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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…

The Ramadan month is a very exceptional time in Dubai, exhibiting great character and respect for the religious ethos in this region. This is also a special month for food lovers in the city, as all restaurants serve a special Iftar menu every evening. Iftar evenings feel quite celebratory on Dubai’s food scene with some grand feasts being hosted by the big hospitality names. It beautifully brings together the fasting and the non-fasting people, being able to understand each other’s culture and enjoy the spirit of local cuisine. As the sunsets each Ramadan day, all the fasting Muslims devote their evening prayer and take the Iftar meal to break their day’s fast. Mostly they break their fast with a date or something light. I hold great respect for the people who demonstrate fasting perseverance the entire day, in the increasing summer heat, with a positive mind. For me Iftar signifies…

The idea of Falapav is an authentic food synthesis. True Honey Buzzard style!  Honey Buzzard recipes are all about combining ethos of 2 different cuisines and creating a new recipe that is a discrete taste. My new falafel sandwich recipe “Falapav” layers within, taste of 2 favorite recipes from the Mediterranean and the streets of Mumbai. The falafel with a history of over 1000 years, is a popular snack not just in Egypt but all over Mediterranean countries, and an ascending fame all over the world. On the other hand Vadapav, the very own Indian burger is prevalent on the streets of Mumbai, served as the “go-to” food for the Indian common man every day. Falapav is an interesting taste idea to sandwich the crispy Mediterranean falafels into a soft pav bread from the western region of India, savored with Indian chutneys. If I had to write a formula for this recipe,…

I believe if you want to deepen your culinary experience in a country, go for a cooking class. Getting your hands dirty in a local kitchen is the best way to discover the nuances and details of a country’s taste. Quite fortunately, Srilanka offers a lot of cooking classes. Also, most of them are quite authentic, as they take you in their real home or restaurant kitchens to show you what goes in making that delicious plate of curry & rice. I took 2 cooking classes during my trip to Srilanka. I managed to gather some spicy secrets about Srilankan cooking, like the authentic recipe of Srilankan Curry powder, preparing coconut milk for curries and some key ingredients for Srilankan cooking. You can read more about this in my recent post Secrets from my Srilankan cooking class. This post will also help you learn some Srilankan cooking basics that you…

Looking for Indian cottage cheese snack ideas for our next cocktail party? Well I am going to be a bit candid here – most likely your search (looking through restaurant menus or online recipes) will end with Paneer Tikka or variations of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Paneer Tikka but I don’t quite love the fact that Indian cuisine gets food credits mostly in the space of spicy and savory food. As I travel around the globe, it’s endearing to witness far-reaching presence and acceptance for Indian cuisine. I do feel proud when people from different origins often tell me how much they relish Indian food (with a side not of “Oh boy it’s so rich”). Sadly, this may also be true to some extent, for example if I think of an Indian appetizer to pair with a fine wine, I may be able to think of very…

Are you thinking “here comes another overnight oatmeal in a jar”? Yeah, just like you, I too feel swarmed by the storm of oatmeal recipes on Instagram, Pinterest and health blogs out there. Dairy free, quick to cook, organic, yogurt based and a zillion others. These days every 5th occurrence of internet information seems to revolve around some kind of health food. If you are a health junky I suppose by now you must have tried and got bored of all those overnight oatmeal in a jar. So really, I don’t blame you. Well let me promise that you surely haven’t explored this oatmeal recipe. Its diverse, a swirl of Arab flavors in an Indian jar! A blend of spices & nuts from Arabic and Indian culture socializing overnight in a jar and creating a great friendship of flavors for your breakfast. You think I am faffing? Ok let’s check…

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…

The eating world is divided in two parts – sushi lovers and non-lovers! This is a conclusion I have derived (may be based on limited and unwitting observations) through my eating experience thus far. I may be stating nothing close to a fact but that’s what I come across, people either like sushi or they

Road tripping is the travel ambiance that absolutely gets my travel feet going. One of the favorite drives of my travels has been in the US state of Arizona, also popularly known as the Grand Canyon State. Interestingly, Arizona’s name originated from the Spanish name, Arizonac, which in turn derived from an Indian word, ali sonak meaning “small spring”. Who hasn’t been riveted by the magnificence of Grand Canyons? It is a landscape that is visible from the space and surely finds space on every traveler’s bucket list? On mine too! The layers of Grand Canyons inspired my 7 layered Mexican Bhel recipe I had always been blazed by the layers, hues and textures of the rustic canyons, just like any other pair of travelers eyes would want to rest gaze on them. On my trip to the canyons, the whole day, I walked along the wide spread arms of…