Story of an Infidel Drink: Origin of Coffee

O Coffee! Thou dost dispel all care, thou are the object of desire to the scholar. This is the beverage of the friends of God.” – An Arabic poem form 1511 AD Almost everyone around the globe sips a cup of coffee to kick-start their day. But my love for coffee goes all the way…

Tilgul Ladoo (Sesame Seeds Ladoo)

  Sankranti is around the corner and we can easily see packets of TilGul Ladoo in the market. Til is sesame and Gul is jaggery in Maharashtra. In fact, these small ladoos and an old saying are very famous in Maharashtra “tilgul ghya god god bola “which literally means “take Tilgul and talk sweetly”. I think this is how…

History of Kadak & Garam Chai

Ek kadak garam chai ki cup is what starts the day of a lot of households around the world—some will ask for masala chai while others will call for Earl Grey. In fact, Indian tea is famous all over the world. Every time I am travelling outside India, when people offer me a cup of…

Mulberry and Honey Oats Cookies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s December. We see happy people, bright colors and roasted or baked food. Families come together, exchange gifts, chit chat over a glass of wine of humble coffee/tea. December is in fact one of my favorite months. I play my favorite jazz music and cook tirelessly. I…