Pookolam and Pappadom

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Happy Onam everyone! I’d bet every forgotten coin in your pocket you’re wondering why there isn’t a food post for a festival that celebrates feasting. And, for that I have to let you down. I haven’t been keeping well lately, and quite frankly, a good old-fashioned Onasadhya (literally translated as Onam Feast) is far beyond […]

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Onion Pakoda

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When it rains, it pours. Sure, the Monsoon is fun for a while, especially if you live in a place with a major water crisis (as I do), but the sluggishness and lethargy that follow aren’t really my cup of tea. Not that I don’t love the rain. I do! It’s fabulous weather to enjoy […]

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Aam Panna

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Ah, Indian summers. For the ordinary desi, an Indian summer brings with it dread. Unless you’re under the age of 14, Indian summers mean getting burnt to a crisp under the harsh sunlight and shrivelling up like a drying prune. On that note, you can imagine the ordinary desi’s utter shock and confusion when they […]

Chicken Skewers

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There’s this new cafe in Chennai that I only recently discovered that has filled a large void in my heart. About 7 years ago (wow, that’s a LONG time), there used to be this bookstore-cafe in the heart of the city called Cha Bar that I used to absolutely adore. It was an Oxford bookstore […]

Spicy Vegetable Noodles

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This is going to make a lot of purists mad. And I apologise in advance! I’m just a girl standing in front of the world asking it to love her food. 🙂 No, but really. This is my version of spicy noodles without using the word “Schezuan” in it. And I believe in the power […]

Masala Fried Egg

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For some strange reason, where I am, a fried egg or what I grew up calling a “Bull’s Eye”, is called a half boiled egg locally. You can imagine my surprise and utter confusion when the first time I’d ordered this at a roadside stall, I was presented with a fried egg. What was even more […]

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

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When it’s time for tea, it’s always time for a snack. It’s one of those unspoken rules of India. Snacks are hardly ever served without tea or coffee, and coffee and tea are hardly ever served without a snack or two to munch on. Whether it’s sweet or savoury, as simple as a slice of […]

Spinach and Garlic Spaghetti with White Sauce

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This one’s for those days when you have no other option but to con yourself into eating your greens. And the best part is that if you don’t want to add the white sauce, you can omit it and it’ll still taste great! It’s spicy, garlic-y and good for you. And you’ll be craving for […]

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Easy Chicken Salad

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I love a good chicken salad. Not completely drenched in dressing, but seasoned well, without me feeling like I’m eating more seasoning than salad. After several unfortunate incidents revolving around bad chicken salads from popular fast food chains, I decided that there’s got to be an easier way to satisfy my cravings without risking a […]

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Mirepoix Cutlets

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What do you do with leftover veggie puree from my Mirepoix Soup? Obviously you turn them into really delicious cutlets! Are you telling me they look nothing like a meat cutlet? Well, because this particular recipe is for the veggie lover. Although, in all fairness, it can be tweaked with some minced meat additions to […]