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How chai arrived in India 170 years ago

How chai arrived in India 170 years ago

Britain’s first taste of tea was belated — the Chinese had been drinking it for 2,000 years. The English diarist, Samuel Pepys, mentions tea in his diary entry from September 25, 1600. “Tcha,” wrote Pepys, the “excellent and by all Physicians approved, China drink,” was sold in England from 1635, ...

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Like grandmas make it – The Hindu

Like grandmas make it - The Hindu

“I make podis and masalas that remind my customers of their own homes”, says Suganya Selvaraj, the founder of Grandmas Goodies. This 46-year-old entrepreneur from Coimbatore launched her brand in October last year. “It was not pre-planned. My niece had a carnival at her school and my mother-in-law took the ...

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Grilling question! – The Hindu

Grilling question! - The Hindu

Quite like the way people divide themselves into those who love the sea and those who prefer the mountains, I like to put those who enjoy their kababs into two neat groups. Are you a shammi kabab person, I ask them, or would you rather go for seekh kababs? Though ...

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The journey of the famous Ooty ‘varkey’

The journey of the famous Ooty ‘varkey’

The makers of the Ooty varkey, a crusty cookie that looks like a little box with its top smashed in, want to ensure its uniqueness with the help of a Geographical Indication tag. After all, if Hyderabad’s haleem, Tirupati’s laddoo and the Bengali rosogolla can have a GI tag, why ...

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Making millets your own – The Hindu

Making millets your own - The Hindu

“Growing up, my family had millets as an alternative to wheat and rice. There is a need to make millets, the primary food again, because of its nutritional value and less resource-intensive cultivation,” said B Subba Rao one of the visitors to the Millets Food Festival at the YMCA parking ...

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A chat with Chef Aarudhra Giri on her newly opened Cafe Gluttony

A chat with Chef Aarudhra Giri on her newly opened Cafe Gluttony

It was the name that caught my attention at The Gourmet Bazaar in 2016. Café Gluttony! At that point, Chef Aarudhra Giri was only taking orders on her sauces, jams and chutneys. She operated from a small kitchen in Hotel Alankar Ram Nagar. Now she’s ready with a proper café ...

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Sea food at Mr Fish

Sea food at Mr Fish

The super-smooth tarmac from Rameswaram to Dhanushkodi is a scenic drive not to be missed, recommended a friend. So I take the road, flanked by a vast expanse of biscuit-coloured sand, beyond which the waters of the sea shimmer under the azure sky. As cars and tourist vans zip by ...

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Mumbai’s Khyber serves you food and hospitality

Mumbai’s Khyber serves you food and hospitality

A hotspot for celebrities from around the globe, Khyber has been synonymous with robust food and warm hospitality. You could well be sitting on the same table that Brad Pitt occupied at Khyber, when he had dinner with friends there some months ago. He is believed to have particularly relished ...

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The Pizza Bakery serves up delciious Italian goodness

The Pizza Bakery serves up delciious Italian goodness

Ask anyone how they like their pizza and you are bound to run into a division of opinion. While some swear by the variety dished out by popular fast food chains, others favour wood-fired, thin crust preparations topped with artisan cheese and exotic toppings. The establishments serving pizza also make ...

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The Tastes of India food festival at GRT Regency focuses on Indian spices and curries

The Tastes of India food festival at GRT Regency focuses on Indian spices and curries

A buffet menu is always a challenge. Everything looks good and you want it all! But when you have a couple of dozen items to taste, it can make you go crazy too. The GRT Regency team seems to enjoy springing up surprises every Independence Day. As the name suggests, ...

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