Author: Lily Swarn

Laddus: Made by Men, Adored by Gods

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe origin of laddu is steeped in antiquity. A story also goes that once a trainee assistant of a doctor, Vaid or Hakeem, as they were called, accidentally dropped ghee on to some mixture. He hastily made it into roundels to give the medicine as a dose. These were perhaps the earliest laddus. Lily tells […]

A Nursery Rhyme and the Story of Peach Cobbler

Reading Time: 3 minutesLily tells us about a fun dessert called a cobbler! The unique name came about as this dish was cobbled together by early American settlers with fruit that was either canned or dried or preserved in some manner. It was baked over an open fire with clumps of biscuit dough topping it. Read more in […]

The Story of Dal Makhani

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe original Dal Makhani, which was made in the Western part of Punjab, which is now in Pakistan was made by the Peshawaris. The Punjabis sold this dal with a few flat unleavened bread called roti in Peshawar dhabas. When the Peshawaris came across the border after partition they brought this dal with them. It […]

The Tamil Harvest Festival Pongal Celebrates Bounty and Camaraderie

Reading Time: 3 minutesLily tells us about the four-day harvest festival, dedicated to the sun, in Tamil Nadu. It’s also celebrated in other states in South India. It means ‘spilling over’ of rice cooked in a pot, signifying bounty. Read more about it, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. The translation of Pongal is ‘spilling over’. It refers […]

Gatte ki Sabzi

Reading Time: 3 minutesLily tells us about Gatte ki Sabzi and the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. The land of Maharajas, deserts and scenic lakes, Rajasthan, has much more allure than its royal history and colourful culture. The sand dunes have given us some incredible music and breathtaking folk dances  […]

My Journey as a Poet and Writer in 2017

Reading Time: 4 minutesOur columnist, Lily, looks back at 2017. She recounts her journey as a writer and poet, detailing her more than a year-long journey with this webzine, as Special Feature, exclusively in Different Truths. The first flowers of spring 2017 spread their musky fragrance. After seeing my daughter’s newborn child gurgling in the USA, I launched […]

The 500-year-old Legacy of Stuffed Turkey during Christmas Dinner in Britain Continues

Reading Time: 3 minutesWilliam Strickland from Yorkshire introduced turkeys to Britain more than 500 years ago. Even though King Edward VII made turkey eating fashionable at Christmas, it was King Henry VIII who first ate turkey in the 16th century. Lily traces the culinary history of stuffed turkeys, a favourite Christmas dinner, in the weekly column, exclusively for […]

The Antiquity of Gingerbread Houses, a Christmas Decoration

Reading Time: 4 minutesChristmas has many ancient traditions associated with it. Along with turkey, eggnog, Xmas cakes, Yule logs, cookies, there is a custom of baking gingerbread houses. Nuremberg, Germany was the recognised Gingerbread capital of the world. Spreading across Europe in the 13th century, the recipe spread to Sweden by German immigrants, Lily tells us, tracing its antiquity, […]

Olive Oil has been in use from the Neolithic Age to the Present Times

Reading Time: 4 minutesA native of the Mediterranean basin, the olive tree was known to people during the Neolithic Age, as early as the 8th Millennium BC. They were known to collect wild olives. The origin of the wild olive tree could either be in Asia Minor or in Ancient Greece. There are doubts and debates about the […]

The Origin and Journey of Kachori, a Popular Indian Street Food

Reading Time: 5 minutesLily tells us about the origin and journey of Kachoris along the trade routes in India. Learn more about the delicious street food, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A walk through the colourful bazaars of India, on a sunny winter’s day, is a delight. One of the sights that you might encounter […]