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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 […]

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 […]

Carrot Halwa

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What does the colour orange remind you of? Don’t say Donald Trump. I’m sorry, I’ll try to not make politically incorrect jabs at people who are insignificant to me. Moving on. Carrot Halwa is that dessert in India that you have no choice but to love. I mean, come on. It’s colourful, it’s decadent, it’s […]

Aloo Parathas

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Few things in life make you warm and fuzzy inside like parathas. When they’re stuffed with a potato mixture to make aloo parathas, hot damn, it’s like your back home being fed by your family trying in vain to get them to go easy on the ghee. (But secretly, we all know you’re relishing the […]

Sabudana Khichdi

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I was 8 years old the first time I tasted this dish. That was roughly 17 years ago (give or take about 6 months). And yet, every morsel as I eat this dish today, takes me back to school when my best friend’s stainless steel tiffin-box opened up, and in it were little yellow pearls […]

No-Fuss Dal

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If you’re South-Asian, there’s a good chance that you’ve grown up on some variety of dal or the other on a regular basis. You’ve either complained about it as a child for being the main cause of your gaseous expulsions (I’m trying to be sophisticated and not use the word ‘fart’, but screw it), or […]

Wholewheat Chapathis

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The easiest way to a man’s heart (or a puppy’s, or mine, or anyone who wants love, really), is through their stomach. It doesn’t take too much of a strain on the cogs in the brain to figure out why. Hunger is physiological. We feel hungry in order to survive. If this hunger isn’t satisfied, […]

Chole Masala

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Part street food fare, part homemade staple, chole masala always brings back memories of my fauji-brat childhood. As street food, this was married to the large, fluffy and mildly sour bhaturas. At home, it frequently cavorted with chapathis, rice, puris and even sliced white bread. Ah, the flamboyant life lived by this lentil… Anyway. I […]

Bhel Puri

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I love chaat. It’s a no-brainer. There are very few people who dislike chaat. Most of them, in my opinion, have just not experienced GOOD chaat. The trick with┬ábhel puri is that it requires very little handling. If you over-mix it, it gets soggy. If you prepare it far in advance, it gets soggy. Ultimately, […]

Aloo Jeera

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I love the potato. Such a versatile tuber. It’s the Tom Hanks of all tubers. I could’ve said Johnny Depp, but the humble potato is a nice guy, who looks like a nice guy, not a nice guy who looks like an uber cool rockstar. This dish reminds me of my short, yet very eventful […]