Biryani – man’s best recipe yet!

Biryani is truly a pictoral word. It magically conjures up soft, fluffy aromatic rice, wafting flavours of bay leaves, cardamom and saffron, while waiting to sink one’s teeth into some tender meat. Biryani is perhaps the most famous one-pot dish and is a living piece of history, as it were. India is a multi-chapter on this dish with various types of biryanis with different ways of making it.
This post explores the coming together of this dish from Persia to India and then on conquering the world. I collaborated on this with friend and chef Ankur.
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Of Burps and Belches

A lot has been philosophised on burping and belching. Some have postulated on why it is better than their nether cousin. In fact, I noticed a cultural connection about this natural phenomenon in the movie Ben Hur when Ben-Hur had to burp to show courtesy to his host. In the far East, in China and…

Ode to the Humble Kathi Roll

Most South Asians, especially from the sub-continent, will know the pleasure of sinking their teeth into a hot and juicy ‘kathi’ roll! It is a unique preparation that is something in the middle of a starter and main course. And while on the subject, this needs to stated that the best ‘kathi’ rolls are the ones that are made…