The Five top Indian Cookery Books

(1) 100 of my favourite Indian recipes – Gordon Ramsay. This accompanying book to the Channel Four television series sees Gordon visiting Kerala deep in the South of India to bring us spicy, coconut-based curries and to colourful Rajasthan to learn about the creamy, flavourful dishes of the North. Authentic and flavourful stuff, as you […]

Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Diwali in India is a blast…literally. It is five days of fun, frolic and feasting……oooh yeah, the feasting!! Diwali gets it’s name from Deepavali which is sanskrit for ‘a row of lamps’. The lamps were a symbol of light that banishes the darkness the same way as good virtues triumph over evil designs. Diwali does […]

Indian food writing: the tandoor oven

Indian food writing: the tandoor oven

Indian chef Zubin D’Souza (theindiaphile’s hugely talented and shamefully under-known food writer) discusses the origins of the traditional Indian oven. Archaeologists uncovering the ruins of the Mohenjodaro and Harappan civilizations were in for a shock. Here, right in the Indus Valley, lay a farming community that was far more advanced than had previously been thought. […]

Chef Zubin on Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life

Chef Zubin on Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life

The ancient dudes discovered that since all humankind has not really been created equal, there may be some differences between people internally as well. What they believed was that all humans were composed of five elements which are air, fire, earth, water and ether or space. The proportion and balance of these elements differ in […]

The greatest Indian food books

The greatest Indian food books

We thought it time to write a little on Indian food books here at theindiaphile. We’re not talking about recipe books per se, but books celebrating the history, cultural significance and sheer magic of India’s culinary heritage. In many ways this is a remarkably slim genre compared to the food writing of many countries, but […]

Chef Zubin on Khoya, (mawa) the Indian evaporated …

Khoya or mawa, as it may be known, depending on which part of the country you are in, is a dairy product. It has several uses in the Indian cuisine, primary as a flavour enhancer and a thickening agent. Although easily available in most dairy vendors and stores in India, it is rarely found and […]