Julia Child in Delhi – Italian Woman's Lockdown Paneer, South Delhi

Julia Child in Delhi – Italian Woman’s Lockdown Paneer, South Delhi

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] She’s a garlic-loving Italian woman, living in Delhi, and she makes Indian dishes better than many Indians. Her dal makhani is as buttery as in any respectable…

Julia Child in Delhi – Designer Payal Singh Makes Her 10-Minute Meal, Ghaziabad

Julia Child in Delhi – Designer Payal Singh Makes Her 10-Minute Meal, Ghaziabad

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Buckling up the seat belt, she normally drives out into the world far from home… she’s en route to the office. But not anymore. Payal Singh didn’t…

Julia Child in Delhi – Advocate Farah Naaz Makes Her Friend Charu's Upma, Sector 52, Gurgaon

Julia Child in Delhi – Advocate Farah Naaz Makes Her Friend Charu’s Upma, Sector 52, Gurgaon

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Forced into self-isolation, she closes her eyes and sees herself turning into “a tiny speck of dust.” And now, she, this dust particle, floats into the air,…

Julia Child in Delhi – Author Sadia Dehlvi Makes the Rarely-Seen Mango Qeema, H. Nizamuddin East

Julia Child in Delhi – Author Sadia Dehlvi Makes the Rarely-Seen Mango Qeema, H. Nizamuddin East

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you want to taste some of Delhi’s best homey non-veg dishes, then you have no choice but to plot and scheme your way to become author…

Julia Child in Delhi – Elena Tommaseo Cooks Her Indo-Italian Bathua Risotto, Greater Kailash Enclave I

Julia Child in Delhi – Elena Tommaseo Cooks Her Indo-Italian Bathua Risotto, Greater Kailash Enclave I

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is that icy season of the year when our chachis/chachas and mamis/mamas surprise us with delicious bathua parathas. Some home kitchens rustle out rotis and raitas…

Julia Child in Delhi – Nidhi Rishi Cooks Her Fake Omelette, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad

Julia Child in Delhi – Nidhi Rishi Cooks Her Fake Omelette, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the age of fake news, here’s fake omelette for you. (Disclaimer: it’s not as easy to rustle up as fake news) Nidhi Rishi’s kitchen in Ghaziabad’s…

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,…