BENARES – Learn To Make Cheema Thenga (Shrimp Curry) + Raan E Akbari (Leg of Lamb in a Rum Sauce)

Support local restaurants and their chosen food-security charities from the comfort of your home through the limited Dine Around Downtown: Cooking At Home Edition web series.

Hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef and author Rocco DiSpirito, the series will feature chefs from three Lower Manhattan restaurants to cook up signature recipes and share tips for crafting everything from complex gastronomic delights to staple comfort foods.

Join Rocco as he chats with executive chef Jiban Sarkar and executive tandoori chef Dhandhu Ram of Benares. Chefs Jiban and Dhandhu will show participants how to make a delicious Cheema Thenga (Shrimp Curry) and Raan E Akbari (Leg of Lamb in a Rum Sauce). Registration is required and limited. All participants will receive digital copies of the recipes prior to the event.

This event is FREE and we encourage you to support Community Food Advocates, a food-security charity located on Wall Street and chosen by Benares.

And if your inner chef is calling you, whip up your best version of a featured recipe and post a picture of your plate via Instagram with #DineAroundAtHome and tag @DowntownNYC to enter to WIN a 30-minute private virtual cooking class with the guest chef! Be sure to tag @benares_nyc too.


Executive Chef Jiban Sarkar (R) is a seasoned master of authentic Indian cuisine. His culinary expertise shines as he creates elevated and innovative regional Indian dishes. Celebrated in The New York Times, Sarkar has worked at many notable top tier Indian restaurants in New York City.

Executive Tandoori Chef Dhandhu Ram (L) has crafted his marinating and grilling skills by working with some of India’s finest chefs throughout his career. Previously, Ram was the co-executive chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant Tulsi.


Benares Indian Restaurant is an authentic fine dining Indian cuisine with a full service bar. Its menu offers a variety of non-vegetarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. They also have prix fixe lunch specials, bottomless brunch and daily happy hours. They are open for outdoor dining from 1p-9p daily and are located five minutes walking distance from the World Trade Center.

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Date: 10/01/2020

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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