Halwa Poori in Kashmir

Memories of my favourite roadside snack in Kashmir, with inputs by Marryam H Reshii. I am sitting in my room with tons of emails to answer. I also have deadlines to meet for my writing assignments and most importantly, a sponge of Epic Chocolate cake that I made for my sister’s birthday, is waiting in theContinue reading

Nathu's Pastry Shop

Flavours that I grew up with and the memories attached. It was my sister’s birthday. My dad told me to get ready and meet him outside in the verandah of our new house in Delhi. My mom, who was busy looking after too many chores in the kitchen, hurriedly made me wear my frilly dressContinue reading

Homemade Ginger Chili Chutney

The first time ever I have made chutney, with fresh from Farm peaches. Ever since I came back from The White Peaks, I have been having plum chutney, which I bought while we were coming back. The plum chutney from Fruitage, had a hint of garlic, that tasted delicious and I couldn’t stop raving aboutContinue reading

Botis cooking Dham at Varun's Wedding

How I self invited myself to a Himachali wedding, to savour the auspicious mid day feast called Dham. And, how I came back with memories of a lifetime. My sister, who stays in Himachal Pradesh, once went to a local wedding. Since then, she has never stopped talking raving about the lavishness and deliciousness ofContinue reading

Chhole Bhatura - Des Raj Cholle Bhature

Who serves the best chole bhature/kulche in Sitaram Bazaar? The story about my brief meeting with Desraj Uncle. I was searching for Dhulichand’s Naresh Gupta’s Kulfi Shop, when I chanced upon Des Raj Uncle. He stood outside the kulfi shop, serving Chhole Bhature to a couple of men, who seemed to be his regular customers. WhileContinue reading

Vrat ka Khana

My tryst with Vrat Ka khana at Saroj Aunty’s house and my new found love for heeng. We were already in the car and half way through the journey, when my Mom told me that Saroj aunty (my mother’s best friend) would be serving ‘vrat ka khana’ today. That meant a dinner meal without onion,Continue reading


My Sunday breakfast ritual – Mom’s Aloo Parathas and more. How’s a Sunday morning without Aloo parantha? Well, it’s really sad, for starters! You would find me with in a rather grumpy mood, for not getting my regular fix of paranthas. For someone who has grown up in a Punjabi household, having Aloo Paranthas forContinue reading

Suman Aunty's Pav Bhaji

The goodness of homemade Pav bhaji and why it turns me into a greedy hungry kid. Many years ago, I met a Mumbaikar friend of mine, at Khatta Meetha in Sarojini Nagar and offered to eat Pav Bhaji there. At that point, I didn’t quite understand that any self-respecting Mumbaikar, would not really cherish havingContinue reading

Rajma Chawal

A story about my favourite memories of Rajma Chawal. Its true that Punjabis are known for their inimitable love for Butter Chicken, Chhole Bhature and Sarson Ka Saag, but I personally love Rajma Chawal (Kidney Beans and Rice). In fact, I actually never had a liking for Chhole Bhature. Call me crazy, I prefer havingContinue reading

Sarson Ka Saag with Makhan and Gurr

 As the winter season retreats, I thought of sharing my most cherished memories attached with Sarson ka saag, a winter favourite at my home. As I have mentioned in the past, my siblings and I were ‘the strange Punjabi kids’ who grew up on Mirchi Bada and Besan ke Gatte. We lived in Jodhpur, aContinue reading