Begun Bhaja- Spicy Eggplant Fritters

When I became a vegetarian, the first thing most people said to me was “what will you eat now? Salads? Yuk!” I can understand their sentiment. All my favorite things from McDonald’s and KFC were no longer suitable for me. And eating french fries the whole time was just not an option. As an Indian,…

Home Fries with an Indian Twist: Garlic-Mint Chutney Potatoes

Food is one of those things the love for which transcends boundaries of culture, language, and tradition. People can fight over differences in political opinion, religious dogma, positions on climate change and any number of essentially contested concepts. But every such argument can be broken up by a hot cup of tea or coffee, served…

Lemon Rice- A Satisfying Vegan Adventure

When people ask me what I love the most about my country, I don’t have to think twice before answering them. Food. It is India’s rich culinary traditions that top the list of everything that is awesome about my country. And being a bit of a gastronomer, I literally live to eat. Naturally, my love…

Kashmiri Dum Aloo: The most delicious potato ever

South Asian cuisine is rich with numerous cultures contributing to a vast array of specialized regional recipes. Kashmir, the northernmost part of India and Pakistan, also a politically troubled region enmeshed in separatist conflict is often in the news for all the wrong reasons. However, Kashmiri culture or Kashmiriyat is centuries old and goes beyond…

Stages in Food Porn: Indian Honey Roast Chicken

There is porn. Sweaty bodies, grunting, thrusting and hair pulling, or whipped cream and strawberries. And then there is food porn. Glazed meat, sizzling, dressed and pulled meat, or whipped cream and strawberries. For someone like me, who cares zilch about calories (but should, ideally), food porn will always trump over the sexual variety. I…

Lab-E-Shireen: Food of the Gods

There is neat compartmentalization of cultures when it comes to food; traditional food more specifically. And many people take pride in their culture’s cuisine and look down upon anything fusion. How many times have we heard people say, “Whatever that is, it is not Pasta (or Shephard’s Pie, or Macher Jhol, or Babaganoush).” Lab-E-Shireen is…

5 delicacies from Kashmir that you have to try.

Dum Aloo- This is perhaps the most delicious kind of potato you’ll ever meet. Steamed to soft, creamy goodness and fried in hot mustard oil, baby potatoes are then simmered overnight in a gravy of yogurt, whole red chili peppers and herbs. Liberally spiced with fennel seeds, this particular dish is often considered a celebratory recipe in…

Penne Arrabiata

Ingredients- 1. 250 grams penne pasta 2. 4 large tomatoes 3. 1 tbsp tomato ketchup 4. 1 large garlic, crushed 5. 1 cup of chopped mixed veggies (onions, capsicum, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, mushroom, spring onion, leeks) 6. 1/2 tsp dried basil 7. 1.5 tsp dried oregano 8. 1 tsp dried chili flakes…