Vir Sanghvi

Why hide the papers? Why keep the conspiracy theories related to Netaji Subhas Bose’s death alive? And why deny India the truth about the death of one of its great freedom fighters?

Articles by Vir Sanghvi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: An egg is all it’s cracked up to be

Indians don’t really bother with the mechanics of the inside of the egg. It’s a pity, because good eggs have much to offer, even to vegetarians

Industrial eggs have watery whites, pale yolks and very little flavour. Free-range eggs cost more but they are well worth it. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Industrial eggs have watery whites, pale yolks and very little flavour. Free-range eggs cost more but they are well worth it. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 12:02 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Pathaan, boycott calls and its impact on Modi government

Some of the joy that has greeted Pathaan’s success comes from some national desire to make up to Shah Rukh for the way in which he and his family have suffered. We know that Shah Rukh has done nothing wrong: He is just collateral damage in a political and ideological battle.

Shah Rukh Khan in Pathaan.
Shah Rukh Khan in Pathaan.
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 10:23 AM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Ghost in the shell

Whether you’re biting down on a pani puri, golgappa or phuchka, it’s the puri that elevates the experience

Different kinds of pani at Manish Mehrotra’s Indian Accent. (Indian Accent)
Different kinds of pani at Manish Mehrotra’s Indian Accent. (Indian Accent)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 01:59 AM IST

The Taste With Vir: How to address a descendent of a former Royal today?

Unlike many people of my generation, I have mixed views on the use of titles. I don’t find it as offensive as some people do to address former royals of a certain age by their titles. But I do get annoyed with people with nothing much to recommend them who flash their titles around.

The Taste With Vir: How to address a descendent of a former Royal today?(Instagram)
The Taste With Vir: How to address a descendent of a former Royal today?(Instagram)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:24 PM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Fat is a foodie issue

Science now tells us that all the old warnings about dairy fat were overstated. Start enjoying butter and ghee!

The best basmati is described as having a buttery aroma
The best basmati is described as having a buttery aroma
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:14 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Travelling to Bangkok? Eat at these mall restaurants

Most times when I am in Bangkok, I eat a reasonably-priced lunch at a mall restaurant and only splash out to have dinner at a proper restaurant. Rarely have I been disappointed. I would recommend that you do the same.

The Taste With Vir: Travelling to Bangkok? Eat at these mall restaurants (Pexels)
The Taste With Vir: Travelling to Bangkok? Eat at these mall restaurants (Pexels)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 10:19 AM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Eating well in Bangkok

I spent New Year in Bangkok

The hottest restaurant in Bangkok right now, Potong is located on four levels (Potong only has room for 35 covers and a terrace bar)
The hottest restaurant in Bangkok right now, Potong is located on four levels (Potong only has room for 35 covers and a terrace bar)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 09:19 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: The Air India incident and the changing mindset

When the news of the horrific incident on an Air India flight from New York first broke, most of us concentrated on the preposterous assault on a fellow passenger’s dignity. How could this man be allowed to get away with it?

The Taste With Vir: The Air India incident and the changing mindset(Pexels)
The Taste With Vir: The Air India incident and the changing mindset(Pexels)
Published on Jan 10, 2023 09:03 AM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: It’s time for Gaggan 2.0

All of us know that Gaggan Anand is the world’s greatest Indian chef

The return of Gaggan is also a reinvention; he is both the same and entirely different
The return of Gaggan is also a reinvention; he is both the same and entirely different
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 10:42 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: 20 chefs I enjoyed meeting in 2022

This is not a list of the best chefs. It is just a list of some particularly interesting ones I met last year and those whose food I particularly enjoyed.

The Taste With Vir: 20 chefs I enjoyed meeting in 2022. (HT Photo)
The Taste With Vir: 20 chefs I enjoyed meeting in 2022. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 11:06 AM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Chicken Tikka Manchurian?

The UK’s beloved Chicken Tikka Masala is as authentically Indian as our Chicken Manchurian is authentically Chinese. And it’s nothing like Butter Chicken

There is no one classic recipe for the Chicken Tikka Masala, as there is for Butter Chicken
There is no one classic recipe for the Chicken Tikka Masala, as there is for Butter Chicken
Published on Dec 30, 2022 10:51 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: The lessons I learnt in Kolkata

Indians have got to learn to stop apologising for our food. It’s stupid to Frenchify our presentation, to focus so much on our plating and to lie about our ingredients (why does every menu say lamb even when the meat we eat is goat?) in the hope of appealing to the West.

The Taste With Vir: The lessons I learnt in Kolkata(Pexels)
The Taste With Vir: The lessons I learnt in Kolkata(Pexels)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 12:20 PM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Travel by Vir Sanghvi: At the desert’s edge

I have been meaning to go to Jaisalmer for two decades now

There are now options at all price points if you want to holiday in Jaisalmer
There are now options at all price points if you want to holiday in Jaisalmer
Published on Dec 23, 2022 11:56 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: To blame or not to blame the Civil Aviation Ministry

One reason why there was overcrowding at Delhi Airport was because airlines would not open enough counters to check in passengers and queues grew to unacceptable levels but is the Civil Aviation Ministry to be blamed for everything that is wrong at airports? Vir Sanghvi shares his opinion

The Taste With Vir: To blame or not to blame the Civil Aviation Ministry for Delhi airport mess (HT_PRINT/Twitter/DrAmbrishMithal)
The Taste With Vir: To blame or not to blame the Civil Aviation Ministry for Delhi airport mess (HT_PRINT/Twitter/DrAmbrishMithal)
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 10:03 AM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Relax and enjoy your pasta

Is pasta Alfredo really an Italian dish? Or was it invented in Hollywood? Should you put cream in Spaghetti Carbonara? Or is that a cardinal sin? Is ‘al dente’ the only way to eat pasta? Are people who eat pasta as a side dish boors? Do all of us destroy pasta by putting too much cheese on it?Once upon a time, it was so easy to eat pasta

Much of the current wisdom about pasta among Italian chefs and food writers has no historical basis
Much of the current wisdom about pasta among Italian chefs and food writers has no historical basis
Published on Dec 17, 2022 12:52 AM IST

The Taste With Vir: Truffle scam in India

All food scams operate on the same basis: Appeal to people who want expensive and desirable ingredients but don’t know much about them. And so, whether it is basmati or truffles, the scamsters will always find no shortage of ignorant marks and rich suckers.

The Taste With Vir: Truffle scam in India (Pexels)
The Taste With Vir: Truffle scam in India (Pexels)
Published on Dec 13, 2022 01:52 PM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Hotels by Vir Sanghvi: Building the destination

Legendary hoteliers helped turn the Maldives into a global craze. One of them is now creating new levels of luxury

The Four Seasons private island has just seven self contained villas; the catch is that you have to book the whole island
The Four Seasons private island has just seven self contained villas; the catch is that you have to book the whole island
Published on Dec 09, 2022 11:59 PM IST

The Taste with Vir: London Diary with The Fat Duck

Outwardly, London hasn’t changed. Christmas lights blazed in Regent Street and Harrods was lit up to thrill the tourists who form the bulk of its clientele. The hospitality industry is bouncing back, though it may be too late for restaurateurs whose businesses were devastated during the pandemic.

The Taste with Vir: London Diary with The Fat Duck(Unsplash)
The Taste with Vir: London Diary with The Fat Duck(Unsplash)
Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:23 PM IST

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The seaside foodie kingdom

Ifirst went to Dubai’s Atlantis in 2008

If you’re looking for a gourmet holiday in a luxury hotel, Atlantis is your best option
If you’re looking for a gourmet holiday in a luxury hotel, Atlantis is your best option
Published on Dec 02, 2022 09:10 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Why do people pay more to eat at expensive restaurants?

The truth is that at the overwhelming majority of North Indian restaurants, they serve the same sort of food. There will be mutton and chicken curries, the usual kebabs, biryanis, some restaurant-type vegetables.

 For Indian food to reach the next level, we need to go beyond the biryanis, the rogan joshes and the tandoori kebabs.(Pixabay)
For Indian food to reach the next level, we need to go beyond the biryanis, the rogan joshes and the tandoori kebabs.(Pixabay)
Published on Nov 29, 2022 06:41 PM IST

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: India’s 10 Best Young Chefs

We went past the generation of Ananda Solomon and Manjit Gill

(Left) Himanshu Saini and (right) Hussain Shahzad are the clear leaders of the next generation of young chefs
(Left) Himanshu Saini and (right) Hussain Shahzad are the clear leaders of the next generation of young chefs
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 09:54 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: India tourism's relationship with Maldives

How the relation ship between Maldives and Indian tourism as changed over the years. Vir Sanghvi shares his opinion.

The Taste With Vir: India tourism's relationship with Maldives
The Taste With Vir: India tourism's relationship with Maldives
Published on Nov 21, 2022 09:20 AM IST

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Heston unbound

One of the world’s greatest chefs shows us how cooking is not about recipes but about expressing yourself

The new book includes great techniques but also covers Blumenthal’s current obsessions
The new book includes great techniques but also covers Blumenthal’s current obsessions
Published on Nov 19, 2022 02:41 AM IST

The Taste With Vir: SC wrong to release Rajiv Gandhi's assassination convicts?

Is the Supreme Court wrong and the Congress is right to distance itself from the Gandhis on the issue of release of Nalini Sriharan and other convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case? Vir Sanghvi shares his opinion

Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, during a press conference, a day after she was released from the prison following the Supreme Court's order, in Chennai. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, during a press conference, a day after she was released from the prison following the Supreme Court's order, in Chennai. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 02:16 PM IST

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Delhi, Bangalore, Sawai Madhopur

The Indian hospitality scene is bouncing back, bright and vibrant. Three experiences from around the country.

FarmLore cooks lunch and dinner for only 18 covers, five days a week. There are virtually no servers and the chefs bring the food to the table themselves
FarmLore cooks lunch and dinner for only 18 covers, five days a week. There are virtually no servers and the chefs bring the food to the table themselves
Published on Nov 12, 2022 12:03 AM IST

The Taste With Vir: 9 chefs who significantly impact the way we look at food

Vir Sanghvi asserts that to be regarded as truly influential, a chef must change the way in which other chefs cook or see themselves and the chef must significantly impact the way we look at food. Check out his list of 9 contemporary chefs who have been globally influential.

The Taste With Vir: 9 chefs who significantly impact the way we look at food ( Mario Schafer)
The Taste With Vir: 9 chefs who significantly impact the way we look at food ( Mario Schafer)
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 01:44 PM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Amar, Akbar, calzone?

We don’t often realise this but the empanada, the calzone, and the patty are long lost brothers of the samosa

If you do a little digging, you discover that a calzone is really a medieval samosa. Or a patty. (Shutterstock)
If you do a little digging, you discover that a calzone is really a medieval samosa. Or a patty. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 05, 2022 02:32 AM IST

The Taste With Vir: Sonia Gandhi and her reign as Congress president

Sonia Gandhi married for love but as time went on, it is a sense of duty that has guided her life.

The Taste With Vir: Sonia Gandhi and her reign as Congress president(PTI)
The Taste With Vir: Sonia Gandhi and her reign as Congress president(PTI)
Published on Oct 31, 2022 01:48 PM IST
By, Delhi

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The future is plant-based

If you are a vegetarian (or a vegan), then you will know what it feels like to go to a fine dining restaurant, especially one abroad

Daniel Humm, long regarded as one of the world’s best chefs, risked everything, including his business and his reputation, when he decided to take meat and dairy off the menu of his restaurant (Ye Fan)
Daniel Humm, long regarded as one of the world’s best chefs, risked everything, including his business and his reputation, when he decided to take meat and dairy off the menu of his restaurant (Ye Fan)
Updated on Oct 30, 2022 01:21 PM IST

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Stars of today and tomorrow

Mano Thevar runs the only Indian restaurant in the world with two Michelin stars. And Niyati Rao is the star of the future

Mano Thevar is quiet, reserved and resolutely opposed to self-promotion of any kind
Mano Thevar is quiet, reserved and resolutely opposed to self-promotion of any kind
Published on Oct 21, 2022 11:49 PM IST
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