The Kolkata Biryani: A legacy that lives in the veins of every Bengali

Biryani – the one food item that unites us all. Over time, and across various forms, biryani has been loved and embraced by us all. Come to Kolkata, and  the very different city is as crazy on the middle-Eastern delicacy as the middle-East delicacies. Biryani, though, is different here. Don’t get us wrong, biryani is…

Finding Desi Taste In A Foreign Land

What is that first thing an Indian searches for once he or she leaves the country. Adventure? Progress? New opportunities? No way ! The only and the very first thing they look for, in an unknown territory, is the Indian food. This is exactly what happened to us. Having landed in United Kingdom few years…

The Great Andhra Wedding Thali

Say the words ‘ banana leaf’, ‘coconut’, ‘rice’, ‘papad’, ‘aavakaai ‘(dried mango pickle), and the first thing that comes to any Indian’s mind is – a festive South Indian wedding banquet. Just as not all South India weddings are the same, not all South Indian wedding meals are the same. Delicacies served in a meal…

Recipe: Pesto And Nut Butters

Recipe for Pesto: This is a simple and delicious pesto with a grainy nutty crunch and the cheesy taste from the nutritional yeast.  2 cups fresh basil 2 cups fresh baby spinach 1 cup almonds Juice of 2 lemons 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional) sea salt and pepper…

The Romance Of Cooking

I recall during my dating years with my husband,I almost judged him for his obsession for food.I never thought I could organise dinners and cook huge meals – from where will I get the time for that? It’s been three years since my marriage and among other things – it has been a culinary rollercoaster,…

ChocoLock – Organic Chocolate in Delhi

Meet the ChocoLockers. Behind ChocoLock, is a mother and a daughter, who absolutely loves chocolates. ChocoLock was born out of the fear of a mother who didn’t want her daughter to eat all the adulterated and inorganic products that the markets are filled with. To let her daughter eat all her favourite chocolate products, without…

Recipe: Zucchini & Banana Walnut Bread

Gluten free breads are not easy even when you follow a twice made recipe. Somehow they are usually hit or miss, beyond your control. Creating and cooking gluten free foods has truly taught me to trust my instincts and cook from my heart. This cake like bread made with zucchini and walnuts with a banana…

Head to Shabri In Pune For A Delicious Maharashtrian Thali

My love affair with Shabri started at the age of three. Living in Pune at the time, Shabri, a restaurant offering typical Maharashtrian fare, was a favourite with my parents and naturally, soon became a favourite with me. My earliest memories of food are inextricably linked with our frequent meals at Shabri. I distinctly remember…