Accidental Greatness

This chutney is an accidental discovery. I had a couple of ingredients which I wanted to finish. Since the quantity of the ingredients was less, I decided to throw them together and create something new. The pear was the last moment addition as I found it in the refrigerator. But it added a lovely texture….

Black is a Miracle

Oryza Sativa or Rice is a miracle crop. A lot of hard work and labor goes into raising a single crop of rice. A background in agriculture and experience of the process of rice cultivation has made me understand the real value of this crop. Not just nutritionally but also it’s economic value. Assam is…

Eggs on a rescue mission

A few days ago when I was running out of ideas for dinner, all I could think of was something quick and delicious. As a kid, I remember my grandma cooking up this particular dish with egg as the base of the gravy. I had never tried making it before and honestly, was a bit…

Black is the new Orange

Assamese cuisine is known for its simplicity. We depend on what is available during the season and to be honest we are blessed with an abundance of biodiversity. Even the methods adopted for cooking are simple and sustainable. Apart from earthenware, hollow bamboo shoots serve the purpose of cooking rice and even protein. Herbs and…

Celebrate Puja with the best curry in Town!!

During Durga Puja as you walk through the crowded streets, the city comes alive with revelry and devotion towards Goddess Durga. As a young child, I remember holding my Papa’s finger taking small steps while raising my heels to catch a glimpse of Durga Ma’s embellished avatar. This experience would entrench itself in my memory…

Spice Up the Vegan in You!!

Coming from a place where you get the hottest chillis in the world my love for peppers is inevitable. Even though the recipe I have shared is with sweet peppers, the appeal of a hot chili pickle is unsurmountable. The aroma that fills the kitchen as you roast them is just mouth watering. Any sweet…

The Tea Journal begins here…

It is very natural for me to love and admire ‘Tea’. Growing up in Assam and in a family that owned a tea garden my love for tea was inevitable. For us, tea is not just a drink or a plant…….it’s a lifestyle and for many a source of living. If you have ever visited a…

Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?

Being a working mom of three, my mother never had much time for experimentation, when it comes to cooking. But on weekends or special occasions, she would put on her chef’s hat, and we would play out roles as her helpers. I loved the whole process of baking cookies, even as a child. And among…

The adventure to your stomach

There are a few adventure trail that I wish I could retrace. I agree the magic of the first time goes unmatched. One such trip of mine was to a natural hot water spring in Assam. Picnics during winters is a very common outdoor activity and people commute in buses to enjoy a day out…

From the land of favorites

The repeated requests for Dhansak every third week by my husband led me to this recipe. But I have to admit I love having Dhansak, especially during winters. It is such a warm hearty dish you are bound to love it……be rest assured, this won’t be your only instance!!! Dhansak is a Parsi dish and is usually…

Go Local…Go Free-Range

With so much ongoing debate regarding what to eat and what not, I wonder why don’t we just look back at our ancestors and learn a thing or two instead of relying entirely on scientific research. Coming from the research community one thing I can say for sure research never ends. Every now and then,…

THE AUSPICIOUS BANANA PLANT

Assamese people have a special bond with the banana plant. It’s considered auspicious and finds its place in weddings, religious ceremonies and during festivities. Every part of this magical plant is used. The leaves become eco-friendly, biodegradable plates. Even bowls are made out of the pseudo stem. The pseudostem is used to prepare organic soda…