Virgin Mojitos For A Cool Diwali

  Diwali is round the corner and it is one of my favourite festivals of all times. For me Diwali is just more festive than the other Indian festivals. All the diyas and rangolis and new clothes are full of vibrance and are peppy. Of course, not to forget the mouth-watering foods those are an…

From Odisha to your plates : ‘Enduri Pitha’

Enduri Pitha a.k.a Haldi Patra Pitha– the word brings back a huge wave of childhood memories where the Pitha or steamed sweet dim sum marks the Prathamashtami, a festival of Odisha that is celebrated to pray for the well-being of the first born. Now, being the second the born there was an obvious hatred in me for this…

‘Dada, ekta egg roll!’ – The Saga of Kolkata’s Street Food

Kolkata, the city of joy, is every bit the city of incredible street food. For us Bengalis, no Sunday is ever complete without cups of tea, a storming debate on any topic worth fighting for, and a particularly enticing assortment of the best street food you’ll ever find anywhere. Those who have been to Kolkata…

Chilis: Of love, life and lots of Spice!

In the year 2011, while I struggled to discover my newly found independence of living alone in a new city, I also discovered Chilis – a Mexican restaurant chain which was still establishing it’s roots in Delhi. There, we had our first similarity albeit the Mexican bit!  “Life is great. Cheese makes it better,” is…

The Big Chill Cafe: To food so good

  Good food, like every good thing in this world, is to die for. The Big Chill, plush in the high streets of Khan Market of New Delhi, is a personification of this very statement. Dilli, as I like to refer to New Delhi as, is a glorious match of some of the best eateries,…

Our first audience review!

Here’s the first review of our blog by MasterChef India Season 5’s contestant, Mr Sadaf Hussain! Thank you for the kind words. Stay tuned. 🙂

Vegetable Biryani

What do you do when you are home alone on a weekend with no plans? You scavenge through the kitchen and gather all the ingredients you can and make a biryani out of it! So, that is exactly what I did today and here’s my recipe for the same. Ingredients: 2 cups biryani rice 1/2…

The Curious Case of ‘Avial’

Years ago, as a child growing up in Kerala, I remember trying to paint something and then as I kept experimenting, the painting made no sense any longer. My mother commented, ‘Avial akkinai.’, which meant I made it into an Avial. Avial stands for a mixture. And a mixture it is..its a mixture of a…

Coming home to Prithvi Cafe

A slice of nostalgic warmth and a space where the creative and the artistic are celebrated, Prithvi Cafe is a piece in Mumbai’s theatre history. An open air cafe, attached to the legendary Prithvi Theatre inside the Janki Kutir premise in Juhu, the cafe has evolved over the years in terms of its decor and…

Food for thought: Happy Dussehra!

Food for thought : What if evil doesn’t really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices? May we all win over own limitations and inner demons. A happy Bijoya Dashami and…

From the MasterChef India Kitchen: Sadaf Hussain

It’s not just a cooking show, it’s a revolution started in the humble kitchens of home chefs who are united by their love for food and cooking, Masterchef India is a platform where many delicious dreams come true and where food is the real hero. Syed Sadaf Hussain, 27, is a contestant in MasterChef India’s…