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Why Our Ghee-Sprinkled Ayurvedic Diet is a Better Answer Than the Mediterranean Diet to the World’s Food Conundrum

Posted: July 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

YOU’RE as good as what you eat. It was ayurveda that first popularised this theory, which is why the Indian science of dietetics is held up with respect around the world. It is time, in fact, to consider the ‘Ayurveda Diet’ as the worthy replacement of the ‘Mediterranean Diet’, which doctors around the world have […]

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Kolkata’s First Showcase of Organic Produce, The Market Place, Brings the Farmer Closer to the Urban Table

Posted: December 15, 2016 at 9:25 am   /   Fortune Cookie

I HAVE just returned from Kolkata after spending two days at The Market Place, or Bish Mukto Haat (which when translated from Bangla means ‘Poison Free Market’), which brought together traditional famers who had returned to age-old organic agricultural practices after chasing the dream of higher productivity and returns on investment with an array of […]

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Zorawar Kalra’s Newest Brainchild, Delhi’s Masala Library, Inaugurates the Era of Post-Modern Indian Cuisine

Posted: July 15, 2016 at 10:24 am   /   Fortune Cookie

Delhi’s Masala Library, which opens for dinner on July 18, moves away from the road it took in Mumbai and lifts Modern Indian Cuisine to new peaks of sophistication. HOURS before I went to Masala Library, which has brought about a fairytale transformation to an old luxury car showroom on Janpath, I was with Executive […]

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It’s Time for Diya to be Counted Among Modern Indian Cuisine’s Top Three

Posted: June 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

SEVEN YEARS AGO, I discovered Diya, the Indian restaurant at The Leela Ambience Hotel, Gurgaon, and haven’t ceased to be a fan of it. It came up about the same time as Indian Accent and Varq, celebrity chef Hemant Oberoi‘s brainchild at The Taj Mahal Hotel on Mansingh Road, and the three together unspooled a […]

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Gorging on Kadak Nath: Gastronome Ashish Chopra Serves the Least Known of the World’s Three Black Chicken Species

Posted: April 21, 2016 at 3:51 am   /   Fortune Cookie

I HAVE always been fascinated by the story of Kadak Nath, India’s only black chicken species and one of just three in the world. Its cousins — China’s Silkie and Indonesia’s Ayam Cemani — command astronomical prices and are hailed as “superbirds” in America, but our Kadak Nath is barely known outside Madhya Pradesh, where […]

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How Sulafest Has Changed the Map of Nashik’s Wine Country Forever

Posted: February 11, 2016 at 3:47 am   /   Fortune Cookie

DESPITE INDIA’S wealth of culinary traditions, and the depth of our bio-agricultural diversity, we have shied away as a nation from projecting our food heritage to the world. Culinary tourism, or agri-tourism, may be a worldwide employment and revenue generator (even if our Ministry of Tourism doesn’t think so), yet no one here has thought […]

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CP’s Dramatic Turnaround as PC: Delhi’s Party Central is a Rs 1,440cr F&B Economy

Posted: January 14, 2016 at 3:42 am   /   Fortune Cookie

The twin openings of Farzi Cafe and Social signify the industry’s renewed confidence in the Capital’s heritage mall. ABOUT A year back, I had written about the dramatic transformation of Connaught Place, which had seen five hellish years before and after the star-crossed 2010 Commonwealth Games. It has truly become the city’s premier retail and […]

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Will the Lure of Television Stardom Kill the Professional in our New Generation of Starry-Eyed Young Chefs

Posted: November 19, 2015 at 3:38 am   /   Fortune Cookie

Learn from young chefs such as Gaggan Anand and Himanshu Saini. They let their work speak for itself, and not their television appearances. MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA finalist Sarah Todd has just opened a beach club with a phalanx of expats from Melbourne at Vagator Beach, Goa. The initial response has been positive. Not long ago, Chef […]

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Gulab Jamun Made With Mutton? Salma Husain & The Fine Art of Rescuing Forgotten Recipes

Posted: October 8, 2015 at 3:33 am   /   Fortune Cookie

YOU HAVE to be a dedicated food historian with a sharp eye for the unusual to know that in the days when people had more time, they had discovered the technique of washing mutton with milk at least three times to rid it of its characteristic taste and aromas, and then mince it to make […]

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Goodbye to Small Pleasures! FSSAI’s Food Standards Noose Tightens for Restaurants

Posted: July 31, 2015 at 3:29 am   /   Fortune Cookie

WITH THE Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) spreading terror in the industry, so much so that even Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has recently spoken up against what she describes as a “fear psychosis”, a nudge-nudge-wink-wink economy of products banned by the FSSAI had started thriving over the past year. […]

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