their time to this event.

And the biggest Thank You of all to you – our friends, family and contributors!

We will be updating the Compassionate Chefs.org website with photos of the event in the coming week. Also, please visit our Flickr page for even more photos. Please visit soon. Thanks again to everyone who contributed their time, efforts and money.


Ranjan’s Non-Stop Gourmet Buffet was popular all evening long.
Henna artist
The henna artists did a booming business.

20th Anniversary Party! Nov. 16th


New Delhi Restaurant 20th Anniversary!


New Delhi Restaurant Invites You To our 20th Anniversary Celebration! Sunday Nov. 16th, 2008 from 5pm to midnight. 160 Ellis St, between Mason and Powell. Honorable former Mayor Art Agnos cut the  ribbon at our first Grand Opening in 1988. We are very happy to have him presiding over our anniversary festivities.

To RSVP, click here
 Sunday, November 16, 2008 – 5:00 pm to midnight
 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 New Delhi, India.

Pay as much as you like, suggested donation is $40 per person.

For validated parking park at APM Parking, 261 Ellis Street, located between Mason and Taylor.

Buff Your Karma

New Delhi Restaurant is celebrating its 20 year anniversary 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 New Delhi, India. Please join us in this celebration to help us help the kids become global citizens.
How can you help? Find Out More –>

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 $40 per person. All funds are split evenly between the Tenderloin Afterschool Program and the Gandhi Ashram in New Delhi. 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)
How can you help? Find Out More –>

Feast Your Eyes and Ears

Electric Vardo Live

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Electric Vardo Live featuring DJ AMAR with dance performances by Samantha Riggs & Boom Boom Bollywood from Tempe, AZ, Vorona from New York performing Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and local performers Christine & Monica with their unique style of Hip Hop duet along with DholRhythms. Also sharing their talents for the evening are henna artists and palm readers from Henna Gardens and Bhangra dancing with Vicki, Suman and the gang from DholRhythms.
 Click here for the evening’s program–>



“Christine and Monica”

Henna Garden.com

Boom Boom Bollywood
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 along with lots of other delicious goodies. Bring an appetite, leave happy.

To RSVP, click here

Become a Sponsor

Donations can be made at one of three levels: Silver – $250, Gold – $500 or Platinum – $1000.
All funds are split easily between the Tenderloin After School Program and the Gandhi Ashram of New Delhi, India. Compassionate Chefs Cafe keeps nothing back for operating expenses; all goods and services are donated. Your donation is fully tax deductible. (Non-Profit Tax ID 94-3136771). Click here for Sponsorshp Benefits

Who You’ll Help

Come experience the Compassionate Chefs Cafe – a remarkable celebration of giving.          Working to Uplift the lives of of children across the street and across the ocean.


About Us                          

Compassionate Chefs Cafe (CCC) is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization with one goal: To help children locally and globally. We work with members of the members of the Bay Area community to raise funds for the children across the street and across the ocean. This is an experiment to see what happens when a community comprised of caring people, business owners and local chefs all focus their generosity.
Your donations will help us create more global citizens. Please give generously to make this dream a reality. 

Our Projects               

Across the street, we support the Tenderloin After School Program – which provides valuable services to the kids of the families living in the Tenderloin district of San Fancisco. TASP provides kids with a safe place to be, where they can play and study and the proper support and training necessary to succeed in life.  


Across the ocean, we’ve adopted the Gandhi Ashram at Kingsway Camp in New Delhi, India to help uplift the underprivileged. At this location, we are helping to fund the school for children of Harijan (untouchable) Street Cleaners. These children will help ti uplift their improvrished communities from within. It is the most basic of all human needs to be clean and have nurturing human touch. 

Where the Funds Go                     

Last year $26,000 was raised by Compassionate Chefs Cafe. The funds kept TASP’s doors open and available to over 250 kids for 40 hours a week, sent 16 kids on a visit to colleges in Chicago and helped provide free homework tutoring five nights a week.  


At the Gandhi Ashram, our donation provided clean water and new bathrooms to the school, bought new uniforms and provided school supplies to all 300 students. Learn more details at www.CompassionateChefsCafe.org

How You Can Help: Make a donation with cash, check or credit card in any amount. Or buy a ticket to our Anniversary Celebration.

To RSVP, click here

Our Fine Sponsors








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The New Delhi Bar gets more famous

On Friday, October 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 the New Delhi Bar will have Stephano pouring drinks and setting the tone.

As with all our celebrity bartender events, 10% of all the money taken in that night will go to CCC. As always, 100% of all money raised by Compassionate Chefs Cafe goes to the kids at the Tenderloin After School Program and the Ghandi Ashram of New Delhi.

So shake off the work day, have a cocktail and help a good cause! We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

New World Spices | September 2008 | New Delhi BBQ Chicken

 Save the Date!

New Delhi Restaurant is having a birthday and you’re invited

New Delhi Restaurant is turing 20 this year. Of course, there will be a party. Mark your calendars for November 16th and keep an eye out for your personal invitation.

Look forward to an exceptional night of food, drinks and entertainment. All proceeds raised will be donated to Compassionate Chefs Cafe. See you there!

Featured Dishes of the Month

New Delhi BBQ Chicken Ferezi and Paneer Ferezi (Vegetarian)

For the month of October, get 25% off BBQ Chicken Ferezi (regular price $15.95)
and Paneer Ferezi (regular price $14.95)
– Seasoned with garlic, peppers and
tomatoes then cooked in a light sauce. A flavorful way to welcome autumn.
We recommend pairing it with our house Syrah. To make your reservation, click here.

Recipes from New World Spices

New Delhi BBQ Chicken

Barbeque has been a staple of American summers for years, but where did it all begin? That’s right – India. The distictive red of tandoori chicken has been recognized as a classic Indian dish for a long time.
Here’s the trick to making it yourself.


New Delhi BBQ Spice – 3 tbsp.
One whole chicken (boneless/skinless) – 3 lbs.
Plain yogurt, beaten – 3/4 cup
Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

Substitute chicken with your choice of meat, seafood or vegetable kabobs with onion, tomato, bell pepper, potato and mushrooms.


Cut chicken into one inch cubes. Mix yogurt, New Delhi BBQ Spice, oil and lemon juice. Marinate for two hours. Barbeque over hot grill, baste with oil periodically.

Serve with Sweet & Tangy Mango Soup, Bombay Saffron rice, Calcutta Lemon Mustard Eggplant and Pita bread.

Click here for more recipes.


Zinat Mahal, Maharani of Delhi (1857) loved chicken tikka. A keen interest in bringing the famous tandoori taste to the backyard barbeque helped in creating this spice blend.

Spice Ingredients

Garlic powder, Paprika powder, Ginger powder, red chili powder, Salt, Cardamom powder, Lemon Juice powder, Cinnamon powder, Clove powder, White Pepper powder, nutmeg powder, Mace powder.

Click here for more spices.


Rhythm + Spice = Spicy Rhythms

New Delhi restaurant isn’t the only one having a birthday this year – Dholrhythms is celebrating 5 years in the Bay Area with Bhangrafest. To really kick off the party, they are teaming up with New Delhi Restaurant on October 25th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm to bring you Spicy Rhythms: an afternoon of cooking, eating, music and dancing hosted at New Delhi Restaurant. Learn how to make your favorite Indian curries with Chef Ranjan Dey, then dance the day away with the mesmerizing sounds from Dholrhythms. Your instructors for the afternoon will be Vicki and Suman – the founders of Dholrhythms!
Call Ranjan at 415.816.4068 to reserve your spot, cost is $65 a person.

Learn more about Bhangrafest here. Find more details for Spicy Rhythms here.

It’s All In the Oven

Tandoori chicken is traditionally made in a classic clay tandoor oven. The tandoor is oval in shape and origianted in Northern India and Pakistan. It’s designed to hold hot charcoal and can reach temperatures of over 500 degrees. Charcoal isn’t used too much in restaurants these days because of health and safety issues, but the same effect can be achieved with lava rocks or ceramic.

Meat cooked in tandoors retains more of its juices, so it tastes much more flavorful. kabobs, vegetables and bread also benefit from a little time in a hot tandoor. Give this centuries-old cooking method a try next time you have a craving for barbeque.

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A Chance to Give Back

Ranjan and New Delhi Restaurant will be participating in SF Weekly’s first annual DISH event. The event will benefit Project Open Hand – a local non-profit that provides “meals with love” to people living with serious illnesses and to seniors in San Francisco. New Delhi and 14 other local restaurants will be wining and dining under the dome at the Westfield center. Click the image to find out more and buy tickets. Remember, there are only 400 tickets available.

Here are the details:
When: Thursday September 25th, 6:00-9:00 PM
Who: Soluna, Roots, Papalote, New Delhi, LarkCreekSteak, Zazil Mexican Cuisine, Straits, Buena Vista Cafe, Modern Thai, Frisee, Live Sushi, Clementine, O Izakaya, among others
Where: Westfield Center, Under The Dome 865 Market Street
Cost: $35 per ticket with the discount code.  The cost then will be $50 per ticket the day of the event.  There will be only 400 tickets sold.  Please act quickly, this will be an incredible event!
  REMEMBER: This is all you can eat and drink for a very good cause!
Please click here to purchase tickets: for $15 Discount use the promo code SFWDISH

Kesar-Badam-Ka–Doodh: Herbs, Love, Passion

There is an old Indian grandmother’s Aphrodisiacs recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation and guarantees to raise the libido. It is called “Kesar-Badam Ka Doodh”, a sweetened milk drink with honey, saffron and almond made from a combination of spices like cardamom, nutmeg, poppy seeds (posta) and peppers.

Aphrodisiacs can be divided into four categories: 1) Activator : that stimulates desire, can use ginseng for the purpose. 2) Sustainers : helps prolong act, can use ajwain and liquorices root. 3) Rejuvenators : impact over all feeling of wellness, can use ginger or onion. Fruits like fig, strawberries and raspberries as well as spices like mustard and fennel can also be used as rejuvenators. 4) Hedonic enhancer : increase pleasure , spirulina and Indian ashwagandh fall in this category

Cardamom: Powdered cardamom seeds, boiled with milk, forms an excellent remedy against impotency and premature ejaculation when taken together with honey in the evening.

Honey: Persists today as an aphrodisiac well suited for men and women of climacteric age because it contains unspecified compounds related to sex hormones

Saffron: It can reputedly take erogenous zones even more sensitive and evoke long, distinctive orgasms for women

Nutmeg: Nutmeg alleged to have a subtle aphrodisiac affects in far smaller dose. According to Indian herbalist, nutmeg mixed with honey will prolong the duration of sexual intercourse if taken an hour before intercourse.

Cayenne Pepper. The male penis benefits greatly from the ingestion of cayenne. It is a widely held belief that cayenne aids in longer lasting erections, with stronger ejaculations and more intense orgasms. For Men!

You can taste this fabulous concoction at the Golden Gate Restaurant Associations “A Food Affair” event on Monday, September 22. Find out more and how to get tickets here.

Love Is In The Air

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association is presenting an evening of sensual food and entertainment at their annual event. This year’s theme is “A Food Affair”. New Delhi Restaurant will be serving up a very sexy drink – more on that later.

In the meantime, click on the image below to see a video about what the chefs have planned and  get more details – including how to purchase tickets in advance. Last year’s event sold out fast and this year looks to be even better.