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Mughlai Paratha: A Sumptuous, Healthy and Happy Street Food

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee 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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Mughlai Paratha is one of those gastronomical wonders, which are the best in the street food markets of Bengal. It basically rolled out dough stuffed with eggs, minced spicy meat, some veggies or all of them together. Mughlai Paratha stuffed with spicy minced mutton and beaten eggs and punctuated with chopped onions, chilly, and cilantro. Here’s the recipe […]

Jam Thumbprint Cookies: The Perfect and Inexpensive Food of Love!

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

Should the Valentine week remind us of love? Sonali, our foodie, says that love is something that we must celebrate all year long. Expensive heart shaped gifts and cards are cliché. Here she bakes jam thumbprint cookies to showcase her love – as she did for a friend she met after a long time. Read more about it, […]

Chocolate, the Melting Ecstasy, was Currency in Parts of Latin America!

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

The history of chocolate begins in Latin America where Cacao trees grew wild. The Olmecs who lived in southeast Mexico in 1000 BC were the first to have probably used chocolate. It was the word Kakawa from their language that gave us the word cocoa. A place in Honduras lays claim being the original Cacao producer. It was 1000 years […]

Mughlai Mutton Curry: A Rich, Finger- licking Soul Food!

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.

Sarika says that she was not cooking properly for some time, as she had so many things on my plate. Two weeks back, Memo, her son, asked her to prepare mutton, which he has been craving for some time. She decided to prepare Mughlai Mutton Curry, which is very rich but during winter. One could prepare this dish […]

Creamy Vegetable Soup: A Perfect Comfort Food during Winter!

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

Snuggle on a couch, wrapped up in a shawl or tucked beneath a comforter, with a bowl of warm soup. Soups are the ultimate comfort food. A bowl of warm soup and a slice of toast or a sandwich to dunk in, you would be happy soul! It is thick and creamy, loaded with vegetables. Perfect with a […]

Origin of Noodles Mysterious: Are China, the Mediterranean and Arabia Forerunners?

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

There have been arguments and disputes about the origin of noodles. China, the Mediterranean area and Arabia seem to be the forerunners in this claim game. An article said that perhaps the oldest evidence of consumption of noodles was from 4000 years ago in China. The Lajia archaeological site in China became famous as archaeologists working in the People’s Republic of China […]

Mouth-watering Malpua, Indian Pancakes, for Bhogali Bihu and Sankranti

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.

Last Saturday, it was Bhogali Bihu and Sankranti, in the Northeast and Eastern parts of India. This is also known as ‘Paush Parbon’. A harvest festival, it celebrates plenitude and fertility. Notun chal (new rice, from the fresh harvest) is used to make many delicious sweets. Pitha, consisting of Patisapta and Malpua (Indian pancakes), is especially prepared at […]

Idli Emerges as the Moon-faced Health Food for the Present Generation

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

Food historian, KT Achaya’s speculation makes us believe that the idli might have its true ancestry in Indonesia. The present day Indonesia had a strong history of fermented food. Hindu kings of Indianised kingdoms there could have eaten the first modern recipe idli from the hands of their cooks in Indonesia. Achaya talks about the Indonesian dish Kedli, which according […]

Believe it or not, the Bible Verses about Food!

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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Unusual though it may sound, it was the Holy Bible that inspired Cholena to cook. She found it to be a rich repertoire of recipes. She was intrigued by everything that was connected to food in the Bible. The first recipe she read was also from The Bible. Whether it was the delicious hearty stew known as “Esau’s […]

Yummy and Finger-licking Chocolate Brownies add to the Festivities!

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.

In India, people celebrate Christmas and New Year in different ways. It is an international festival and celebrated globally, almost the same way. But, India is unique in many ways, much like our celebrations. Christians from different parts of India add their classical flovours to the festivity. Enliven your festivities with finger-licking, yummy chocolate brownies, the perfect dessert. Sarika shares […]

Butter Chicken: The Emperor of Salivating Gluttons

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

The fascinating journey of Butter Chicken can be traced to a tiny eatery in the old city of Delhi. It rose to international acclaim and to being the staple dish of Indian restaurants both in India and the world, from truly humble beginnings. The real story of its origin shows that this yummilicious gastronomic delight was hit upon […]

Folklore: Lord Jagannath offered Rasagullas to Lakshmi to appease her!

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

The romantic legend that one hears in Odisha is that the Goddess Lakshmi was irked with her husband as he went off for a nine-day trip without her consent. She locked the Jai-Vijay Dwar, one of the temple doors to prevent Lord Jagannath to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Local legends tell us that Lord Jagannath […]

Comfort Food: Delicious and Healthy Chocolate Cake Boosts Energy and Mood

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee 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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Chocolate is the most popular flavor in the world. It is been used in all kind of desserts, drinks, and recipes. It is said that chocolates especially the dark variety has health benefits. Dark chocolates are nutritious, rich in antioxidants, help blood flow by reducing blood pressure and raise HDL and reduce LDL. Anumita says, “During the winter months […]

Chaat: An Antidote Prescribed by Hakims of a Moghul Emperor is Pan-Indian Delicacy

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

A legend goes that the hakims of a Mughal ruler told him that the water of the Yamuna River was harmful and must not be consumed. Since the emperor did not want to consider moving back to Agra, the hakims came up with the idea that hot spices might help in minimising the ill effects of the toxic […]

Christmas Delight: Jewel Tutti Frutti Cake with Colourful bits of Fruits

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

The fairy lights, the Christmas tree, Christmas carol and most importantly the smell of the baked goods wafting in the air. Christmas is incomplete without a fruit cake. There are so many recipes of fruit cake but every time Sonali baked this Tutti Frutti cake, it took her back to the childhood days. The colourful […]

The Antiquity and Tradition of the Christmas cake

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

The origin and ancestry of Christmas shows us that it was actually an English tradition and that the cake was originally a plum porridge, which was eaten on Christmas Eve to line the stomach after fasting for a day. Over a period of time, honey, dried fruits and spices were incorporated, converting it into a Christmas pudding. By the […]

Corn Chips: A Healthy and Delicious Mexican Snack

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.

Now a days, evening snack is almost extinct. School timings are longer, kids are busy with multiple clubs. Most of the time they eat sandwiches, fruits or some dry snacks. Evening snacks with family. is now history. Snacking is fun. Sarika, our culinary expert, says that she keeps it alive on Fridays. She shares the healthy and delicious recipe, in […]

A Zingy, Zesty Winter Delight: Murgh Kalimirch Tikka Kabab

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

Our culinary expert, Sonali, has just the right recipe for the winter, a peppery Murg Kalimirch Tikka Kabab. Other than adding zest to the dish, black pepper is a panacea. It has several health benefits 1 like relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, the common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotency, muscular strains, dental disease, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and heart disease. It […]

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.

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

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 Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee 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 Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee 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.
Anumita Chatterjee Roy

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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 Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee 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.
Anumita Chatterjee Roy

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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 Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee 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.
Anumita Chatterjee Roy

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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.

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 Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee 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 Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee 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 […]