Diwali Dahi Pohe breakfast


It’s not Diwali if there is no Dahi Pohe for breakfast immediately after our ritual, paste-and- scrub- heavy ex-foliating baths. Pohe are… just a sec! A quick look up on Wikipedia reveals that they, in fact, are ” a dehusked Continue reading

Aloo Bhajjiya

aloo bhajjiya

I have spent my entire life running away from the “Bharatiya Nari” tag. Translated as “the Indian woman”, it is widely interpreted as a good Indian “domesticated” woman. Yes, the same woman we see fast asleep on the morning commute Continue reading

Baingan Bhajjiyas

Baingan Bhajjiya

Walk through any Indian street during late morning or early evening and you are bound to get the delicious smell of deep-fried bhajjiyas bubbling away in big cauldrons of oil. I am catering to the masses here and calling them Continue reading

Chilli Paneer

Like other fellow Indians, the family is obsessed with Chinese food – hang on, better correct this to “Indo-Chinese” to acknowledge the fact that the Chinese food we eat in the motherland doesn’t taste anything like the real thing. Oh, Continue reading

Varan Bhath – Split yellow peas and rice

varan bhat

I have spent a large part of my graduate and post graduate years putting in the word “Indian” in application forms that asked for my religion and caste. Don’t know if application forms are different in India now but at Continue reading

Chicken biryani at Indian Orchid, North Finchley

Indian Orchid

Of all my friends in London, Lisa reminds me the most of the mates that I have left behind in Bombay owing to the stimulating ‘intellectual’ conversations that we always have when we meet for dinner. Try this: when we Continue reading

Batatachi Poli (potatoes in a roti) recipe

Batatachi Poli

My mum is in Switzerland at the moment spending quality time with her Swiss grandchild. The son is keeping an eagle eye on proceedings – not so much because he is possessive of his grand mum  but mainly because he Continue reading