For us, the month always begins on a high note here at IFN because it's when our Cover Story is being edited, pruned and dressed up for you to read. Each month, we spend hours debating and selecting the face for our cover, because when we launched it in May, one thing was sure—it will periodically be graced by faces and names in the industry that are due for recognition. In that spirit, for August, I chose to speak to Telugu film actor and cardiologist turned restaurateur Dr Bharath Reddy, who started his drive-through chain Millet Marvels in Hyderabad with the aim of familiarising the youth to the nutritional marvels of these ancient ingredients. Read the full piece to find out why this doctor has devoted his life to millets.
And if Reddy is working hard to shed light on India's natural bounty in the South, miles away in the UK, cookbook author and recipe developer Chetna Makan is toiling just as hard in the kitchen to acquaint Londoners to Indian Food. In a telling interview with our Food Editor Suman Quazi, Makan spoke about debunking the myths around desi khaana and the launch of her new book that celebrates the practicability of our cuisine.
One of our hobbies at IFN is to be a constant source of inspiration for you in the kitchen and that's why we thought of speaking about the recent rage that is chilli oil. The fiery condiment has been the object of social media's fascination, more so recently. Read our writer Kaavyashree Sridharan's story on how to make it and why it's so versatile.
To help you cope with the changing weather, this week we have a piece on building immunity with the help of dried fruits. In this piece, Junior Writer Samika Aurora talks about the benefits of household staples like anjeer, almonds and walnuts.
We're aware of the bad rep that greens have during the monsoon season, but the truth is that you need not bid them adieu; only give them a little additional TLC. So, you will find our video guide on washing and storing monsoon produce extremely helpful.
Those of you looking to spend the entire weekend as a 48-hour period of #SelfcareSunday, you might find joy in the final two episdoes of our food-and-beauty series, SkinWin, where Digital Writer Tarini Sood shows you how to use pantry staples to take care of everything from baggy under eyes to chapped lips using pure kitchen ingredients. Add to this quick tips from our new reel series—brought to you by IFN's in-house health freak and Digital Marketing Specialist, Tarvene Kaur. Follow her on #GetMeHealthy where you can find solutions to bloating, immunity building and more, and you're pretty much set and ready to roar in the new week.
Sonal Ved is the editor at IFN. She is also an author of an award-winning cookbook called Tiffin. She travelled through the first five tastes to be able to tell between a brie and provolone dolce. She can make stellar undhiyu and a green smoothie.