Matar Ka Parantha

My first memory of Paratha, or parantha as the Punjabis call it, is way back in my 3rd Std when we moved to Punjab. Right there, in front of our house, sat a woman every morning with her bhatti, or […]


Eco Habitat Stay at Coorg

There was much that has captured our hearts in the 3 day stay at Eco Habitat, a serene space in the Kushalnagar area of Coorg in South India. Where food is an act of joyous nurturing, where the hosts are […]


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 […]


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