Cooking with Quinoa

Cooking with Quinoa

Quinoa, the magic grain is a must for many households focused on healthy eating. What was a relatively unknown grain just a decade or so ago, is now in such demand that farmers in South America are  unable to sell locally because the crop is exported and the prices...
Versatile Herb

Versatile Herb

One warm, sunny afternoon during my college days, a friend and I were stand-ing on one side of the Tank Bund in Hyderabad, when a savvy street vendor handed us, fresh and hot from a pot of bubbling oil, a plate of gol gappas (small golden puffs). Dipping a puff in...
Subtle Flavors of Oriya Cuisine

Subtle Flavors of Oriya Cuisine

PURBA: FEASTS FROM THE EAST by Laxmi Parida. Oriya cuisine from Eastern India. Writer’s showcase, an imprint of iUniverse, Inc. 207 pages. $16.95. My experience with Oriya cuisine dates back to many years ago when I visited the temples of Puri in Orissa and was...
Off The Beaten Track

Off The Beaten Track

I am a sucker for travel destinations. Given a chance, I could pack a backpack and travel round the world with pleasure. Even when I go on my annual sojourn to India where my primary destination is Hyderabad, I cajole my family into discovering the glories of Andhra...
A Royal Romance

A Royal Romance

THE TWENTIETH WIFE by Indu Sundaresan. 363 pp. Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. $24. Thomas Moore, an Irish poet in 1817, wrote Lalla Rookh an oriental romance about the love between Lalla Rookh, a princess who journeys from Delhi to Kashmir and the...