Beegara Oota at Gowdru Hotel

Beegara Oota is an age-old tradition of the Gowdas, a community mainly from Southern Karnataka. Also known as Vokkaligas, they’re a largely agricultural community who have a healthy non-vegetarian diet. The Beegara Oota is a special tradition of the Gowdas, in which two-three days after the wedding, the groom’s side invites the bride’s family for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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