Articles and Papers

Good, food, and good food

Darkness conquers light. Good overcomes evil. And somewhere in between these important battles, sweets and savouries emerge the ultimate winner. The darkest night at the end of a month — and millions of lamps and candles at their brightest best. And a little away from...

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Tracing India’s Food Journey – From the Vedas

While some people dispute that there was ever a wave of migration of Indo-Aryans, the second millennium BCE did see the appearance of a new people, who introduced new flavors into the cuisine. Theirs was a semi-nomadic society consisting of small kinship groups who...

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Tracing India’s Food Journey – Of Sugar & Spice

The quintessential feature of Indian food is, of course, the extensive use of spices.  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has registered 109 spices, of which 52 are supervised by the Spice Board of India.  Spices indigenous to India are ginger,...

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Tracing India’s Food Journey – Part I

It’s a truism that India is the most diverse country in the world - ethnically, linguistically, culturally, and gastronomically. A debate about what constitutes India’s national dish - khichdi once proposed - may never be answered. Still, if we look into history, we...

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In Search of the Perfect Pav Bhaji

On her first trip to Mumbai, we take author and food historian Colleen Taylor Sen on a pav bhaji jaunt to some of the city’s most iconic eateries  Colleen Taylor Sen’s tryst with Indian food goes back nearly four decades, when she met her husband Ashish Sen at...

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Street Food in India

PART I: OVERVIEW AND INTRODUCTION Every city, town, and village in this vast country of over 1 billion people has its roadside stands and hawkers. Indians eat street food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as an afternoon snack (often taken home for “tea”), and during...

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Gujarati Sweets Warm up the Winter

In winter, Gujaratis prepare certain sweets considered to have healthful heating properties. One is gundar pak (the light brown spheres in the photograph)  which is made from wheat flour, sugar, ghee, ginger, ganthoda  (valerian), and  gundar (an edible gum made from...

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Bitter Melon, Sweet Potential

All summer I watched the vine with its delicate leaves and lovely little yellow flowers grow up the iron banister of my stairs at the rate of several inches a day. planted the seeds in June but had given up hope of any harvest. Then, this morning, I saw them, two...

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