Herbal medicine

  SHOBA NARAYAN SEARCH FOR THE CURE 10.08.07 The practice of herbal medicine is alive and well in rural India. The herbalist at a greenmarket, in the village of Maralawadi (a couple of hours outside of Bangalore), sits amidst the potatoes and okra, the green peppers and mangoes, the beans, peas and young brinjal (Indian eggplant) displaying…

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Mangoes for Gourmet magazine

Mangoes PDF here MANGOES A GO-GO SHOBA NARAYAN 05.09.08 It’s that time of year again, when the sweet scent of mangoes fills the air. Every Indian bazaar is stacked with crates and crates them, and hungry Indians everywhere slice and slurp their way to mango ecstasy. This “king of fruits” comes in batches with musical…

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Traditional Grains for Gourmet

  SHOBA NARAYAN TAMPERING WITH TRADITION 06.05.08 Recently, I dined at Masala Klub, a new upscale Indian restaurant at the Taj West End hotel in Bangalore. I went with my mother, mostly because my husband refused to go. (“I wouldn’t eat at a restaurant that spells its name ‘klub’ if you paid me,” he said…

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Sacred Food: Kashi Part 2

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Big story Last Modified: Sat, Feb 27 2016. 11 35 PM IST How blind faith is choking the Ganga The mission to clean the Ganga will be a pipe dream as long as Indians have no problem in perceiving and accepting the river as both pure and dirty Photo: Shoba Narayan…

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Sacred Food: Kashi

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Big story Last Modified: Sun, Feb 21 2016. 06 59 PM IST Of dead cows and the Ganga: The paradox of religion In her quest to embrace faith, the ultimate feel-good pill on the rocky road called life, this writer looks for divine intervention in Kashi Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan…

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Sacred Food: Puri Jagannath

Home » Mint on Sunday » Sacred Food Last Modified: Fri, Jan 01 2016. 04 19 PM IST What use is temple cuisine? Dining locally and seasonally is a fad now. Most traditional societies used to do just that. The second of a three-part series from Puri Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan In 1810, Robert Southey, a somewhat effeminate-looking British…

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Azhagar Kovil Dosai

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Sacred Food Last Modified: Sat, Sep 12 2015. 11 30 PM IST Azhagar Kovil’s excellent dosai The humble dosai, a staple at breakfast tables in south India, takes a divine turn in the kitchen of Madurai’s Azhagar Kovil Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan It is sunset when I walk into the…

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Sacred Food Palani

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Big story Last Modified: Mon, Aug 10 2015. 07 12 PM IST Palani’s heavenly panchamritham The prasadam of the popular hill temple not only tastes out of this world, but is also a healing potion Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan Carnegie Hall has nothing on Hindu temples. I think of this…

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Sacred Food in the Golden Temple

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Sacred Food Last Modified: Sun, Feb 12 2017. 02 42 AM IST Rolling rotis in Amritsar’s Golden Temple In the latest instalment of the long-running Sacred Food series our correspondent marvels at the serene supply chain at Harmandir Sahib Photos: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan Amritsar: The family standing at the long, snaking…

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Indian vegetarians travelling the world

Audiomatic is a great platform for some great Indian podcasts.  Vikram Doctor does a great show called ‘Real Food Podcast.’  Here is an episode in which I was (a little) involved. Here is the link to the show.

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