RAMADAN SAGA – Part 1

In contradistinction to the English calendar which has 365 days in a year, the Muslim calendar which is primarily a lunar one is short of 11 days. That is the chief reason this month is not restricted to any particular season. It defies all the seasonal changes as demarcated by our normal yearly calendar. As…

South Indian style spicy eggplant curry

I wallow in the bouquet of mustard seeds tempered in rich coconut oil. Although I do not consume raw coconut much I avidly consume it when cooked. Recently I got my hands on a complimentary bottle of extra virgin coconut oil by URVI NATURALS courtesy of FBCI and could not help but make good use…

White chocolate and Nolen gur cupcakes

People often tell me how they have tried but failed to bake a cake using a microwave. Although microwave is mostly for heating purposes baking is not entirely impossible in it. Well you cannot really get that perfect bake in a microwave unless you know some tricks and knacks to get them right. Here’s sharing…

Churros and Co.

Masterchef Australia was the reason I got introduced to the Churros as a teenager. Well it is not really a household name in India today but back when Masterchef aired in India for the first time we really were not aware of its existence. Since then I have tried making my own batch to smother…

We are one

Hookah or seesha has been quite a rave in the city lately especially among the striplings. I have never been keen on hookah thus barely visited any joint offering it. The few that I have visited willingly or due to peer pressure mostly failed to galvanize me with the food. Well in a joint focusing…

A tryst with the sea @ The Coastal Macha

The coastal culture in India is dense, manifold and distinguished. The coastal cuisine is colossal and varies distinctively with the geography of the peninsular India. Just like the continental mainland cuisine, the flavors from the coast have always been tempered with from one part of the country to another. Thus except for the coasts, the…

Kancha Tomator Jhaal

How does one define comfort food? Something that imparts a sentimental value to you or something that makes you feel at ease? What is comfort food? Can you relate to it? For me comfort food has a nostalgic value attached to it, something that makes me cherish a memory from the time left behind. This…

Melting Pot @Ballygunge

Ballygunge, has always seen the flock of food lovers from around the city at any time of the day in its by-lanes. Fairly known for its elite eateries Ballygunge always been quite the attention grabber. Adding to this gastronomic map is Melting Pot, a casual dining restaurant specializing in Oriental  and continental cuisines. Warm ambience,…

The Biryani post

Biryani, it is probably the only dish which has never seen the face of rejection, I have never come across a single entity who has turned down Biryani for something better. Honestly I never understood the impetus that over hyped Biryani, maybe it was people’s inability to master the art of Biryani making or maybe…

Turning 90: Flurys

What started with a Swiss Tea Room in the heart of the British capital of India in the year 1927 is synonymous with the culture of this city today. From city dwellers to travelers Flurys has gained quite a name and nostalgia for itself in its ninety year of existence. Originally started by a Swiss couple…

Charred with love!

The advent of wood fired ovens can be traced back to ancient Europe. Urbanization today is quite a stumbling block for age old traditions and authenticity. Wood fuel has been replaced by electricity today and the electric ovens do their job just fine but can legitimacy be compensated with something that is “just fine”? Firewood…

Sanjha Chulha: 15 sumptuous years!

Earning distinction in a competitive world takes a lot of hard work and resolution but being at par with oneself, living up to the fame one has achieved requires double the amount of resilience and obstinacy. Sanjha Chulha made the impossible possible by providing unwavering quality of food and hospitality  for 15 years in the…