Kande Pohe

Kande Pohe

Miles and miles of beautiful beaches. Seas, rivers, lakes. Crooked mountain roads that make you feel you are on a roller coaster instead of in a car. Breathlessly grand mansions. The birthplace of a man whose message of peace and nonviolence resonates to this day, more than 40 years since he was assassinated, and the… 

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Zunka Bhakar

Zunka Bhakar

I once spent a magical year in Pune, a then-sleepy city three hours southeast of Bombay’s concrete jungle, and nestled in the emerald-green valley of India’s Western ghats. To a young woman from a fast-stepping city like Bombay, Pune in those years seemed a little like the backwaters, at least in the beginning. The pace… 

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Vegetable Frankie

Frankie

In the days before burgers and pizzas descended on Bombay’s food landscape, there was the Frankie. The Frankie is a delicious, flaky wrap stuffed with veggies or meat. It was ridiculously popular, especially among the city’s modern young crowd, perhaps because — with a name like Frankie– it appeared less homely than a vada-pav or… 

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Bhel, Bombay and Bollywood

Bhel

I grew up in Bombay, the capital of Bollywood, India’s hyper-productive film industry, but Bollywood never managed to cast its technicolor spell over me. I always found the melodrama and over-the-top acting hard to stomach. But there was one aspect of the movies that I just couldn’t resist: the songs crammed between each Romeo-and-Juliet start… 

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Chana Bhatura

Chana Bhatura / Chole Bhatura

Growing up in Bombay, it was hard to miss the delicious flavor of Udupi restaurants, which dot the city (and now other parts of the country and the world), serving fast food that is vegetarian, reasonably priced, incredibly tasty and even healthy.Udupi restaurants came to be known as such because they were, at least in… 

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Savory Eggless French Toast

Savory Eggless French Toast

One of my favorite snacks from my childhood, this Crispy Eggless “French Toast” is wonderfully vegan. Although I call it a “French Toast,” it doesn’t have anything in common with the original dish other than the method of preparation and the fact that the chief ingredient is bread. In this version, herbs and spices perfectly… 

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