INDIA

personal essay

My Indian Mother's Refusal to Cook Taught Me Everything About Womanhood and Food

There is plenty to tell about my mother, but no recipes bound and weighted by rituals, no tales of a mother figure carrying the weight of my family’s life at the table.
Sharanya Deepak
3.11.19
fruit

An Exhaustive Investigation into Which Variety of Mango Is the Best

Alphonso or Chaunsa? Palmers from Brazil or Julies from Jamaica? I scoured the market stalls of Southall and Bradford to uncover which variety of mango reigns supreme.
Aina Khan
9.13.18
South Asian food

How This Town Became a South Asian Sweet Shop Paradise

Bradford’s first mithai shop was opened in 1964 by Abdul Rehman, a Pakistani migrant working in the city's textiles mills. Other shops soon followed and today, Bradford is a sugary haven of laddu and gulab jamun.
Aina Khan
6.21.18
Snacks

Why Pringles Will Always Taste Like Luxury to Me

As a kid growing up in ’90s Mumbai, Pringles were Rich People Food: irresistibly delicious and a needless extravagance.
Mithila Phadke
5.14.18
Bengali Food

This Blogger Wants to Make Bengali Food Instagram-Famous

Thahmina Haseen is quietly leading the UK’s Bengali food revolution.
Salma Haidrani
5.2.18
spices

This Entrepreneur Thinks Saffron Is the New Vanilla

"Vanilla is used as a mainstream ingredient in everything from ice cream to ready-made Mr. Kipling Bakewell tarts. I think saffron can take that position."
Ruchira Sharma
2.8.18
Indian Food

The Fight to Save One of London's Most Historic Curry Houses

Founded in 1946 by the India League, an organisation that campaigned for British India’s independence, The India Club is part-restaurant, part-time capsule. Now redevelopment plans threaten to turn the building into a luxury hotel.
Zamira Rahim
1.31.18
Indian

Inside India's Regional Dessert Feud

Where's rasgulla actually from? Well, it's complicated.
Mayukh Sen
11.20.17
INDIA

My 80-Year-Old Grandma Taught Me the Secret to a Perfect Diwali Feast

I spent the run-up to the Hindu festival of light with my grandmother in Jaipur, where she shared her recipe for kidney bean curry.
Ruchira Sharma
10.16.17
cooking

How This 106-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Became a Famous YouTube Chef

You can learn just about anything on YouTube—including how to make watermelon chicken and scrambed emu eggs from a centenarian.
Jelisa Castrodale
9.19.17
Curry

Why Curry Doesn’t Really Exist

"My parents taught me that cooking was about self-sufficiency, and not some sort of mystical connection to your roots."
Naben Ruthnum
9.4.17
alcohol

Urban Planning Accidentally Banned Alcohol Throughout This Entire City

More than 700 bars, pubs, hotels, and establishments selling alcohol in the city have been forced to go dry or close down.
Gigen Mammoser
7.10.17
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