The Real Mughlai Food

Forget about the too-greasy-to-be-true offerings that commonly go under the name of Mughlai food in restaurants. The real Mughlai food is not even a homogenous entity. It has, if researcher Salma Husain is to be believed, transformed itself from completely Central Asian from the time of Babur who came from Ferghana, to overwhelmingly Indian by…

The Red Devils

I have a friend who travels to Europe and USA with a bottle of Tabasco. She doesn’t relish food that is less than incendiary. The result is that she just has to spice up her food and she – and doubtless others like her – find that Tabasco works just fine. It is spicy, its…

Cooking with Wild Almonds

When I walked into Zest, Delhi’s newest restaurant that has fuelled a feeding frenzy among the chattering classes, I had made up my mind that I would only sample dishes from the Middle East, Chinese and Thai sections. Well, maybe I’d give the modern European and Italian sections a try, but I’d definitely steer clear…

Indian Food without Red Chillies

I wish I could count the number of times I’ve visited a restaurant and been discouraged  to try Murgh Musallam or Meen Moilee. “Don’t have this one,” I’ve been urged. “It has no spice in it. It is white in colour.” In the Indian restaurant trade, there are a number of cardinal sins, but none…

Kashmiri Kitchen

It is probably unique in the annals of Kashmiri commercial food, but two ladies have got together to set up a take-away kitchen and a tiny restaurant in Delhi. For anyone who is familiar with Kashmir, it sounds like an impossibility. Every last waza in the Valley is male, and unlike most other towns and…

Anandini Tea

In this day and age of hype and bombast, you can count on the fingers of one hand the people in the food and beverage industry who know their onions. Anamika Singh, tiny pint-sized girl with the 360 degree smile is one of the foremost tea experts in Delhi. Not only is she the only…

Cafe Creme Brew

It’s rather confusing, the name of this rather cozy little café with its bright colours and the appearance of a café in Western Europe. Etched on the glass walls is the name Crème Brew Café, but there’s a board saying Café FigMint too, so one doesn’t know. There are two menus: a food menu and…

Nine things to do in Bangkok

I’ve been to the City of Angels several times, and I’ve discovered that even more important than “what to do” is the question of what not to do when time is short. This is my pick of the most interesting things that Bangkok has to offer. It is easy to suggest ninety things to do…

Masala House

Refined Modern Indian dining in Sundernagar Up a rather steep flight of stairs, Masala House is situated on the first, second and third floors, but if you are taking elderly family members with you, the first floor is probably where you will end up. Beautifully appointed and with an international décor, set off by dark…