Randhir Kashyap

Food Art was the main theme of my this interview. Colour plays a pivotal role in his creativity, whether it is at work or wielding the ladle over his stove. As he visualizes the final colour of the dish, he […]

Malnad Venkatesh

“Art of observation is the secret; to learn by seeing” is the simple formula of success, says Mr. Venkatesh. Simplicity and hospitality at its best – that is what one experiences on meeting him and his family at their rustic […]


G. Chandrasekharran

He describes Sirukizhangu (a seasonal root) as having the fragrance of first rain on dry earth. He laughingly informs me that sambar podi is not traditionally used in preparing sambar, but only in kozhumbu. And he gives simple tips such […]


Raw Mango Rice ~ Maanga Saadam with Chandrasekharran

Hailing from a family where men enjoy cooking, Mr. Chandrasekharran says, “I enjoy cooking with seasonal vegetables and fruits. If it was winter, I would have shared a recipe using sirukizhangu. Being summer, it can be a mango recipe. Here […]

Samvatsari Forgiveness Day & Michami Dukkadam

Why is forgiveness such an important ideal and a way of life in Jainism?   Forgiveness is deeply connected with and is considered another name for non-violence, which is one of the cardinal principles of Jainism. Forgiveness begets love and […]


Maanga Paruppu

A Tamil Brahmin currently residing in Pune, Mr. Chandrasekharran says, “In my native place, we had a huge mango tree growing in our courtyard and made many varieties of pickles. So I can give you whatever recipe you like – […]


Dangar Pachchadi

Suresh Ramanathan remembers his mother preparing this pachchadi perfectly and frequently as it is a delicious accompaniment to a meal. A wholesome recipe from Thanjavur cuisine, this pachchadi (raita) can be enjoyed with steaming rice, parantha or dosas. In Sureshji’s […]



It was wonderful to see a father and his two daughters interact so passionately over recipes and ingredients. Even though the older daughter resides abroad, the food talk with Appa is part of her daily ritual. The younger one boasts […]


Quick Khakhra Snack

All these years – more than two decades – the Anjali chopping board was my kitchen obsession. Whenever I enter the kitchen, it is the first thing I reach out for. And it lasts for years. I think the one […]

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Chinese Noodles

Chinese noodles with Indian vermicelli! I wondered, but once I tried the dish, there has been no looking back. Loaded with vegetables and seasonings, this recipe has been shared by Mr. Kamlesh Patel who gave me the reason for the […]


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