• Fondant-Cake Dear Millennials, Can You Please Kill Fondant Cake?

    You remember that gym hottie you were eyeing for weeks? And how when he finally opened his mouth to crack a joke, your world fell apart. Fondant cake is no different. It’s got the looks, but you take a bite and you know what disappointment tastes like.

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  • BengaliVegetarian How I Survive as a Bengali Vegetarian

    Most middle-class Bengali families such as mine are moderately open-minded. You can make honest confessions to them about your vices and hope for a friendly ear, but never about your vegetarianism.

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  • HipsterRestaurant When Did We Stop Eating Food and Start Eating Ambience for Dinner?

    Gone are the days of good old steamed idlis and paneer-capsicum pizza. Today restaurants that serve pav bhaji fondue and red velvet dhokla flourish. It doesn’t matter if the food tastes awful. Just like our lives online, it is only important that the food we eat looks great.

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  • Why Are TamBrahms Such Huge Curd Nerds?

    Ask any TamBrahm, and they would swear by their kula deivam (family God) that not wrapping up a meal with thayir-sadam (curd rice) and some lemon pickle is enough to get you ostracised.

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  • “No Onions Please, We’re Brahmins”: A Serving of Caste for Breakfast

    Despite being from a cosmopolitan family, I realised that every day, I was unwittingly consuming our caste on my plate. In the game of kitchen politics, caste is a far more deeply riven divide, than the differences between North and South Indian food.

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  • Maggi Spring Rolls

    Turn your plain old masala Maggi into crunchy spring rolls with this easy recipe.

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  • Hey Gujjus, Who Made You the Food Police of India?

    Gujaratis inherit a penchant for "food terrorism". There were Gujarati kids at school who wouldn’t drink “jhoota” water in case it had been touched by a meat eater. And there was my grandmother who’d remind me that I was Jain every time I’d go for an evening snack.

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  • Breakfast of Champion Drinkers

    Have you ever had one of those mornings when you want nothing more than to curl up into foetal position until the world stops being bright and loud? These eggs should help you out.

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  • wai-waichinesebhel Wai Wai Chinese Bhel Recipe

    Make the ultimate desi-Chinese fusion food, Wai Wai Chinese Bhel and send your tastebuds on a one way trip to flavourtown.

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  • It’s Time Someone Asked the Million-Dollar Question: Is Lactose Intolerance Just a Fad?

    We seem to have become intolerant to the very foods that used to be household staples – butter, cheese, milk, and rotis! Has something truly changed, or as my mom would say, are we just trying new ways to push up our cool quotient?

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  • A Petition to Stop the Cake-Smashing Ritual on Birthdays

    In India, poverty isn’t just a state of mind, and paisa-vasooli is a way of life. Yet, people buy an extra birthday cake, just to smash it gleefully in some unfortunate soul’s face. What gives?

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  • The Urban Guide to Surviving Just About Anything

    A list of essentials that urban Indians need to survive First World problems and the Armageddon.

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  • vegnonveg “An Animal Lover and a Meat Eater?”: The Pain of Being Punjabi and Vegetarian

    Being vegetarian has never been an option in my household. But when my newly vegetarian friend asked how I could be a “woke” animal lover and still eat meat, I didn’t have an answer. The worst part? The judgment from my parents – my mutton-kebab-eating parents.

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  • MaggiMasalaDosa Maggi Masala Dosa

    You've tried noodles inside a dosa, but have you tried a dosa made from noodles? Presenting Maggi Masala Dosa!

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  • Quiz: Pick Your Dinner and We’ll Tell You Your Favourite Sex Position

    Food and sex go hand in hand. Making love on an empty stomach is like crossing the desert barefoot: You wouldn’t want to do it unless absolutely necessary. What we eat says a lot about who we are. Pick a five-course meal and we’ll tell you your favourite sexual position.

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  • Humans of Sunday Brunch

    Every Sunday, at the stroke of noon, a group of Indians gathers to validate its privilege through Instagram filters of eggs Benedict and mimosa. This breed of people can be classified as snobby Sunday brunch-goers.

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  • HealthFoodWebsites Sliced Tomato for Burger Buns: Can Health Food Websites Stop Ruining Our Favourite Snacks?

    Food blogs are constantly adapting to every new diet trend, perpetually coming up with questionable keto, vegan, and Whole 30 spins on traditional favourites. While their creative thinking is laudable, surely we can all agree that spiralised zucchini makes a salad, not a pasta dish?

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  • parleg Parle-G Pe Charcha: How this Slab of Glucose Unifies a Country

    For most people I know, it’s impossible not to get lost in nostalgia at the mere mention of Parle-G. The biscuit was my diabetic grandfather’s favourite treat. And the only way to get my school watchmen to open the gates and let you inside after the morning bell was with bribes of Parle-G.

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  • Signs You Are A Karela

    Some people love you to bits, others call you bitter, maybe you're a karela.

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  • food Acidity in the City: A Survivor’s Tale

    Switching cities can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to finding everyday comfort food. But culinary experimentation and acidity are two sides of the same coin. How do you flip a favourable outcome?

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  • MishtiDoi 100-Rupee Hunger Pangs: Mishti Doi Cheesecake

    A DIY cheesecake. All you need is some mishti doi and a pack of biscuits.

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  • PhantomCigarettes The Phantoms of Our Sweet Past

    Every time my dad sent me to fetch cigarettes, I would buy Phantom cigarette candy from the paan tapri below my house. I felt like a big boy as I tapped out one and took a fake puff.

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  • Beef A for Angus, B for Barzona: An Ode to Beef

    Sometimes I lie awake at night thinking about my fondest beefy memories. During my chef days, I’ve tasted some fine A5 Wagyu and USDA Prime Grade 1. Those days are sadly behind us.

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  • ADIYGuidetoHipsterRestaurants A DIY Guide to Hipster Restaurants

    A few elements are essential to a hipster establishment. A penny-farthing on the wall, exposed brickwork and vents, and the words “deconstructed” and “single-origin” on the menu.

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  • chickenunderabrick Chicken Under A Brick Recipe

    Ever wondered how to roast chicken with super crisp skin? The answer is simple, just use a brick.

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  • Biscuit Basket Chaat Recipe

    Make this biscuit basket chaat when the craving for chaat strikes

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  • Anthony Bourdain: The Saint Who Sexualised Food

    Anthony Bourdain was a proponent of the gratuitous sexualisation of food long before Instagram came along and added a hashtag before food porn. He extolled the virtues of food with a rhythmic metre that rose in crescendo before collapsing into a post-climactic crumpled heap, just like good sex.

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  • BananasthatImpregnateandOtherFoodMyths Bananas that Impregnate and Other Food Myths

    The mythology of food in India is storied and the best fables revolve around pregnancy. Twins, some believe, are the result of eating twin bananas – fruit that has the power to impregnate a man.

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