Julia Child in Delhi – Italian Diplomat Elettra Verrone Cooks Her Perfect Pasta, Jor Bagh

Julia Child in Delhi – Italian Diplomat Elettra Verrone Cooks Her Perfect Pasta, Jor Bagh

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Narrowing her eyes, she says, slowly and carefully, emphasizing each word, “Miscook the pasta and all is spoiled.” The Delhi Walla is at Elettra Verrone’s kitchen. A…

Julia Child in Delhi – Professional Cook Archana Das Cooks the Bengali Panchmishali Subzi in Her Home Kitchen, Chilla Village

Julia Child in Delhi – Professional Cook Archana Das Cooks the Bengali Panchmishali Subzi in Her Home Kitchen, Chilla Village

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here is a brief account of a day in the life of Archana Das, a 26-year-old working woman. 5.30 am. Alarm rings on the mobile phone. Ms…

Julia Child in Delhi –  Poet Mateen Amrohvi Serves Up Poet Ghalib's Favroite Daal, Central Delhi

Julia Child in Delhi – Poet Mateen Amrohvi Serves Up Poet Ghalib’s Favroite Daal, Central Delhi

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s no child’s play to crack Ghalib. Even high-brow Urdu literates find his poetry formidable—Ghalib is all allusions and metaphors, or so The Delhi Walla has heard….

Julia Child in Delhi – Surinder Kumar Makes UP's Matar ki Daal, Safdarjung Enclave

Julia Child in Delhi – Surinder Kumar Makes UP’s Matar ki Daal, Safdarjung Enclave

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Theatre person and former Doordarshan news reader Sunit Tandon has one of the largest collections of western classical music CDs in Delhi. Not many know, until now,…

Julia Child in Delhi – Shubha Sinha Makes Her Jharkhand's Dhuska, Mayur Vihar Phase I

Julia Child in Delhi – Shubha Sinha Makes Her Jharkhand’s Dhuska, Mayur Vihar Phase I

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is told there was never a better time to be in Delhi than now — when it comes to the bustling restaurant scene. There’s…

Julia Child in Delhi – Nandita Kapur Makes Her Late Mum-in-Law's Banana Halwa, East of Kailash

Julia Child in Delhi – Nandita Kapur Makes Her Late Mum-in-Law’s Banana Halwa, East of Kailash

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Once upon a time there lived a woman. Kind, amiable and generous. She was much loved by her large circle of friends and by her family. Prakash…

Julia Child in Delhi – Longtime Family Cook, Amma, Makes Her Narangi Rice, South Delhi

Julia Child in Delhi – Longtime Family Cook, Amma, Makes Her Narangi Rice, South Delhi

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old-time family cooks don’t fuss about their employer’s guests — The Delhi Walla‘s experience. They are so prized by the family, so entwined into its affairs, that…

Julia Child in Delhi – Sangeeta Makes Her Vegan Malai Kofta, Uday Park

Julia Child in Delhi – Sangeeta Makes Her Vegan Malai Kofta, Uday Park

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Everything was almost lost trying to pay for Papa’s medical bills when he fell ill. The land had to be pawned. Sangeeta, the third of four sisters,…

Julia Child in Delhi – Kamala Hemrajani Makes Her Sindh’s Dal Pakwaan, Defence Colony

Julia Child in Delhi – Kamala Hemrajani Makes Her Sindh’s Dal Pakwaan, Defence Colony

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say that Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province, is full of Delhiwalas who moved there after Partition. In fact, Karachi even has a neighbourhood called…

Julia Child in Delhi – Dr Shirali Raina Makes Her Kashmir's Leydhar Tschaman and Oluv, Noida Sector 61

Julia Child in Delhi – Dr Shirali Raina Makes Her Kashmir’s Leydhar Tschaman and Oluv, Noida Sector 61

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] She was born in Srinagar. Both her parents were also born in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital. And this was her husband’s birthplace too. But her daughter was…