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    Ginger Chilli Chai

    I was looking through old photo albums a few days ago and unearthed the one of a family trip to Malaysia where the elder sister and brother-in-law were settled. This was roughly a decade ago when I was younger and was learning about food, always ready to try something new but still wary of the unknowns and unidentifiable on the plate. We never clicked photos of the food we were eating but a photograph reminded me of the trip to a chocolate factory and my first rendezvous with chilli beyond the way we use it in Indian recipes. I distinctly remember being floored by a bar of chilli-flavoured chocolate that my…

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    Orange Ginger Tea

    Winter is here! Winter is here! Winter is here! Okay… almost here. Which means its time to start indulging in ‘winter foods’. We are yet to pull out the warm clothes, snuggle under the blankets or switch off the fans. But there’s no denying the nip in the early morning air. And the beautiful winter produces adding pops of colours on the roadside arts and in the supermarket aisles. Winter produce is a different level altogether making it the time of the year to indulge in the greens. Winter in my part of the world is a short-term love affair – it lasts a week or two and then poof!…

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    Tea time tête-à-tête

    This is the tale of a young princess, a little packet, a treasure chest and a childhood dream of unravelling tales stored in a trunk. This is the tale of the princess who turned her passion and love for the little packet into a lucrative business. This is the tale of Snigdha Manchanda, corporate slave-turned-tea sommelier and teapreneur, who is among the handful of people working to guide a nation of chai lovers towards understanding their teas better. Those of you who’ve been with me for a while might remember my post ‘Tale of three teas’ when I had attempted three tea recipes. I’ve come a long way since. While…

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    Tale of 3 teas

    If I ever have to choose between tea and coffee, the latter will always be my soul choice. My knowledge of all things tea ends at the Indian kadak chai* and an occasional green tea mostly consumed when I am desperately trying to fight what I call the ‘fat deposit battle’. But recently, I have discovered that tea soothes that occasional need for something hot to lift your soul. Especially at the onset of winter when evenings are just the right kind of cool and not cold. These sentences were taking a languid stroll through my mind on a Monday evening while I was on a cleaning spree. Books from…