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South Indian Fish Fry

South Indian Fish Fry This is my sister’s recipe for fried fish, and an absolute favorite with my 3 (almost 4 now!) year old. The freshly ground marinade that includes a little bit of the shallots/onions, along with a few other fragrant whole spices, gives the fish pieces such a delish crust and you could easily … Continue reading

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Sukha Aloo Matar | Dry Potato and Peas Curry

Sukha Aloo Matar | Dry Potato and Peas Curry Are potatoes and peas ever not on anybody’s favorite list? I suppose they’re definitely part of the select few in the vegetable family that everyone loves! Recently, I watched a friend make a sukhi sabzi (dry vegetable curry) with okra and then I tried the same with these 2 – … Continue reading

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Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffles ~ Cookies and Cream Cheese balls dipped in melted chocolate I had never heard of these until I tasted them at a friend’s holiday party last December. Mind-blowing! And I really couldn’t believe these gourmet-looking, gourmet-tasting, home-made chocolates were made out of just 3 ingredients?! Turns out these are all the rage on the … Continue reading

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Keerai Kootu | Spinach and Lentils Curry with Coconut

Keerai Kootu | Spinach and Lentils Curry with Coconut It’s January (at least for another 3 days). The one month of the year when you really really want to give healthy-eating a chance. Cause you never know when those resolutions, schmesolutions are going to give way to a more practical reality. Plus, it’s the month … Continue reading

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Matar Khumb Masala | Peas and Mushroom Curry

Matar Khumb Masala | Peas and Mushroom Curry Everyone likes restaurant-style food. Right? D just likes to take it a tad bit further.He likes restaurant-style food at home, anytime he can get his way with it :) So that’s how this curry came to be on our regular rotation at home for dinners. If D … Continue reading

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Pesto Panini (With or Without Chicken)

Pesto Panini  (With or Without Chicken) This recipe is inspired by the chicken panini that’s served in my workplace’s cafeteria. Right after my very first bite of this super-flavorful sandwich, I had to take a peek between the slices of bread to try and deconstruct it. The pesto obviously takes most of the credit, but the … Continue reading

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Mushrooms In Coconut Milk Curry

Mushrooms In Coconut Milk Curry Here’s a Thai-inspired coconut milk soup-like curry that you can customize as you please. If you’re wondering why I have oh-so-cautiously used “inspired” instead of Thai-style, its because I’ve added almost nothing that ought to go into a Thai recipe, except for the coconut milk, but still manged to find … Continue reading

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Zebra Bundt Cake

Zebra Bundt Cake What’s not to like about a marble cake, patterned like a zebra and baked in a bundt pan? So it was an easy choice for a cake experiment… plus, if I get it right I might even be able to play with the colors (imagine making this in black and orange for … Continue reading

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7 Cup Barfi

7 Cup Barfi | 7 Cup Cake with Besan and Coconut It’s Diwali today and I am super-excited cause my little guy is actually excited about the festival this year.. yayy! It’s definitely not the same way it feels when you’re back home in India, where the streets and cities all light up days leading up … Continue reading

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Hotel Style Coconut Chutney

Hotel Style Coconut Chutney I first tasted this version of coconut chutney at a party last year – SK made this right around Diwali last year, and it was exactly like the kind you find at the typical South Indian hotel/mess.. sooo good! It comes as no surprise, as it turned out her mom actually … Continue reading

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Javvarisi Semiya Payasam | Sabudana Seviyan Kheer

Javvarisi Semiya Payasam | Sabudana Seviyan Kheer Have you noticed how food has the ability to teleport you to places that only exist in your memory from the past? I only had to think of sago (javvarisi / sabudana), and in no time I was transported back to the sunny kitchen at my grandmother’s home. What’s … Continue reading

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Veggie Cutlets

Veggie Cutlets ~ Patties made with vegetables and potatoes Have you had a recipe that’s been on your mind or to-do for a while, but you somehow never get to it? This is mine. Well, for some reason, the thought of putting together a veggie patty or cutlet is sometimes intimidating. But turns out that is mostly … Continue reading

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Tandoori Chicken

This might indisputably be the most liked Indian chicken dish ever. And it comes as such a welcome surprise that it doesn’t take much to put it together right at home, that too without a tandoor! Now the version I used to make before was certainly yummy, but not the dry-roasted-reddish-colored-drumsticks that you find at … Continue reading

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Meen Kuzhambu | Fish Curry in Tamarind and Coconut Sauce

Meen Kuzhambu ~ Fish Curry in Tamarind and Coconut Sauce This dish never fails to excite. I haven’t had to make any changes to my mom’s version of this tangy-spicy tamarind-based curry. And the few times that I ventured out of the norm, to try out say a mustard-curry or something else hoping to discover another … Continue reading

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Pavakkai Varuval | Karela Fry | Fried Bitter Gourd

Pavakkai Varuval | Karela Fry | Fried Bitter Gourd Does bitter put you off? You might want to re-consider with this vegetable. Sometimes, taking the not-so-favored route is not too bad, especially if it helps with the consumption of a new vegetable that you would otherwise not try at all. Now I’m not saying you … Continue reading

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Chicken Biryani, Layered Pakhi Style

It was the first weekend and only 2 days since we had moved from Boston to beautiful Colorado. The boxes had just come in. Which means, I finally had a pot and the spices I needed to make biryani – our very first home-cooked meal here. That’s how much we love the dish. But turns out, even the … Continue reading

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Fried Onions | Briyani Onions

I keep wanting to buy a bag of ready-fried onions from the Indian grocers but always forget to do so. So when I actually need them for biryani, I end up making a batch at home. What I am trying to tell here is that if you can pick some of these at the store you really … Continue reading

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Flan | Caramel Custard

Flan | Caramel Custard This post would hands down win the longest-time-in-blog-drafts award, if there was one. The first time I put together this post was in 2012, sometime around the holiday season when a friend of mine asked me if I had a good flan recipe. I gave her what I considered my best … Continue reading

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Tropical Carrot Cake

Tropical Carrot Cake I realized not so long ago that I know very little about baking. Wouldn’t you say so if you found out I had no idea that cakes need their source of heat from the bottom and not the top?!? And as it had to be, I learnt it the hard way – after completely … Continue reading

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Mushroom Pepper Stir Fry

Mushroom Pepper Stir Fry This recipe was something we started putting together back in the days when every gram of carb consumed was counted – just one of the joys of gestation! So when half a plate of veggies was an absolute must with every meal, curries or over-cooked masalas would simply not cut it. Neither … Continue reading

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