Gharana-E-Rampur- A Look Inside Tehzib and Cuisine Of Rampur

History is full of stories of war and conflict that remind us of the control that rulers and governments have always tried to enforce on the inhabitants of a land. It was one such conflict in 1774 AD between Nawab Faizullah Khan of Rohilla Dynasty and Nawab Shujauddaula of Oudh, and the English troops of…

From Emergency to Kailash Kher: Raju Bhai has seen it all

A small and humble tea shop run by a Rajinder Grover who sells just chai and coca cola.   A Lota (or Bodna in Bengali) is one of the most common vessels in India and a few other parts of South Asia. In one of the India Report’s article, both Charles and Ray Eames say…

Simple and Best Salad: Mango and Ancient Grain Salad

I hate summer, perhaps you won’t meet anyone else who hate summers as much as I do. But, it is the yellow sweet fruit, King of all the fruits, Mango which helps me survive. I look forward for this weather only because of mangoes and nothing else. Summers always remind me of my childhood. If…

Bihari Kebab Masala

My parents, my brother and I would spend the summer vacation with our family in Bihar, as well as our Eid and Bakhrid vacations. It was kind of a ritual for us. Summer vacations were all about the fruit, the mangoes and litchis, while Eid and Bakhrid were all about the food. My favourite dish…

Maggi Cigar

Festivities bring in family and friends together, it brings a day filled with fun and joy and lots of food which mostly includes traditional dishes. Almost every family serves the fried snack to their guests but what if we give a twist to our age-old snacks and dishes? What if you cook something amazingly simple…

Kaali Dal or Maa ki Dal (Lentil Soup)

I love my simple and basic dal which has only a few ingredients but enough to make your dish taste amazing. Dishes in North India is inspired by the weather. North tends to get a lot colder than South India and people here needed a richer diet, and spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, pepper, ginger,…

Sindhi Koki with Akhrot Palak

Indian food has so much to offer to the food lovers. Irrespective of your meal preference, Indian food had and will always have something to please your taste bud. We have spicy and not so spicy food, simple as well as complex dishes. We even know how to make interesting flat bread. I am personally…

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….

Samosa Pie with Hung Curd and Mint Chutney

Samosa is a staple streetside food in the entire of north India. They may be called Samosa or Singhara and prepared with or without peas and paneer in it but the essential flavour remains the same. You won’t find much difference in the filling in any of the cities in Northern India. I always try…

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…