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Indian chai (superfood) – things that can go wrong | Posted on by Anuj Varma

A perfect (read STRONG) cup of chai can be a superfood if done right – and can kickstart your day like nothing else. Along with energy and a sense of well being, it provides mental clarity. The good news is … Continue reading

Making the perfect cup of chai, Indian Style | Posted on by Anuj Varma

The importance of Ginger Grind it – pound it. Make sure the juices are released. The importance of QUALITY Tea LEAVES tbd The type of Milk tbd The type of water tbd Variations on the same theme Ginger and Elaichi … Continue reading

Aam Aadmi Party makes history in Delhi, 10th Feb, 2015 | Posted on by Anuj Varma

In the movies, one witnesses the triumph of truth and justice, on a predictable basis. In real life, not so much. The 2015 Delhi legislative election was different. Real life, real truth – and a real, sustainable victory for one … Continue reading

Obama quoting from Dilwaale Duhlania | Posted on by Anuj Varma

In yet another indication of his ‘coolness’ factor, President Obama quoted a famous Bollywood line during his recent India visit. (Bade bade desho mein , aisee choti choti baaten…From Dilwaale duhlania). Leave it to Bollywood’s mass appeal that every Indian … Continue reading

Simple Sling Cocktail | Posted on by Anuj Varma

A simpler version of the Singapore Sling cocktail Method: Prepare in a shakerGlass: CocktailRecipe: Add all ingredients to shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well, serve and enjoy. Ingredients 1 oz Gin[ Add ] 1⁄2 oz Cointreau[ Add ] 4 … Continue reading

Kiran Bedi’s Change of heart | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Kiran Bedi was chosen by Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare due to her uncompromising ideals, her uncorrupted record and her strength of character. Lately, all of these qualities are called into question. Her departure from the ‘anti-corruption’ party (who was … Continue reading

The really quick, short-cut chicken curry | Posted on by Anuj Varma

The entire process takes about 30 minutes. This is a red chilli and red tomatoes based curry. No yogurt. For a yogurt based curry, see this recipe. Fresh garlic – one clove – chop into small pieces Fresh ginger – … Continue reading

Ye Jawaani hai deewani | Posted on by Anuj Varma

While the movie did reasonably well at the box office, it still fell short of reaching that iconic, clique status that was enjoyed by Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Chahta Hai. Which is a shame because it captured the … Continue reading

A nice strong cup of chai (milk tea with cardamom and ginger) | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Chai – An entire country runs on it. And when you consider that the country has over 1 billion people, chances are that Starbucks sales do not even come close to the number of cups of chai served daily in … Continue reading

Making Carrot Halwa (in pictures) | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Introduction Apart from besan barfi (home made), gaajar (carrot ) halwa remains my favorite Indian dessert. Perhaps because of the way it was prepared in my house. Laboriously, painstakingly, over several hours. The ingredients are simple – the entire preparation … Continue reading