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Kuswar at Christmas Posted by on Dec 22, 2021

Tray of Sweets

At this time of the year, kitchens in India, are bustling हलचल centers of sweet-making activity called Kuswar. It is Christmas time and for the many Christians and Catholics who make up about 2.5 percent of the population आबादी, it is an exciting time of year. These communities समुदाय prepare food unlike the common food…

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How do Desi’s Celebrate Thanksgiving. Posted by on Nov 22, 2021

We are counting down the days to Thanksgiving – an annual वार्षिक American holiday every November. Americans give thanks on this day for many reasons कारणों. But the primary reason is to celebrate the commonly taught history कारणों of the first shared harvest between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. So what does Thanksgiving mean…

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How America Celebrated Diwali 2021 Posted by on Nov 10, 2021

Little Girl with a lamp

Last week, Hindus in America celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival त्यौहार of lights. At one time this would have seemed far-fetched. But, this year I was surprised विस्मित to read a Target ad on Diwali! Then, as the week went by I saw more and more news समाचार about the festival on television. I also…

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What is the Manasollasa? Posted by on Oct 12, 2021

Have you ever wondered what medieval मध्ययुगीन kings ate? Some movies depict large abundantly filled tables with fruit, goblets प्याला, massive roasted meat भुना हुआ मांस, etc. But seriously, what did they eat? During the research on Malik Ambar’s life, I thought about what people in the Deccan Plateau दक्कन का पठार, at that time…

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Bombay Duck only in Bombay Posted by on Aug 20, 2021

I am a proud Bombayite. I still refer to my city as Bombay and not Mumbai as it is now known. As with many cities, Bombay has its eccentricities. May I say beloved eccentricities? I along with many who have left the shores of Bombay, decades ago, still get nostalgic when we hear certain food…

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Deconstructing Indian Food Words Posted by on Aug 18, 2021

Have you ever gone to and Indian restaurant and are stumped looking at the menu? Many of the words are difficult कठिन to pronounce let alone comprehend what they represent? Besides not wanting to look foolish मूर्ख in front of friends or the waitstaff, you may genuinely want to know what you are eating, right?…

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What is it about street food? Posted by on Aug 14, 2021

Mention samosas in a gathering जनसमूह of non-Hindi language speakers and there are smiles मुस्कान all around! Mention bhajjias and hot sweet chai in a gathering of Hindi language भाषा: हिन्दी speakers and the beams light up the room! What is it about food खाना that is a cohesive जोड़नेवाला component of relationships!? When it…

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