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Happy summer folks! Around this sun-fun time of the year the heat scale in Dubai looks like HOT… HOTTER… HOTTEST… DUBAI-HOT ; ) Well that is one of the many summer jokes for us Dubai-ites. Over the 7 years of life in this happy and one helluva city I have skinned the summer completely. Nevertheless even when all gets even, it’s natural to feel some odds. One that tops my list is missing on the Indian summer street food “Chaat”. Quite honestly Dubai makes it easy as it offers so many options to relish Indian street food. Having said that, one can still miss that taste asthetic and connection from back home. Chaat for me is a perfect taste balance between hot and cold, plain and savory, sweet and sour! So what is a Chaat? A Chaat is mostly plated with a savory subject like fried potato patty or crispy fried…

Have you ever noticed the alikeness between the Mexican salsas and Indian chutney? To every Mexican salsa sister there seems to be an Indian chutney cousin. You don’t get me yet? Check this course… Don’t you find Mexican Salsa Verde & Indian coriander chutney akin? Ain’t Mexican Tomato salsa or Pico de galo a raw version of Indian Tomato Chutney? The Mexican Mango Salsa & Indian Mango chutney are flavor comparable too! And of course… The Tamarind Salsa & Tamarind chutney seem to be the spicy & tangy counterparts!!!  Notably, both salsas and chutney are essential food accompanies in their respective cuisine spreads. As an intense lover of Indian and Mexican cuisine, this idea to marry the dips from both cuisines organically keeps coming to me so many times..… and not just because both are spicy. I think mainly because there are many common base ingredients like cumin, onion, garlic,…

If you are an Indian food lover, then Lassi needs no introduction. You may have spotted Lassi on the menu of almost every Indian restaurant world over. This authentic Indian yogurt tumbler, with its sweet and refreshing taste, plays the perfect partner with savory Indian food. Also Lassi’s fruity version, Mango Lassi is quite popular on the smoothie circuit these days. By the way, this may be a lesser realized fact that much before the smoothie revolution began, Lassi has been swirling in the Indian kitchens as a good old summer staple. Being an Indian food lover, true to my origin, I lust over a glass of Lassi just anytime. By the way, as Lassi is a well-known drink, I have come several fusion attempts of Lassi like Strawberry Lassi, Pistachio Lassi, Guava Lassi and even a Chocolate Lassi (yes I was aghast) Well, everyone is entitled to have their…

Chaach or chas is a yogurt-based traditional drink from India. It is similar to the more popular cousin Lassi but much thinner in consistency, made by diluting it with cold water. In English chaach is often referred as buttermilk. Chaach has cultural associations, with its consumption originating from the extremely hot desert areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan. This summer drink is prepared and stored in earthen pots that keeps it cool and adds that distinct flavour. More importantly Chaach has several health benefits like providing hydration and digestion, owing to its ingredients. The yogurt, water and salt helps beat the heat in Indian summer and keeps the body hydrated. More so, cumin spice aids digestion largely. By this value, Chaach can even be a great morning drink to cleanse your body hardware and give you a hydrating kick to conquer the day. One of my mornings while starting my day…