The joys — pickled and pulped — of unripe mangoes.
A date with jalebis during Ramzan in Mumbai.
The humble potato, which absorbs all flavours and lifts any dish, is best served mashed.
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.
Sweet, sour or spicy — chutneys and relishes can uplift the most mundane, dispiriting meals.
Rice dishes struck a chord with her, especially tehri.
Gluttony isn’t a sin. Surplus eating and leftovers can, in fact, stimulate production.
There’s only one way to tame mustard oil — with deference.
A sharp overview of India’s recent history with its heightened interplay between media and politics.
Like many other debates in gastronomy, the one on the hilsa, too, is about the seamlessness of legend and myth, ecology, history, and culture.
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.
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.
And why food can’t live in a time warp.
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.
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.
In his autobiography, Alan Wilkins explores the changing face of cricket with empathy and self-deprecating humour
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.
Moral desirability of organ donation must be balanced against the coercion that altruism usually carries in unequal societies.
Whether in Bengal or Odisha, the rosogolla is a product of artisanal inventiveness. An authenticity debate, a GI tag, spoil the taste.
Khichdi fans are legion — from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to Michelin-star chefs
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.
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?
Examining the state’s shameful record in the 1989 Bhagalpur and 2002 Gujarat riots
A riveting account of a beverage that originated in China and Japan and went on to become a global favourite
Taste is inextricable from ideologies and imaginations — it raises important questions about culture, power, hierarchy, gender relations, ecology and nutrition
Inside Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh's mehendi ceremony