Category Archives: Food

Thakkali Vattal and Manga Thira

Inspired by the abundance of cheap tomatoes and the intensely hot days of May during a COVID-19 lockdown, I decide to make sun-dried tomatoes. Definitely worth it, despite the spells of rain (naturally) that threatened the enterprise. “Thakkali vattal-aa?” exclaims Maheswari. … Continue reading

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GM Brinjal, Haryana

What we do know:  Where? Sirsa and Fatehabad Districts, Haryana What we do not know: What? – GM brinjal – not Bt brinjal?? Whose? – Mahyco? TNAU Coimbatore? UAS Dharwar? Bangladesh? Other? 2019 05 18 Illegal GM brinjal was second crop, officials destroy … Continue reading

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Potatoes, Pepsico, PPV&FR

Some background on the Gujarat farmer-Pepsico war What is this hot potato, anyway? Potato cultivar FL2027 patent holder is Frito Lay North America Inc. This is the same name under which it was registered (2016) under the PPV&FRA, 2001, India … Continue reading

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Discovering India in Delhi

Finally, three months later than planned, I set off for a bit of shopping, target: Bihar emporium (Ambapali) to buy Bhagalpuri silk. Get off the metro, out via gate 7, pass a group of “Asian Ambassadors of Peace” (or some … Continue reading

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Chiles! Salsa, sambal, chutney

Ever since I got a fresh supply of assorted chiles from Oaxaca about a year ago (thanks to a kind niece, her husband and son), I’ve had in mind a meal–an assortment of salsas, each made using a different chile. It … Continue reading

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Turmeric: what you might not want to know

How and why does lead chromate (a poison) find its way int0 turmeric powder (an edible spice)? Lead chromate                   Turmeric              Central Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI), … Continue reading

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pooshini/petha/ash-gourd/Benincasa hispida

However small a fruit one buys, it is always large. That is, lots to experiment with. Much modified recipe for Kairi Chi Amti to make a Pooshini Chi Amti. Chop up ash gourd; cover with a suspension of coconut milk + red … Continue reading

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Dhansak: Ingredients like sambhar, but not the sequence

10 July 2015 A sketchy summary, just to remind me that it ain’t as complicated as it seems. Basic steps: Pressure cook Dal mix + Veggies mix + masala; mash it all up Saute in ghee whole garam masala, onions … Continue reading

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Panju-Harajuku

2 March 2013 I am in Kamla Nagar, have just got the new Airtel SIM card that, everyone assures, will usher me into a new level of connectedness, a veritable new avataram; now I look for a place to eat, … Continue reading

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Sambal, Thuvaiyal, Pachadi

Sambhar (southern Indian) and sambol (Sri Lanka, Malay): are these really connected? What about chammandi (Malayalam)? Does sambal simply mean sauce? Interesting, isn’t it, that sambal finds itself in South Africa? What does sambal have to do with thuvaiyal (Tamil)? Presumably … Continue reading

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