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.
In India, clams have many names—five, the last time I counted—and come in varying shapes, sizes, and colors. I’ve always found that compared to other fish and shellfish, clams are rather mild in flavor, with a gentle sweetness, light bitterness, and just a touch of oceany aroma. They’re a great way to get … Continue reading Clam/ Tisrya Stew, an Anglo Indian recipe
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.
Every year, in the week leading up to the beautiful Indian festival of Diwali, hundreds of street vendors add their little contribution of colour to the festivities. Dotting pavements, lining compound walls, delicately strung over hanging wires are the blooms of Diwali- the gorgeous yellows and striking oranges of the marigolds. Broken only by the dark green … Continue reading The garlands of good fortune.
Spain is everything I’ve imagined- earthy, sultry, vibrant, red, heady, young, historic and every single thing opposite of that. It is a country that lived up to my expectations, went beyond them, and showed me sides that broke all preconceived notions that I had. Firstly, it had me at Ola. No seriously! I had no idea what Ola meant, … Continue reading My tips to travel through Spain. In English.
Diwali is just around the corner. The perfect excuse to rustle up some very addictive Poha Chivda. Not that I need much of a reason. “It’s Sunday” also works. For all those new to Indian food, Poha is de-husked rice which is beaten into flat flakes. It’s extremely light and forms an integral … Continue reading Poha Chivda- A Diwali favourite
The Mangalorean Catholic community of India is famed for some delicious meat preparations. Being half Manglorean myself, some of the popular dishes find their way to my dinner table every other week.The usual suspects—coconut, fiery red chillies, tamarind and curry leaves—are synonymous with coastal food and found in varying proportions and combinations in … Continue reading Manglorean Lamb Curry with Potatoes