Tarana Khan
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Food Fables

Published author with Juggernaut Books, researching and writing on the cultural and emotional history of Rampur.

LIFE

 |  Food Fables  |   6-minute read

Not kheer, Rampuri gulathhi is fereni but with a twist

The rich milk and rice sweet dish, gulathhi, finds no mention in ancient recipe books but here, it plays an important celebratory cuisine in a love story.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Food Fables  |   8-minute read

Rampur ke Andarsey: The gorgeous, crisp, golden-fried sweet is typically monsoon on your plate

Delicious andarsey, once made with rain water, deep-fried in large kadhais brimming with ghee, are inextricably linked with the smell of wet earth, songs of monsoon loves and Indian longings.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Food Fables  |   8-minute read

Heavenly Vermicelli: No Rampuri’s Eid is complete without feasting on Attu Bhai’s rich, sugary Qimami Sewain

Qimami Sewain are the heart and soul of Eid, so much so, that it would indeed be a cardinal sin to not have them on this auspicious day.

LIFE

 |  Food Fables  |   1-minute read

Iftar and the iconic Qeema Samosa: Celebrating Ramzan in Rampur with the delicacy is one of my fondest childhood memories

There is no other feeling in the world that can match up to the pleasure of breaking your roza with a bite of meaty, sumptuous and delectable Qeema Samosa.

VARIETY

 |  Food Fables  |   8-minute read

Of Taar Roti and Qaliya: The sense and sensual about dipping into a bowl of hot curry!

The taste is not too fiery, the spices are never overbearing and there is a sublime smoothness to the curry — that's what a perfect taar roti and qaliya meal feels like in Rampur!

ART & CULTURE

 |  Food Fables  |   8-minute read

The perfect khichdi: A dish that opens the door to a Rampuri's heart

To refuse a Khichdi Dawat in Rampur is to rebuff an extended arm of friendship. What makes this urad daal and rice dish so iconic though?

ART & CULTURE

 |  Food Fables  |   8-minute read

The quest for Rampuri Pulao: Starring 100-year-old manuscripts, crusty librarians and helpful old khansamas

What do you do when the recipe facing you is using ancient measurements and trusting you to know much more about cooking than you actually do?

VOICES

 |  Food Fables  |   11-minute read

How a Nawab humiliated his proud Begum on Nauroz in Rampur

Even today, the Pathans believe that Nawab Hamid Ali Khan became a Shiah to clothe his debauchery with the permissiveness of Shiah customs.