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Suvir Saran
in the moment
Chef/Author/Teacher/Consultant
Interests: music, travel, animals, entertaining, cooking, movies, reading, eating
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My column for 25th January from Mail Today by India Today. Faith, Hope, Courage and Love When one lives with faith, hope, courage and love, one lives and breathes without struggle. Faith is never to be mistaken with creed, dogma, cult, worship, or credo. To have faith is to have the wisdom that mere mortals cannot change every outcome in life. Faith makes us comfortable in knowing who we are and who we are not. Faith stands by us when all else is failing us. Faith is our friend when friends leave us by. Faith begins where tangible transactions fail... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2020 at Suvir
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2020 couldn’t begin on a better note for us. We find ourselves safely at home in New Delhi. Surrounded by loved ones. Pooches at our side. Living in a new home, built on land where the home of my birth existed before. Finding ourselves comfortable in the city that I left at 19, when I went to school in Manhattan. The city to which I came back yearly when going back home to family. A city that is as old as history and as richly diverse and full of opportunities as the best in the world. New Delhi is the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Suvir
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Slice of Life, my column for December 28th, 2019, Mail Today. Searching For Home In The World Going abroad for studies, I found myself, I found home. Arriving in Manhattan at age twenty to study at School of Visual Arts, I was confronted with questions about identity, race, religion, and sexuality like I had never been before. Suddenly I was removed from the safety net of familial surroundings and familiar locales. One long flight abroad had turned my world upside down and shaken my grounding. A few seconds in America, and I was beginning to question my self; I was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Suvir
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My Mail Today, Slice of Life column from December 14th 2019. Visit the papers site linked above or read in full below Wheres and Whats of Life Where are you from? Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? Once a person has found out your name, these are most often the questions that follow. Why do we ask these questions of another? Why do these details from a person’s past matter? How do the answers to these questions inform our interaction with this person? The questions are easy to ask, the answers easy to provide. Much... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2019 at Suvir
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Our human collaborative is a celebration when seen through the lens of plurality and diversity. Pluralism that cherishes and values diverse ethnic, racial, religious and social groups. Where all members are able to develop and maintain their cultures and special interests within the confines of one collective civilization, while proudly retaining their individuality. At Modern School, Vasant Vihar where I schooled, inclusion was a way of life in the ’70s, ’80s, and earliest of ’90s. We sang “ham sab Bhartiya hain”, celebrating as Indians our individuality and common destination. We learned that, “bikhare bikhare deepak hain ham, lekin jhilmil ek... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at Suvir
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From day one at my restaurant in New York City, Manchurian Cauliflower had been a huge success. It’s sweet and spicy, tender and satiny, and looks as sultry and seductive as cauliflower could ever hope to become. In the restaurant, we fry the cauliflower and then toss it with the sauce and finish it in the oven. Here, I’ve simplified and lightened the recipe by roasting the cauliflower and then tossing it with the sauce midway through baking. Healthier, easier, and more accessible, you could make a double batch of this recipe and still never have leftovers! Serves 8 3... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Suvir
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When I arrived in NYC in 1993, Manhattan was a very different place than it is today. The taxi drivers were Russian, Greek, and some even Irish. But this was rapidly changing. More and more frequently I encountered Haitian, Dominican, Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi drivers. With this demographic change, there was a burgeoning of restaurants that catered to the culinary proclivities of these men—and also some women—on the move. Read this piece I wrote for the Economic Times here. Or continue below The changing nationalities of taxi drivers is a fascinating barometer of the immigration waves that hit a city.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Suvir
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Much in our lives today polarizes our human collective into disparate tribes. The climate is such that it is easiest to sit divided, blame the other, and find flaws in the views of those we deem different. Even within family units one can find utter lack of parity when it comes to the choices that define us most viscerally. We prefer to be deafened by silence rather than risk a dialogue, because we fear that we will be torn apart by the revelations these conversations bring forth. But when we indulge in culinary bounty at the table, listen to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Suvir
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The third of my fortnightly column from Mail Today, by India Today. What’s in a name, what’s in a word?!? Chauvinism begins at birth. Our birth certificates are written, and by one printing of a document, our name, our life’s course, a mapping of our identity, what choices we make as we come of age, what influences we give weight to, and how we think and envision the world—all are given structure and form. My place in the planetary charts was assigned by the time and date of my arrival into this world. Born on November 29, 1972, I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Suvir
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The earliest memories I have of Diwali are of my grandma sitting on a chair and instructing Panditji and mom in the art of making Gujias. I never understood how someone who didn’t themselves cook, be the person giving instructions. How naive I was at that young age of 4 or 5 years. Much cooking happened in my grandma's/our household when I was a young boy. Rituals were celebrated as pedantically as one could imagine. Traditions past lived as if time had never changed. My grandma’s whims and our families celebration-dogmas were the fancy of my mother and the staff... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Suvir
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Love and life, music and religion, dreams and aspirations - it is in these that we see the oneness amongst our human collective. When we let go of organized chaos, rules and rituals, dogma and prejudices, generalizations and fears; we become one with self and the other. Tolerance is ones capacity to endure pain and hardship, it speaks of stamina and fortitude, it is about endurance. It is not tolerance that helps us rise to greater heights as a human with humanity. For that we need to learn and appreciate acceptance. Alfat, the new album by Sonam Kalra, teaches us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Suvir
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Whilst the peony is called the King of Flowers in China, it is also considered mischievous and bashful, life giving and graceful. A symbol of perseverance. Most commonly a herbaceous perennial, it can also can share much with us humans about our loves, lives, hopes and despair. About our struggles and victories, that are perennial beyond our own lifespan. The peony is a temperate plant that can help in tempering our reactions to it, and to life. Watch the photos taken with an iPhone and macro lens, by Charlie and me. Read the words too, they might make sense. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Suvir
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Having been spoiled by Ed Schoenfeld's incredible Red Farm in NYC, it is not easy for me to eat Chinese food with glee, anywhere else. His food is the stuff of midnight yearnings and insouciant cravings. Hunger that can only be sated with visits to Red Farm. How happy I am to report that Mandarin Trail in The Great India Place Mall, whilst not truly Chinese, has the kind of fare, that has had me return to a mall, to eat food, half a dozen times. Each time with yearning. Each time leaving me with a good feeling of full... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Suvir
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It’s always wonderful to see family cooking together. Just the other day, I had the wonderful privilege of witnessing my grandmother teach Suvir – an uncle of mine, how to make her famous Lasora pickle – I got to see the two best cooks in my family work together. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Suvir
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Usha Bua believes that garlic chutney is good for her health. Belief and faith are as important as fact and medicine to the overall goodness of our being. If garlic, has her eating more plan based food, which she does as a vegetarian, then who am I to question the science that might not find veracity behind the flawed studies cited to her about the curative powers of garlic. Dr. Willet of Harvard School of Public Health often says that is spices, aromatics (garlic and such) and herbs, can get people eating mostly plant based diets, then go ahead and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Suvir
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Armed with an arsenal of vegetables, a plethora of spices, and a deep rooted desire to cook and share, is all one needs to create deliciousness that is at once delectable and good for you. Comforting foods do not need to be poison. One must cook in comfort, with pride in the act of cooking, feeding (and sharing). Mindfulness, being present in the present, and a hunger for sating ones senses and feeding ones soul are the most essential ingredients needed for cooking comfort food that is also good for mind, body and soul. Lovingly assembled (chopped and measured or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Suvir
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