I’m more than a little obsessed with Chia Seeds right now. I love the pudding texture they give you when you soak them for a little bit. The recipe here called for almond milk but I felt that coconut milk makes the pudding even thicker and creamier.

This is a breakfast for serious dessert aficionados. The combination of the honey smashed bananas with the deep, dark chocolate chia swirls is intense. If you’d like to layer the 2 components more clearly then stick your cup in the fridge after pouring in the chia mixture and let it set for another 15 minutes. Then add the banana on top. I prefer just glopping all of it together.

Recipe adapted from A Beautiful Mess

Serves 2

What you’ll need:

1 ripe banana
2 teaspoons honey (or whichever sweetener you prefer)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


How to:


1. Mix together cocoa, chia seeds, almond milk and cinnamon in a small bowl. Refrigerate for 45 minutes, stirring the porridge once in the middle.

2. Blend the honey and banana together.

3. Pour chia pudding into a mug and spoon the smashed banana on top.



Photo courtesy GQ India
Photo courtesy GQ India

For authentic Mizo food and some swag

Delhi’s contrarian cultures are an endless source of conflict and delight. Every day, students from JNU rub shoulders with the disciples of Honey Singh over beer in Khan Market, expats jostle rickshaw pullers at Chandni Chowk and pop princesses queue up for gelato with hipsters in HKV. It’s amazing there aren’t more fights breaking out. So, mostly peacefully, the city of Butter Chicken can also serve up a mean Kerala style Buff Fry or authentic Calcutta Fish Curry depending on the colony market you happen to be at.

My quest for more than parathas and rajma led me, this time, to Mizo Diner in Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave. A teensy, cheery space where local artists conflate to create and display their work while scratching their itch for honest Mizo food. Expect anything from documentary screenings to impromptu art exhibitions, bamboo shoots prepared with traditionally preserved pork fat to French fries. If the references to roast pig head and buff intestines get too overwhelming you’ll be safe with the Chicken Curry and Fried Rice, though at their prices you really should experiment.
Finding the place can be a little tough because it is truly well off the beaten path but if you’re in the neighborhood drop by for the laid back charm and friendly faces. Get yourself some lemonade and reflect on the many, many faces of this ridiculous city. Now if only Delhi-ites would demonstrate compassion as broad based as their tastes.


There’s more than one chaiwala gaining social currency in the capital these days. Jiten Suchede decided to put his talents as a designer to unexpected use by cobbling pallets into a makeshift thela that serves exceptional tea and coffee across the city.

 Disgruntled by the step motherly treatment being meted out to tea shops in a city increasingly invested in café culture, Jiten decided to make the chai ki dukaan relevant again. Metamorphosing that run down, unglamorous fixture of our youth into a charming mobile dispensary of teas, {surprisingly} coffees, and homemade snacks, so Delhiites can reconsider rushing into impersonal coffee chains and reconvene at their favourite artisanal chaiwala.

 Stop by for a cup of tea, a refreshing Vietnamese Iced Coffee, or the fiery Mattha. Unfortunately, till Jiten sets up his café, we have no option but to chase him down at the various exhibitions that’ll sprout up across the capital this winter. If you’re too lazy to bother, Foodcloud and Jaypore will home deliver you some Jugmug!

Making the conventional chai ki dukaan, relevant again, Jugmug Thela serves up teas, coffees and homemade snacks. Till they set up shop, catch them at exhibitions around the capital, or order online.


 I don’t know how to recommend these guys – I realize their website is desperately amateur and their facebook page is largely neglected but the chocolates they make are divine. This is not like every other plug for home made chocolates that proliferate lifestyle magazines and blogs these days. My favorites are the Dark English Chocolate, two layers of milk chocolate with a crispy, praline filling, studded all over with chunks of almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts and the equally perfect White English Chocolate and I’m not even a fan of white chocolate.These guys do a lot of corporate gifting and I first came across their confections last Diwali when I ate through half a box. They’re a little tough to get a hold of but if you’re overwhelmed by the crazy number of advertisements for chocolatiers these days, try Cocoa Tease. They are, in fact, incredible.

Try their website here ( or facebook page here (