Radha Rani Mehra Grandmother

I am happy enough to learn recipes that are three decades old, but never ever imagined that one day I would actually see a pickle that was prepared more than three decades ago. I checked more than a dozen times […]


Lord Mahavira of Jainism

(This article written by my father, Mr Dulichand Jain, and myself was published in the Vivekananda Kendra Patrika, Vol 31, Year 2002. Republished on this site on the occasion of Mahavira Jayanti.)   Who is a wanderer? The spirit, which […]


Maharshtrian Wadi Che Sambar

Dumplings made with lentils and spices, known as Wadi or Mungodi in North India, have many variations in Indian cuisine – specific to state, region or even family. They are often dried and preserved to be used in vegetables, dals […]


Pushpa Deshmukh - Maharashtrian Great Granny

What makes Smt Pushpa Deshmukh, 75, remarkable is a clear awareness of her own potential and the courage to speak about life honestly. Without resorting to emotional excess or self-pity, she speaks in her Maharashtrian-Hindi dialect about the things that […]


Coconut flavoured Orange Pulav

Inspired by the Orange Poha which is one of our favourite breakfast dishes, I felt like experimenting with some oranges, fresh from the market. The idea of a pulav has been lingering in my mind ever since the Orange Poha. […]


Khatta Dhokla

Talk of Gujarati food and one of the first things that comes to mind is the varieties of dhokla, a delicious snack with fermented lentil flour. Among these, the Khatta dhokla is one of the most popular variety. Most Gujarati […]


Geeta Hamlai Gujarati Great Granny

During my recent trip to Raichur, my host Smt. Mankanwar Mootha was excited when she saw my feature in the last issue of Harmony. “I just know the perfect protagonist for your next write-up,” she declared and continued, “Geeta bhabi […]



A favourite in Smt. Subbulakshmi’s home, Aviyal is a healthy, practical and tasty side-dishes popular in the Tamilnadu and Kerala states of South India. Simple to cook and festive in taste, this can be prepared whenever one has an assortment […]


Subbulakshmi - Tamilian Grandmother Interview

There are many first moments we witness in the lives of those around us – first birthday, first job, first meeting, and now, ever since I have been writing this column about great grannies, I am seeing the excitement about […]


Ritu - True Friendship

  Talk of problem-solving and the name that pops to mind is Ritu Chaudhry – my true blue friend. Whether you are faced with an onslaught of guests, or your domestic helper’s absence from work or are upset with something […]


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