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The Cocktail Chronicles (Part 6)

Fresh Fruit to the Fore So far, we went through two classic cocktails- the martini and the old-fashioned, and used them as a base to discuss the broader category of cocktails of ‘aromatic types’. These can be described as cocktails where an aromatic wine, or a bitter, or less commonly, a liqueur, is used as…

Rituranga : Barsha (Part 2)

Last time, we started our exploration of monsoon foods in Bengal, focusing primarily on the iconic plate of khichuri and ilish mach. It is time to move ahead and take a look at the rest of our meal. We’ve talked about the bhaja in the previous instalment, the array of fried goodies that provide texture…

The Unvanquished

No, I don’t usually do movie reviews, but I loved this one so much that I decided to give it a shot. There are some spoilers ahead, although this is the kind of movie where you enjoy the journey rather than get thunderstruck by the ending. Hope you like it…… I’m an old soul, an…

Rituranga : Barsha (Part 1)

“As children even the first sight of dark clouds rolling towards us from the distance southeast would set us skipping with excitement. The anticipation intensified as the winds gathered force, the low rumble of thunder was heard and the first streaks of lightning rent the sky. It is hard to remain on responsive to what…

A Tale of Mango, Coconut and Ginger

When you come home after a long time, you tend to gravitate to the familiar places, to further reinforce that sense of nostalgia that starts manifesting from the moment of touchdown. Over time, these places change, so the place you return to is never quite the place you left, be it your old bedroom, your…

The Cocktail Chronicles (Part 5)

Variations on an Old-Fashioned Last time, we talked about the multiple variations spawned by the basic martini formula. Similar to the martini, the old-fashioned has also given rise to number of variation and eponymous drinks. The drink most similar to the old-fashioned is the Sazerac, the official cocktail of New Orleans; it is an important…

Curry Roux : Japan

So far in our curry series, we have examined Britain and Thailand’s take on the Indian curry, familiar yet different, a classic example of other cultures assimilating our cuisine and making it their own, a reverse Tangra chilli chicken or white sauce penne, if you will. In this final instalment, we turn our attention to…

Curry Paste : Thailand

Last week, we traced the origin of the word “curry” from its colonial roots to the skyrocketing numbers of curry houses in the UK. This week, we will examine about another distinct style of curry. Until just 1939, Thailand was referred to as Siam. Although Siam had never been colonised by the West, its cuisine…

Curry Powder : Britain

In this series, we will explore three global derivatives of the India’s most important culinary export. On the way, we will dabble in history and etymology, food science and philosophy, and a lot more. May is going to be all about the globalisation of curry. As an Indian, I absolutely detest the word “curry”. Think…

The Cocktail Chronicles (Part 4)

The Extended Martini Family Last time, we began our discussion of the classic Martini by talking about gin, aromatic wines and the basic martini formula. That formula however, is a mere starting point for a dizzying array of martinis and martini variations. The proportions of a martini are hotly debated- it started with a 2:1…