A Mutton Khichda to Mark Muharram

The first ten days of the holy month of Muharram are a commemoration of the battle of Karbala. In the first century of Islam, there was a brutal war between the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussain, and the Umayyad ruler, Yazid I, a tyrannical and un-Islamic leader. At Karbala, (a province of modern-day Iraq)…

Delhi ka Zayka: Past, Present and Future

Be it the kings and queens, darvesh, sufi and shayar, corporate employees or a school going kid, Delhi and Delhi’s food have a lot of mureed (fans). There is no one definition of Delhi, everyone who came here and has stayed has defined the city according to their own perspective. Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad says “jo…

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…

Daadi’s secret recipe: Goolar Ke Kebab

There are so many kebabs, tikkas and tikkiyas in the country but there only few which got the popularity like chicken tikka or tandoori kebab but there is one more kebab which is one the most talked about kebabs in my family. My father and uncles say that my Grandmother used to make the best…

A Ferry and Memory: Majuli, An Experience in Contradictions

I recently took a trip to Majuli—the world’s largest river island in the middle of the Brahmaputra—and every minute of the day-long trip was remarkable. I took a ferry down to Majuli from Jorhat—an hour-long journey on the massive river, heading downstream. The river is miles wide, and you can’t help but be in awe…

Popcorn Dates Back Thousands of Years: History and Facts

Biblical accounts of “corn” stored in the pyramids of Egypt are misunderstood. The “corn” from the bible was probably barley. The mistake comes from a changed use of the word “corn,” which used to signify the most-used grain of a specific place. In England, “corn” was wheat, and in Scotland and Ireland, the word referred…

Red Eye Chili Chicken and Mandua Roti

I am amazingly in love with regional cuisine and I think it is important to move beyond the usual butter chicken and Idly-Dosa. India is so vast and has many different unheard dishes outside the specific town and city. We have different green leaves, lentils, millets, meat preparation and what not. India is also a land…

A different story of Dosa and Sambaar

On a hot Sunday morning in July 1998, my brother and I sat on the back seat of father’s aqua blue scooter to head off to the sabzi mandi for our weekly foraging for vegetables. It was scorching heat in my hometown in Jharkhand and which inevitably made me wear my half shorts and a…

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,…

Culinary history: A journey called Daulat Ki Chaat

Imagine a bite made of a layer of light foam covered with sweet, fresh mawa and snow-like sugar, sprinkled with a generous layer of slivers of pistachio and almonds, awashed with the fragrant juice of saffron. Now imagine that bite hit the warmth of your tongue and suddenly disappears leaving behind a trail of sweet…

How to Cook Vindaloo

In my last post I told you all about the history of Vindaloo and I discussed, the word vindaloo is a jumbled pronunciation of the Portuguese dish carne de vinha d’alhos (meat marinated in wine-vinegar and garlic), which was introduced to Indians in 15th century by Portuguese explorers. I received many mails and messages on…