from the corner table, #fromthecornertable, Maida Pakoda, #indiansnacks

Maida Pakoda | Flour Fritters

It was a gloomy monsoon evening, the skies overcast with thick clouds as raindrops lashed the glass panes, the howling winds a reminder of nature’s force. The parents were slumped before the television set, sipping on chai, as I sat on a sofa, struggling to concentrate on work. The sound of the doorbell jarred the gloom, the loud sound rousing us from…

Chicken Milanese & a chat with Chef Mauro Ferrari

After nearly a decade in journalism and having interviewed a decent number of people, I can safely say I have the ability to distinguish between people who speak to you for publicity and those who want to share more about their passion. Chef Mauro Ferrari is willing to do the former but it’s the latter that shines through his eyes…

Kamini Patel, Kitchen Therapy, #fromthecornertable, #kitchentherapy

Finding Therapy in Pots and Pans

I was all of 18 when I marked the first international trip of my life. It was with the elder sister Raka, and we flew to Bangkok where she was pursuing a Masters’ degree. We stayed in her boarding room, part of a two-room unit with a shared bathroom and kitchenette. My first memory of that trip – other than…

Chai, halva & Azeri hospitality

One of the most beautiful memories that I have brought back from Azerbaijan has been the Azeri passion for food and the warmth they extend to those who appreciate this passion. The warmth that envelopes you as the food bearers — be it the lady of the house or the restaurant server — place the food on the table and serve it makes you feel like a king about to feast!

I promise to make your mouths salivate and ensure that you dream about the wealth that is the Azerbaijani cuisine soon but before that, I do need to touch upon and introduce you to a fascinating experience that is part of the Azeri social fabric. This is the drinking of chai or tea, served with some local or homemade fruit preserve that they call ‘jam’.

The mention of tea and jam in the same breadth will probably remind you of the famous Do-Re-Mi song from the classic movie The Sound of Music. Which might make you feel I’ve forgotten to write ‘bread’. But rest assured I have not!

The first time I was served tea and jam was on day one, after a gut bursting lunch. As the little crystal glass filled with the dark golden liquid floated towards me, I couldn’t help but think that the Gods and Goddesses of tea are working overtime to woo me over to their side. How else do you explain a coffee lover stumbling upon tea recipes (and trying them as you’ll read in Tale of Three Teas), venturing to the southern part of India to walk through the tea estates in Munnar (read Tales from Munnar) and then have a heart-to-heart with tea sommelier and artisan Snigdha (read Tea Time tête-à-tête)!

Greek Souvlaki, from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

Greek Style Kebabs, the Chicken Souvlaki


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My first meal in Athens was recommended by the owner of the traditional Greek grill house where we had gone for a late dinner. The gentlemen had suggested we try the souvlaki platter and/or gyros. “Never ignore food suggestions from a local” is a mantra I live by. So we went ahead and ordered the souvlaki, gyros and some extras to ensure that we overindulge! The gentleman had been right all along. The souvlaki and gyros were a revelation to the tastebuds!

Reminiscent of the traditional kebab eaten in India – and part of Middle Eastern cuisine – the souvlaki is seasoned, bite-sized pieces of meat grilled on a skewer and served with pita, garnishes, salad and fried potatoes. Some servings include a helping of the tzatziki too. Considered a popular fast food by the locals, there seems to be a souvlaki outlet in every other lane of Athens. You will probably not go wrong at most of these places but I will vouch for the Tasty Corner on Chiou Street. Overlooking a churchyard, this is a friendly joint with a semi-open kitchen.

Coming back to the present, writing about a place makes me crave the food – as always! – so I did some research on souvlaki. And imagine my surprise when I realised this is one dish that is a smooth ride for a kitchen novice like me!

Quick tips for a cake stall

There is no perfect or complete list of anything in this world. This I have learned the hard way. But the combination of these lists is definitely helpful if you are looking for some guidance. So here is my contribution to the world of lists – this one for those planning to put up cake/food stalls. Or those who love…

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Musings from the kitchen corner

As a child, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five novel series was an absolute favourite. I loved the characters and adored Timmy. He was (and is) my dream dog. My favourite part in all of these books – apart from the adventures of these oh-so-daring kids – was the meal times! Fresh scones, slabs of cake, ginger buns, potatoes baked in jacket,…