Recipes

Bhuja hua kaju barfi | Roasted cashew barfi

One week-day, when I was in a hurry and time seemed to be ticking away a little faster, I knew I could not wait for the ‘cashew barfi mix’ in the wok to cook even a minute longer, and poured it onto a jelly pan a few minutes earlier than I should have.  I willed, read more

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Thengai barfi | Coconut candy squares

  Tamil: Thengai barfi | Hindi: Nariyal or narial ki barfi | Marathi: Narali pak or copra pak | Gujarati: Koperapak | English translation: Coconut candy squares | A quick sweet made with just coconut scraping, sugar and cardamom powder. Till I came to Mumbai (then Bombay) I assumed coconut barfi was a South Indian read more

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Recipes

Vegan Kitchen Basics – Oat Milk

In my previous post I had shared a recipe for almond milk.  While it is very tasty, it is not suitable for people allergic to nuts.  Oat milk is nut free. Some of you had requested that I post a cheaper alternative to dairy milk that can be taken on daily basis.  This is perfect. read more

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Almond nut milk | Non-dairy milks | GFCF | Vegan

Considering that I have been a vegan for quite a few years and make nut milks on a regular basis, this recipe should have arrived much earlier on the blog.   It did not feel important to me until a few emails nudged me.  Nice.   I always wanted to take a picture of milk in read more

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Uppu / Uluthamparuppu Kozhakottai – Steamed dumplings

This article was originally written by me for Beyond Curries. I hail from Palakkad and our cuisine is a combination of the best from the regions of Tamilnadu and Kerala. Every festival is celebrated with sweets and savouries that are unique to that festival. The traditional sweets made for Ganesh Chaturthi in Palakkad, are ‘vella kozhokottai‘ read more

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Leisure

IFBM 2014 – First Indian Food Bloggers Meet

(The group photograph used in this post is courtesy of Aloft Bengaluru, CBP) Facebook and twitter were abuzz the whole of last month with #ifbm2014.  It is still ruling most of our posts.  On the 1st and 2nd of August, India had its first ever food bloggers meet. When I started blogging in 2006 (or read more

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Recipes

Cocoa hazelnut spread (Vegan homemade nutella)

Do you remember those lovely ghugras from my previous post?  Here is another gem where that came from! I was on a short vacation to Bangalore.  My parents had moved homes, so we were helping mom sort books and other things. We had simple, home cooked meals while I was at home, and most of read more

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Making jam at home – Equipments needed

Why make jam at home when you can buy a jar? Can you be sure about the quality of the ingredients?  Do you like your jam gelled with only artificial essence, and commercial pectin?  Are you comfortable reading a list of E-numbers in the ingredients? E-Numbers indicate the number of additives added to a packaged read more

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Clementine marmalade

Hey readers, It’s been a long time since I wrote a post due to some inexplicable activity on the site.  It was hacked, restored, and while on the restoration I also got a few subtle changes made.  Extremely subtle. Did you notice them? I am on a break from work and decided to put my read more

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