Food

Atharasa aka Kajjaya: a festive speciality

Come January and it is time for Makara Sankranthi which is one of India’s most significant harvest festivals.  Celebrated as Lohri in Punjab, Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Bihu in Assam, this festival officially marks the end of the winter solstice and the movement of the Sun into the “Makara” Rashi.  A time for food… Continue reading Atharasa aka Kajjaya: a festive speciality

Food · Reviews

JustBe Resto Cafe: where Health meets Taste

Considering that I have always been a fan of healthy and wholesome eating,  I was happy to learn of JustBe , a resto cafe that serves exclusively plant based, whole foods that is ideal for vegans and vegetarians.  But when I heard that the food here is prepared sans any oil, dairy, refined flour and sugar,… Continue reading JustBe Resto Cafe: where Health meets Taste

Food

Brahmi: an ancient herb, a powerhouse of goodness

“Chew a handful of brahmi leaves and you are sure to score better in Maths…” Well, this is an advice that was certainly not uncommon during up my growing up days.  Elders often recommended including Brahmi in your diet for it helped strengthening your memory and improved your concentration. Also known as water hyssop and… Continue reading Brahmi: an ancient herb, a powerhouse of goodness

Food

Jackfruit: Discover the versatality of the largest tree borne fruit in the world

Native to south India, the fruit of the tropical species Artocarpus heterophyllus aka Jackfruit has been in the spotlight like never before.  Whether being touted as an alternative to meat or as a vegan sensation or as the new tofu, jackfruit has become a consistent feature while discussing the “plant-based” eating scene.  A fruit that… Continue reading Jackfruit: Discover the versatality of the largest tree borne fruit in the world

Food

Lockdown diaries: Recipe – Zero waste lemon pickle

There is no denying the fact that lemons are one of the best foods to boost your immunity.  Rich in vitamin C, they have several antibacterial and antiviral properties and is a natural immune system helper.  And given the current times we live in when Covid 19 has adversely affected every aspect of our daily… Continue reading Lockdown diaries: Recipe – Zero waste lemon pickle

Food

Summer treats: Easy to try sandige aka vadam recipes

Sheets of sandige (Kannada word for vadams or fryums) neatly laid out to dry on terraces with kids keeping a close watch on them, was a common sight during the summer season.  Sandige making was a family ritual in summers and a much awaited one too.  Various kinds of sandige would be made, carefully dried,… Continue reading Summer treats: Easy to try sandige aka vadam recipes

Food · Reviews

Review – Sante Spa Cuisine: a perfect balance of health, flavours and taste

The idea of eating out at a restaurant or cafe that serves ‘healthy food’ is often met with disapproval, at least in my house.  This is usually due to the fact that the mention of “healthy food” is synonymous with being “boring and bland”!  So, the whole purpose to “indulge” when eating out is defeated!… Continue reading Review – Sante Spa Cuisine: a perfect balance of health, flavours and taste

Food

Shankranthi – of sesame, sugarcane and feasts of the harvest

One of the most auspicious days of the Hindu Calendar, Makara Shankranthi falls on 15-January this year.  This is a day of special significance as it marks the movement of the Sun into the Makara raashi and also the end of the winter solstice.  The day marks the beginning of longer days and heralds the… Continue reading Shankranthi – of sesame, sugarcane and feasts of the harvest

Food

Review: Bo Tai, Bangalore – Oriental cuisine with a difference

The latest addition to namma Bengaluru’s burgeoning food scene is Bo Tai, a modern Thai bar and grill in J W Marriott on Vittal Mallaya road.  An ideal place if you are a lover of Thai and Chinese fare, Bo Tai which is a verbal pun on “bow-tie” is replete with chic and spunky vibes. With a… Continue reading Review: Bo Tai, Bangalore – Oriental cuisine with a difference

Food

Recipe: Gongura aka sorrel leaves pachadi and gongura-brinjal chutney

One of the most popular ingredients used in the cuisine of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is Gongura or sorrel leaves.  Also called Amabada, it is a  rich source of vitamin C, iron, folic acid and calcium.  Known for its anti-inflammatory and other medicinal properties, Gongura is available in two varieties, the red stemmed one and… Continue reading Recipe: Gongura aka sorrel leaves pachadi and gongura-brinjal chutney