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…

Mughals, Nawabs and Nihari

For me Eid-ul-zuha (Bakhrid) was not just any celebration, it was a day that I got to go to my Nani’s place and enjoy an unlimited supply of meat—all day long. Eating vegetables is like a sin in a Muslim household on this festival. My prime reason for visiting my hometown was largely based on…

Where Did the Idli Come From?

Idli (and the process of steaming) was known in India by as early as 700 CE. The process of steaming was influenced from Indonesia subsequently between 800-1200 CE, giving rise to the modern-day Idli.(Wiki). This famous south Indian Delicacy has attracted a lot of controversy. There is a serious contention between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as to who can lay claim to the invention of Idli….

History of Lord Ganesha’s Favourite Modak

Shendur Laal Chadhaayo Achchhaa Gajamukha Ko Dondil Laal Biraaje Sut Gaurii Har Ko Hath Liye Gud Laddu Saaii Survar Ko Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 to all of you. Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were initiated by the great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to promote culture and nationalism. It has continued since then. It is believed that…

The History of Butter Chicken, Indian Cuisine’s Most Loved Curry

There are three kinds of people in this world. Those who love Butter Chicken, those who think Butter Chicken is overrated and those who have never tasted Butter Chicken. Of all of these, I feel deep sorrow for the third kind. It is a loss of gigantic proportions, in my opinion. Delhi, arguably the culinary capital…

Hidden Secrets of Amritsari Kulcha

Amritsar’s narrow lanes are is easily navigated on cycle-rickshaw, but can be extremely confusing for tourists. These lanes contain hidden gems, old stories and most importantly some amazing food. I remember my first trip to Amritsar was in 2011. I went straight to the Golden Temple, saw the amazing beauty of it, had the kada…

Feta Cheese, the Greek Curd Cheese

Since the mortal origins of cheese are unbeknownst to us, we must make do by offering our heartiest gratitude to Aristaeus, son of Apollo and Cyrene, for bestowing upon us the gift of cheese. Fortunately though, for all cheese- loving atheists who prefer something more tangible, the story of cheese gains real mention starting from…

Agra ka Petha: From Shah Jahan to Panchhi

Explorers and travellers from all across the globe who have visited Agra will point you to the amazing Taj Mahal and the beauty of it. They will talk about its pure beauty on a full moon night. They will tell you about the amazing, romantic and fascinating history behind the Taj Mahal. But food explorers…

Pav, the Staple Bread of Mumbai: Pair it with Keema, Vada, Misal and More

The story of pav begins many years ago with the Portuguese invasion of Goa. The Portuguese residing in India missed their daily diet of bread and meat, although many adopted the dietary habits of the Goans. Lizzie Collingham in Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors tells us that visiting Portuguese from the homeland were startled to find the wives of the settlers…

The Food of Gods: The Sweet History of Chocolate

Reading about the history of chocolate without giving in to tingling tastebuds and a growing restlessness to hear the unwrapping of a chocolate bar, is about as difficult as not thinking of an elephant precisely when you’re told to not think of an elephant. It requires self- restraint to the point of insanity, especially when…

History of Vindaloo: From Portugal to India

Indians have many different kinds of curries. Every state and every household has their own version as well. Many-a-times, we have just taken someone else’s concept, and made it ours. Vindaloo is one such dish, and it now stands tall amongst all the Indian curries because of it spiciness. If you love spicy food which makes your…

The Birth and History of Port

Port takes its name from the city of Oporto that is situated at the mouth of the 560-mile long Rio Douro or River of Gold. Although one can easily find this variation of wine in the different parts of the world, be it Goa, India or Cape Town, South Africa. But only the Portuguese have…