It has been too hot to stand near the stove for too long, and this means there is the real danger of falling back on instant meals and junk food! I realised my eating patterns were going awry and decided to make sure my fridge is stocked with some nutrition packed hummus, so I can get easy, instant meals without making it unhealthy! Ingredients 1 cup black eyed peas, soaked overnight and then boiled in salted water, retain the water 1 cup fresh fenugreek or methi, blanched 3-4 cloves garlic 1-2 green chillies salt 50-60ml olive oil MethodPut the methi into a food processor, and…more


A classic ingredient to deal with the cold in most of North Eastern India would be mustard oil. Used for cooking, to mix into a chaat or even for a body massage, the mustard oil creates just the right heat and warmth that can help with the worst winter weather. A recent vacation into the Himalayan foothills had me thinking about the ideal snack to take along. The vacation involved hours of standing in an open jeep safari at close to freezing temperatures – so I had to think of something that was comforting, easy to bite into and eat with gloves on, and had…more


Growing up in NCL colony had me surrounded by a lot of people, each with a personality that was unusual if not eccentric, and each belonging to a completely different age group. One old friend of ours was a potter, but besides that she was this exquisite cook, coming up with fantastic new flavour combinations and unusual recipes. Visiting her was a highlight for a food lover like me, for each day had something absolutely delightful to look forward to. Weekly market visits involved buying huge amounts of fresh produce, fruits were bought by the crate, flowers filled the home, and vegetables were bought by…more