As is true of most festivals in India, Holi, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring, too is celebrated in diverse ways in various states of the country. Here is my experience of celebrating Holi in a village in interior Maharashtra and a recipe for making Puran Poli - a traditional Maharashtrian … Continue reading Holi re Holi, Purnachi Poli!
A dollop of fermented rice-dal batter, hits the hot griddle with a sputtering sizzle, spread out deftly in spirals outward, the thin layer drenched with a liberal oil drizzle. A blob of garlic chutney spread out atop, or a sprinkle of spicy powdered podi over, smoothened lovingly with a spatula across, it steams and crackles … Continue reading Romancing the Masala Dosa!
It was a perpetual conundrum which would beseech me for a palatable answer as to why my “Mumbaised” friends from up North would ever so often belittle the so-called North Indian snacks available in Mumbai with an upturned nose – whether snooty or unsympathetic, I had no inkling then – and would subsequently disappear behind … Continue reading Rajdhani Express: The Foodie Trail meanders through Delightful Delhi!
Our kitchen is one huge chemistry lab. The colours, aromas, flavours, textures and taste of everyday cooking are all an output of nuanced chemical reactions taking place in the mysterious cauldrons that hold the broth - our humble cooking utensils. Be it the pyrolysis reaction crunching up complex sugars while caramelising onions, the mellowing of … Continue reading A Symphony of Flavours
“Yippeee!” whooped Jeeraloo, doing a little jig. “Holy potatoes, what was that?” stuttered Hingaloo, disturbed abruptly from his deep slumber. “Must have seen a future girlfriend in today’s groceries”, offered the wisecrack Dumaloo through half-closed eyes. “No guys, look”, cried Jeeraloo, his zeal unfettered, “it’s a new recipe!” “What the…” started Dumaloo. As the yet-sleepy … Continue reading Holy Potatoes!