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Yummy, Delicious Paneer Makhani!

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Our culinary expert, Sarika tells us how to prepare yummy, delicious and healthy Paneer Makhani for your loved ones. Here’s the recipe, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The days are long but the years are short. That’s the gist of parenting! When I was kid and my neighbour’s, relatives would say, “Wow! You are […]

Bake Yummy Apple Crescent Rolls at Home

Sonali Chakraborty

Sonali Chakraborty

Sonali Chakraborty is a food blogger, self-taught food photographer and stylist. She is a true Bong at heart. She loves to travel and listens to music.
Sonali Chakraborty

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Mini Apple Crescent rolls are perfect for breakfast on a cold morning with a steaming cup of tea or coffee. These sweet rolls are soft inside with an apple and cinnamon flavor and slightly crusty outside. Make a small slit, slather butter or jam of your choice and enjoy! The recipe is quite simple if you follow the […]

If it is the Apple Harvest Season, it has to be Apple Cake!

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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It’s fall, the harvest season of apples, in the US. Apples flood the market in every size, shape and colour. In the grocery the stores these fruits fill up counters after counters and give a beautiful festive look. From Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh, Rome Beauty, Fuji, Jonathan, York, Gala, and Yellow Newton and many more. The […]

Pearls, Palaces, Cuisine, Culture and Passion make Hyderabad the Gem of Deccan

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

Lily tells us about the beautiful city of Hyderabad that is built mostly around artificial lakes on a hilly terrain. The most prominent one being the Hussain Sagar Lake. The twin city of Secunderabad is across this lake and that is where we lived in the Cantonment, which was our home for seven wonderful years. Known as the […]

Five Layered Bean Dip: Yummy Americanised Mexican Starter

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Five layered Bean Dip is an Americanised Mexican food. Its history is hard to trace. This dip has many ingredients readily available in cans and packets; it cannot be called an authentic Mexican dish. My guests loved it. It was spicy, creamy and crunchy at the same time. It was filling yet not so oily. And this dip […]

Yankee Doodle and Macaroni: Americanisation of a Nonsense Verse and an European Recipe

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Kraft put the famous macaroni and cheese in a box, in 1937, and set a tradition of American children growing up with this Italian converted dish. The American version of macaroni and cheese has two places of origin, one in New England and one in southeastern Connecticut. It was famous as a Church casserole in New England and […]

Rejuvenate with Clean Food: Asparagus and Garlic Green Beans Stir Fries

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Clean foods are those which are less cooked or not cooked at all. A mild sauté or steam of vegetables both leafy and fibrous is good for the body. It promotes good digestion and results in overall improvement of the human body. Anumita tells us about two such delicious recipes, Asparagus with mustard paste and garlic […]

The Ethics of Food

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

How the human community chooses to use the land available to it is a reflection of its values. The current land-use arrangements, which divert 40 per cent of all food to feed animals or create fuels, reflect values suggesting that the dietary and transportation preferences of wealthier individuals are more important than both feeding the malnourished and stabilising the wider […]

Diwali Sweets: Kaju Flowers, a Variation of Kaju Katli

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Festivals and sweets are inseparable in India. With Sarika make Diwali sweets at home. She tells us about Kaju Flowers, a variation of Kaju Katli. It’s not only economical but far more unadulterated when you prepare sweets at home. Plus, it speaks of your love and care for family and friends. Here’s the recipe, as part of special […]

Being a Desi in America

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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America has been the crucible, a veritable melting pot, of many cultures. The south Asian community – Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans – are the Desis. They pride in their spices and the Bollywood numbers. They are the math, science and the spelling bee genius breeding species. Food is their focal point, the essential soul of all […]

Mutton Xacuti: Brings Alive the Warm Sands and Breezy Coconut Trees of Goa

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Here’s a dish that brings alive the ambiance of the coastal state, Goa. Its food usually has ingredients like coconut and dry red chili. Mutton Xacuti uses Kashmiri Chilli, which adds a new dimension to the whole dish. One mouthful of it and you can feel the warmth of the sand and the breeze of the coconut […]

Thukpa: A Soup with Historic Importance

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

In 1959, when His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama had to leave Tibet and travel to India seeking refuge, the members who accompanied him, which included his teachers, members of the Kashag, his family members including his mother, were asked not to carry anything. Dalai Lama’s mother had to dress like a man and had only carried a […]

Homemade Narkel Nadu and Nimki Enliven Bijoya Dashami and Lokhi Puja in Bengali Homes

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Bijoya Dashami  and Lokhi Puja are times when family and friends meet each other. Sweets are offered. While some sweets are bought, Sandesh, Narkel Nadu (Coconut Laddoo) and Nimki (Namkeen or Matri) are traditionally homemade goodies. Sarika shares two traditional Dashami and Kojagori Lokhi Puja recipes, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. My most favourite month of […]

Celebrate Durga Puja with the Delicious Bengali Sweet Roshomalai

Sonali Chakraborty

Sonali Chakraborty

Sonali Chakraborty is a food blogger, self-taught food photographer and stylist. She is a true Bong at heart. She loves to travel and listens to music.
Sonali Chakraborty

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Sweets and Bengalis are synonymous. The Bongs are known for the roshogollas all over the world. This recipe takes the Bengali favorite roshogolla to a notch higher. Bengali Roshomalai is made with tiny roshogollas. Milk is reduced to thick kheer and then the roshogollas are dipped and cooked further. The thickened milk or kheer is lightly sweetened and […]

A Chinese Affair at Home

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Anumita tells us how to cook delicious, finger-licking Chinese delights at home. Here are two yummy Chinese cuisines, wholesome, healthy, hassle free and quick to prepare, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Most Fridays I do not feel like eating the usual meal we cook at home. Feel a craving for a Chinese takeout, but do […]

Rasgulla: The Iconic Bengali Sweet

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Fish-rice, sweets and Durga Puja define Bengalis. No matter in which part of the world they are, they cannot do without these. Rasgulla has been the iconic Bengali sweet. Puja and Rasgulla go hand in hand. With the Puja round the corner, Sarika talks about the joys of Bengalis and Rasgulla. How amazing that something so simple could […]

Chivo en Coco (Goat-meat in Coconut Milk) Venezuelan Food- II

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Every country and region has its unique food – taste, flavours and presentation. Anumita tells us about her childhood years in Venezuela and the cuisines she tasted there. She shares another Venezuelan recipe, Chivo en Coco (goat-meat in coconut milk) a lip smacking, delicious dish that you might cook at home. Here’s the secret, in the weekly column, […]

Spanish Omelette: A Wholesome, Yummy Breakfast

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Sarika recalls a trip to Spain. Hotel breakfasts in Spain offered cereals, fruits, cooked breakfast, cheeses, hams, different flavoured yogurts, coffee, juices and two very popular breakfast food we enjoyed were Spanish bread pudding topped with sugar and cinnamon or honey and Spanish Omelette. After returning home she made Spanish Omelette, a couple of times, and every time her […]

Street Food of Lahore: The Best Meal-Deal in Town!

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza currently resides in Karachi, Pakistan. She is a 38-year-old stay at home mother. She did her masters in International Relations from the University of karachi. She started working much before completing her intermediate, i.e Grade 12th. She worked with different prestigious institutions along with few banks. She has a heart for writing; it helps her go on in life.
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The dream city of Lahore is known for its enticing food and if it is served under the shadows of historic grandeur the taste is enhanced with the add ons of the momentous ambiance and serenity. Set inside the famous “Taxali Gate” Walled City of Lahore — near the historic ensemble of Badshahi Mosque, Hazuri Bagh and Lahore Fort — […]

Delicious Arepa: Quintessential Venezuelan Food – I

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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The food that we eat in our childhood is almost always our comfort food. It brings back memories of our carefree days. Anumita spent a part of her childhood in Venezuela. She went to school there and enjoyed Venezuelan food. She serialises some of the popular dishes from that country. Here’s the recipe for delicious and finger licking […]

Eating the American Way: Hot dogs, Burgers, Shakes and Tex-Mex Cuisines

Sukanya Juno Biswas

Sukanya Juno Biswas

Sukanya Juno Biswas grew up in Kolkata, India. She did MA in English from Calcutta University. She loves books, Bob Dylan, Baez and Boxer dogs. When she gets time away from two human kids and two animals, she writes. A complete realist, off and on romantic, an atheist – in the present climate of uncertainty, would have loved a perfect world, though aware it’s not possible. She has been living in Texas for last 17 years.
Sukanya Juno Biswas

Sukanya takes us through a journey of becoming Americanised. She learnt about hot dogs and shakes from Archie comics. When she came to America, she found a fast food joint at every step. The lure of the junk food was great. Whenever she did not feel like cooking, there were the burgers and shakes. An interesting account in […]

Lip-smacking Dhaba Style Mutton Keema Curry

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Continuing with our delicious street food, Sarika tells us about the Dhabas (roadside) eateries. Initially, these were cheap food joints for the truckers. Now, there are many swanky dhabas too that cater to the upmarket long distance travellers, bikers and young couples that enjoy long drives. Here is one of the popular delicacies, mutton keema curry, exclusively for Different […]

Trending new Chai Dhabas in Pakistan

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza currently resides in Karachi, Pakistan. She is a 38-year-old stay at home mother. She did her masters in International Relations from the University of karachi. She started working much before completing her intermediate, i.e Grade 12th. She worked with different prestigious institutions along with few banks. She has a heart for writing; it helps her go on in life.
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A good cup of tea can change your mood, can make you happy and boost your energy. After the new trend of elite and upscale chai dhabas in Karachi, it is now easier to enjoy your cup of tea along with hot and crispy parathas on a beautiful evening. Pakistan­ based Urooj talks about the trending, upmarket dhaba […]

Tangy, Zingy Kolkata Phuchkas

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Kolkata and phuchka are inseparable. A popular street food on the City of Joy, phuchkas, though similar, are different from golgappa and panipuris. Anumita shares the recipe of the phuchka puris, its stuffing and the tamarind water. If you, like her, are staying far away from Kolkata, in some distant foreign land, you may enjoy the tangy, […]

Summer Grill: Wholesome, Healthy Food

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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The joy of cooking and eating outdoors is a land of white winters is immense. Here Anumita shares gourmets’ delight, the recipes of grilled fish, poultry, mutton, paneer and vegetables for Different Truths. Eat healthy, stay healthy. Living in a state (Ohio) where white winters are predominant, outdoor activities are usually limited during the few months of summer. […]

How Green is my Platter!

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Mother’s recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Sarika shares an ethnic Bengali dish, the secret of making Kachu saag – just the way her mother does. It is time consuming but the effort is worth it, says the author. I am a huge fan of leafy greens aka saag, since my childhood. To be precise I became […]

Let’s Talk Bread Desi Style

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Anumita shares two recipes of Desi sandwiches. These are wholesome, quick to make and delicious too. Make it tangy and spicy, according to your choice. Children love these. The thought of bread usually is accompanied with the thought of a sandwich. Most Indians (Desis) prefer a bit of spice in their food. The run-of- the-mill sandwiches kind […]

A Piece of Cake!

Cholena Nashan

Cholena Nashan

Cholena Nashan means Song Bird, which is supposed to be tiny and loud. Cholena is neither tiny nor loud. She is a very imaginative person, she loves to shoot, cook, eat, draw and paint . Not in that order always.Cholena is a health fanatic and allergic to serious situations, so she lives life her way. She resides in Bangalore with her family.
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Cholena shares her experience about baking homemade cakes. Simple ingredients and a bit of imagination works wonders. She tells us how she innovates and adds almost anything from her kitchen to make yummy cakes. Baking a cake yourself is literally cakewalk, better still, a piece of cake, literally. Here’s a Different Truths exclusive. Growing up, hearing […]

Three Delicious Bengali Sweets

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Bongs and their Misti (sweet, both a noun and an adjective) are inseparable like a pair of old gloves. Anumita shares the recipes of three popular sweets, Misti Doi, Sandesh and Chamcham. You may make these at home and enjoy ethnic Bengali sweets anywhere in the world. It is well known that most Bengali’s are inclined to […]

Healthy Diet is the key to Better Lifestyle

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Sarika shows how healthy diet is delicious, not boring and bland, as is the general misconception. It’s fun food. She tells us that healthy diet, regular exercise and drinking plenty of water is the secret to a better lifestyle. A healthy family is a happy family. Here’s Different Truths’ Special Feature on the UN International Day of […]