Mumbai, it seems, lives to eat

Five days in Mumbai at the beginning of this month were not enough for me. Over the last couple of years, I have fallen hook, line and sinker for life in one of India’s most well-known metropolis – not the least because of the hustle and bustle of life there – but for the myriad…

Dhaba times are back

We’ve finally found in Bahrain what we’d been missing for so many years – a Punjabi Dhaba – or a traditional roadside eating place – so popular all over India, particularly in Punjab and along the highways. Food at these rather rustic places is the basic – just a couple of vegetables, may a meat […]…

Ceiling Art

Looking up at the ceiling as we sat at Emmawash, a traditional Bahraini restaurant, for breakfast this morning was a revelation. The graffiti and the talent of the artists gelled completely with the ambiance of this very energetic place on the Budaiya Highway. Clientele, among them Europeans, Arabs, Asians and Africans, were equally at ease…

This, also, is the humble ‘idli’

This is the humble idli, believe it or not! The popular South Indian rice cake snack, so well-known all over the world and eaten in combination with the all-time favourite sambhar, has turned up in an all-new avtaar – the idli manchurian! Now whether the Chinese are twirling their thumbs or not, at their dish…

Spice Not Right

During a brief visit to Kerala in Southern India earlier this year, I became more of a fan of the state’s cuisine. Three days in Kochi and I tried to sample as much of the specialties as I could. But time was clearly not on my side. However, when I had an urge to have…