Mulligatawny Soup: How Soup Met Rasam and Became a Favourite Anglo Indian Dish

Soups are comfort food, especially during monsoons. The nourishing nature of soups, cooked with the goodness of spices, herbs, vegetables and meats, acts as a shield against various infections. There are countless variations of soups that are a part of Indian culinary repertoire. However, India boasts of this ‘English’ yet Tamilian soup with an uncanny past – the Mulligatawny Soup. A hybrid of soup and rasam, it makes for a very popular starter in many fine dining restaurants across the country and around the world. Mulligatawny is a Tamil word…

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Ramzan Special: Dahi Phulki, a Neglected Iftar Dish That Resembles Dahi Vada

Come Ramzan and even the non-devout want to feast on Iftar eats, as the sun sets and the strenuous fast is broken. In fact, the line up of goodies waiting to be consumed by people on Ramzan food walks in the old quarters of cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad, and during the now trending Iftar parties has only got more elaborate down the years. However, in all the food prose celebrating kebab and biryani, haleem, nargisi kofte and baqarkhani, what sometimes gets overlooked is simple home-style snacks that traditionally…

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Is Paella the Dish That Best Connects Spain with India?

            My friend Harshad’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rajadhyaksha, went to Spain on a holiday recently. They were keen to explore the country but were worried about the food there. So they went on a group tour which provided Indian meals through the trip. Packages like this are popular among folks who want to discover new places but prefer the familiarity of home food. While in Spain, Harshad’s parents wanted to try out at least one local meal. So the group went and spoke to…

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