Chef Manish Kusumwal, the Corporate Chef at Keys Hotels, shares special Onam recipes with India Beckons readers. Malayalis around the world are celebrating Onam as it is a harvest festival, one of three major annual Hindu celebrations along with Vishu and Thiruvathira, and it is observed with numerous festivities. The...

Jamva chalo ji!

The Parsis, which means Persians, the followers of prophet Zoroaster, migrated to India to escape religious harassment and discriminations by another community (Muslims). As they turned from refugees to residents of India, the Persian sway shrank except for the use of dry fruits and nuts in pulavs. While Iranian cooking...
Once considered a rare exotic fruit and available only to a very limited number of people, today we can enjoy the delicious papaya and its benefits all year round. The fruit and its seeds contain ingredients that have medicinal properties and nourish our body on many different levels. Papaya definitely stands out...
“Chai aur baarish are soulmates” - thus goes the tagline for the new launch of the signature tea set by Kettlery and Vicky Ratnani. What better season to launch it than the monsoon? And what better season to try their new teas than now - to perch on the...
Goa with its lush paddy fields, verdant hills, and the gushing shoreline is my go-to destination in the rains. This year, my stay in the most sought-after room (with a swing in the sit-out and easy access to a private beach) at the iconic Cidade de Goa Resort in...
It’s festival time at the Baluchi – The LaliT Mumbai’s signature restaurant – which is hosting the Goan Food Festival from the 21st to the 30th of July. It is rightly branded as Susegado Mumbai, ‘Susegad’ meaning a relaxed attitude and enjoyment of life to the fullest. Not just...
Tucked away in the quiet suburb of Chembur in Mumbai is this new delectable Sindhi cuisine eatery, finding its way into people’s hearts and stomachs. It’s called Duma Dum Mast Kalandar – quaintly named after the famous Sufi spiritual song, whose beats travel with the wafts of soft breeze...
Shatranj Napoli, which used to appease the Italian food cravings of gourmets, has turned into a restaurant with a new name – 12 Union Park by Shatranj! Not only its name but changes in décor and cuisine are also in order. The interiors are done up in muted shades with...
General information Mangifera indica, known as Mango, is over 4,000 years old and considered to be the symbol of love and fertility in eastern cultures. Mangoes are also widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. According to studies, all part of mango plant - roots, bark, leaves, fruits, seeds, flowers, and kernels...

Cosy kebab corner!

During our recent visit to Welcome Heritage’s Bal Samand Lake Palace in Jodhpur, I had the good opportunity to dine at their hugely popular open-air restaurant Kebab Korner. The lawn area where chipmunks, peacocks and other creatures frequent during daytime gets converted into a cosy, romantic candle-lit restaurant by...

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