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…

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…

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…

Samosa Does Not Have An Indian Origin: History Of The Samosa

Lala Ji was my friend who used to sit in the neighbourhood, a few hundred metres away from our house in Ramgarh (Jharkhand) selling Samosa or as we used to call Singhara along with Jalebi and chai. He was, in fact, quite popular in the neighbourhood. Kids will go to him after school and all…

Valentine Warmth

My dish “Valentine Warmth” is basically Mawa Cake with Kulkul, Rasmalai, Smoked Strawberry Compote, Chocolate Dust and Sauteed Orange. This dish does look quite complex or that is what people have told me but wait till you actually get to learn how easy it is. Essentially this dessert plate has the very famous Mawa cake and…

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…

Malaysian Satay Chicken with Kerabu Mangga

18th June marks one of the best days of my life. Today was the day when I gave audition for MasterChef Show and since then life has never been the same. For my first audition round, I served all the judges my Malaysian Satay Chicken with Peanut butter sauce and they loved the flavor of…

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…

Gulab Jamun Pie

For me Diwali has always been super special. As a kid two things were always my favourite, crackers and sweets. I remember going to all my neighbours, greet them Happy Diwali and then attack on the food. My only problem used to be that almost all the the households used to have the similar kind…