If you love yourself, cook for yourself.

When was the last time.you made something only for yourself? Not for your children or your husband, you parents or your wife, or even for Instagram or Facebook? . . . I used to always love cooking for myself. My brothers – a whole lot of them – and sister were my benefactors. Also my guinea pigs. They bore everything I made – from poha … Continue reading If you love yourself, cook for yourself.

Karnataka Food Center: Much ado about nothing.

So this morning I excitedly posted some pictures of my breakfast, something I usually not do until after I have eaten it. There were two reasons for that. One: I had been planning to go to the place — a stare run canteen — for more than two years now. Two: I was excited to see my favorite menu from Bangalore available in Delhi. Then … Continue reading Karnataka Food Center: Much ado about nothing.

Eating Pakodis in the land of Laal Maas.

It is almost noon and the Badi Chaupad is as busy as it gets. Two-wheelers, autos, buses, cars, rickshaws and e-rickshaws are at loggerheads with each other; pedestrians and cyclists jostle for space. Shops overflow with fabric, garments, shoes, bangles, utensils, and of course shoppers. In short, there is chaos all over. But somewhere in this chaos exists a tiny island of calm – an … Continue reading Eating Pakodis in the land of Laal Maas.

मैं और मेरी अदरक की कॉफ़ी अक्सर ये बातें करते हैं …

My adrak ki coffee, ginger coffee, was born on a chilly morning in Bangalore. This was when I had no idea that June mornings can be chilly, or that coffee tastes best with ginger. It was also before I had discovered the joy of Bru and was still a Nescafe loyalist. As it turned out my friend, who I was staying with, had no coffee … Continue reading मैं और मेरी अदरक की कॉफ़ी अक्सर ये बातें करते हैं …

Bruges: A Fairytale Land Like None Other

If fairytales were real, they would have been set in Bruges. And if they weren’t, they’d come alive after witnessing the beauty of Bruges. “Since there are so many of you on the boat, I should tell you that Bruges has become very popular with the Indian tourists for the past few years, since a popular Indian movie was shot here. Suddenly there are so … Continue reading Bruges: A Fairytale Land Like None Other

Millets for Dinner — and Lunch and Breakfast!

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say millets? Until not very long ago, I could think of only ragi mudde, bajra khichdi, and makai roti. That changed about a month ago when I attended the #tastingindiasymposium in December. The symposium focused on matters like sustainability of crops, welfare of the farmer, outreach of the programs, and food wastage — or how … Continue reading Millets for Dinner — and Lunch and Breakfast!

I’m making Sagpaita this Dal Day, What about you?

The thing about tasty, soul-satisfying food is that it it never complicated. Neither to make, nor on the palate. It is usually just simple everyday ingredients put together to create something that is wholesome, nutritious, tasty, and satisfying. Sagpaita is one such thing. I grew up eating Sagpaita. In my dadi’s sprawling bungalow in Kanpur, at the duplex father rented in Allahabad, a portion of … Continue reading I’m making Sagpaita this Dal Day, What about you?

Brussels: The Unsung Hero of Europe

“Brussels has nothing, why are you spending so many days there?” This was something I heard over and over again by people who got to know of our plan to be in the city for five long days. I arrived in the Belgian capital tad worried: had I really made a mistake by keeping too much time for one city? My doubts were laid to … Continue reading Brussels: The Unsung Hero of Europe

The Khichdi of My Childhood, This Sankranti

India is a land of festivals, and festivals, in our country, signify only one thing – food. While most festivals boast of elaborate meals prepared well in advance and cooked through the day, do you know that there is one festival, which celebrates the most humble meal ever? What’s more amazing is that the festival and the food share their name? Thanks to Bollywood we … Continue reading The Khichdi of My Childhood, This Sankranti