Author Archives: Zephyr

Pongalo Pongal!!

Indian festivals are a great gastronomical delight, and Pongal is no exception.

Let’s ‘ring’ in 2018!

I wish all my readers a very Happy New Year, filled with positivity, health, joy and contentment.

When utensils were a source of health

When are you going back to the future in terms of cooking utensils? They are all the rage now.

Pori Urundai – the light-as-air laddoo

Snacks need not be laden with calories. They can be light and tasty too, as this laddoo.

Don’t throw away those peels!

Vegetable and fruit peels are loaded with nutrients. Use them!

When the cat is away

The house was spick and span – the beds all made up, the table free of clutter, the kitchen sparkling… The house had never been this clean even when I was around. I was pretty impressed. It all seemed too good to be true.

Khichdi, did you say?

It is about time for us to find and showcase our treasures, from yoga to khichdi. Why wait for a foreigner to point them out to us or worse, sell them back to us, neatly packaged and labelled?

Has Deepavali/Diwali become too ‘globalized’?

In our efforts to ‘globalize the festival, have we taken away from its heritage and cultural roots?

Listen! Nature is talking to you!

Ravi Muthuswamy’s pictures often tell a story.

Sundal – a favourite Navaratri snack

If Navaratri comes, can sundal  be far behind? For it is that naivedyam that is offered to the Devi and then distributed to everyone who visits your home for kolu and/or  haldi-kumkum. Children get an extra-large packet 🙂 Though sundal is a naivedyam for Ganesh Chaturthi too, its association with Navaratri is unmistakable for the above reason […]

Dussehra memories – Of drums, dread and thrill

Back in my childhood, Durga Puja brought with it drumbeats and terror. I don’t know why we were so terrified of the drums, but we used to rush blindly in the opposite direction of the drums when we heard the beats.

The boy who loved wheels

It is not often that a childhood passion turns into a career option. For the younger one, it has been wheels and roads and Scout My Trip is a logical progression #aageseright!

Something is cooking – and it is Rasam!

We all have our own special comfort foods. Among South Indians rasam holds a high rank!