The Indian Cookie Culture – When Did The Cookie Crumble?

This article was first published in The Indian Express on October 13 2019. You’ve probably not given it much thought, but cookies or biscuits are much closer to your heart than you may have expected. One of my earliest memories of cookies are of “aate waale biscuit“, or wheat cookies. Quintessential to any Punjabi household,…

Bread Without Yeast Recipe: No Yeast Foccacia

I’ve always been afraid of baking breads, because my past experience(s) with it haven’t been so great. But now with the lockdown and only the commercial bread being available in the market and no sight of artisanal breads and delicious stuff like croissants and foccacias that I love, I finally gave in and made some….

Recipe: Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda

Kadhi, gets its name from the simple process of “slow cooking” or “kadhna” (काढ़ना). Made with a mixture of chickpea flower (besan) and whisked yogurt, the consistency to which it is made differs from region to region. While the Rajasthani and the Gujaratis prefer it to be thinner, we in Punjab like the kadhi thick…

“Framed”: A Stepping Stone To Body Positivity

“Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.”  ― Steve Maraboli, I met Elizabeth George at an event organised by a common friend. She introduced herself to me and once we got talking, she told me she does portrait shoots for women at…

The Welcome Wind Of Change For Punjabi Cuisine

It started some time back when the home-chefs started making a wave with their regional cuisines, highlighting and bringing to the forefront the ‘realness’ of their food backed with tales from their grandmother’s and mother’s kitchens. No one would’ve thought that these home-chefs would one day make a headway into the commercial kitchens of luxury…

Delectable Punjab Recipe: Pindi Cholle

Pindi cholle are made often in our households. They’re different from the normal cholle as they’re the same size as the kala chana. We don’t make it in Mumbai much as this variety isn’t easy to find and most people serving pindi cholle here don’t even know why it’s called that and how it’s different…