Goa Diaries

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After Hyderabad, we headed to Goa. At the airport, we had yet another Hyderabadi biryani as a farewell. Bad decision. The biryani was Andhra-style (hot), masala biryani. I couldn’t finish my plate, more like I didn’t want to, fearing episodes of stomach-gone-bad at the airport (which actually did happen, but much later during our trip).


We took a Spice jet flight from Hyderabad to Goa. The aircraft was smaller than usual with just two seats on either side. The flight was of a short duration, 1 hour 20 minutes and I got busy sketching. Our plan was to stay in Panaji and you’ll read more about it in the next few minutes…

Reaching Goa, we had a welcome drink of Kokum juice which was refreshing, to say the least. I had never tasted Kokum and quite liked what I was drinking- sour and mildly sweet. Chilled. I imagined an invisible…

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Olea Europaea : The European Olive

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One of the oldest trees to be cultivated; at least 6000 years ago, the olive is a fruit that is popular worldwide and is also revered in most Mediterranean cultures.  By 3,000 BC, it was being grown in Crete and spread to Southern Europe and Africa through the Phoenicians; spread along the fertile crescent which includes some areas of Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and fringes of Turkey and Iran.

Greek Mythology : How The Olive Was Created

The creation of the olive tree has been described in Greek mythology as a result of a competition between the goddess of wisdom; Athena and the God of the sea; Poseidon. The citizens of this new, yet-to-be-named city were to be bestowed with a divine gift from either of the gods. So, the next time you decide to recycle gifts or gift ugly casseroles and cutlery sets to people, remember you’re never going…

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Foods of India – Kutchi Memon Cuisine

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While the fare on Cutchi (Kutchi) Memon tables is legendary, it is a little known fact that these recipes are considered sacred and guarded zealously by the owners of the keys to paradise. Those who do not qualify by bloodline have often received the recipe for sheekh kabab without the ingredient that encourages the mine to adhere to the skewer. This is a matter that has triggered suspicion, speculation and conspiracy theories that could rival the plot of many a bestseller.

Muslim food is a generic term loosely used to describe food that is rich and heavy on meats. Cutchi Memon food is Muslim food with a difference. It is only available in Cutchi Memon homes. There is no restaurant that serves the kormas,sukha goshts and biryanis that they serve within the precincts of their home. The balance of flavors is robust, gentle yet hearty and what’s more…

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