Namaste. Welcome to The NimbooDiaries.

(Nimboo means lime, an essential component of Indian gastronomy and culture)

I don’t review, rate, or recommend.

I simply talk about food and everything related to it. Through practice and travels, I explore food and culinary traditions across the country.

This site is divided into two parts:

1. The Menu (under the Archives section) is where I describe interesting gastronomic phenomenon and trends. This covers recipes, facts, interviews, and everything in between. The idea is to present different perspectives on Indian food in general, from a global, and reasonably discerning, point of view.

2. The Travelogue, based on my food trail spanning two months across India. Each eating establishment, home, place of worship, and person I encountered during this journey has presented me with nothing short of a culinary revelation. Follow my route by selecting Travels.


For longer than I can even remember, my life has been mostly about the one thing closest to my heart. Food. I’m Sandeep, and I’ve been cooking since I was 11 years old, professionally since 18. Cooking, to me, is the purest and most versatile form of expression. So it’s no surprise that I chose to make a living out of it, and have had the good fortune of having worked at some of the best restaurants in the country.

Recently, I had the opportunity to tick an item off my bucket list. I traveled around India on a self-styled ‘food pilgrimage’ of sorts. My experiences made me reexamine my understanding of Indian food in its entirety. By the time you read this, I will have spent 60 days between 26 cities in search of what makes the food of 1.2 billion people as vibrant and kaleidoscopic as the country they live in.

I hope readers learn something new about Indian food and India every time they visit.



Thank you