Jason Staines  |  jason.staines@me.com  |  81 posts

No gas for you!

February 22, 2011

One of the first jobs when moving into a new house in India is getting the gas connected. Back home in Sydney you'd just ring the gas company and if the stuff wasn't flowing into your oven before you got off the phone it soon would be. This, of course, isn't Sydney.

Malabar Chicken Curry

February 18, 2011

The Malabar coast is famous for a lot of things, chief among them spices and coconuts - both shown off in this delicious dish that can be made with chicken, prawns or even red meat.

Life on the edge

February 18, 2011

In a small dye works outside Delhi, guys in lungis are hard at it soaking, spinning and drying clothes. As they empty old bathtubs full of water for the next batch, the ground floods with water stained a deep indigo blue.

Baingan Bharta

February 11, 2011

India is well-known for its vegetarian fare and one of the best is the roasted eggplant dish, baingan bharta.

Well and truly old

February 8, 2011

Delhi is full of old stuff. Most visitors are well-versed in the city’s Ancient A-List – the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, the Qutub Minar, pretty much every taxi – but some of the most interesting old stuff is dotted across the capital’s sprawling suburbs.

Lal Maas

February 4, 2011

This traditional Rajasthani dish can be as hot as you like it - although even I found my first attempt a little too hot.

Training in Delhi

February 2, 2011

Delhi’s Commonwealth Games left the city with an expanded metro railway system - which has transformed transport and provides a rich source of entertainment, if you can put up with stresses.

The crying game – India’s onion crisis

December 22, 2010

India is in the grip of an onion crisis, with prices of the essential vegetable doubling in the past two months - causing problems for politicians and restaurateurs alike.

A Day At The Polo

November 15, 2010

I’m not really up to speed with the game of polo, beyond the fact that it appears to be played and watched by toffs – and that at half-time you wander onto the poop-covered turf to stomp divots back into the ground (thank you Richard Gere and Julia Roberts).

Flying high in Delhi’s art quarter

September 29, 2010

When checking out one of Delhi's artistic areas, it pays to keep an open mind. You never know what you'll come home with.