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 …

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 …

Mother’s Recipe – Not Half as Effective as Mother’s Cooking

घुइयां की सब्जी और रोटी। I grew up a vegetarian and still remain primarily a vegetarian. This means good food isn't limited to or comprises only of meat for me. In fact, all things close to my heart are simple vegetarian dishes which I grew up eating. Like most of us, I reckon. I started …

El Chico — Of Food, Friendship and Memories

If you’re in Allahabad, then you need to visit El Chico at least once. The restaurant’s range of eat treats is sure to bring you back. In 1964, a young man named Ganesh Rai went on a world tour. Among the many things he brought back with him, was the love for the café culture …

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 …

Another Year At Surajkund Crafts Fair.

I had first heard of the Surajkund Crafts fair when I was in college and i had loved idea. Imagine a fair dedicated to the handicrafts, for two whole weeks! It was another story though that reaching there for me seemed impossible. Here I was in a small town, living a student life, far away …

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, …

An Ode to Khichdi and How To Make It (the khichdi, not the ode)

Monday lunches are often Sunday leftovers. Not that I mind, especially if it happens to be Urad ki khichdi. Monday lunches are often Sunday leftovers. Not that I mind, especially if it happens to be Urad ki khichdi. While the world, at least a large part of it, thinks khichdi is a gooey mish mash …