King’s feast at the 13th Century temple kitchen in Bhubaneswar

Having lunch in a new city could be trying, especially when you a vegetarian and have no idea about the kind of cuisine you will find. Should I go with South Indian cuisine to play safe or try local cuisine? If I’m trying local cuisine is it possible to get good vegetarian dishes? What should…

Colonial cuisine that dominates the Dutch food culture

Culture and cuisine goes hand-in-hand. A country’s food culture tells you a lot about the country, its people and in part how they have evolved over time. Take India for instance. Kind of food you find differs from region to region. If it is all about rice and sambar in Tamil Nadu, fish, red rice…

The Dosa evolution

Dosa! It is the first thing you hear the minute non-South Indian people you travel with you learn that know you are a South Indian. It could be the auto walla who was driving me from my meeting place to work or the Dutch official who you met for a story on a sunny afternoon….

Middle-eastern cuisine at Mezze, Chennai

I had always wanted to try the food at Mezze, Chennai. For one I have never tried Middle eastern food and wanted to do so at an affordable place. Only Mezze fit the bill. Let me start from how you pronounce the word.  Mezze is pronounced Mezzah and not mezzi/messi like it spells. The word…

South Indian’s obsession with curd rice

One of the perks of being a business journalist is that you get to eat in fancy hotels, where more often than not wonderful array of mouthwatering delicacies from pasta salads to exotic desserts are spread before you. But no matter how much I drool over those refined dishes, my eyes always look for that…

Falling in love with steamed buns at Va Pho, Chennai

I have been wanting to try the restaurant Va Pho The Asian Canteen for a long time. First of all I just love the name. Va Pho in Tamil translates to come and go. Apparently Pho is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, herbs and meat, primarily either beef or…

Fruits and Pasta

Fruits and pasta. Does not sound like a combination that will go well, does it? True enough. When you incorporate fruits in a main dish you need to be careful that they do not overpower the dish. There is a delicate balance you need to maintain. (I will stop with my MasterChefish tone in a…

Thai food at Benjarong, Chennai

There is something about Thai food that is mesmerises you, that makes you want to taste it time and again. When you have a friend whose only knowledge of Thai food comes from Pumpkin Thai red curry you cooked at home, you know that she deserves better. What better way to explore Thai food than…

Hokkaido: The latest Japanese restaurant in town

北海道. It translates to Hokkaido, a name of the place in Japan. That was also the name of the restaurant I went to sometime ago. The Japanese restaurant (of course) is barely few weeks old but it seemed to have garnered attention. It was late evening when we went there and it was lively. It…

Tasty Garlic bread I made with make-do ingredients @ home

I had made Thai curry for lunch last weekend to go with flavoured rice made using mint and cloves. When your dishes are that fancy, you begin to aspire to add just one sophisticated ingredient. Looking at the fresh loaf of grain bread, I decided to go for it.  But I have never thought making…

Home cooking: Indianised Pumpkin Thai Curry

I was on a cooking spree this weekend and I was feeling pretty adventurous. So I thought why not try Thai curry at home. When I opened the fridge I saw pumpkin and capsicum stacked and decided to go with Pumpkin Thai curry as I thought it was convenient. But man was the process long…

Some aloo chaat and dokla on a rainy day

It is so easy to give into a whole lot of temptations on a rainy day. I’m going to talk only about food cravings here. (Just saying.)    It could be the incessant ‘thup thup’ sound that brings you peace of mind; it could be those cloudy skies and deserted road that gives you the…