BALTIMORE — After a successful pop-up shop at Remington's R. House, Dilawer Singh started to look for a brick-and-mortar location for Dil's, an Indian cuisine inspired restaurant. But soon after, COVID-19 hit.
"Suddenly a brick-and-mortar didn't make any sense," said Singh.
So, the Johns Hopkins University graduate pivoted his approach to bringing Indian dishes to the public.
"The next best thing we thought of was spices," he said.
WMAR-2 News was invited into Singh's Mount Vernon apartment where he concocted a delicious Punjab dish, one of his mother's recipes.
"My mom, she’s a phenomenal cook," said Singh. "She kind of learned from her mom and so I think that and so I think that, that carried over so she wanted her kids, her family to experience the taste of Punjab."
The spices Singh uses in the recipe is what he's now selling to the public. It's a mixture of coriander, cumin, bay leaves, turmeric, red pepper and more. Singh became familiar with the spices growing up in his family's restaurant in Arkansas.
"My mom immigrated to America and started a southern burger restaurant in Arkansas," he said. "At night, she would use the kitchen at the restaurant to cook Indian food for the family. These are the memories that drive my passion to share her secret masala and recipes with the world."
To view and order the bottled spices click here.