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GOING BEYOND THE HOME KITCHEN
If you try to Google the first women chef in India, you will find nothing. If you go back and ask historians, they may stare blankly at you. If you look in libraries, you’d draw a blank. Who and where the first woman chef was...
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THIS ONE SCORES ON CHOICE
You don’t go to pub and expect great food. That’s just something you’ve always been told or convinced yourself about. But times-are-a-changing and restaurant/pub owners are basically very politely showing their middle finger to reviewers (like me) around the world. Rules are meant to be...
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THERE’S NO BANGALORE WITHOUT ITS DARSHINIS
It is 7:30 in the morning and the queue at Krishna Bhavan runs long. The kitchen is busy and the dining area is full. Smoke wafts from the large iron griddle churning out dosas at the back; steam clouds the sambar cauldron in the corner....
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FOR THE LOVE OF COOKING
IT is a bright Goan afternoon and I am learning to make chicken cafreal and rava-fried surmai. It is my first time in a restaurant kitchen and I am naturally nervous: what if I make a mistake? A sip of kokum sharbat and my sous...
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TREAT YOURSELF TO A YUMMY IFTAR
A SWEET SLICE OF THE MALABAR We asked Anoosha Maqbool to share with us a traditional iftari treat from her kitchen. The homemaker chose to indulge us with a family heirloom recipe of a rich and fragrant Kaipola or the Malabari Banana Cake   Anoosha...
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HEAT IS THE SOUL OF SOUTH INDIA
When Vasco da Gama and his clan brought a handful of chilies to India back in 1498, little did they know that the humble spice (or fruit?) would end up defining the country and its cuisine long after they had left. Brought to Europe from...
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FLAVOURS OF THE DECCAN
Being born and raised in the heart of North India in the era of no internet meant many things — most of all, it meant that your exposure to the world was limited. That doesn’t necessarily mean that one is ignorant of the cultures and...
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