Things To Do in Allahabad

Ride along the Yamuna. “You have come at the right time, the river is best experienced in the morning.” Ramlal, the old boatman launches into a soliloquy, as soon as we get onto his boat. His sturdy though old boat is one of the hundreds that line the ghat and ferry people to Sangam, the …

On Finding the Easter Eggs and the child within

I first saw Easter Eggs when I was about nine. We were in Allahabad at the time and father had brought this fancy  large egg. It was white and it was hard, made with sugar, perhaps. The surface was beautifully  decorated with intricate pink detailing of bows and ribbons, flowers and leaves. To the middle …

Tundey: Kabab, Biriyani, and a 102 year old Tradition.

“I will have four kababs, two parathas and half biryani,” a lady orders without looking at the menu. “Two half biryanis to eat and 4 kebabs and 2 parathas pack” echoes the voice from next table. “Bhaiya do plate biriyani pack aur kabab parathe khane ke liye,” says the person behind me. A quick glance …

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 …

I’m making Sagpaita this Dal Day, What about you?

The thing about tasty, soul-satisfying food is that it it never complicated. Neither to make, nor on the palate. It is usually just simple everyday ingredients put together to create something that is wholesome, nutritious, tasty, and satisfying. Sagpaita is one such thing. I grew up eating Sagpaita. In my dadi's sprawling bungalow in Kanpur, …