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…

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”…

Light-en up your breakfast!

If you like having dessert for breakfast you will love this. Its super simple with a very short preparation time. The sauce can be easily stored in an airtight container for 3 days. You just need a handful of ingredients. The pudding which we also call ‘firni’ is something I grew up eating. It is…

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…

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…