Pooja Pillai

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

Articles By Pooja Pillai

UK-based authors on how they collected recipes from the women in Delhi’s slums for their new cookbook

The UK-based authors met the subjects of their book through the volunteer work they do with Asha, an NGO working with an aim to empower and uplift the Capital’s slum communities.

To the Manor reborn

The Delhi hotel that once housed India’s most famous restaurant reopens with a new look and a new restaurant

Unity in Delicacies

The Aajeevika India Food Court brings popular as well as little-known dishes from across India.

Southern comfort

Some hitches apart, Savya Rasa makes a laudable attempt at displaying diversity in south Indian food

Such a Long Journey

A book by the Indian ambassador in the Netherlands highlights the historical and current exchanges that define the relationship between the two countries

An artist on finding the father of the nation moulded to suit many faces and philosophies

There are a couple of questions that I wished to explore when I began photographing Gandhi’s statues. One is how much of the images of Gandhi in the public space do we accept as Gandhi?

Raspberry Sodas, a Rooster and other stories

Remembering Boman Kohinoor, owner of Mumbai’s iconic Britannia & Co, who passed away on Wednesday

A restaurant suspended from a crane, 160 feet above the ground, provides a thrilling experience with not so exciting food

The experience doesn’t come cheap. Currently, the price per seat is Rs 2499 from Monday to Thursday, while on the weekends, it rises to Rs 3000

Finger-lickin’ good: The story of chutney in India

In most meals, the chutney is on the margins of the plate as an accompaniment. But, in its variety of ingredients and burst of flavours, it remains the common taste that binds our multicultural eating practices together.

Explained: Reading Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ in our times

At a time when political "strong men" in several countries are seen as larger-than-life heroes (or villains), and are extolled (or denounced) for having single-handedly brought about sweeping change in their countries, Tolstoy's ideas about historical determinism are especially relevant.

Looking the part

Costume designer and stylist Indrakshi Pattanaik Malik on what went into the National Award-winning costume design for the Telugu-Tamil biopic Mahanati

How Keerthy Suresh almost said no to playing Savitri Ganesan in Mahanati

Keerthy Suresh was one of the many who doubted that she could pull off the role of Savitri Ganesan in Mahanati. The actor on a role which surprised her, and has just won her a National Award.

Older, Wiser and a Tiny Bit Nicer

If Sex and the City (1997) took a caustic, unsentimental approach to the dating scene of a certain class of white people in Manhattan, this follow-up is mellower.

From my pantry

The cheese that we make at Begum Victoria is inspired by Europe, but like with wine, the terroir plays a role in how the product finally tastes, says the chef.

Lunch at your leisure

At Tenali, one can enjoy a good and unhurried meal of Andhra specialities

In a new location and with a revamped menu, Diva Spiced mostly delivers on its promise of Asian food with a twist

It is the little things like this that made our lunch at the Diva Spiced interesting. The restaurant, which used to be located in Meherchand Market, opened this week at a new location in Greater Kailash 1’s N Block Market.

Seven chefs, all alumni of the award-winning restaurant Noma, come together for a collaboration in Gurgaon

Vanshika Bhatia and Nitin Tewari are playing host to the second round of this collaboration — christened Chefs World Tour — at Together at 12th.

Fates and furies

Anger is a powerful emotion, but it seems a little reductive that a show of female power should occur mainly within this paradigm of violence and retribution.

Why poha, the light and tasty breakfast staple, remains a classic

This breakfast dish has recently been in the news, thanks to an application made by the Indori Mithai Aur Namkeen Nirmata-Vikreta Vyapari Sangh to grant a Geographical Indication (GI) tag to the Indori Poha. “

The enduring appeal of artist Jitish Kallat’s lunar rotis

Jitish Kallat's interests lie in celestial cycles, circadian rhythms and the mysterious orbital geometry of the moon, earth and sun.