Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

South Indian Vegetarian Recipes for a Holiday Feast

There are many, many dishes in the Indian culinary pantheon that boast ingredient lists a mile long. But there are an equal number, if not more, that require fewer than … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Peek Into a Kitchen of the Past; Avalakki (Pressed Rice Flakes) Recipes

This essay was originally published on The Aerogram. When the fire is good and ready and a quick wash of the hands later, Shakuntala Bai puts on some water to … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Manifold Advantages of a Big Brother – Chicken Soup Series

This story was published earlier this year in the Chicken Soup series anthology titled, ‘Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul: Celebrating Brothers & Sisters’. It is a cool autumn day and I’m in … Continue reading

June 20, 2012

Long Story: The Story of She and He

This story is not called the Long Story for nothing. It is long. Really. Do consider reading it in parts. I’ve tried to insert breaks in all the appropriate places. Hope … Continue reading

March 23, 2009

The Letter – Chicken Soup Series

This story was published in 2009 in the Chicken Soup series anthology titled, ‘Chicken Soup for the Indian Romantic Soul’. Maya crammed the last of the clothes and books into … Continue reading

January 1, 2009