A Culinary Expedition To Bengal — In Delhi.

Pujo maybe over but Bijoya is still on, which means there is still time for revelry and feasting. Since my trip to hometown was marred by a stomach infection and I couldn't eat half as much as I usually do (you didn't see any food pictures, did you?) I took the opportunity to extend the …

A little story of a little dumpling.

The only time I had eaten a momo before I came to Delhi was in a small roadside shop enroute Gangtok in 1998. We had been driving on zig-zag roads for hours after a 2-day train journey and were famished. Those were not the days of packaged food or fancy Rajdhani trains that served five …

Cooking or The subtle art of healing.

It is a bright Goan afternoon and I am in chef Sarita Carvalho’s kitchen at Tempero, the Goan specialty restaurant at ITC Goa, learning to make rava fry and stir fried mushrooms. Dressed in a monogrammed apron and a chef’s hat, it is my first time in a restaurant kitchen and I am as excited …

An Eid in Lucknow

I grew up a vegetarian in Lucknow. Okay, I will repeat if it doesn't register. Yes, I did grow up a vegetarian in a city that is celebrated all over the world for its kebabs and biriyani. And until 24 years of age, I hadn't even seen what the kebabs or biriyani here looked like. …

Avartana: southern soul, global face, and an experience to cherish.

Curd rice made with sago. Potatoes that look like fish and chips. A toffee made with white butter and wrapped in beetroot paper and a paan that looks more like gelato -- nothing is what it seems and yet it satisfies like a lost flavour from your childhood. Served in fixed menus of seven, eleven, and thirteen courses with vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and seafood variants, a meal at Avartana is a special culinary experience.

Tredelnik, Beer, Goulash: How Prague Feeds the Hungry Soul

At 1:30 in the afternoon we are as hungry as we are tired. Our feet are blistered, our bellies are rumbling, and we seem to have no energy to explore the city we had been looking forward to most. Travelling on a budget comes with its share of challenge and compromising on good food sometimes …

Uttarakhand: The land of rustic flavours and robust food.

Think of Uttarakhand and the first thing that comes to mind are the gleaming white mountains. Lush jungles and bubbling rivulets are next, but this land of the Himalayas and the Ganga is also home to some beautiful food -- something not many associate with the state. "Uttarakhand is a land of rustic flavours and …

My Favourite Places To Eat In Delhi.

Someone asked me today what was my favourite place in Delhi to eat. I did not have an answer. She then asked what was my favourite cuisine. I did not have an answer. Probably exasperated the next question was what do I cook, yet again, I did not know what to say. No, I wasn't …