Be it Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Goa, Yugadi in Karnataka, or Ugadi in Telangana and Andhra – all these festivals celebrate the beginning of the new year or the first day of the first month of Chaitra in the Hindu lunar calendar. Mythology has it that it was on this day that Brahma began to … Continue reading Ugadi: A Celebration of Life!
For a food stylist and photographer, ice cream is the most demanding of subjects to work with, fussy and almost like a diva; it will start melting under the lights even as you are wondering if you need a touch more shine on that cherry on top! So how then do you style an ice … Continue reading It’s a Scoop!
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!
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!
He felt the usual sense of pride as he looked around his small yet bustling sweets and treats shop. Though the paint had faded and the plaster was chipping away in places, the dull unpolished wooden racks that lined the back had turned wearisome and the glass panes of the display case at the front … Continue reading One Last Pudding
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!