Churpi Cheese: An age-old local cheese of the Himalayan Region

India is popular for its spicy food, the chicken and other bird dishes, red meat and fish but hardly we talk about our local cheese beyond paneer. If when we talk about paneer, it gets an English name, cottage cheese which has its controversy. I think we should stick to the name “paneer”, simply because…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…