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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Damini Ralleigh


Damini works as a Senior Correspondent with The Indian Express.

Kathak dancer Pandit Munna Shukla dies at 78
Thu, Jan 13, 2022

🔴 Grandson of Kathak maestro, Acchan Maharaj, he began his instruction in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, under the aegis of his father, Sunderlal Shukla, before moving to Delhi in 1960 with his grand-uncle Shambhu Maharaj, uncle Birju Maharaj and percussionist Manika Prasad.

What momos, which clocked over 1 crore online orders last year, mean to those selling them
Sun, Jan 09, 2022

From a migrant dish to a city staple, the adaptable momo signals an evolving India, whose eating habits have been shaped by migrants from the sidelines of the food world

Christmas Special: How Kerala’s beveca and the Goan bebinca are related
Thu, Dec 23, 2021

Along India’s western coast, two colonial cousins, the starkly different desserts, share a common Portuguese heritage.

How cooking for herself changed one home cook’s outlook on food
Sat, May 02, 2020

‘Quarantine cooking’ isn’t just about getting creative with food, but also about learning to cook when you only have yourself to feed.

As Italy eases lockdown, a farmers’ market reopens in Bra — to fewer buyers, more curbs
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Since late March, Italy’s record of new infections has been on a steady decline though the total number of fatalities stands over 27,500 — still the highest in Europe and second only to the United States globally.

On empty streets of northern Italy, gloom and some rainbows of hope
Sun, Mar 15, 2020

By Saturday evening India time, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections had reached 17,660, hospitals across the country were overflowing with patients, and 1,266 people had died — the biggest toll from the pandemic anywhere outside China.

Meals Out of the Bin
Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Chef Justin Horne’s London-based restaurants exemplify the need and ways to rewrite the destiny of waste.

At His Table
Mon, Dec 17, 2018

Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia on the inception of modern Indian cuisine, his rebellion against parochial prejudices around food and the need to respect indigenous produce.

Farm to Fork: The Healthy Route
Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Tasting India, which turns three, puts the farmer at the centre while pitching food as one of India’s soft powers.

Her Tryst with Destiny: Dancer-historian Swarnamalya Ganesh redeeming a space for the devadasi narrative
Thu, Dec 06, 2018

Dancer-historian Swarnamalya Ganesh, who has been at the forefront of #MeToo movement in classical music, on the fluidity that democracy affords and redeeming a space for the devadasi narrative.

The Diary of an Artist
Fri, Nov 30, 2018

Sohrab Hura’s photobook, Look It’s Getting Sunny Outside!!!, offers a peek into the life within his mother’s home

‘Veganism is a reflection of a value that was born in India’
Fri, Nov 30, 2018

Dr Melanie Joy's book, 'Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows (2010)', comments on industrialised animal food production that chases cost-effective methods with an absolute disregard for animal rights.

The Diary of an Artist
Tue, Nov 27, 2018

Sohrab Hura’s photobook, Look It’s Getting Sunny Outside!!!, offers a peek into the life within his mother’s home

Sound a Metaphor
Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Navin Thomas presents engaging mechanics of aural forms in his first solo in the Capital.

A Star in Her Own Right
Mon, Nov 26, 2018

The first Indian woman to receive a Michelin star, Garima Arora on her Bangkok restaurant Gaa, her journey, and why cooking is more than just physical work.

Classic Contemporary: Sujan Sarkar brings a taste of progressive Indian restaurant to the Capital
Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Marrying modern cooking techniques with regional Indian flavours, Sujan Sarkar stirs up ingenious inventions in his kitchen, as witnessed in the Kadak Naan and Charred Corn Roti, served with corn mousse.

Traditionally Speaking
Wed, Nov 07, 2018

Diwali is marked by lights, colours and flavours. We speak to artists, designers and chefs on the significance of each of these elements

Let’s Talk About Bread
Tue, Oct 30, 2018

Unlike most bakeries, their goods don’t arrive in the morning to be polished off through the day. Instead, they float out of the kitchen, perennially, impregnating the air with the distinctly comforting smell of freshly baked bread.

From saatvik to sinful, the thali is as varied as Indian culture and geography
Sun, Oct 21, 2018

While it may not be fitting to suggest that the modern thali descended from the temple thaal, some of earliest records of food assembled on a platter, called naivedya, date to the 11th century.

Pho the Better
Fri, Oct 19, 2018

The Embassy of Vietnam puts its best plate forward in its canteen.

Food Wisdom
Fri, Oct 19, 2018

In Ultimate Grandmother Hacks, nutritionist Kavita Devgan makes a case for the traditional eating wisdom from our grandmother’s kitchens.

A Wilted Green
Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Purple Greene makes a case for an entirely vegetarian fare, but rather unconvincingly

Sometimes it’s better to be sober
Wed, Sep 26, 2018

The Drunken Botanist in Cyberhub scores high on drinks, but fails the food test.

Before the Lights Go Out: Ketaki Sheth on her latest exhibition
Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Photographer Ketaki Sheth’s new show goes in search of the flickering life in forgotten photo studios. Her latest book and exhibition make a spirited defence of that which has, under the onslaught of the digital medium, been eased out of the spotlight.

Makhana is the New Snack
Wed, Sep 19, 2018

The heady ascent of the humble makhana is indicative of the superfood’s promising future.