Bohri Mohalla food trail – The best places to eat

As a foodie, every year I look forward to Ramadan. Closer to where I live in Mumbai, there is a huge Muslim community so the streets and by-lanes turn into an Iftari food fest with the aromas of fried malpuas, mawa jalebis, fresh fruits and dates, chicken shawarmas, satay, mutton cutlets and what not. Four years after my last visit to Mohammad Ali road to explore the food scene in the Minara Masjid area, I…

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The best food films from around the world

A while back, I discussed the best travel films that will inspire you to globe-trot. I had the most fun time compiling that list, watching world cinema and taking inspiration to travel to some of the remotest corners in the world. In this post I want to talk about food, something I’m as much obsessed with. Trying local food is high on my to-do list when travelling to a new city. It is this love…

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What’s my take on Meghalaya’s Khasi cuisine

I reach home, drop my backpack, look into the fridge. Mom’s made sorpotel and I don’t feel like eating. It’s a very turn off feeling after seeing chunks of pork, literally every part of the pig, hang by hooks in shops in the Khasi region of Meghalaya. They eat pork like nobody’s business. After a point, the sight is uncomfortable. Pork is to Meghalaya what vada pav is to Mumbai and dhokla to Gujarat. Another…

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My guide to Sri Lankan cuisine in 20 dishes

I prefer to eat local in a new city. It’s one of my favourite things about travel. How interesting it is to learn how food has shaped a country through years of history, cultural influences, weather, local crops. My first exposure to Sri Lankan cuisine was in London while studying there. My landlords were a Sri Lankan family and the rent included one meal at home. So I was sort of familiar with the Hoppers…

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