The images that spring to mind when you hear ‘Goa’ are beaches, shacks and surf. But there’s a different side to goa that I’ve been exploring every so often, and it’s the villages inland and Goa by the riverside. They’re away from the tourist traps and present a Goa which is quite magical. Siolim is … Continue reading Siolim-Goa’s River retreats
I did it! Despite all my apprehensions and vociferous “no’s”, I finally took a deep breath and yanked the poor creature out of its buttery grave and into my mouth! Yes, I ate escargot! That choicest of French delicacies, hailed by the world’s culinary snobs. It was doused in a herby, garlicky butter … Continue reading Garçon there’s a snail in my plate!
Malpuas are a delicacy synonymous with the Muslim community of India and found along most street corners during Ramadaan. They are delicious, extremely rich crepes that are deep fried and eaten warm. Sometimes with a healthy dollop of even more ghee (clarified butter) or with dried fruits, sweetened cream or sheera (a thick semolina based … Continue reading Flying Malpuas, a must-see video of the making of this sweet treat on the street!
You can’t go to San Sebastian and have a food-less moment. It’s true what they say about this part of the world. The people here are food-obsessed. And their love for food is transformed into the most delicious dishes you will ever have the pleasure of tasting. Make no mistake, this is … Continue reading San Sebastian’s Bar Bergara- A local Pintxo bar that’s not on the traveller’s trail
Not much is known about Bohri food. And part of me wants to keep this delicious secret all to myself. But then I’m also a believer in keeping regional and community based cuisines alive. So at the cost of sharing my mutton kheema samosas, here goes! Tucked into a quiet lane near Cuffe Parade … Continue reading Uncovering the little-known gems of Bohri food
It’s a strange feeling to find a slice of the roof of the world in the sultry climes of South India. Big, dark Kannadiga eyes are suddenly replaced by the sloping slits that the gentle Tibetans view the world through. Home to over 10,000 Tibetan refugees and roughly 4000 monks and nuns, Bylakuppe in Kushalnagar … Continue reading India’s little Tibet, Kushalnagar. A photo essay.
If you thought that Mysore starts with silk and ends with sandalwood, you’ve missed a lot of the good stuff in the middle. This is a place steeped in history, but quiet in it’s telling of it.
A place where religion is deeply embedded in the goings-on of the day, whether you notice it or not. A place where the people will happily share whatever they have with you, in exchange for a small glimpse into your life. And quite unexpectedly, a place that serves up some of the best food… from other parts of India. The Mysore I was privileged enough to see took me from imposing palaces and colourful markets to ancient temples and endearing rituals.