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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Kaushik Das Gupta

The tart delight of summers: The remarkable versatility of raw mango
Sun, Jun 16, 2019

The joys — pickled and pulped — of unripe mangoes.

The sugar syrup-coated orange whorls of delight
Sun, Jun 02, 2019

A date with jalebis during Ramzan in Mumbai.

Bon Appetit! The greatest virtues of the humble potato
Sun, May 12, 2019

The humble potato, which absorbs all flavours and lifts any dish, is best served mashed.

The invisible djinns in our food
Sun, Apr 28, 2019

No season lends itself better to fermented food than summer. As modern science re-emphasises the wisdom inherent in fermented food, one of the oldest kitchen techniques seems to be making a comeback.

Spread the joy: The many-splendoured nature of chutney
Sun, Apr 14, 2019

Sweet, sour or spicy — chutneys and relishes can uplift the most mundane, dispiriting meals.

From My Grandmother’s Kitchen
Mon, Apr 01, 2019

Rice dishes struck a chord with her, especially tehri.

The vastly misunderstood condition of gluttony
Sun, Mar 17, 2019

Gluttony isn’t a sin. Surplus eating and leftovers can, in fact, stimulate production.

The infinite importance of the ‘kick’ of mustard oil
Sun, Feb 24, 2019

There’s only one way to tame mustard oil — with deference.

When the Twain Do Meet
Sat, Feb 23, 2019

A sharp overview of India’s recent history with its heightened interplay between media and politics.

Why new plan to ‘unlock’ Farakka for hilsa recalls old debate on fish passes
Thu, Feb 21, 2019

Like many other debates in gastronomy, the one on the hilsa, too, is about the seamlessness of legend and myth, ecology, history, and culture.

Memories of ‘nolen gur’ and how a film refreshed empathy with the craftspersons who created magic
Sun, Feb 10, 2019

Making Magic: Literally “new jaggery,” nolen gur is extracted from date palm. At dusk, men whose nimble limbs would put any acrobat to shame, scale the trees to cleave a thin slice of the trunk.

All it takes to welcome seasons is food and family
Sun, Jan 20, 2019

In the predominantly Punjabi neighbourhood where we spent most of our childhood, the festivities would be announced with drumbeats and bonfires into which peanuts and popcorn were thrown in as ritual oblation. But, for long, we did not really know what the fervour was all about.

Lessons from chaat: The pursuit of ‘authentic’ food shouldn’t kill spontaneity
Sun, Jan 06, 2019

And why food can’t live in a time warp.

If the Heart Says So: Can there be a Christmas meal without cake?
Sun, Dec 23, 2018

Can there be a Christmas meal without cake? The Christmas meal is among the rare times in the year when the extended family meet at the dinner table.

What’s Cooking? To know more about food is to know more about life
Sun, Dec 09, 2018

A dish is much more than a perfect combination of ingredients acted upon by fire, it is also to do with memories,  history and geography.

Easier Said than Done book review: Love of the Game
Sat, Nov 10, 2018

In his autobiography, Alan Wilkins explores the changing face of cricket with empathy and self-deprecating humour

Why Muhammad Ali Jinnah still provokes
Tue, May 08, 2018

Indian society lives in the shadow of Partition even today. The search for the “real culprits” behind the division of India continues. And prima facie, Jinnah seems to fit the bill.

In Good Faith: Lives of others
Mon, Feb 26, 2018

Moral desirability of organ donation must be balanced against the coercion that altruism usually carries in unequal societies.

Sweet somethings
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Whether in Bengal or Odisha, the rosogolla is a product of artisanal inventiveness. An authenticity debate, a GI tag, spoil the taste.

Gold In The Pot
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

Khichdi fans are legion — from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to Michelin-star chefs

Mr Pati, My Teacher
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Pati did not just share his love for history, he also drew many of us into his passion for a more humane society — in his case, the two were perhaps inextricable. His affability sometimes showed up in unexpected ways.

Once upon a river
Fri, May 12, 2017

Ganga and Yamuna are legal persons now. What does this mean for these cesspools of pollutants, still revered by people, but which have lost any connect to their lived experiences?

While the city burned
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Examining the state’s shameful record in the 1989 Bhagalpur and 2002 Gujarat riots

A Cup For Everyone
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

A riveting account of a beverage that originated in China and Japan and went on to become a global favourite

Book review: How Food Makes Us Human
Sat, Jul 23, 2016

Taste is inextricable from ideologies and imaginations — it raises important questions about culture, power, hierarchy, gender relations, ecology and nutrition