Skiz’s Original Suppers Presents: Chettinad Cuisine of South India

“One is lucky to eat like a Chettiar” goes an old Tamil saying, and it certainly is no exaggeration. The Nattukotai Chettiars, or Nagarathers, as they call themselves, are a community of bankers and merchants from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu, India’s southernmost state. Through years of trade and travel, they not only amassed … Continue reading Skiz’s Original Suppers Presents: Chettinad Cuisine of South India

R.I.P. Arjuna

It is with sadness that I must acknowledge the passing of a great friend and mentor, Thangarajah Arjuna, in Sri Lanka on this Easter Sunday, April 16th–the same day of his birth. I had known Arjuna for many years as the upstairs neighbor of my Aunty Dora in the small cluster of flats on Park … Continue reading R.I.P. Arjuna

London’s Best Asian Supermarkets — from The Guardian UK

I don’t usually post articles from other publications on my site, but I consider this a public service announcement for all the home cooks looking for hard-to-find ingredients in London town. When it comes to buying green finger chillies and rice wine, we Londoners have got it made. Flourishing Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Chinese and Gujarati communities … Continue reading London’s Best Asian Supermarkets — from The Guardian UK

Banana Leaf: A Sri Lankan Oasis on Manhattan’s West Side

While Manhattan’s eastside has long held the hegemony on South Asian Cuisine–with clusters of restaurants around Murray Hill and further south in the Village’s well-known East 6th Street–I stumbled across a lone outpost of Sri Lankan food all the way  on West 28th Street (between 7th & 8th Aves.) The Banana Leaf comes as a … Continue reading Banana Leaf: A Sri Lankan Oasis on Manhattan’s West Side