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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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Yelavan kootu – Ashgourd with lentils and coconut, Iyer style

Kootu in Tamil, literally translates as ‘addition’ in English. ¬†That explains this simple side dish from Tamilnadu. If you are taking your first steps as a cook, this is the kind of dish that gives you encouragement and confidence to venture further. It is simple, does not need elaborate prepping and rarely goes wrong. A read more

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Avarakkai poduthuval (South Indian broad beans curry)

This is crazy! I know that an hour from now I should be rushing to office and yet I cannot stop myself from sharing this recipe, not that it is exotic! Yesterday I was taking photographs of the broad beans curry I had prepared when little ‘A’ walked in: “Yeh kya kar rahe ho aap?”, read more

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