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A kachori in Udaipur – The Hindu

A kachori in Udaipur - The Hindu

If anyone from the Udaipur Municipal Corporation is reading this, I request you kind sirs and dear madams, to immediately start a motion prohibiting the stylising of any more chaat and sweet shops as JMB. Ten days before my trip to Udaipur, my friends suggested I check out (and more ...

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What India feasts on for Easter

What India feasts on for Easter

Christian communities across India celebrate Easter with aplomb after the 40 days of abstinence during Lent. Though the traditional meal differs in each, it invariably consists of meat, in some form, along with a sumptuous spread. Lamb has always been considered a religious symbol, yet, every region of India has ...

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Vettu cake from Keralapuram in Kollam is a ‘cut’ above the rest

Vettu cake from Keralapuram in Kollam is a ‘cut’ above the rest

It is not every day that Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac gushes about cakes! But when he did on Facebook, not many people were surprised because every foodie worth his/her salt in South Kerala seems to know the eatery he was raving about: a small, no-frills joint at Keralapuram, on ...

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Try the thali at ‘The Spicy Venue’

Try the thali at ‘The Spicy Venue’

In the year 2000, when Sampath Srinivas Tummula was 20, his father Tummula Ravindra Kumar decided to open a restaurant serving Andhra thalis in Jubilee Hills. Back then, he was one of the first restaurateurs to do so in the area. Much to his delight, he realised that his restaurant ...

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a peek into famous bajji shop in adyar

a peek into famous bajji shop in adyar

It was 1976. A year into The Emergency, to be precise. Indian economy had hit a new low. Protests happened, arrests were made… You know the story. Interestingly, it was the same year a small bajji shop in Madras was gaining popularity among college and school students in Adyar. It ...

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The north and south are well-represented in this new restaurant’s fresh modern Indian menu

The north and south are well-represented in this new restaurant’s fresh modern Indian menu

When you think of modern Indian cuisine, it doesn’t take much effort before names like Indian Accent, Farzi Cafe, and Masala Library pop to mind. Given this, did we really need Rooh, a San Francisco-based brand, doing more of the same thing, and in India to boot? From the minute ...

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From Dhaka with flavour – The Hindu

From Dhaka with flavour - The Hindu

A beautifully tender piece of lamb flavoured with the aromatic shatkura lemon sits on my lunch plate; the lemon has come all the way from Sylhet in Bangladesh where it grows. Shaktura Mutton – lamb cooked with fenugreek, onion and finished with Shaktura juice, is one of the many dishes ...

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Easter houses of Delhi – The Hindu

Easter houses of Delhi - The Hindu

After the Metcalfe era, the family’s Matka Kothi went into oblivion and its place for Easter celebrations was taken over first by Ludlow Castle, and then Rangoon Villa and Bombay House in the Civil Lines. The last which has now become the residence of Jesuit seminarians preparing for priesthood, but ...

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Make the best use of raw mangoes with a manga sadam

Make the best use of raw mangoes with a manga sadam

It must be the endorphins, I tell myself, as I strut around packing my tiffin box. It is manga sadam (mango rice) today, not the usual boring stuff I schlep to office as lunch. I even call my colleagues to tell them I am bringing enough for everyone. It all ...

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Food stories can be deliciously funny

Food stories can be deliciously funny

That food satisfies the stomach and the soul is an established fact. Not equally known is the belief that it tickles the funny bone. If you don’t believe me, go through Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink. A friend lent me her copy a few weeks ...

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