Onion Samosa: The Popular Street Food of Old Hyderabad


Samosa is a popular snack all over India, and each region has its own variations. The stuffed savoury which originated in Middle-East Asia, and is known as Sambusak in Persia, was brought to India by Persian traders in the thirteenth century. We Hyderabadis love our own variant of samosa and be it any season or place in the twin cities, you often come across street hawkers on bicycles selling onion samosas. 

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Initiatives Showcasing Cuisines from the Two Telugu states

One of the recent hot trends in the Indian food industry has been a renewed interest in Regional Cuisines. India is a huge country, with the population of many states as big as some countries itself. The variations in food are so huge that dossiers can be written about the food of any state. As is said, food and language change every hundred kilometers, and thus the dishes of one end of a larger state is very different from that of the other end. In the same district, divergence is seen in the food of different communities, castes, and religions. Tribal food is another area altogether with recipes not even available in the public domain.


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Speakeasy Bars Make Their Mark in Hyderabad

About a century ago in 1920, the government of the United States of America had imposed prohibition on its citizens all over the country. Liquor production, distribution, sale, and consumption were banned through an amendment to the constitution. However, the Americans loved their drinks and it was very difficult to enforce such a ban. Illegal liquor bars came up in many places to cater to the demand, and they became known as Speakeasy bars. The term “speakeasy” stood for whispering or speaking softly to avoid undue attention from the police.


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Exploring Pork Dishes in Kolkata

While I am an avid consumer of all kinds of meat, pork occupies a special place in my heart. I believe that pork meat ranks absolutely on top of the varieties of non-vegetarian food with its soft meat and lots of lard adding taste to any recipe which you may use to prepare your dish. Unfortunately, my base in Hyderabad is not known for quality pork meat and added the religious sentiments of a large segment of the city, this variety of meat is largely ignored by restaurants here. As a result, whenever I visit any other location, especially Kolkata, I tend to satisfy my pining by trying out the latest restaurants which have made their mark for good pork dishes.


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Must-try Restaurants in Kalimpong: Gompus & Za Khang

When we were planning to visit Kalimpong, I had asked around for food recommendations there. A restaurant named Gompus featured on everyone's list. Be it, Doma Wang, the restaurateur from Kolkata who is originally from Kalimpong, or Indrajit Lahiri (in his blog www.moha-mushkil.com) all were unequivocally recommending this place.


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Seeking Kanchenjunga around Kalimpong, Part 2: Rishop, Kolakham and Morgan House

Continued from: Deolo Hills and Lava

The hills around Lava shields us from a clear view of the majestic Kanchenjunga range. That view is supposed to be best from Rishop our next destination. Late morning, we hired a local vehicle from the Taxi association to take us to Rishop, the highest point (8500 ft) of our trip. A shortcut from Lava to Rishop is an extremely steep ride through boulder roads, but we preferred it to the other route which takes about an hour extra. As we climbed up to Rishop, the mountains seemed to have suddenly come alive, and the majestic peaks were visible around every bend.


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Seeking Kanchenjunga around Kalimpong Part 1: Deolo Hills and Lava

Both my wife and I have almost a lifelong love for the mountains, and we make a conscious effort to frequently travel to locations close to the Himalayas, multiple times in a year. Our friends often question whether this gets repetitive and boring, but only a lover of mountains will understand what the snowcapped peaks, hilly roads, altitude, clouds, and mist bring to you.


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Plum Cakes for the Christmas Celebrations in Hyderabad

Winter is here in Hyderabad, and many of us are looking forward to the year-end festivities. For food lovers, Christmas celebrations kick off a week of enjoying sumptuous food culminating all the way to the New Year. A special cake that marks the Christmas festivities along with the Christmas tree and singing of carols is the humble plum cake, rich in fruits and nuts and soaked in alcohol. The dark colour and the enticing aroma beckons you to this cake even before you actually taste it.


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