Indian culture

These Aftermeals are Exotic Versions of Homemade Digestives in Our Grandmothers’ Pantry

Posted on: 23rd Oct, 2016

Gone are the days when our grandmothers used to make aftermeal digestives on winter afternoons for the whole year. Somewhat tangy, somewhat sweet and somewhat salty taste of homemade churan, chutney, hazmola and pan masala would not only complement a meal but also boost the digestive health. Even guests were treated to such delicious aftermeal […]

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Review: Onam Sadya & Kerala Food Fest at Madras Café, Hyderabad

Posted on: 28th Aug, 2015

“There is no sincere love than the love of food,” says George Bernard Shaw. I remembered this famous quote on food by one of my favorite British dramatists, during the Kerala Food Festival at Madras Café & Co in Hitech City, Hyderabad. Neidhi Kumar from and Chetan Chhabra from The Network Bug organized a […]

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Review: Village the Soul of India in Hitech City Hyderabad

Posted on: 23rd Aug, 2015

“Rocky and Mayur have ventured out to explore food from all parts of India and curate videos on I’m contributing my experience of The Village – The Soul of India , one of the theme restaurants in Hyderabad. You can also upload your video review on AskMe and stand a chance to meet Rocky & Mayur. It was my first visit […]

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Review: Khao Galli NH9 Buffet at Taj Vivanta Hyderabad

Posted on: 22nd Aug, 2015

I have heard a lot about Mumbai’s Khao Galli and written several articles on the street food of India. But I owe my firsthand experience of Mumbai’s Khao Galli and its vibrant street food culture to Taj Vivanta’s signature restaurant Viva in Hyderabad. Taj Vivanta has initiated a weekend special dinner buffet “Khao Galli on […]

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Review: Chettinad Cuisine ‘Flavors of Tamil Nadu’ Food Festival at Taj Banjara Hyderabad

Posted on: 22nd Aug, 2015

With food festivals at the Taj Hotels in Hyderabad, I have been exploring the cuisines of different South Indian regions, which I would otherwise have remained unaware of. Though South Indian cuisines have a few things in common, for instance, the use of fresh ground spices, they are different in their cultural evolution. Yesterday, I […]

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Gujarati dishes on Navaratri food menu

Posted on: 19th Sep, 2014

Knowledge of Indian culture is incomplete without the taste of Indian food. The festivals of India like Navaratri are the best times to have the best of Indian cuisine. Of the Indian communities, the Gujarati, the Rajasthani and the Bengali are known for their rich festive food culture. The Navaratri food menu of veg recipes, […]

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Ugadi Festival: a ritual in South India

Posted on: 11th Apr, 2013

This picture of a white pumpkin smeared with vermillion and turmeric is taken in the city of Hyderabad. Hanging a white pumpkin at the entrance is a ritual for the shopkeepers on the festive day of Ugadi, the beginning of a new year in Andhra Pradesh. Ugadi is celebrated to mark the beginning and welcome […]

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Attukal Pongala: A religious festival of cooking pots in Kerala

Posted on: 31st Mar, 2013

Indian culture is full of religious beliefs and customs. Most of the religious festivals of grand nature are dedicated to different incarnations of the Goddess of power, wealth and learning. If Navaratri is the greatest festival of Gujarat in terms of elegance, and Durga puja is the grandest festival of Bengal in terms of extravagance, […]

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Interview with Fateh Ali Khan Sitar maestro in Indian Classical music

Posted on: 16th Feb, 2013

Of the contemporary Sitar maestros in India, Fateh Ali Khan is a shining star. With the ancestral root lying deep in Indian Classical Music, he took up Sitar at the tender age. He has inherited the legacy of Classical Music from his family of Sarangi players of the Moradabad Gharana. Fateh Ali Khan got a […]

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Jugalbandi: musical tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar in New Delhi

Posted on: 6th Feb, 2013

New Delhi is going to host a musical concert, Jugalbandi, in the memory of Lt. Pandit Ravi Shankar Ji, at India Habitat Centre this Tuesday (February 12, 2013). This cultural music festival is meant as a tribute to the maestro in the niche of classical music of India. Smt Padmini Rao, Classical Vocalist; Fateh Ali […]

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