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Spice it up with ‘harepyaaz ki lehsuni khichdi’ (spring onion & garlic khichdi)

In conversation with Urban Khichdi, a new food venture in Ahmedabad, that promises to satisfy your khichdi cravings. Khichdi, after all, is the hug in a bowl.

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Quick and crunchy flour fritters

from the corner table, #fromthecornertable, Maida Pakoda, #indiansnacks

Made with just all-purpose flour and potatoes, these fritters are not something that I would define as healthy. But they are supremely easy to make and are the perfect dish to make when you open the doors to unexpected guests.

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Festive snacking with ‘mewe ka paag’ (dried fruit-&-nut bar)

Spot a festival marked on the calendar and I immediately start grilling my mother about the food. The latest conversation went something like this… Me: Maa! It’s Janmashtami on September 3. What’s special on the menu for the day? Maa: Hmmm… I could make payesh but then you are lactose intolerant so… Me: Okay. What …

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Tea time with ‘nimki’, a savoury Bengali snack

An oval-shaped dining table dominates the living room of our family home. It’s the place where we eat our meals, yes. But there’s much more to that table. The dining table is where Baba* sits to sift through the daily mail and at the end of the month, attempt to make sense of my expenses. …

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Bengali Ol’er daalna / Elephant foot yam curry

Gosh! Have you ever marvelled and shaken your head at the ease with which the child version of you was made a fool of? I do! Seems I was a rather happy-go-lucky and trusting child, willing to believe almost everything the parents told me. And when it came to food – and yes, I was …

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‘Curiosity is the key to success’

“I decided to become a chef when I was 10 years old and I never changed my mind. Never ever. I remember telling my father that I want to become a cook.”

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Aloo morich / Potatoes in chilli oil

It’s creepy, the way social media throws up ‘Watch This’ or ‘Read This’ suggestions. From the usual food videos, discounts by travel companies, cute baby and pet videos and sitcom snippets to the more unusual ‘trending’ and ‘viral’ videos of people barfing, crazy challenges, strange habits, there’s a constant barrage of visuals. While I’m still …

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Kashke Badamjan from the ‘Kitchen Therapy’

The best recipes, in my opinion, come from a mother’s memory. And she is also undoubtedly the best cook in the whole wide world. Little wonder then that I started off my culinary lessons under my mother’s loving and watchful eye. I happened to mention this to Kamini during our conversation that I’ve shared a …

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Omelette in a Spicy Curry

Temporary workspaces are so much fun! You move out of your personalised space and set up shop at a different location. A visit to the unknown rejuvenates the mood and makes your workspace dearer on return. I change my workspace often when back home. Pack up my little bag and head to a cafe, settle …

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Savoury Mixed Lentil Crepes

Yes. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So say my parents and half the world around me! But I sing a different tune. Coz for me, while breakfast is important, the mid-morning snack, lunch, evening bites, dinner and late night craving are equally important. I don’t believe in playing favourites with meal …

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Shorshe Salmon / Salmon in Bengali Mustard Sauce

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Nearly a decade of living in the United Kingdom has made the elder sister a good cook and an almost expert in the art of ‘kitchen substitutes’. A cheerleader for the ‘quick and easy’ meal squad, Raka (the elder sister’s name that means ‘full moon’) confesses that she has learned …

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Sprouted Mung Beans Salad Bowl & a Happy Gut

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Confession: I dislike fruits, vegetables, greens and the category. Give me some fresh fruit juice or a stir fry and I will gobble up the goodness in seconds. Hand me the raw and they will remain untouched. Which means all the greens and veggies in my salads have to be …

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Herb-y Egg Delight with an Azeri Touch

There is something magical in the way eggs, whisked thoroughly, seasoned with a pinch of salt and cooked in a pat of butter or oil, can produce something as deceptively simple like an omelette. And I speak of the basic omelette. Type in the word ‘omelette’ in the search engine of your choice and it …

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Bengali Aloo Posto (Potatoes in Creamy Poppy Seed Paste)

“I’m about to board the flight/train. See you soon.” “Okay. By the way, what do you want for lunch/dinner?” “You know Maa! Moshuri daal, bhaat, ghee maakha aloo sheddo (red lentil soup, steamed rice, mashed potato seasoned with ghee and salt)” This conversation, or a version of it, is repeated each time I am on …

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Heat Busting with Aam Dal (Red Lentil & Raw Mango Soup)

A news alert two days ago declared that the western part of India will experience monsoon “in 2-3 days”. Which means me, along with scores of others, have joined the thousand others sending prayers to the rain gods! But until the rains arrive, I am busy enjoying the last of the mango rush. Like almost …

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A Newbie’s Guide to Azeri Cuisine #Chapter2

Did you know? # The process of making Azeri specialities dolma and flatbreads (lavash, katyrma, jupka, yufka) are inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. # Azerbaijan cuisine boasts of more than 30 types of soups. # Black caviar from the Caspian Sea is among the most sought after in …

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A Newbie’s Guide to Azeri Cuisine #Chapter1

There is a lot of food culture that goes on in the home and in the community in non-traditional ways. Food is a lot more than restaurants. – Eddie Huang (American chef, food personality) For me, home is where food becomes an expression of love, a comfortable hug, a celebration, a new tradition, an experience, …

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Chai, Halva & Azeri Hospitality

I promise to make your mouths salivate and ensure that you dream about the wealth that is the Azerbaijani cuisine soon but before that, I do need to touch upon and introduce you to a fascinating experience that is part of the Azari social fabric. This is the drinking of chai or tea, served with some local or homemade fruit preserve that they call ‘jam’.

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Tongue-Tickling Chatpata Chicken

With a cooking time of just 20 minutes and the flexibility of loading with as many vegetables as you want and seasoned with just two ingredients – turmeric and chaat masala, this is a winner. “I don’t remember where I learned this from but what I do know is that I love it and so do the kids. Makes that a win-win situation!” she says.

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‘Chilli’-ng with the Potatoes

Much to my surprise, and the delight of vegetarian friends, I found out chilli chicken has a cousin, the chilli potato. Manu, the owner of our accommodation in Munnar, served his version of the chilli potato on a cool summer evening, paired with a glass of wine. My taste buds did the jiggy-whiggy as I savoured the crispy piece of potato, coated with the sauces, the flavours of garlic and ginger taking me to taste heaven.

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Lau Chingri, a Mishmash of Bottle Gourd and Prawns

When there are shrimps or prawns in the house, we are in for a treat because it’s time for lau chingri, a recipe wherein finely chopped bottle gourd is cooked with the seafood and served as a side dish.

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Payesh & Goodwill to Usher in the New Year

It’s that time of the year! I’ve been waiting for Poila Boishakh, the first day of the Bengali calendar, for some time now. Celebrations aside, the best part of this day is the aroma of traditional food that wafts out of the kitchen. This year, Poila Boishakh is on Sunday, April 15.

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A Royal ‘Maangsho Jhol’ (Bengali Style Mutton Curry)

Maangsho Jhol (Bengali Mutton Curry), from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

A Bengali can regale you with tales of incidents and heated discussions that have occurred as the family tucked into a Sunday lunch, seated around the steaming pot of maangsho jhol and white rice. And every Bengali is emotionally connected to this curry.

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Sweating over Dum Aloo & Begun Bhaaja (Bengali Potato Curry & Fried Brinjal)

Bengali Dum Aloo & Begun Bhaaja (Bengali potato curry & fried brinjal), from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

How I would wish a good soul would invite me home for some yummylicious Bengali food and let me be a part of family time on a festive day. Sigh… that did not happen to me but it did prompt me to ensure wherever I am, a party to celebrate the Poila Boishakh on April 14/15th is a must.
Would you be a Good Samaritan and invite a lone friend home for dinner on April 15 and celebrate their New Year.

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For the Love of Carrots, Gaajar ka Kheer

Carrot Kheer, Gaajar ka Kheer, from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

Traditionally, the kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice in milk and sweetened with sugar or jaggery. In this kheer we replace the rice with carrots.

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Bengali Doi Chicken / Chicken in Yogurt Sauce

Doi Chicken, From the corner table, #fromthecornertable

Minimal use of spice and hassle free cooking make this doi chicken or chicken in yogurt sauce a healthy, tasty and easy to make dish. Perfect for those learning to cook and those looking for a quick weeknight dinner.

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Eating done the Greek way

from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

Do you have a napkin or a small towel handy? If not, perhaps you want to grab one. Because reading about Greek food – be it an in-depth exploration of the cuisine or simply a traveller’s list of what to eat – is nothing short of a drool-icious journey.

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Greek Style Kebabs, the Chicken Souvlaki

Greek Souvlaki, from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

Reminiscent of the traditional kebab eaten in India – and part of Middle Eastern cuisine – the souvlaki is seasoned, biteable pieces of meat grilled on a skewer and served with pita wrap, garnishes and fried potatoes.

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‘Dip’ it Greek Style: Skordalia & Tzatziki

Skordalia & Tzatziki, from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

I will forever be indebted to the hostess at the Moma Rest & Cafe on Adrianou Street, Athens, who introduced me to the wonderful union of Greek dips and freshly baked pita bread. Thank you!

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Devotion, Prayers and Water Chestnut Halva

Each year, our neighbour sends over a platter of fasting goodies. It is on this platter that I discovered the singhada ka halva or Indian water chestnut halva.