After finishing her doctorate in British Constitutional Law from King's College London, Asma decided to follow her heart and start a food business which she named after the Darjeeling Toy Train, a narrow gauge railway that ran along the foothills of the Himalaya which was pulled by a vintage British made steam locomotive.
The food business, Darjeeling Express is Asma's journey to spread her passion for authentic Indian regional flavours rooted in the old fashioned techniques of cooking - no instant spice pastes and masala mixes in her kitchen. She cooks with recipes which have been in her family for generations. The food comes straight out of the Royal and Mughali School of cuisine which is part of her heritage.
In addition to her Rajput and North Indian food influences on her father's side, Asma cooks the food of Calcutta where she was born and raised. 'Imli Timli' sauce is slow cooked over several hours, the tamarind sauce is tempered with traditional Bengali spices and dried red chillies. This is not a factory made mass produced sauce - each bottle is lovingly handmade. The sauce is vegetarian, gluten and soya free and does not contain any preservatives, artificial flavouring or colouring.