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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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    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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    Narkel Naru | Bengali Coconut Confection

    The festivities celebrating different forms of the Goddess are nearly over – the Navratri fervour will reach its crescendo tonight with Ravan dahan even as the Durga devotees are gearing up for that final adieu, the idol immersion. That feeling of having enjoyed a festival to its maximum, mixed with that bittersweet emotion of the end of something good is palpable in the atmosphere. I’ve always had an intense dislike for this feeling. “Why must the festivities get over?” has always been my grouse. Even as a child, I would sulk after Navratri and Durga Puja were over… similar to a young adult sulking when the party is over. Trust my parents to have the perfect trick…

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    An Everlasting Love for Patishapta

    If there is one sweet in the whole wide world that I can make a meal of, it would be the Bengali crêpe patishapta. But they have to be made by Maa or my paternal aunt. I struggle when I have to eat ones made by others; which in no way means patishaptas made by them are not good. Just that I have a finicky sweet tooth! #embarassedgrin So when Pishi (paternal aunt) came visiting in December, Maa and she had a gala time churning out Bengali delicacies, including pandering to my demand for patishaptas. Their only condition being I had to learn how to make them. Oh yes! I…