Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A bowl of traditional Goan Vonn to celebrate Easter

Growing up in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai in India, I very unwittingly was initiated into our rich heritage of Goan and Indian traditions. Goa - The Portuguese ruled over this beautiful state of sun and gorgeous beaches for almost 450 years up until 1961! That meant that our Goan cuisine and the states religious beliefs had Portuguese influences as...

Lockdown Diaries: story of the peas egg bhurji and tawa paratha, scrambled up in ten minutes

For a Guju like me, the ultimate "comfort food" is DBRS (daal-bhaat-rotli-shaak or daal, chawal, roti, sabji, or lentils, rice, Indian bread and veggies for the uninitiated). But if there is one more food item which provides the ultimate warmth of home cooked food and that long lingering ghar-ka-khana taste (home-style taste) on your taste buds, that is Vimla Aunty's...

Vanilla cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting baked to perfection by a 5-year-old

The spread of the horrific Coronavirus that originated in China has reached Canadian borders, with the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire, testing positive for COVID-19. She is one of the over 8000 cases recorded on Canadian soil so far, and while 1200 people have recovered, more than a 100 have lost their lives to the virus. Like many countries across...

Oli Khan decimates Guinness World Record for largest onion bhaji

Food is just one of the aspects of Indian culture that has been taken to the hearts of the British people. At one point, the most popular dish in the UK was a curry. However, in recent years the number of curry houses has been dropping, due to a variety of reasons. So what does internationally-recognised master chef Oli Khan...

What is Global Indian Stories?

Global Indian Stories is all about Indians being able to share their stories with their communities and around the world. Since we launched, we've had the pleasure of a wide variety of stories from countries across the globe. We're proud to present a selection from our archive, to give you a flavour of what globalindianstories.com is all about. Literacy and...

Exciting Indian Street Food: Botiwalla

Gossip, laughter, and filmy talks, spiced up with street-side food, constitute an interesting segment of college days. The chatpatta chaat, the gol-gappas, the bhelpuri and the pav-bhaji help to take the mind off from the pressure of studies and the ranting of those cranky professors. Fast-forwarding from those student days, the taste still lingers in our mouths, and we...

From Kolkata to Harrow – a culinary journey

I grew up in the suburban neighbourhoods of Kolkata where my neighbours were like my extended family. I had the run of the neighbourhood and often meals were with friends’ families who hailed from different neighbouring states in India. This meant that from childhood I was exposed to various niche regional cuisines that I would otherwise never had encountered. My...

Home-made choco bar by a nine-year-old

I am not a great fan of chocolate - although that might seem a little strange since all children like chocolate. I love fruity flavours more than pure chocolate. So the chocolate bar I made included dry raspberries, watermelon-flavoured popping candy, and bits of honeycomb. If you like dry fruits like almonds, nuts, and raisins then you shall enjoy this...

Foodies – Zaman Restaurant

It's easy to miss Zaman, a restaurant situated in the basement of the Old Qubec Street in the heart of the city's cosmopolitan hub. The restaurant was named after the former chef, Mahmud Zaman, rebranded to cater to the Sportsman Casino's global clientèle, located one floor above the restaurant. The multi-award-winner Head Chef Mahmud Zaman has left to join the Palm Beach...