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Methi omelette | Fenugreek leaves omelette

On a lighter note, have you noticed the process of essential shopping is like undertaking a short trip? Think about it. The essential shopping excursion is planned over some – if not several – days. A shopping list is made, often remade. Because the idea is to get all that you need at one go, a route is mapped. And…

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Guymag | Wheat & Butter Halva

Do you know what one of the best parts about winter is? It’s that special fragrance that comes from generous amounts of ghee or butter. It’s the heady aroma of paratha being roasted in ghee, the sizzle of the spices when they touch the hot makkhan (homemade butter), the hiss as a rainbow of vegetables slide into the butter for a winter-special stir fry. A mention of halva that has…

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!

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