Lebua Corbett: Where Understated Luxury and Love For Nature Coexist.

When was the last time you washed your face with turmeric and sandalwood? When was the last time you had a bath under the stars, what was the last time you had food made with locally grown produce, out in the open? Imagine the joy then when I got all this in a hotel in …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Lebua Lucknow: changing the way the city eats – and lives.

The Lucknow I left behind in 2001 was a sleepy town. The youth, like me, would call it 'best if both the worlds' perhaps to cover up for its small townness and lack of any fun things. The only nightlife I'd heard of were parties that Akhilesh Yadav threw - he was a young man …

Biryani — One Dish Many Stories.

“Humari baat maniye Tundey ki nahi, agli gali mein Shakeel ki Biryani khaiyega. Pasand na aaye to paise hum denge.”  I was in Lucknow some years ago when I realized the significance of Biryani in a common man’s life. The rickshaw puller who was taking my friend and me into the lanes of Old Lucknow …

What to Eat in Allahabad — and Where.

At 6:30am the fire has been lit. A pot-bellied halwai swiftly beats yeasty batter, a young man fills pastry dough with spicy potato mix, a small crowd meanwhile has already gathered in anticipation of their breakfast—crispy jalebis and spicy samosas. Welcome to Allahabad—or Prayagraj?—the land of early morning breakfasts and Ganga-Jamuni flavours. Food is everywhere …