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…

Rishiki: Pancake from Pakistan

When I was going through the history of pancakes and finding the routes of it, I stumbled upon a book by Sumayya Usmani, Pakistani-born cookery writer, blogger and teacher based in Scotland. Her book Mountain Berries and Desert Spice: Sweet Inspiration From the Hunza Valley to the Arabian Sea had a recipe of Rishiki which is a…

A 4500 Years Old History and Legacy of Curry

Curry is something which we think of as indigenous to India and Pakistan. But did you know that the English love their curry so much so that they even have National Curry Week? Where did this curry come from? Can we Indians claim that it originated on our land? Every household in India will have…

Chandni Chowk: Medieval, Mughal, Magical

Chandni Chowk: Medieval, Mughal, Magical Chandni Chowk, home of Mughals, Mirza Ghalib and…all foodies! Chandni Chowk teaches you how to love your age old culture, heritage and most importantly food. Streets always bustling with tradesmen, tourists and vendors will definitely transport you back in time. The place with its congested and dusty lanes holds a…

Momos- What Makes This Dumpling so Special

Delhi always surprises me. This is a city which was ruled by Mughals and then British came and stationed themselves here, so I have absolutely no idea how and when Momos became a staple evening snack for Dilli-walas. Momos sit and wait for their lovers on the side streets and in posh restaurants. The fact…

Cooking with Fire

Before cooking, food was eaten raw, decayed, and putrefied. The human discovery of roasting remains unattributed, though Charles Lamb wrongly glamorized the story of the Chinese boy who accidentally burned down his hog shed and, in trying to save a well-barbecued piglet, discovered the glory of crackling . Raw , as anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss insisted,…

Dine with the Dead-Lucky Cafe, Ahmadabad

Often, we walk out of the restaurant because the ambiance and atmosphere is so dead. But what would you do if you were actually dining with the dead? It would be an absolutely chilling and a breath taking experience. I walked in to a restaurant in Ahmadabad near Lal Darwaza—Lucky Café, located opposite the House…

Cookie

Cookies are one of the handiest and easiest foods to have around. It goes with almost everything in the world—and every household has this one box of heaven. I love baking cookies—not merely following the cook books, but experimenting with new ways of pleasing my palate. The good thing about cookies is that everybody likes…

Salli Boti

Parsi food is my absolute favorite Indian cuisine. Parsi food is amazing and flavorful but with only limited spices and ingredients. The first time I tried their food I was stunned and surprised because they use limited and easily available ingredients in the kitchen but the food that comes out straight from the pan is…