The Malabar Tearoom

I don’t normally write much about food on here but I had to make an exception for The Malabar Tearoom which is a new food blog seemingly sprung from my childhood nostalgia of Indian comfort food but equally and thrillingly rooted in modern cooking. The blog is run by food writer Aysha Tanya – who has written for Food52, Lucky Peach and Vogue India – and is a place where she chronicles the joys of cooking in a small-town kitchen in Kerala with her mother Kathija.

The blog resonates because the pair cook like most Indians – like my mother, my grandmother and aunts – in an ad-hoc way and resolutely adding an Indian palette to international recipes. You will find the combination of unexpected but perfectly plausible dishes like Green Curry Eggs with Tuna, Tandoori Schnitzel with Chili Mint Chutney and gloriously vintage Anglo-Indian inspired desserts like Cream Puffs and Apple Crisps….

The food is shot on a rotating backdrop of chintzy china and comforting hands in printed Kurta’s attending to stovetop affairs, nostalgic Indian domestic items adorn counters and a sleepy Keralan afternoon light casts a glow. I dare you not to race through every one of these absorbing blog posts. If you still want more – here is Aysha’s other food site Goya Journal.

The Malabar Tearoom

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

1 Comment on The Malabar Tearoom

  1. Caroline Gay
    Monday, May 15th, 2017 17:37 at 5:37 pm (5 years ago)

    Like you don’t normally write about food, I don’t normally read about it. But my am I hungry now after looking at your pictures

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