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…

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…