Category Archives: Chillies and Porridge

Chillies walk the Town: Part 2

Just as the first war of Indian Independence was spreading through the country, a rich food tradition had begun to take root in a small corner shop in Jaipur. A present-day shop owner’s great grandfather was granted the title deed of the shop by Sawai Ram Singh II. The great grandson still uses moong ki daal, ghee, mawa and sugar syrup to create a mouthful of heaven. This walk is for the brave hearts. You march past and into glorious […]

Chillies walk the Town: Part 1

This walk isn’t for the faint hearted. You walk the streets of Jaipur as the Chillies – feisty, fiery, adventurous. Because you love to delve into the unknown and undiscovered, explore old as if it’s new, tradition because it’s a classic, and sacred because you like mystery. The visual dance of colours, the whiffs of fresh ginger and coriander, and the crunch of texture against your palate come alive in the heady fix of food just hot from a tawa –  this […]

India’s First Anthology of Gastronomic Writing Underscores Appetising Possibilities of the Infant Genre

Mail Today and Indian Restaurant Spy, December 27, 2016 BOOK DETAILS CHILLIES AND PORRIDGE: WRITING FOOD By Mita Kapur HarperCollins India; Rs 499 STAR RATING: ***1/2 MOST people pigeonhole food writing into restaurant reviews and cookbooks, even as the latter stare into obsolescence because of the mushrooming of cookery websites and recipe-sharing groups on Facebook. There’s however a “distinguished strand of literature”, not so much from India as from Europe and North America, that explores food experiences, food history, food […]

She loves the F-word!

Rediff, December 21, 2015 Mita Kapur has an irresistible love affair… and she’s willing to do anything to keep it going. When we talk about the F-word, we mean food. Nothing can stand between Mita Kapur and her first love. She can do anything for it, even pen a droolworthy book or two. More importantly, she’s always looking for a bite to eat 🙂 She’s candid about her love for food. “A crisp malpua made at home cannot be matched […]

The taste of childhood

Culture Cravings, December 19, 2015 Almost everyone I know, has at least one or more memories related with food. If I talk about myself, it would probably be the time when I was in standard ninth, coming up with a tastefully decorated salad which nobody ate because it looked so pretty, that no-one felt like disturbing the plate. I didn’t know whether to feel offended or not! A couple of days ago, I attended the book launch of Chillies and […]

Paperback Pickings

The Telegraph, December 18, 2015 CHILLIES AND PORRIDGE: WRITING FOOD (HarperCollins, Rs 499) edited by Mita Kapur makes up for the lack of serious literature on culinary habits and practices. It brings together a number of noted scholars, journalists and writers in an effort to reconsider the ways in which food affects our lives. Bachi Karkaria shows how food is used to define the identities of communities, as of Parsis or Bengalis. Chitrita Banerji’s delightful piece on the Bengali bonti […]

A palate full of memories

Hindustan Times, December 18, 2015

Chillies and Porridge: Interactive Session

Mid-day, December 13, 2015

Chillies and Porridge book review: Appetising fare

The Financial Express, December 13, 2015 Chillies and Porridge Edited by Mita Kapur HarperCollins Pp 273 R499 Chillies and Porridge, at first glance, seems like just another book on food, albeit one with an attractive cover. But once you start flipping though it, you come across familiar names—writers, chefs, TV show hosts, journalists and many more. Chef Floyd Cardoz’s name beckons first, and the piece written by him is engrossing, pressing upon the idea of ‘fresh and local’. The next […]

Chillies and Porridge: Food Memoir

The Shillong Times, December 13, 2015