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The root that binds us

The root that binds us

The diversity of Indian food is so vast, that one comes across different ways to use the same type of ingredients, every few kilometres. But the one root that binds all Indian cuisines is tumeric. Celebrating this ingredient is a sprawling new Worli eatery, Talli Turmeric. Contemporary but authentic The ...

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Biryani as temple prasadam: an 83-year-old tradition

They are human too - The Hindu

Vadakkampatti, a small village in Thirumangalam taluk of Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district, hosts an unusual annual temple festival. Where else can you find biryani served as prasad? And, it’s not just for devotees; anyone who walks into Vadakkampatti on January 25 this year will be treated to a hearty meal ...

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Vegan Mysore pak, delivered to your doorstep

Vegan Mysore pak, delivered to your doorstep

Ragi, coconut, jaggery. These are the mainstays of Vijay Sweets, an 11-month-old business in Coimbatore that has given much-loved traditional sweets and savouries a vegan spin. Founded by Aravind B in early 2018, the shop delivers a range of treats to 1,900 pincodes around the country. But their reputation rests ...

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Time to smell the roses

Time to smell the roses

Nestled in pockets of Mumbai, lie architectural gems from the early 1900s that still maintain their quaint charm. One such gem is a colonial-styled bungalow from the 1920s, a stone’s throw away from busy Linking Road, in Bandra. A popular venue for lifestyle pop-up events – the Vintage Garden’s sprawling ...

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Heard of agathi keerai? Now try the agathi kai

Heard of agathi keerai? Now try the agathi kai

Ever since I tasted and then cooked the agathi poo poriyal four years ago, I have looked forward to it whenever this pretty ingredient is in season. The agathi (sesbania grandiflora) plants grow tall and their flowers hang in attractive clusters. They are in season now and, as I stood ...

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Taj ice cream at Mohammed Ali Road, Mumbai

Taj ice cream at Mohammed Ali Road, Mumbai

Taj Ice Cream, situated in the bylanes of Mohammed Ali Road, Mumbai, is a century-old joint known for its hand-churned ice creams. It dates back to 1887, when Valilji Jalaji from Kutch arrived in Bombay and started selling fruits and milk mixed in an earthen pot. The man, was totally ...

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The chaat story – The Hindu

The chaat story - The Hindu

There are those who say the word chaat originated from its literal meaning ‘to lick’. It was so delicious that people licked their fingers and the bowl made of peepal leaves, called donas, in which it is often served. Others think it originated from the term chatpati (tangy). However, no ...

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Let’s have a malvani thali

Let’s have a malvani thali

A recent visit to Conrad Pune, a business hotel on Mangaldas Road; I did not expect the kind of food placed before me — a no-fuss Malvani thali, served on a steel plate with bowls of bhaji and curry, at the hotel’s fine-dine Indian restaurant, Zeera. The solkadhi, a kokum-infused ...

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Let’s pluck some beans for lunch

Let’s pluck some beans for lunch

K Palani Ammal, a farm hand, is harvesting broad beans on a small patch of land at Perur Kalampalayam in Coimbatore. I’m seated in a thatch-roofed structure a little away, eating rice and sambar made with broad beans she plucked just the previous day. “The sambar also has bottle gourd ...

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Served with love at Korukkupet

Served with love at Korukkupet

The crowd couldn’t stop raving about the sweet kozhukattais. Then there were round, savoury ones too, with plenty of channa dal and mustard seeds in each bite. The Arts took centre-stage at the Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha’s cultural programmes at Korukkupet recently, but the food stalls put up by the ...

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