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The Origins Series

Moti Pulao

Continuing with my research on the festival conducted by Chef Ravitej Nath of Oberoi Gurgaon and Osama Jalali, Here is one more piece on a dish named Motia Pulao served on the date of festival. (Link for the festival “Unearthing of the Lost”) What Is It: The dish is simple looking Basmati based Yakhni Pulao…

Murgh Zamin Doz

Continuing from my article of 20th August 2015 titled “Unearthing of the lost” I have a little detail on another dish that was served during the festival called Murgh Zamin Doz. What is it– The term Zamin doz means “inside earth” in Urdu and points in same direction in Arabic as well as Persian. Murgh…

Kancha Kofta

Continuing from my article of 20th August 2015 titled “Unearthing of the lost” I have a little detail on another dish that was served during the festival called the Kancha Kofta. What is it– This dish was part of erstwhile Mughal cuisine which has faded away now. When it was placed it front of us…

Ambakalya

As stated in my article of 20th August 2015 “Unearthing of the lost” here is a detailed inscription, on another dish served the same day called Amba Qaliya. What is it– This is mutton cooked in raw mango without any oil or ghee. It is just raw mango which has been made a puree, with…

Backpacking epicurean’s take on Amritsar

“Food history is as important as a baroque church. Governments should recognize cultural heritage and protect traditional foods.  A cheese is as worthy of preserving as a sixteenth-century building.” Carlo Petrini Amritsar, The unaccredited culinary capital of India has been making quiet a noise in the culinary circuit. Anywhere you read, the name would just crawl…

Ladakhi Cuisine

In a pool of cherry picked cuisines across the globe, there’s dearth of cuisines which have existed for a substantial time but are hardly recognised beyond its own ethnic group. It still lingers in its very basic and original state unlike the modern cuisine that has evolved time and again. I have personally always believed…

Rôti Sans Pareil

As promised from my post of 20th August 2015 titled “unearthing of the lost” ,here I am with the first article for my series regarding the details and history of the dish named Parinde-me-Parinda served to me. What is it: The term Parinde-me-parinda literally means bird inside bird in Urdu language. The one that was…