The Irani Cafe Chair

The Bistro Chair or Irani Cafe Chair The Irani cafes of Bombay and Western India are mad-quirky spaces, in a league of their own. If you’ve grown up in Bombay or around, these Irani cafes have tremendous nostalgia value – chai and akuri pav with friends after cricket, the first date (as one would have […]

Story of Sambar - The Maratha Influence

Dad’s side is from Trivandrum in South Kerala and Mom’s side from Pallakad in the North. I’ve mostly been exposed to the culture and food from South Kerala and had the chance to sample flavours from Palakkad, once over lunch with Lalitha Aunty (a superb cook from Mom’s side) who’s from Pallakad. I was quite […]

Congress Bun at VB Bakery

The Congress Bun has an interesting story behind the name and is now pretty much part of Jayanagar and Bangalore folklore. I found this at VB Bakery, an old Bangalore bakery situated at the start of Thindi Beedi in Basavangudi. The famous khau galli or food street of the area. I was going to Thindi […]

Mandi at Barkas - Hyderabad's Best Kept Secret

The Mandi is one of Hyderabad’s best kept secrets. Everyone talks about Hyderabadi biryani, but there’s so much more to this city and its cuisine. Barkas used to be this infamous part of town ruled by Pehelwans (Hyderabadi equivalent to the Bombay Bhai). No one except the initiated ventured into Barkas. It was also infamous […]

Savera Tea Centre - Midnight Chai in Bangalore

I’ve only been going to Savera Tea Centre in Shivaji Nagar since 1998 for my doses of midnight chai. But the place’s been around for much more. I was 23 when I moved to Bangalore and in those days wasn’t too much into discovery of food, inspite of working as a chef at the flight […]

Tale of the Khiri Kebab - Old Poona Street Food

Though I’ve been in Delhi for many years and I started my blogging innings here in 2011. It was in Pune to where I moved in early 2012, where my blogposts came out in full flow. I’ve  now started blogging afresh after having let go of all my initial blogposts and one-by-one revisiting the old […]

South Cafe - Kerala Food in Delhi

I’ve always been familiar with Delhi as my grandparents used to live here and we used to come here for holidays. But I started my formal innings living here in 1996 with my first job with Hotel Ashok as a Chef Trainee. There were five of us – Kishore Hedaoo, Vijay Nair, Jasbir Singh, Seemant […]

Cool point - Shahi Tukra in Old Delhi

This’s the concept currently on a roll in Jama Masjid. I’d earlier predicted a meteoric rise for the Butter Cream Chicken in this part of Delhi, but the cult of the BCC which I also call the Mughlaification of Butter Chicken hasn’t spread beyond Aslam, Anmol and a couple of more shops. Whereas it’s one of the […]

Meetha Bread

I saw this amazing jugaad by a street vendor in Gautam Nagar in Delhi. I’d gone for lunch to South Cafe, my favourite place for Kerala food in Delhi and noticed this street vendor selling rasgulla and something else. That something else turned out to be a thickish bread slice dipped in sugar syrup and the guy […]

Pune Station Ka Alti Palti - Pune Street Food

Pune Street Food Pune has a vast and varied scene for local food. Pune street food in the traditional Hindu/Brahmin areas of the many ‘peths’ and ‘wadas’ is both a mix of vegetarian and non vegetarian. The non vegetarian is mostly around sheep meat and not goat. Which’s also the case this side of Maharastra, […]

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