A chip of the old Nayak

A chip of the old Nayak

In a clear case of judicio-culinary activism, __C Y Gopinath   is put on trial for declaring Rama Nayak’s wafers to be the best in the universe as we know it. Yes, M’lud, I am reasonably certain that it was not an Indoor Locker. Or Indoor Laukar, as they tell me its ...

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The future of Gobi Manchurian

The future of Gobi Manchurian

It turns out no one had told Manchuria that its name had been appended to the Indian cauliflower, phool gobi. When news got out, all hell broke loose “We have no choice,” said the Manchurian National Security Advisor. “This must be considered an act of war. By annexing ...

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The spud and the dud

The spud and the dud

They're a historic pair, the potato and the puri. If only they'd learn to get along better "You're a nothing! " said the potato to the puri. "A cipher." The puri sank a little lower into his plate, and a little steam escaped from a crack. You’ve seen the ...

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Dosa Days

Dosa Days

Three dosas you should probably become friends with It's not even called a dosa where I come from , if you really want to know. We call it a dosai . The global menus that are trending these days called them 'crisp rice crêpes from India'. But they're not supposed to be ...

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  • Dummed pukht!

    Dummed pukht!

    In which I embark on a perilous journey to make a dum pukht biriyani No man (or woman, at least those few who cook) in his right mind would dare ...

  • With a little bit of leek

    With a little bit of leek

    Adding a twist of something different to a soup everyone's made before I have only a little respect for the leek. Creamy colored member of the onion family, about as ...

  • How to make May Kaidee's Pumpkin Hummus

    How to make May Kaidee's Pumpkin Hummus

    The Queen of vegetarian Thai food, with fans in New York, started life as a street food vendor in Bangkok A dancing girl in an traditional Thai headgear and a ...

  • Guru's kidney beans — so simple, so heavenly

    Guru's kidney beans — so simple, so heavenly

    Guru does nothing to his kidney beans. Maybe that's why they taste so divine. Like any self-respecting Sikh , Inderjit Singh’s distinguishing quality is that he himself doesn’t know what he’ll ...