The open road is every traveller’s best friend. Except in India, it’s more like a temperamental bestie. Every few kilometers you learn to anticipate mood swings, potholes and the frequent bullock and his family. But there isn’t anything quite like the open road in India, especially when you leave the cities behind. The beauty of … Continue reading What to take with you on a road trip through India
If you ever want to feel like you’re not quite on the same blue dot as the rest of the human race- this is the place to be. The root bridges of Meghalaya are surreal. Seriously! Today I’m in the jungles of Cheerapunjee in Meghalaya on a magical root bridge. Brick and mortar move aside, these … Continue reading The bridges that breathe
Many of my friends, new to Indian food, think that it’s all spice and fire. But that’s not true. Sure, there are spices, but it’s not all chili. It’s cumin, cinnamon, cardamom; fragrant spices, robust ones, peppery ones. And they’re used carefully and thoughtfully. Each has its own aroma and adds its own character to … Continue reading How to work with dry spices
Lime rice is one of those quick recipes that turns a boring leftover into a delicious dinner with minimal effort. You can have this dish by itself or served with poppadums. It’s light, hearty, and has a wonderful mix of tangy and crunchy elements. Lime rice is originally South Indian, but it has found its … Continue reading Lime Rice, a quick leftover rice fix
The fish are everywhere. Heaped high on tables. Drying in copious quantities on front porches. Flaying in ingenious, net back-pockets of weathered fishermen. Swimming in fiery red curries. And being licked lazily by cats who treat these abundant morsels, less like food and more like extensions of their paws. There’s so much of fish around, … Continue reading Korlai Fort. A taste of Portugal in the Konkan.
I wouldn’t be surprised if my tea came with a melting square raft of butter in Amritsar. This sinful fat stares at you on everything you eat and the Amritsaris make no attempt to hide it
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