Bridging cultures: one mustard at a time

It’s been so long since I last posted any recipe inspired from Assamese cuisine. Whenever I think of Assamese food, I think of our sour curries (Tenga), potato and fish pitika (mash), khar (alkaline curries), etc. And our dishes are incomplete without mustard in its different forms. Mustard is a predominant crop in Assam, and…

Not everything needs to be picture perfect…

One question piques me quite often. Should cooking a dish be always based on available light for tabletop photographs? I hate to boost the ISO (light sensitivity of camera sensor), as it introduces unwelcomed grains. But, at times, I settle for a compromise. But then again, why am I making decisions based on just a…

Never give up on Mango!!

Would you take the risk of adding a twist to a classic dessert? Especially if you are expecting guests. I usually play safe and cook dishes I am confident with. But last weekend I took a tiny risk and decided to make my own version of Firni. it is a classic Indian dessert which is…

A sour, sweet and salty Summer

It was a hot summer afternoon. Things were a little slow in the university laboratory since there was a sudden power failure. All the students had a free hour to spend chatting and gossiping while waiting for the bus. One of the students who lived close by had a crazy idea and I am so…

Memories make a better ‘Pau’

As the rain Gods cracked open to drench the land one more time before the winter bids adieu, I sat in the balcony of my house with a cup of warm tea and vada pavs. Monsoon is an uncommon phenomenon here in the desert. However, it almost feels like Monsoon. The smell of wet earth,…

Memory Reloaded

How do you break free from the mundane? Take a vacation with family, venture out alone or catch up with your gang of best friends. It works for me, but occasionally I need to relive my memories through a dish. Just like me, my friends were impressed with the movie “Sisterhood of the traveling pants”…

Mango Falooda

Walking along the narrow streets mesmerized by the bangles market in the Charminar area of Hyderabad, I and my friend stumbled upon a cart loaded with drinks. This was our first visit to this wonderful city of the Nawabs. After the mandatory dose of kebabs and biryanis, we looked for other things the place had…

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…