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    Spicy Toor Dal

    My computer is like a labyrinth, an intricate and complex set of things where I keep losing documents. Only to recover them after weeks or in some cases, months. This recipe and photographs are an example! It was part of a ‘dal series’ I’d planned to post on the blog and it had been kept ready sometime in April – I found it a few days ago. That’s like a lost-and-found case of three months. There are a few more missing recipes and I’m hoping I’ll recover them in a similar manner and share them with you. Today’s Spicy Toor Dal recipe is inspired by a Haryanvi dal recipe I’d…

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    Coconut Prawn Dal

    It’s creamy. It’s healthy. It’s quick. It’s yummy! What more can one ask for when it comes to a wholesome dal preparation! The coconut prawn dal is one of the easiest preparations I’ve tried in recent times. Inspired by the liberal use of coconut milk in cuisines from Goa and Kerala, the coconut prawn dal is one among the several dal preparations that came out of the kitchen during the lockdown. It was a necessity. Life has returned to a semblance of normal – as we know it – for a week now. Shops have been able to restock and reopen, access to services is easier, office goers are whizzing…

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    Korola aloo chorchori | Bengali-style bitter gourd & potato

    We are a family of bitter gourd lovers. Give us bitter gourd in any form and we will love it, especially if it has retained that light bitter taste – boiled, mashed and seasoned with mustard oil and salt; crispy fried; stuffed with spices; stir-fried – we heart this green. So much so that each time I am about to travel to Bristol to visit the elder sister and brother-in-law, the parents get nearly a kilogram or two of bitter gourd and then spend hours cooking it to crispy perfection. This dish is then securely packed in airtight containers which are opened only in the Bristol kitchen. I surmise that…

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    Dalgona & a Cocoa Coffee Recipe

    Yes. I did it too. I jumped on board the Dalgona boat, pulling my parents along for a ride – Maa lured by the visuals I kept showing her, Baba convinced with the promise of ‘interesting hot’ coffee. Following the instructions, I measured out the requisite coffee-milk-sugar in a bowl and spent 15 minutes whisking the life out of the holy troika while the mind wandered down nostalgia lane. I found myself thinking about those two years of post-graduation, the days of sharing a tiny apartment with three other girls, the growing up we did together and the ritualistic coffee + Maggi sessions that marked the exam nights. Back then,…

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    Kola boda | Banana fritters

    Banana are a must in our kitchen. They make for an easy snack any time of the day, are tasty and easy to eat. All you have to do is peel and chomp. And my father feels incomplete without them. Sometimes I feel they are the food version of a security blanket for Baba – I’ve seen him get agitated when we are down to that last banana and rush out at 8 pm to hunt for the fruit. “There’s only one left!” he’d say before pulling on his walking shoes and making a rush for the vegetable store. While that’s not happening in the current scenario –coronavirus lockdown continues…

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    Methi omelette | Fenugreek leaves omelette

    On a lighter note, have you noticed the process of essential shopping is like undertaking a short trip? Think about it. The essential shopping excursion is planned over some – if not several – days. A shopping list is made, often remade. Because the idea is to get all that you need at one go, a route is mapped. And then the shopping list is readjusted to ensure minimal movement and contact. On D-day, bags are counted and laid out. Clothing accessories are checked then the mask, the gloves and sunglasses are put on, almost like an armour. Bags are checked for that extra set of wipes and bottle of…

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    An emotional Iced Apple Chai

    A fellow blogger and adorable friend recently shared a beautiful post on her Instagram feed. The sentiments she expressed in the post echoed my thoughts, many of you might also agree with me… Posts like this one by Kamini Patel of the Kitchen Therapy, the various positive videos and memes on social media platforms are like energy shots on dreary days. There are also some wicked friends who’ve kept spirits high with their unswerving dedication to sharing food photographs – for instance… Hriday Bhatia of The Chef From India who diligently sends me lush food photographs before they make it to his Instagram feed! Proof below…And the girlfriends who send…

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    Nariyal-Gaajar ka Halva | Carrot & Coconut Halva

    I have a strange relationship with expiry dates. I tend to forget about them until that moment of realization which leads to ‘mission expiry date check’. This is a mission in which you’ll find me combing through the medicine cabinet, my makeup stash, the spice cabinets and… you get the drift? The latest ‘expiry check’ had me cleaning out my mega makeup collection – I was left with an eyeliner and lipstick each. The scene was no different in the kitchen. Empty bottles of spices were lined up on the platform like school children gearing up for morning assembly. The near-expiry carton of fresh cream and an undated packet of desiccated coconut…

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    Slow-cooked Mixed Vegetables

    Between the time I spend in the kitchen for the baking orders and winter laze that makes us want to snuggle under the blanket with a book, the ‘cooking’ mood at home has been at an all-time low. But since one has to eat and I’m doing my best not to succumb to the lures of ‘restaurant food’, Maa has taken to cooking food that is healthy, quick, easy and minimal. The winter vegetables that continue to sit pretty on the market shelves also help the cause. Mixed vegetables are the go-to for us on most days, especially the Bengali rosha (Bengali vegetable curry) and this particular nameless mixed vegetable.…

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    Guymag | Wheat & Butter Halva

    Do you know what one of the best parts about winter is? It’s that special fragrance that comes from generous amounts of ghee or butter. It’s the heady aroma of paratha being roasted in ghee, the sizzle of the spices when they touch the hot makkhan (homemade butter), the hiss as a rainbow of vegetables slide into the butter for a winter-special stir fry. A mention of halva that has been painstakingly slow cooked for that perfect balance of flavours is a must. After all, winters are synonymous with halva! Gaajar ka halva, moong dal ka halva, badam halva, doodhi halva, matar halva…  (types of Indian puddings made of carrots, green mung beans, almond, bottle gourd, green peas) Amid this list of lavish…