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Masala Roongi / Lobia – Black eyed peas in curry

I am not sure why I didn’t share the recipe for ‘masala roongi’  earlier.  I suppose it must have been that thing again – is it too simple to be called a recipe?  Participating in ‘veganmofo’ worked well for me for two reasons.  First, it pushed me to start blogging again, and brought back the read more

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Matar khumb, dhingri matar – Mushroom and peas curry

Veganmofo | Day 13 Mushrooms are not native Indian vegetables.  They were introduced in 1886, and the first recorded systematic cultivation happened only in 1961 at Solan in Himachal Pradesh.  Because of some really sad tales associated with the growing of mushrooms, they were shunned in South Indian cooking for a very long time.  Many of read more

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Matthri, matthi, or suali ~ Deep-fried salted cookies

I will spare you the details of why I do not like Holi this year. I have lamented enough about the ills as well as the reasons for the celebration in the last three years.  Besides, I do not have any fresh grudges.  I do enjoy some aspects – one, precisely. The gastronomic indulgence. Sinful? read more

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Lauki kofta ~ Bottle gourd dumplings in onion-tomato gravy

  Of the many delicacies brought to India by the Mughals, a favourite is kofta. According to a study there were nearly 291 different kinds of Kofte (plural of kofta) in Turkey, the Country where it is said to have originated.  We love our kofte too, though the variety I make is limited to about read more

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Methi matar bin malai ~ Creamy fenugreek greens and peas

We took off to Goa for a few days, hoping to soak in some sun and sand, but the weather played truant.   The Monsoons descended ten days early.  I was on the getty taking placid pictures of the Mandovi with Aparna while our daughters found common areas of complaints with their mothers.  Without any read more

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Baingan ka bharta with pesto – An Indo-Italian fusion

I love twists. In stories, in life and in food. The surprise element is essential to life, lest monotony or boredom sets in. In my kitchen, there seldom is boredom because all of us enjoy cooking. If I am bored, one of the three, will chip in and make something, and it always is a read more

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Kumbh hara bhara ~ Mushrooms in greens

  My husband and I work at two ends of the snaking city of Mumbai. I work in the town side of the city while he works closer to the suburbs. It so happened that last month he had to make trips to my part of the city. Now, you know how couples with children read more

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Palak Shorba ~ Spinach Soup – II

I have posted a recipe for spinach soup earlier, but this is a milder, quicker version, and made differently. Quicker because I have vegan stock in my freezer all the time and I make sure I have at least a glass of coconut milk stocked in my fridge every other day. All I need to do read more

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Masoor ki dal ~ Red gram lentil soup

  A dal is definitely not exotic in modern Indian terms (which is limited to anything that contains cream, double cream, milk, ghee, paneer or cashew paste) but I bet if a bowlful of masoor dal was placed on your table, you won’t stop with just one sip. This one will have you slurping till read more

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