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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Chilly Paneer

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The first time I had chilly paneer, would you believe it, was at a dinner party my parents had hosted at home. My mother found a recipe for it in an old Tarla Dalal cookbook, and using it as a guideline, whipped it up to rave reviews. Ironically, neither parent of mine remembers just how […]

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 […]

Potato Wedges

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The first time I had a bite of my first potato wedge, I made a huge faux-pas by thinking “what’s so great about this? It’s just a differently shaped french fry”. Ah, how sweet and naive I was. An empty bowl later, I realised that there truly was something marvelous about these wedges. And I […]

Cucumber Raita

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The Greek call this Tzatziki, us desis are more familiar with the term Raita. It’s just another case of to-may-toes and po-tah-toes, really. What really matters is how versatile this sauce / side / dip is. Pair it with good old fashioned biryani or jeera rice, drizzle this over some tossed veggies for a quick, […]

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 […]