Vir Sanghvi

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
The most famous versions of sourdough come from France and Germany.
The most famous versions of sourdough come from France and Germany.

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Sourdough saga

UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:46 PM IST
The bread is now an Internet craze but it’s often not the real thing.
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Bengali chef Vikramjit Roy’s Kolkata-food delivery service Park Street Rolls and Biryani offers (above) puchkas too
Bengali chef Vikramjit Roy’s Kolkata-food delivery service Park Street Rolls and Biryani offers (above) puchkas too

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Bae of Bengal

PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 03:04 PM IST
From puchkas and rolls to biryani, Kolkata food is stealing the show
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Chorizo Hummus by Artisanal Collective is worth a try
Chorizo Hummus by Artisanal Collective is worth a try

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Artisanal all the way

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:28 PM IST
Move over brick-and-mortar food halls, it’s time for online gourmet stores to take over
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Gosht Bohri Biryani from ITC’s special only-for-delivery biryani and pulao range; (inset) Manisha Bhasin, the Corporate Chef
Gosht Bohri Biryani from ITC’s special only-for-delivery biryani and pulao range; (inset) Manisha Bhasin, the Corporate Chef

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Biryani to go!

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 08:19 AM IST
Stage two of the delivery boom: fine dining pulaos and the big boys finally enter the market
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Fratelli’s new addition to its repertoire is TiLT, a range of fun wines in cans; (inset) Puja Sekhri of Fratelli wines
Fratelli’s new addition to its repertoire is TiLT, a range of fun wines in cans; (inset) Puja Sekhri of Fratelli wines

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Eat, drink and be merry

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 07:39 AM IST
From wine in cans to sourdough doughnuts, food entrepreneurs are leaving no ingredient and idea unturned
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The Taste With Vir: To potato or not to potato with Biryani
The Taste With Vir: To potato or not to potato with Biryani

The Taste With Vir: To potato or not to potato with Biryani

By Vir Sanghvi | Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 04:35 PM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, “If you are unfamiliar with the biryani wars, then here’s some of the background. Biryani was invented in Delhi. (Don’t believe all that nonsense about it being a Persian dish. There is no rice dish called biryani in Iran.)”
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The egg is a staple of most non-vegetarian cuisines
The egg is a staple of most non-vegetarian cuisines

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Egg on your face

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 07:45 AM IST
Whether you choose caviar or coriander as your flavouring, an egg will never let you down!
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The more you stare at the Taj, the more it reveals its beauty
The more you stare at the Taj, the more it reveals its beauty

Rude Travel by Vir Sanghvi: A celebration of love

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 08:02 AM IST
To really appreciate the beauty of the Taj, you have to watch it change colour as it shimmers in the sun
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Sushi at 361
Sushi at 361

The Taste With Vir: Nothing beats the restaurant experience even after the delivery boom amid Covid-19

By Vir Sanghvi | Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 03:04 PM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, “Yes, the delivery boom has been one of the rare benefits of this otherwise terrible phase, leading to the growth of a new cloud kitchen sector and empowering thousands of housewives and artisanal producers all over India. But, as wonderful as all that is, there is nothing that beats the restaurant experience.”
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Rummy’s Kitchen offers a variety of non-vegetarian pickles made in the South Indian style like this mutton pickle
Rummy’s Kitchen offers a variety of non-vegetarian pickles made in the South Indian style like this mutton pickle

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Meat the pickle

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 07:49 AM IST
India’s non-vegetarian pickle tradition is wondrous and delicious
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Wife of a 57-year-old coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victim wails as she looks at the body of her husband before he is being taken for the cremation by the members of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal, in New Delhi, India, November 26, 2020.(REUTERS)
Wife of a 57-year-old coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victim wails as she looks at the body of her husband before he is being taken for the cremation by the members of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal, in New Delhi, India, November 26, 2020.(REUTERS)

Opinion | Coronavirus pandemic: India should give emergency approval for the Covid-19 vaccine

By Vir Sanghvi | Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 04:32 PM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, “I doubt if America will approve the Oxford vaccine any time soon. But we, in India, should give it emergency approval as soon as possible.” Adding, “Let’s just go ahead and beat this damn pandemic.”
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Chi Ni at The Roseate, known for good dine-in meals, worked for delivery despite the distance
Chi Ni at The Roseate, known for good dine-in meals, worked for delivery despite the distance

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The boom continues!

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 08:34 AM IST
From burgers to biryani, cuisine is no bar when it comes to ordering food at home
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Cyrus Todiwala(Instagram)
Cyrus Todiwala(Instagram)

The Taste with Vir: Renowned chef Cyrus Todiwala’s culinary journey, his restaurant Café Spice Namaste’s closing and possible revival amid coronavirus pandemic

By Vir Sanghvi | Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 08:36 AM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes of the legacy of renowned chef, Cyrus Todiwala. From the chef’s early days at Taj Aquada in Goa to currently crowdfunding to reopen his well-known restaurant Café Spice Namaste in a new location, read on....
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A good seekh consists of minced keema, mixed with spices and stuck on to a skewer
A good seekh consists of minced keema, mixed with spices and stuck on to a skewer

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Seekh and ye shall find

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:46 AM IST
Its history might be shrouded in mystery, but the humble seekh kebab takes the cake for its wonderful taste 
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Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

The Taste with Vir: After year of death, darkness and disaster, things can only get better... one hopes

By Vir Sanghvi | Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 06:04 PM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi admits that even though he’s not a New Year Column kind of guy, “This Diwali, as the world is overtaken by gloom and Delhi is submerged under smog,” he decided to give it a shot. From a coronavirus vaccine to reduction in hate, here are his hopes for the New Year.
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The ITC Grand Bharat is an all-suite property within driving distance of New Delhi
The ITC Grand Bharat is an all-suite property within driving distance of New Delhi

Rude Travel by Vir Sanghvi: Driving is the new flying

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 07:38 AM IST
The pandemic has forced us to look for holiday destinations nearer home. And they are great!
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Rambagh Palace(Agoda)
Rambagh Palace(Agoda)

The Taste With Vir: India’s princely tradition works best as a fairytale

By Vir Sanghvi | Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 06:28 PM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, “The selling point of the Rambagh as a luxury hotel is that it gives you a glimpse of what life in princely India must have been like,” continuing, “In every sense that matters, the age of the maharajas is over. Even in the West, they are now seen as anachronisms from a bygone era (like Yugoslav royalty, perhaps) rather than serious glamour figures.”
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Rude food by Vir Sanghvi: From their homes to yours

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 09:46 AM IST
Home cooks and artisanal food operations find success in the pandemic
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People and journalist stand near the scene of the knife attack at the Notre Dame church, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, the third attack in two months in France.(AP)
People and journalist stand near the scene of the knife attack at the Notre Dame church, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, the third attack in two months in France.(AP)

The Taste with Vir: It’s stupid to say the terror attack in France was not motivated by religion

By Vir Sanghvi | Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 08:36 PM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes about the religion of terror, “Gandhiji was assassinated by a Hindu. That does not make all Hindus evil. In the Middle East, more Muslims die every week at the hands of other Muslims than have died in France all of this year. We don’t deny that the murderers were fundamentalists --- or that they claimed to be acting in the name of their religion.”
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For a garlic-fan, an oft-cracked joke is this line inspired from an episode of Friends: “There are other ingredients besides garlic”
For a garlic-fan, an oft-cracked joke is this line inspired from an episode of Friends: “There are other ingredients besides garlic”

Rude food by Vir Sanghvi: Mean Mr. Mustard

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 07:43 AM IST
Garlic is a favourite but there are other ingredients. Mustard, for instance!
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TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump dances at the end of a campaign rally at Pensacola International Airport in Pensacola, Florida on October 23, 2020.(AFP)
TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump dances at the end of a campaign rally at Pensacola International Airport in Pensacola, Florida on October 23, 2020.(AFP)

The Taste with Vir: Borat, Giuliani and Trump’s idea of filth

By Vir Sanghvi | Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 05:13 PM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi makes comparisons between the Borat film by Sacha Baron Cohen and the final Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, writing, “Like (Rud0) Giuliani in the Borat film, many of Trump’s Indian fans will be left adjusting their trousers. (Or at least, that’s what they will claim they were doing.)”
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Achintya Anand (inset), a former chef who now runs Krishi Cress, an urban farm in Chattarpur, is passionate about mushrooms
Achintya Anand (inset), a former chef who now runs Krishi Cress, an urban farm in Chattarpur, is passionate about mushrooms

Rude food by Vir Sanghvi: Magic mushroom

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2020 07:04 AM IST
Indigenous producers are making the finest, purely Indian, fresh ingredients available for home cooking
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A still from the controversial Tanishq ad.(Screengrab)
A still from the controversial Tanishq ad.(Screengrab)

The Taste With Vir: The interfaith Tanishq ad can’t survive in the India we have created

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 03:48 PM IST
Vir Sanghvi writes about the reactions to an interfaith Tanishq ad, “The film itself was so tastefully made that only a bigot would find it offensive. And indeed, the protests were not so much about the content of the film as about its central theme: a Muslim man married to a Hindu woman.”
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No scientist has been able to come up with an explanation for why intermittent fasting will make the body shed weight(Shutterstock)
No scientist has been able to come up with an explanation for why intermittent fasting will make the body shed weight(Shutterstock)

Rude food by Vir Sanghvi: Fads vs diet facts

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 09:30 AM IST
The results of the first major scientific study into intermittent fasting are in: it does not work!
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The best burgers in Delhi are made in Tres
The best burgers in Delhi are made in Tres

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Burger basics

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 07:09 AM IST
This lockdown-favourite delivery dish can be made at home, and it doesn’t get soggy too!
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Elizabeth Kerkar
Elizabeth Kerkar

The Taste with Vir: Elizabeth Kerkar’s contributions to Taj Hotels created new school of Indian interior design

By Vir Sanghvi | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 03:31 PM IST
Vir Sanghvi writes, “Liz Kerkar took the American model and Indianised it so thoroughly that if a guest suddenly woke up in the middle of the night at a Taj hotel, he would never think he was at a Hilton or a Sheraton; he would know that he was with the Taj”
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Restaurateur Prasanjit Singh has launched Shackhood, which offers dishes like Mama Tom Yum Soupy Noodles
Restaurateur Prasanjit Singh has launched Shackhood, which offers dishes like Mama Tom Yum Soupy Noodles

Rude food by Vir Sanghvi: Eating in

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2020 07:52 AM IST
A bunch of smart restaurateurs bring the fine dining experience to your dining table at home
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The Supreme Court(Facebook)
The Supreme Court(Facebook)

The Taste with Vir | Supreme Court vs Sudarshan TV: Free speech isn’t setting fire to a communally complex nation

By Vir Sanghvi | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 05:33 PM IST
Vir Sanghvi writes, “The government has finally taken a stand. In what may be a disappointment to those of its supporters who were sympathetic to Sudarshan TV’s case, the government went to the Supreme Court on Wednesday and said what should have been obvious to anyone who is familiar with the law.”
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Chef Manish Mehrotra (inset) draws from the flavours of the street and creates dishes like the (above) shisho patta chaat
Chef Manish Mehrotra (inset) draws from the flavours of the street and creates dishes like the (above) shisho patta chaat

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: From the streets to our hearts

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 03:47 PM IST
Whether it’s Gaggan or Indian Accent or Bhawan, it’s street food that truly inspires our chefs
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Now that the Supreme Court has echoed the sentiments of many sensible people and talked about its concern with the hatred that is spread every night on some TV channels, we are left with the big question: can anything be done about it?(Pixabay)
Now that the Supreme Court has echoed the sentiments of many sensible people and talked about its concern with the hatred that is spread every night on some TV channels, we are left with the big question: can anything be done about it?(Pixabay)

The Taste with Vir: In times when hate sells, how will News TV regulation work?

By Vir Sanghvi | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 03:21 PM IST
Vir Sanghvi writes, “The Supreme Court is right to want to ban hate speech but regulation has been tried and had failed before.”
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