City Food - Lockdown Chefs, Sector 30

City Food – Lockdown Chefs, Sector 30

Kitchen twins. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is yellow dal channa, masoor or urad? What is dhuli dal? Be honest. Don’t cheat on Google. It’s ok if you don’t know. The thing that can be said about Abhimanyu…

City Food - The Potato Eaters, Heera Nagar

City Food – The Potato Eaters, Heera Nagar

Eating routine in the times of corona. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Auto rickshaw driver Raju Rai has started driving again, after a considerable ease in the corona-driven lockdown. “But there are barely any people wanting to travel……

City Food - Tandoori Chai, Zahra’s Restaurant & Café

City Food – Tandoori Chai, Zahra’s Restaurant & Café

An out-of-the-box tea. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We all know about tandoori chicken and tandoori roti. But… tandoori chai? That’s more or less what they’re serving at an eatery in that cutely clumsy New Friends Colony Market…

City Food - Salt Lassi, Chandni Chowk

City Food – Salt Lassi, Chandni Chowk

Lassi without sweetness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Please concede that salted lassi is a lesser-loved cousin among yogurt drinks. You’ll seldom hear friends swearing by it. And frankly speaking, the few places in Delhi serving salted lassi…

City Food - Mrs Balbir Singh's Cooking, City Heritage

City Food – Mrs Balbir Singh’s Cooking, City Heritage

Story of Delhi cuisine. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In 1973, the Delhi-born award-winning actor Madhur Jaffrey immortalised her name in the world of international cuisine with her debut book. An Invitation to Indian Cooking subtitled Classic Indian…

City Food - Pappu's Popcorn, Subhash Chander Bose Garden, Gurgaon

City Food – Pappu’s Popcorn, Subhash Chander Bose Garden, Gurgaon

Taste of a life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Popcorns are addictive. You eat one, and then you go on to eat all. The super-pricey popcorns you get in multiplex snack counters are truly delicious but please don’t…

City Food - White Carrot Halwa, Shereen Bhawan

City Food – White Carrot Halwa, Shereen Bhawan

Beyond red. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many citizens regard carrot halwa as the No. 1 winter dessert. No debate on that. But not everybody knows that carrot halwa is not only available in red—thanks to red carrots—but…

City Food - Winter Season Gajak, Jacobpura

City Food – Winter Season Gajak, Jacobpura

Hands of Bhind. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say that a great number of Siberian birds migrate to north India during the winter. It’s also the time of the year when scores of folks from parts of…

City Food - Bread Pakora, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – Bread Pakora, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

Frying for decades. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Samosas. Pakoras. Aloo tikkis. There is no lack of places that are famous for producing excellent versions of at least one of these crispy tea time snacks. Break pakora is…

City Food - The World of Gur, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – The World of Gur, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

The other sweet. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are people who can identify a great number of birds by their names. Some have an encyclopedic insight on butterflies. Others are big on flowers. An environmentalist in Delhi…