• buffet A Strategic Guide to Beating a Buffet

    Don’t ruin your appetite by filling up on soup and salad, but don’t be the person with 15 paneer tikkas on your plate either. Here is a bhukkad’s approach to winning every round of man vs food.

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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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  • A Recipe for the Perfect Protest Biryani

    Four students at JNU, aka the Indian Institute of Protest Management, were fined for cooking biryani. The idea of biryani as protest food is a satisfying one. Thanks to its communal past, it incites the right amount of outrage.

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  • faddiets Hum Keto Kar Chuke Sanam: Petition to Stop Fad Diets and Return to Regular Food

    We love food. There’s no two ways about it. So how does the average twenty-something in India find the patience and money to buy avocados, chia seeds, quinoa, and coconut milk to replace their staples of breads and spreads?

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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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  • Why I Refuse to Abstain During Lent

    Afraid of disappointing my mother and Jesus, I’d observe Lent like any good li’l altar boy. At 14, however, I went full throttle into the “Fat Little Asshole” phase of my life.

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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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  • Indigestion The ABC of Bengali Indigestion

    The lives of the big-eyed, gentle-faced, and maach-guzzling Bengalis are marred by a potent shadow of the world’s most deadly dose of ABC – ambol (acidity), bodhojom (indigestion), and constipation. It’s no wonder then, that the easiest way to a Bengali’s appetite is through a strip of Digene.

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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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  • ManwithaPan-Cooking-Food Man with a Pan

    Men have the same attitudes to the whole cooking shtick as they have to cars and careers. Which means that they bring to it a sense of adventure.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ponkhpakodas Ponkh Pakodas Recipe

    Turn tender young jowar into these crisp, crunchy ponkh pakodas before winter fades and takes ponkh with it.

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  • Restaurant The Restaurant Caste System: Goras are the Brahmins, Stags the Outcast

    Indian restaurants and pubs have their own caste system. Firangs are the Brahmins of the restaurant world, and next in line are Silver Spoons – celebrities from the film industry. All the hospitality is reserved for them. At the bottom of the rung are single, young men, aka the Sad Stag Group.

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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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  • West Bengal vs. Odisha: Whose Rosogolla Is It Anyway?

    West Bengal, you made the battle for a GI tag for the rosogolla, an ego tussle didn’t you? Surely you could have left this one dish for Odisha.

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  • CBFC Sex on the Beach for the Censor Board

    The CBFC's at it again, this time it has gone after Amartya Sen. escalating stupidity up to ten, we've made them a cocktail, to help them find zen.

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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 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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  • 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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  • nyegarlicbread Garlic Bread Ring Recipe

    Ring in the new year with this Garlic Bread Ring recipe.

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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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  • A Tale of Two Kitchens

    Soon I’ll exchange my Mangalorean kitchen for that of a Tamil one. I’m both excited and apprehensive, at the thought of adjusting to a new kitchen and a new master of ceremonies.

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  • MaggiScotchEggs Maggi Scotch Eggs Recipe

    On #WorldEggDay here's a recipe for Scotch Eggs featuring Maggi.

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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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  • Food What’s Most Annoying About Fellow Diners? Adults Eating Dosas with a Fork or Ordering Nuggets?

    Closely observing people’s eating habits is one of my biggest pet peeves. If eating at an authentic regional cuisine restaurant, why order the most generic, non-regional thing on the menu? And think of all the dosas being eaten with a knife and fork!

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  • tomatosoup Tomato Soup Recipe

    This tomato soup will hit you with a ton of flavor and nostalgia and send you on a train journey back through time. #FlashbackFriday

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  • WorldVeganDay Indians, How Can You Hate on Vegans?

    When vegans claim their diet is better for the environment, but rely on imported foods that waste water and fuel, are they being any more hypocritical than those who eat “Jain chicken”? Is their irritating preachiness so out-of-place in a country that has forced the world’s largest burger chain to create a beefless menu?

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  • KurkureChaat Kurkure Chaat Recipe

    There's more than one way to enjoy Kurkure. Here's one of them.

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