How We Will Travel in 2020

  Transformative Travel. At some point in our lives all of us have watched a movie or read a book where the protagonist leaves on a journey, goes through certain life altering experiences, and returns a transformed person. We have however always dismissed this as another of those things that can happen only in fiction. …

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 …

Megu: Delhi’s finest Japanese Food

Have you ever seen fresh horseradish paste being made? I hadn't either until I met Ishwar, the smiling young man at Megu who did it in front of me. Brought in from Japan, ground fresh on a piece of shark skin (also from japan), the fresh horseradish turned out to be much milder and more …

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 …

Jamshedpur: An Unlikely Gourmet Capital

A hot griddle sizzles over the fire as a young man swiftly pours the batter and spreads it out in one smooth swirl. Next, he sprinkles a mix of sliced onions, beetroot and a potato mix and pours a copious amount of oil. A few flips later, the batter emerges on a dented steel plate …

Celebrating Sri Lankan Flavours in The Heart of India.

Fiery Masks, fragrant tea, airy lemon puffs, stringy hoppers -- few things define Sri Lanka like its food. Very similar yet completely different from Indian, the culinary gems of the island nation are hard to describe, even for a food writer. One reason, I have not yet written much about the food from the nation …

Breakfast by the Bay

Four tiny vadas, and one sticky, steaming hot idli, eaten at a stall, sitting on a narrow bench that had turned black with dirt and grime, with just a few street kids playing across the road, and the family of three -- mother, father, son, -- taking turns at the stove, the tap, and the …

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 …