Avarakkai saadam

A simple one-step pulav from the kitchen of K. Natarajan, a silver from Chennai. This is a good example of the OPOS (One pot one shot) style of cooking. Natarajan says you can replace broad beans with any vegetable – […]

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Praveen Rishi

An introduction to Gurudev – Upadhyaya Praveen Rishi – what inspired him to evolve a programme for couples who aspire for joyous parenting. Written by Pratibha Jain, this forms the PREFACE of Arham Pregnancy, a book for young couples who […]

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K Natarajan

Until his mother passed away, he was the typical Indian man with no role in the kitchen. And then, a chance trial at making of buttermilk brought K Natarajan into the taboo space, and then there has been no looking […]

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Kodubale vegetarian snack

Watching Mr. Sridharan lovingly drop every batch of kodubale into the hot oil, allowing them to turn golden brown was an unforgettable experience. He watched over each batch like a protective parent, as the kodubale sizzled, tossed, somersaulted and finally […]

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Kodubale ~ fried snack from Karnataka

There is something magical about featuring the first of any series – be it small or large! This is the first recipe to be featured in my new column ‘His Ladle Love’ at Harmony Magazine. So from now on, for […]

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Crispy chilli tofu

  This year a very dear friend turned vegetarian. A favourite restaurant in the city turned vegetarian. It was a delight to dine at Kryptos Vegetarian at Wallace Garden. From starters and a fabulous spread at the Salad bar to […]

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Vegetarian Recipes

This recipe of plantain peel curry is from the villages of Bangladesh, says Smt. Gauri Karmakar, a great granny from Kolkata. Known as Kanchkolar Khoshar Ghonto in that region, it is a phrase that took me a little time to […]

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Great Granny

Practical and diligent, and having a deep understanding of life, is how her grandchildren describe her. She is able to see life from their perspective which makes them reach out to her. Gauri Karmakar (75), a Bangladeshi great-granny residing in […]

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Panchdhari, Besan ki Pakodi

Panchdhari A halwa made with flour, gramflour, semolina and khoya; this is a much-loved traditional dish in the Chowdhari family. Smt. Anandkawarji says that it is prepared along with pakodis every year on the death anniversaries of her father-in-law and […]

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Aalyachi Wadi ~ Ginger Burfi with Sushila Gajanan Kulkarni

Aalyachi Wadi or Ginger Burfi is a simple and sumptuous sweet dish popularly prepared in winter months using ginger, known as Aalye in Marathi. A piece of this ginger burfi consumed before breakfast is much recommended since it aids digestion […]

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