Chicken Sandwich: Less Price, More Taste

May 20, 2022 3:32 pm

The Chicken Sandwich is a light-filled dish that originated in Europe. However, the Indians eat the chicken sandwich with great pleasure. Every country in the world has its version of the chicken sandwich. Recently, our favourite non-vegetarian dish has come into the political limelight in Gujarat. Thus, Team VOI brings recipes of the winner of […]

Guide To Top 10 Uzbek Must-Haves

May 12, 2022 2:49 pm

Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and used to be part of the erstwhile Soviet Republic. The Uzbek’s culinary repertoire is vast. Food being an intrinsic part of any nation’s culture, in Uzbekistan, the recipes are a delicious blend of Eastern styles of cooking with South Asian herbs and spices, all put together in the […]

McDonald’s Introduces Allergen & Nutritional Information For Entire Menu

April 7, 2022 4:34 pm

India’s favorite fast-food chain, McDonald’s, has announced on Thursday that it would now display Allergen & Nutritional Information. It would be available on the entire menu and the McDonald’s App (South and West regions). The company believes that this change will enable its customers to make the best possible food decisions. According to a statement […]

Zomato, Swiggy In Trouble For Unfair Pricing: CCI Initiates Probe

April 5, 2022 4:23 pm

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has ordered an investigation against top food delivery platforms, Zomato and Swiggy. CCI ordered the probe over the illegal and unfair business practices regarding their dealings with restaurant partners.  The Director-General of CCI will investigate the issue within 60 days. In July 2021, the National Restaurant Association of India […]

Craving Authentic Mexican Food? Amdavad Has A New Resto-Cafe

April 2, 2022 8:33 pm

Ever feel like wearing a Sombrero and gorging on a taco on the beach? Or craving something that isn’t Italian, Indian or Chinese? “Mexicano By The Bay” is the new address in Amdavaad for vegetarian Mexican delicacies. This resto-cafe at riverfront house promises to leave you asking for more. The ambience, menu and feel have […]

Vanishing Pickle Jars And A Hoary History   

February 17, 2022 11:50 am

Aruna Raghuram Jars of pickle have few takers these days. Palates have gone exotic.  Meals consist of hummus and toasted pita bread. Or, Mexican rice and guacamole. Or, Thai green curry and noodles. The humble pickle is fading from family memory. Let’s jog the collective memory with some pickle tidbits.  The art and science of […]

Trends And Fads In World Of Food

January 29, 2022 9:23 pm

The twin impact of the pandemic and heightened awareness of climate change in the past couple of years has led to several new and renewed food trends. It remains to be seen how many of these will become enduring trends, and how many are just fads that will wither away. Here are a few trends […]

Of Food Books, Cookbooks, And Recipe Books

January 15, 2022 11:26 am

In this column, I often fulminate against recipes. I believe that recipes have as much of a charm as a doctor’s prescription, minus the bad handwriting. Recipes instruct you to add one teaspoon of this, and two cups of that, and fry this for five minutes, and voila you have an exact replica of what […]

Start New Year 2022 With Authentic Chinese Food In Gujarat

January 4, 2022 1:12 pm

Xīnnián Kuàilè. That’s Happy New Year in Chinese. And making it happier is Chef Yuzuo Han’s authentic mainland spread at China House, Hyatt Regency, Ashram Road. The Beijing-based chef is ready to conjure the exotic Far East in his maiden visit to Ahmedabad. “My native place is in Sichuan. Food in China, much like in […]

Ratatouille – From France To The World Via Hollywood

January 1, 2022 8:46 am

In this column, I have often talked about how food travels and transforms. How cultures clash and then meld, and new cuisines emerge through the assimilation of the ingredients and cooking techniques of different cultures. The best cuisines of the world are those that have arisen out of this merging and blending. This fact was […]

Dalit Cook Sunita Devi Is Now India’s Anti-Caste Icon

December 27, 2021 3:50 pm

Sunita Devi, a young woman from the Scheduled Caste community, was hired as a cook at Sukhi Dhang Government Secondary School in Uttarakhand’s Champawat district. She was then sacked by the school, after higher caste students refused to eat the mid-day meal prepared by her. While the school appointed a new cook, a Brahmin, Dalit […]

Food, Farmers, Fun: Zero Waste Eco-Bazaar Is A Hit In Ahmedabad

December 19, 2021 5:41 pm

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. This time, the Women empowerment committee Karnavati club, JITO Ladies wing Ahmedabad and ‘Farm Se’ have brought together the largest zero waste farmers market: Green Eco-bazaar. Here, you could bring waste […]

When My Professor Hat And My Food Hat Collide

December 18, 2021 10:48 pm

I write here about food. My other interest is education. I am a professor when I am not cooking. Wearing my professor hat, I often ponder over what is wrong with our education system, and how we can reinvent the world of education. My cooking hat and my professor hat often collide. I then start […]

Measure Pizza In Centimeters Or Face Penalties: Weights And Measures Department

December 7, 2021 5:14 pm

Most pizza outlets measure pizza in inches, but according to the Weights and Measures Department, it is mandatory to measure pizza in centimeters or face penalties. It is also against the law to display pizza as small, medium or large in size. In accordance with these rules the department fined a pizza outlet in Prahladnagar […]

My Food Is Better Than Yours

November 20, 2021 1:20 pm

Food is politics. Throughout human history, food has been used as a means to signal power and position in society. Food has been caught up in the identity of caste, class, religion, ethnicity, and nationality. Sections of society always use food to differentiate themselves from other sections of society. The rich eat some food, the […]

Fusion Confusion

November 6, 2021 7:15 am

Food does not flourish in a vacuum. It is an integral part of culture and identity. And when food travels, the context, and the culture around it, needs to travel too. Otherwise, food becomes just an isolated transplant from one place to another, without the stories and rituals that surround it in its country of […]

You Are What You Eat

October 23, 2021 2:04 pm

An aphorism by the 19th Century French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin has entered popular culture, ‘Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es’; that is,‘Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are’. In English, we often tone down the exuberance and floweriness of the French language; […]

Kanniyakumari Clove Gets Geographical Indication Tag

October 9, 2021 1:54 pm

Kanniyakumari that has been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag is known for its unique qualities like high concentration of volatile oil content and aroma. Around the 1800s, the East India Company has introduced Clove in India in its spice garden in Courtallam. The densely wooded areas in Kanniyakumari district produce about 73 percent of […]

Indian Thali Is Drama In Every Bite

October 21, 2021 1:07 pm

If you are this far into my series of columns, you know that I savour every bite of my food. I pick apart the colours, textures, tastes, smells, and sounds in every bite, and mindfully immerse myself in the party in my mouth. But the Western style of serving food makes it difficult to enjoy […]

Table for One? Yes, Please.

October 21, 2021 1:12 pm

The words ‘eating alone’ conjure up images of a loner, an anti-social soul, a sad person. Do not judge. Yes, sometimes the solo eater might be all of these, and I know some such sad loners (see, I am judging now). But there is a time for social eating, and there is a time for […]