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Spicing things up!

The one overwhelming characteristic that sets Indian cuisine apart is the rich and layered blend of spices and herbs that results in a delightfully wide range of complex flavours. So ingrained is spice in our imagination and so inspired are we by its qualities that spice,

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7:00 PM at Gurgaon
The Taste of Rajasthan

Rajasthan evokes images of palaces, royalty, camels, a desert that plays host to desert safaris and men full of charisma and her womenfolk, for whom aristocratic grace is implicit.

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7:00 PM at Gurgaon
RICE IS NICE!

It is said: to contemplate a grain of rice is to contemplate an essential truth about abundance, nourishment, interdependence and sustenance.

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10:00 AM at Gurgaon
What about lunch?

That phrase takes me back to Sunday afternoons and gathering around the dining table, before the family snoozed with happy bellies filled with the yummy delectable’s that made up lunch. Actually, that’s an afterthought. The first thought when I hear the question brings back memories of school – and all of us boys, peeking into each other’s lunch boxes.

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9:00 PM at Gurgaon
Delicacies from the Ganges

The waters are Nature’s storehouse in which she locks up her wonders.
– Isaac Waltonta

The River Ganga has been revered and worshipped as a Goddess in Hinduism. A mighty river, the Ganges basin with its fertile soil is instrumental to the agricultural economy of the country, with the river and its tributaries providing a perennial source of irrigation.

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9:00 AM at Gurgaon
When autumn leaves start to fall...

There’s a pleasing nip in the air, woollens are slowly making an appearance across the city landscapes and in another week or two, the dip in temperature would have announced that it is indeed winter, but I digress…

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3:25 PM at Gurgaon
Never a dish too many!

Autumn is moving to winter, and if you live in Delhi, you’ll know this season presents ample opportunities for garden parties and get-together’s. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a lunch that featured only South Indian cuisine. It was a potluck of sorts, and boy, what abundant luck awaited us!

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10:00 AM at Gurgaon
A Belgian Chocolate Ecstasy

Surrendering to the dark notes of a bar of chocolate that boldly proclaims 70% cacao, a question I mull over now and then is one that someone once ruefully asked: ‘Does chocolate preclude the notion of free will?’

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6:22 PM at Gurgaon
Andaaz Amritsari

The heart of ‘the land of five rivers’ – Amritsar – is also a town that best mirrors Punjab. A town that gives a true glimpse of the state’s history, faith, people and cuisine. The land is rooted in times past, when the ancient Harappan Civilisation first shaped the lifestyle of the region in areas of farming, domestication of animals and pottery.

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2:18 PM at Gurgaon
Marwar Food Festival

The regal land of Marwar unfurls before you in many vibrant and often astonishing ways. The more placid the landscape becomes, the more animated are the shades of turbans and traditional costumes. The flattest of terrains give rise to chhatris and high ramparts of forts and palaces. Marvels carved in stone often replace the bleakness of the sand. And quite amazingly, the dearth of water in the Thar Desert doesn’t stop the flow of fiery red chilies in the glorious Marwar cuisine.

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9:00 PM at Gurgaon
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