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…

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…

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…

The 9 days Navratri detox

The festival season has begun, and while some of us have already started gorging on those delicious mithais and savouries, a lot of us are observing 9 days of fasting during Navratri. At my place my family fasts for all the 9 days more out of the need to detoxify than a religious reason and it…

The street and it’s food! 

Everyday, we’d pick a street food/fast food from across the country and around the world for ‘Food item of the day.’ We start off with Bombay’s (Mumbai) Sev Puri. What’s your favourite? Share with us. 🙂