Food

Durga And Puja

My mother, amused by my strong dislike for the city, had commented that I sure will come back and might even have a lifelong connection with Calcutta. In the arrogance of my youth, I told her that could never happen and vowed never to return. As luck would have it, in just a few years, I was married to a certain Mr. Kar and in another few years owned a house there -- my mother had the last laugh.
Audiomatic

Podcast: The Idli Story - Once The Labour Of Love In South India's Kitchens, Now A Pan-India Staple

The versatile and healthy idli is ubiquitous and has achieved widespread popularity. But, and some might find this surprising, it was nothing more than a regional specialty up until the '70s and even '80s, when it was confined largely to south Indian households. How did it manage to cross geographical boundaries and become an everyday staple across India? Vikram Doctor finds out in this episode of The Real Food Podcast.
Shweta Andrews

No Love Greater Than The Love Of Food: Sampling Bombay's Legendary Parsi Cuisine

When it comes to Parsi food, old Bombay is a gold mine. There are numerous establishments - some well known, others not-so-famous - that offer the various culinary delights of the community to all and sundry. To be in South Bombay and not sample Parsi food therefore is nothing short of sacrilege. Having sinned enough already, I am in no mood for another act of impiety, so off I go on a hot, humid afternoon for my pilgrimage.
Priya Pathiyan

Five Reasons To Go Ape Over Mumbai's Monkey Bar

The Monkey Bar somersaulted its way into Mumbai via its successful branches in Delhi and Bengaluru and has had the chatterati going bananas about it for some time now. If you haven't been there yet (what WERE you doing all this time?), you should. And even if you've already been there, checked it out and marked your territory, here's why you'll be jumping up and down for more...
Priya Pathiyan

India Meets Injera: An Ethiopian Experience In Mumbai

Ananya explains how it's traditionally eaten together from one large plate, much like a Bohri thaal. She's made it easier for us to break bread with near strangers though, by serving it up in individual portions. The mainstay is the Injera, an Ethiopian sourdough crepe with a delicate, spongy texture. On this are heaped all the other dishes.
Audiomatic

Podcast: Vikram Doctor On Indian Muslim Cuisine

Almost every Indian city has a neighbourhood devoted to Muslim cuisine, which most of us think begins and ends at biryani, kebabs and baida rotis. But, in this episode of The Real Food Podcast, Vikram Doctor puts it perfectly - "There's a lot more to Muslim food than this greasy, heavy, spicy food."
Tripzuki

Five Must-Have Vegetarian Dishes In India

India is one of the easiest places to be vegetarian. We use a lot of pasteurised butter (ghee) or cream in our food so being vegan is a little hard, but vegetarian, that is super easy. Imagine walking into a restaurant and seeing a menu that has the following dishes: veg paneer kadai, veg paneer tikka masala, veg jalfrezi, veg kolhapuri, the list goes on. Naturally, many foreign visitors have absolutely no idea what constitutes these dishes. So here our cherry-picked favourites...