Of Cheese, Childhood, and Sandwiches

As middle class children growing up in small town India, we had limited access to cheese. In the initial years I hadn't even known about the existence of some rancid stuff that people would die for, later it made special appearances in form of paneer (called cottage cheese by the erudite), and amul's processed cheese …

What Lucknow Wakes Up To (No, it is not Jalebi).

At 6:30 in the morning you’d expect the business district of any town to be quiet and sleepy. With the offices yet to open and public yet to trickle in, it is only an appropriate assumption to be made. Until you have seen this little shop in the middle of the capital city of Lucknow, …

Khurchan, Khoya,Ghee.. and how to make it.

As a kid we'd often get home from school to a strong earthy aroma. It not only enveloped the house, but you could also smell it outside in the lane, the gate, the lawn. (Yes! Those were the days of large bungalows). The heady smell was that of fresh ghee. The process of making it …

Buknu – The Spice of UP!

You can take a girl out of UP but not UP out of a girl. As a kid buknu poori and buknu paratha was my staple food at my neighbor's place in Kanpur. Those were times when you could spend days at someone's house without having to worry about inconveniencing them or invading their privacy. …

Indian Food Observance Days — A sure shot way to make desi viral

India’s kitchens are going through a silent shift in attitude, celebrating all that is local and homely, and the Internet is playing a pivotal part Bottle gourd, little gourd, pumpkin, radish — not exactly the kind of vegetables we love to eat, cook or Instagram. If at all we do, we relegate them to sambars …

If you love yourself, cook for yourself.

When was the last time.you made something only for yourself? Not for your children or your husband, you parents or your wife, or even for Instagram or Facebook? . . . I used to always love cooking for myself. My brothers - a whole lot of them - and sister were my benefactors. Also my …

The Khichdi of My Childhood, This Sankranti

India is a land of festivals, and festivals, in our country, signify only one thing – food. While most festivals boast of elaborate meals prepared well in advance and cooked through the day, do you know that there is one festival, which celebrates the most humble meal ever? What’s more amazing is that the festival …