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…

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…

Beyond the standard Gujarati fare

You might remember the dialogue in 3 idiots where Kareena Kapoor Khan’s character tells Aamir Khan’s character that, “Tum Gujarati log kitne cute hote ho. Par tumhara khana itna khatarnak kyu hota hai…Aisa lagta hai jaise koi missiles hai” which gave people a glimpse into the variety of foods that the gujarati cuisine has to offer….

Biryani or Pulao?

Yes yes yes, I am aware of the everlasting debate about Biryani not being considered a vegetarian dish; answering questions of surprised friends (most who just love the veg vs. non-veg debate) about how do I even live in the illusion that rice without meat can be biryani. But here I am, once again, calling…