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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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]