Cooked maracheeni and a hot cuppa filter coffee

It was impossible to resist fresh maracheeni as we call it in my hometown, or tapioca, that was sold on trucks by the street. Its musty odour is reminiscent of my school days when my sister and I used to rush to my grandmother’s house to see her wash and peel them one after another….

Why do Koreans eat seaweed soup for breakfast on their birthdays?

So Koreans have this interesting tradition of having seaweed soup on the morning of their birthday. How do I know? My source has always been good old comics or Korean Webtoons I have been into lately. If you are watching korean dramas or comics, it would be hard to miss this I suppose. But the…

Korean traditional dish Kimchi with a controversial history!

I have taken an interest in Korean cuisine all thanks to extensive reading of Korean digital comics, Webtoons. These comics are hardly food related, but it is fascinating how it is impossible to separate the narrative of everyday life of characters from food.  Food is integral not only to our living, but an important aspect…

So I began to bake cakes!

On a summery Sunday morning around 8 am, as I stood before the neighbourhood Supermarket in a Chennai suburb, in what seemed to be a very long queue, I decided to bake.  It was one of impulse. For I never wanted to before. In fact, I dismissed the thoughts outright. My aversion (at least initially)…

Devouring vegetarian food in seafood loving Odisha

When you think of Indian cuisine, food that comes to your mind is the famous Indian curries, biryani, parathas, paneer tikka and every popular dosa and sambar. These Punjabi, Rajasthani and South Indian cuisine have almost monopolised the Indian food culture. The presence of Saravana Bhavan, Punjabi dabbas and Biryani houses across India and the…

Rice wine that connects the Asian countries

It is not always you meet great group of people when you go for conferences. Most times you just end up wishing for conferences to get over so that you can go back home. Other times you find amazing company that you have a blast irrespective of how the conference goes. I’m not sure if…

Journey of the humble dish, Curry

‘One day the king begged us to eat cooked rice whose grains unbroken looked like jasmine buds, all the grains of the same size with no streaks and long like fingers along with curries (Kari) mixed with roasted seeds’ This is a verse from the Sangam literature Pathupattu that reflects the food habits of ancient Tamil Nadu written…

Khan market, not a foodie paradise

I’m kind of beginning to miss exploring different cuisine that I got so used to in Chennai. Being in the food capital Delhi should ideally give me more opportunities and there are places that offer cuisine that are more authentic such as the Ethiopian food offered at the Ethiopian cultural centre or Tibetan food the…

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…