Paatra (Taro Leaf Rolls)

One of the tastiest greens is taro leaf (arbi patta, chembu elai). It is normally available in North India (where I stay) during the monsoon months (July – September). I love this green and look forward to the season. As I have mentioned before, this leaf can cause allergic reactions unless extreme care is exercised….

Lauki Muthia

I have never been overly fond of lauki (doodhi, ghia, bottle gourd, sorakkai). It is a fairly bland vegetable and often acquires the taste of the spices that are added. Until Hari made me lauki kofta. I just loved it. We then experimented with a Gujarati muthia – another resounding success. In the traditional recipe,…

Methi Muthia

My first exposure to Gujarati food was in 1981 when I moved to Bombay for a job. I must confess that I did not enjoy the food at all – because there was more than a tinge of sweetness in all the dishes. And I do not have a sweet tooth. Since then, I avoided…