My Food Is My Identity: Is It True?

Most Indians love a hot cup of masala tea; it may be the one drink that connects our nation. In many cities, guests get the tea as the welcome drink irrespective of whether you want or not. But when I see tea, I see age-old colonialism, British rule, coercion, and the rise of opium and…

Authentic Food: Does it matter?

Yesterday morning when I woke up, I found a platter on my dining table laden with delicious stuffed parathas along with some homemade mango pickle complemented with regular juice and boiled eggs. These parathas were quite thick, unlike that of the parathas made by my mother. My mother was eagerly waiting for me to wake…

Baklava Gujiya

As a kid, I loved playing with colors. We’d get up early morning and get ready for the festival. Friends from the neigbourhood will come home and paint you in the same color. Ofcourse, in the beginning it was hard to recoganise who is who but we somehow used to recoganise each other eventually. But…

Between Breads: Ramcharitamanas, Mughals and Age-Old History of Breads

“Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse – and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness – And Wilderness is Paradise enow.”  ― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Bread, the quintessential side dish that goes with most the dishes we eat, from Pasta to Vada Pav,…

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…

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…

Boondi Ladoo Cheesecake

Diwali is over but Diwali hangover isn’t. You still have all those leftover ladoos and kaju barfis which  you couldn’t recycle or finish on the day. Now what to do? Why worry, let’s cook up something simple, easy and yummy. Cheesecake got invented in Greece and is a very popular dessert all across the globe….

Junglee Murgh

Before Master Chef happened to me in 2016, I was spending and working in Madhya Pradesh and travelling extensively. Primarily I was exploring the cities of MP, tourism and most importantly food. One of the guys I met took me to a village close to Harda and he promised me that he will be serving…

Holi special gujiyas

For me the festival of Holi is about more than colors. Okay, let me rephrase. For me, it is not about the colors at all, it is about gujiyas. And now since this festival is around the corner, every shop is offering these fried sweet dumplings and every household is gearing up to prepare them…

Food From The Lands Of Maharashtra

Living in Mumbai, which is a cosmopolitan city, I haven’t been too exposed to the traditional Maharashtrian cuisine. In fact, one has to literally scavenge through the city to find the best of the cuisine, and no, I am not talking about the much popular cousin: Vada Pav. So when I heard that a popular hotel here…

Galawati Kebab

I always just have one simple demand when I am in Lucknow or friends are traveling there, I want Galouti Kebab. Am I asking too much? It’s been quite some time that I have had these amazing melt in your mouth Kebabs, and hence finally I thought I must make it for myself. I remember…

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…