When you think of the life of an editor heading of a food publication, it's natural to think that there is a lot of food involved. And sure, there is. But sometimes, there is also a lot of food that you can't eat. That is kind of what happened during our five-episode Ramadan special show #IBelieveInKorma, that features four mutton dishes, followed by one loaded with dairy. But that didn't stop me from getting enthusiastic about showing you how to get each of these iftar classics right. After all, it allowed me to pick the brains of five talented young chefs. That I also got to cook with five of my friends, was an added bonus, like the almond slivers donning our Pao no Halwo. (Yes, it's a subtle push to watch our latest episode with chef Insia Lacewalla, which you must check out as soon as you're done reading this).
What's interesting is that I am not the only one who's vegan, vegetarian and all-things plant-based this season. As if the entire menu at the Emmy Awards 2020 being vegan was not enough, even Eleven Madison Park is coming back after a long hiatus with a fully plant-based menu, as New York slowly opens up in a post-pandemic world.
But things are looking different in India right now, with a second wave moving fast through the country. To that end, from gathering a handy list of reliable resources to teaching you how to eat right and keep your immunity in check, our articles this month focus on health and wellness.
To begin with, there's a piece written by Digital Marketing Specialist Tarvene Kaur that covers 10 easy drinks to keep you cool this summer, while also boosting your immunity. It features Ayurvedic drinks like nannari sherbet, smoothies made with kale, apple and spinach and many more to ensure you're hydrated.
The focus on health continues with Digital Writer Tarini Sood's piece on eating your way to glowing skin, which includes tips and tricks from the kitchen. Sood chats with Dr Kiran Sethi and gets us a low-down on everything, from including antioxidant-rich foods to cooking with healthy oils to simple practices for you to adopt for good skin health.
There's a story by Food Editor Suman Quazi, who chatted with Covid warriors from within the F&B industry to understand how they're helping with the crisis in India. Be it through new initiatives enabling citizens with information, or putting together crowdsourced spreadsheets featuring meal services for those recovering at home, this piece could serve as that little glimmer of hope, we all know we could use right now.
Plus, there's a massive list of 30 healthy recipes to sort out your breakfast, lunch and dinner woes for the whole month of May, compiled and curated by our writer Poorvi Swami.
Since Eid is only a week away, our YouTube channel is buzzing with options for you to pick from—almond-milk based roohafza to lamb galouti kebabs and nalli nihari. Take your pick and treat yourself to it. As for us, we're going to make a large spread and try them all, while we stay in and stay safe.
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.