Of Friends Who Opened The Gates To Gujarati Cuisine

I went to a school in suburbs where every second person was Gujarati and it was very normal that when I’d visit a friend’s place that their grandparents would assume I am a Gujarati too and would automatically start speaking to me in the language, only to be subtly told by their grandchildren that I…

My Tryst With The Keto Diet

The struggle with the body weight is an on-going and a never ending one, and with the profession we are in, it doesn’t make it any easier to shed those kilos either. In the last couple of years I’ve piled on a lot of kilos and it doesn’t help that I am an inherently lethargic…

KETO Meals Recipe: Tandoori Vegetables

If you follow my work on Instagram, you’d be aware that I took up the 30 days Keto diet challenge, recently. Well firstly, here’s what is keto diet, as explained by ruled.me: A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used…

To Words – My Savior, My Grace.

I do not distinctly remember when I started writing first and when words started flowing on a paper and came together to make a coherent structure. Whatever I couldn’t say verbally, would always be written down in a diary, and now sometimes on my iPhone’s notepad.  But I do remember understanding the power of words…

Assamese Rivaayat: Lahey Lahey Slipping Into Nostalgia With Each Bite

Having spent a part of my childhood in the state, Assam has always been close to my heart. We lived in the small town of Nazira, on the bed of Dikhow river in an ONGC township, which formed 60% of that town’s population. The township was self sufficient with offices, schools, dispensary, club house and…

Of Friendships And Breaking That Virtual Wall Called Social Media

A lot has been written about her already with each article resembling the last one, where they all talk about this woman who is a great cook but does not have a stomach. Of course it grabs eyeballs and one wonders how someone lives a life without a stomach and an appetite! Somehow through all…

Breakfast Tales And More!

The one meal which is my absolute favourite, is breakfast. Those who follow me on Instagram would know how seriously I take the first meal of the day and most of the times it is the only meal that makes me want to take off that blanket of laziness and whip up a mean meal…

More Than Just Food: A Slice Of Aaheli At The Leela, Mumbai

Mumbai has always been a city that welcomes a wide variety of cultures. This particular aspect is more evident when you look at the city’s restaurants, and the many seasonal festivals that it hosts. One of these communities that have a wide presence in this city is the Bengali community, and you wouldn’t be hard-pressed…

Of Dhinchak Dosas and Dashing Dabelis!

I’ve been a resident of Juhu ever since we shifted to Mumbai in the year 2004, and yet it is an area I have explored the least. Maybe because we tend to take things for granted and keep delaying our plans. In fact the only few times I have been to Juhu Beach is when…

Textile In The World Of Spices: A Collaboration With The Lookout Journal

I have always insisted that collaborations can lead to magical results. This belief particularly rose out of my affinity for the culinary arts, where the key to building unforgettable delicacies lies in combining and contrasting elements with one another. But, the world of food is not just about the food itself. The magic within kitchens…

Unkempt : A Tale Of A Restless Mind

– By Vernika Awal We spend a large part of our lives chasing myths. Not fairies, angels or demons – those come later. We chase everyday myths – of shaping ourselves up, of having “our” people, of preconceived answers to the great hows and whys. The truth is, we do not really know a particular…

Can I Cook? Maybe!

I am decent cook and took to cooking very naturally, thanks to my parents – both of whom are excellent cooks. But I had always wondered how a person who has never been too inclined to step into the kitchen would react to a situation where he/she has to cook a meal. So when Rushina…