Tangy Memories

  Chana jor garam is a ‘fast-food’ made from cooked chick-peas that are flattened, fried, and seasoned with rich and tangy spices. It is served with chopped onions, tomatoes, fresh coriander, chaat masala and topped with lemon juice. It was on my must-have list when ever we took a trip to the beach. Being a…

Home Made

There is nothing more delicious in the world than when your mother whips up everything that you crave for. This was a long time ago, when Ma was prepping for avial. Avial is a South Indian delicacy which has elephant yam, white and red pumpkins, carrots, drum sticks, curry leaves, and broad beans, etc. (you…

Sweet Nothings

This sumptuous affair I found at a very famous art gallery in Fort Kochi. Famous not just for its food, but also because it is owned by one of the most pretty looking actors from the Malayalam film industry (yes, I drool on him, not his acting chops though). The place, Kashi Art Gallery, is…

Rainbow of Love

Most of the rainbow cake recipes I have seen online (no, I don’t fancy baking, just watching) are usually a single-flavored cake in different hues, and the same frosting. This little devil that I devoured with friends was something else. To start with, the pastry comes with millimeter-sized cake layers in different varieties and different…

Street Food Mania

Food is a great leveller; irrespective of preferences, it’s a necessity for all, and a luxury for few. This is all the you get if you plan to savour the local cuisine of Jaipur. I’m not a fan of sweet thing, savoury items tug the strings of my heart more. In this picture, you see…

Rhymes With Orange

I love oranges. That said there is so much to feel sorry for this seasonal fruit. Its name and colour are the same and the lonely thing doesn’t even have a word to rhyme with. However: “Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas…

Jujubes

These typical Indian confectioneries are made from  fruit-flavored jellies and coated in fine sugar crystals. As kids, we believed that these are made only in the Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar hill stations in Maharashtra. The former is popular for chikkis (brittle) in various flavors, fudges and jellies; and the latter is known for strawberries, mountain carrots,…

Ancillary or Enhancements?

Sometimes, the food that you eat is as good as what comes complementary. No doubt it makes the main dish taste better, but at times it is delicious just by itself. That’s pretty much how the civil society works too. You meet some people who season your life, some that are welcome additions, and others…

Food Mania

  Food is a great leveler. It’s a warehouse of memories and can offer comfort like few other things. Whenever I feel intensely homesick, my tongue yearns for familiar flavors that remind me of my childhood and my hometown. But this one trip in Hyderabad with close friends was a discovery in itself. After devouring…

Comfort Foods

What would you do if you can’t pick between veggies, warm soup and healthy dumplings? You take the easy route out with a warm bowl of Desi Chinese Wonton Soup, from the roadside stall, of course!

Comfort Food

In Maharashtra, we love puff breads, lovingly called as pav. We can eat pav with just about anything  — Vada pav, tikki pav, pav manchurian, samosa pav, bhajji pav, masala pav, dabeli, pav bhaaji, omelette pav, bhurji pav, kheema pav, bun maska (and a special variant with mixed fruit jam too) basically everything! This here is a classic…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good. ~Mariska Hargitay