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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Wholewheat Chocolate Pancakes with Peanut Butter Sauce

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Do you remember being a kid and thinking “I can’t wait to grow up”, or “When I grow up I can do anything I want to”, or even “No one will tell me what to do when I become big”? Yeah… How’s that working out for you? I’m going to take a wild guess and […]

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. […]

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A Flavourful Love Affair

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It was at a resto-bar here in Chennai a few years ago that I first tasted this unbelievably delicious dish which combined coconut milk with prawns. Now, you must bear in mind that though I come from the land of coconuts and seafood, the only dish that I’ve had that combines the two is 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 […]