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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Pooja Pillai


Pooja Pillai is a Special Correspondent working with The Indian Express.

The Back Burner: Got leftover rice? Make muthias
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

This tasty Gujarati snack can also be a very healthy and filling breakfast and can include any vegetables of your choice

Can cloud kitchens rescue restaurants?
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

By embracing delivery-only services, the hospitality sector is expanding its options to stay in business

How to get away with murder
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Best-selling crime-fiction writer Harlan Coben on his latest book and why he is prone to an athlete’s work ethic

The Back Burner: Hot, spicy garlic rasam for cold rainy days
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

You can have this rasam as a soup or with some fresh, steamed rice, ghee and papad. Either way, it’s deeply comforting and nourishing

How a Black woman saved lives – without her consent or due acknowledgement
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Cells derived from Henrietta Lacks made medical history, but her story says a lot about the history of race and ethics in medical research.

The Back Burner: Chutney Paniyaram for lazy rainy days
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

This quick, improvisational recipe uses very little effort to deliver delicious food

Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh announce plans to launch plant-based meat products
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

The actors, who turned vegetarian four years ago, say that their products will have the taste and feel of real meat and will cater to the Indian palate

The Back Burner: Surti Locho is a tasty, healthy breakfast
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Locho, which literally means “mistake”, is an ode to the inventiveness and "Anything Goes" attitude of India’s street food culture

‘To build a restaurant from scratch, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience’
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

What does it take to launch a restaurant in a pandemic? Chef Vikramjit Roy on having to fix tiles and drainage without professional help in his new venture and putting off plans to include dine-in until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19

The Back Burner: Crisp, golden adai dosas for a healthy breakfast
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

These dosas are the lighter, fermented version of the lentil-based classic South Indian tiffin item, adai

The Back Burner: A creamy, delicious coconut-milk dessert from Kerala
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

Parippu pradhaman is a kheer-like dessert made from a mix of moong dal and chana dal in a coconut milk and jaggery base

Understanding the politics of pulling down statues: what does it convey, and what does it miss?
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Statues representing oppression and injustice are being toppled around the world. Is their destruction the only option or is there a case to be made for conservation as well?

The Back Burner: Quick Chinese-style sesame sauce
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Versatile and delicious, this sauce can be had with noodles, as a salad dressing or as a dip or spread

The Back Burner: Two easy green chilli chutneys
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

These chutneys are hot, delicious and very versatile.

The Back Burner: Super-quick and fragrant coconut rice
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

This is a great way of using up leftover rice and is light enough to be part of any meal, including breakfast.

Covid-19 forces Indian Accent London to shut down
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Social distancing, costs of operating in an expensive location and the economic uncertainty in the UK are being cited as the reasons

The Back Burner: Easy homemade kesar elaichi shrikhand
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

All it takes is a little planning and you’ve got a dessert that is as delicious as it’s simple.

Tastes like home: Axone examines the biases people from the Northeast face in the rest of India
Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Directed by Nicholas Kharkongor, the film shows how insidiously prejudices weave themselves into our everyday lives and conversations

Meet the parotta – the Kerala flatbread that attracts more GST than North Indian roti
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

What is this delicious culinary treat, and how did it come to be an icon of Kerala? Where else can you find a parotta, and how are they different from their Malabar cousin?

The Back Burner: Vazhakka pachadi or Malayali raw plantain raita
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

A quick no-fuss recipe that is light and perfect to beat the summer heat.

Delhi: Restaurants grapple with reduced staff, missing customers
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

Restaurants are assessing the situation before opening up. “We understand the government has to play it safe. But how can you expect businesses to restart with the handbrake on?” says Ashish Ahuja, director of Pebble Street.

Delhi: At Khan Market, 2 outlets shut shop
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

As per Cushman and Wakefield’s annual report on the world’s most expensive shopping streets, in 2019, Khan Market was the 20th most expensive in the world, with annual rents averaging at USD 243 per sq ft.

Unlocking Delhi: Malls, restaurants open but please mind the gap
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

From capacity to timing, eateries stare at challenges

Is food always on the mind of a chef?
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

Michelin-starred chef Suvir Saran on his new book -- not a cookbook -- and his journey into the business of food.

Explained: Reopening restaurants in India, world
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

Many restaurants in India have begun to put measures in place. From masks to disinfectants, a look at what is being done.