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 […]

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 […]

Mirepoix Soup

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I’ll be honest. I almost titled this one “Holy Trinity Soup” before I realized I might get attacked on social media for being punny. Phew! Saved by the fear of internet-mob-justice! Oh well. Moving on. The combination of onions, carrots and celery, however is called the holy trinity of french cooking because of their aroma. And […]

Lime Rice

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Lime Rice is that made-in-a-jiffy lunch that my mother used to make for me growing up. The citrus sourness and the nutty peanut flavour still makes my mouth water. Contrary to the decadent and royally rich Biryanis, lime rice is everyday fare taken to a more flavourful level by its sheer simplicity. The best part […]

Palak Paneer

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Spinach brings to my mind memories of Popeye the Sailor and his love for his damsel-in-distress Olive Oyl. It was the one of the few things that I didn’t complain about as a child who hated her greens. And, it was disguised as spinach soup and palak paneer. This one, I strongly believe, rivals the […]

Stir Fry Pasta

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Let’s get real for a second. Sometimes you’re too exhausted to think up flavour combinations. And the fridge really needs a clean-up of leftover veggies and produce that are soon to die without fulfilling their destiny of being at the bottom of your stomach. That’s when the guilt of giving into buying fresh produce and not […]

Prawns in Coconut Sauce Pasta

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Prawns, Coconut cream and pasta. Had I never tasted this combination for myself, I swear I’d have thought whoever came up with this flavour combination was high. But I bravely let the glutton in me take over to try it and had I not been in a restaurant, I would’ve shamelessly licked the plate clean. […]