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

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

Veg biryani at Kadiris of Hendon

Veg biryani at Kadiris of Hendon

In what has been a momentous week for cricket in India, I, like billions of others, have spent the last four days scouring the internet for feel good quotes about one Mr Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. In fact, India’s news channel 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

Radhe Traditional Indian foods (pure veg)


Obviously we pick one of the wettest days of the year to do our “admin” – defined in our household as mind-numbing tasks that are not related to eating, swimming, playing/watching cricket, cycling or going for a nice long walk. Continue reading

Paneer Kebabs

Paneer Kebabs

A couple of weekends ago we were invited to a spontaneous barbecue and I turned into an anthropologist’s case study (quite fittingly, as both the hosts have studied anthropology in Uni). Allow me to explain: the cultural anthropologist Marvin Harris Continue reading

Tayaba’s corn on the cob curry recipe

Corn on the cob curry

I have said this once and I will say it again: I absolutely love coconut in my curries. I first encountered a corn on the cob curry in Nairobi when we lived there for a year. The aunty who have Continue reading

Tendli (Ivy Gourd) Sabji

Tendli sabji

This is what Tendli or Ivy Gourd looks like – most Indian children are violently “allergic” to it and I think it is only when you grow up that you begin to appreciate the taste of this vegetable. At least, Continue reading