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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Jammy Bombay Toast Sandwich

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Here in Chennai, sandwiches are a big deal. I mean, if a sandwich stall like Balaji Sandwich Stall can have a Zomato rating of 4.2/5, you know what I’m talking about. Then there’s Royal Sandwich, which is now almost an institutionalised homage to the art of Sandwich making. There is no comparison. They have over […]

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Desi Chai

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Ah, Chai. Not Chai Tea. If you call it Chai Tea, please stop. Chai literally means tea. It would be ridiculous to call something Chai Chai, wouldn’t it? Now you know. Another fun fact – Chai means tea in Russian too! Chai brings the world closer. And so, like any desi knows, Chai will be […]

Easy Minty Fruit Salad

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On the days after we binge eat on sweets come festival time (as is going on right now), my mother and I let our guilty consciences take over our tummies. In our minds, it negates all the temptations we’ve unabashedly indulged in in the spirit of “festivity”. And how do we do this? We coerce […]

Spiced Medallion Cookies

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Okay, so let me be completely honest here. The only reason I’m naming them “medallion” is because I dusted them with edible gold dust (click on the image below to get yourself some). Otherwise they’d just be called regular spiced cookies. Which does nothing for the festive spirit, imo.       Apart from this […]

Special Brownies

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If you’re looking at the title and smirking, check out the Tips section at the end of this post. If you’re looking at the title and thinking “I wonder what’s special about this recipe”, the readers who are waiting for the Tips section are smirking even harder. So what is so special about this brownie recipe? […]