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Category Archives: Food

The Pavilion at Maurya

I can’t say I’ve childhood memories of ITC Maurya and its The Pavilion restaurant but, I can say my reminiscences go back 30 years or so. The Pavilion has changed many times over and it has expanded in terms of size from what it used to be way back in 1980s. For about three years or so I didn’t go to The Pavilion at all, it was kind of several bad experiences which led to [...]

food destinations

Indian is a land of food connoisseurs.  Each state, each district, each village prides itself in its own distinct cuisine and food customs. Each Indian city its culinary identity but these are the top 10 destinations that every gourmand must visit. Delhi – Delhi is not only the capital of India, it is also the culinary capital of the country. A visit to old Delhi and the bylanes of Chandni Chowk is a foodie’s dream [...]

Traditional Indian Drinks To Beat Summer Heat

India is witnessing a scorching summer. The temperatures are as high as 46 degrees in some places. While monsoons have just arrived, it will take some time to get respite from the heat which has built up. It is essential that we keep ourselves cool internally with the right kind of diet and plenty of fluids. But before you start thinking about the western water melon coolers and kiwi fruit juice, consider some local drinks. [...]

Masala Library

We grew up hearing the name of Jiggs Kalra as India’s first celebrated gourmet who knew food as much or more than chefs in the finest of hotels he reviewed, tasted and advised. Off late, Kalra is not in circulation but his son has made a profession out of what was largely his father’s passion. Zorawar Kalra has made Massive Restaurants as one of most successful stand-alone restaurant chain in the country. I have been [...]

Haldiram's Success Story

According to recent reports from the Economic Times, desi food giant Haldiram’s recorded a revenue of Rs 4,000 crore, a 13 percent revenue growth, in the financial year 2016. This figure beats the revenues of the domestic figures of American fast food titans – Mcdonald’s (at Rs 1,390 crore) and Domino’s (at Rs 1,733 crore) for the year. The report also compares the revenue of Haldiram’s with Nestle’s flagship product, Maggi instant noodles which was [...]

Why Are Organic Products So Expensive in India

With the onset of the Green Revolution back in the 1960s, India attempted to multiply its agricultural produce to sustain a fast growing population. Use of chemical fertilizers, and insecticides and pesticides, apart from mechanized farming implements took India to its heady days of agricultural plenty. This also meant, however, that it took Indian farmers away from the traditional methods of farming which were essentially organic in nature. Increasing instances of diseases and health hazards [...]

Service Charges in Restaurants now Options

The Department of Consumer Affairs on Monday, January 2, 2017, issued a directive to states to instruct all hotels and restaurants to make payment of service charge ‘optional’ for customers. It also directed restaurant and hotel owners to prominently display the message within the premises. In a rather brazen rejoinder, the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) issued a statement saying that customers were free “not to eat” in a restaurant that levied a service [...]

best winter cocktail recipes 2016

Winter is perhaps the best season in India because of all the charm associated with it. It is because of the wonderful weather in this season that we can indulge in our culinary fantasies to our heart’s content, and some intoxicating drinks. Also, is there anything better than shaking off the wintery chill with some good booze! If you love raising a toast with your friends and family, here is what to drink when the [...]

Best cities for street food in India

We, as a nation, have mastered the art of gastronomy. We can’t think or act well if we don’t eat well. And foodies have only one definition of The Hunger Games. Street food is basically entrée eaten outdoors. In these times of fast food and slow digestion, nearly all our activities revolve around food. India is undoubtedly a heaven for people who love and live for food. Hot and spicy street food is like a [...]

Global Hunger Index and India

We, as a nation, have got so used to patting ourselves on the back for every parameter of human development that we have actually started believing that we are the next big story of the world. That is, until someone from the outside holds a mirror to us, as has been done by the 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI) Report, recently released by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), an international organization that has been [...]