Category Archives: Food Writing

Pappadams

I loved this week’s issue of Mint Lounge. Sumant Jaikrishnan is an authentic Indian stylister (the male version of stylista). I loved the cover. Read it here. My piece is on Pappadams. Nice accompanying photo. Read it here and below. … Continue reading

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New York Times contest

What a thrill to find this clipping.  Every time someone asks, “How did you become a food writer,” I talk about this contest in the New York Times where my entry was chosen for the prize.  It was a half-page … Continue reading

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About the banana flower

The pink-skinned banana flower is a luxury You have to be family to be served banana flower Shoba Narayan  Updated: Fri, Nov 23 2012. 05 21 PM IST I am cooking banana flower today. It is a good-looking if shy vegetable, … Continue reading

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Deepavali Snacks

In my home, we are talking Deepavali snacks.  My help, Geeta, is an instinctive and brilliant cook.  We are debating what to make.  I stumbled on this lovely cooking site, Rak’s Kitchen, when searching for Deepavali (I prefer this to … Continue reading

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Culinary Crutches

Met Chef Imitiaz Qureshi today.  What a guy! Very authentic and knowledgeable about Awadh style cooking. Listening to “There she goes” by Taio Cruz.  Here is my last Mint column Why you should drop your culinary crutches For professional restaurateurs … Continue reading

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Sherbets

This coming Saturday is Mint Lounge’s Summer Special issue.  I wrote a column on cooling summer drinks, which, I discovered is already up on the site.  So am posting it here. Columns Posted: Thu, Apr 5 2012. 8:12 PM IST … Continue reading

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Food- North Indian versus South Indian

This appeared in Silkroad magazine’s Feb 2012 issue North Versus South Indian Food

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Rice

My Life: Shoba Narayan on rice Shoba Narayan Feb 1, 2012   People want different things on a cold winter night: a piping hot bowl of soup or the seductive richness of, say, foie gras. I crave steaming hot rice. … Continue reading

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Food piece for The National

My column for The National’s M magazine, edited by the divine Rick Arthur and Helena Powell.  Click here for the latest one.  Also pasted below. Great meals forge a connection to their place and time Shoba Narayan Nov 16, 2011 … Continue reading

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Beer Story for Cathay Pacific

This is a story called Bengaluru Beer.  There is a fear that Delhi might over Bangalore as the Pub City of India– or has it already?  The one person who I wanted to interview for this piece but couldn’t do … Continue reading

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