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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

Sunshine, anyone?

My luck’s been on a roller-coaster ride of sorts for about a month now. Things have been falling in and out of place in the strangest way ever. I am not saying this to make excuses for being away from the blog for over a month. But… here’s one example of what happened - my laptop crashed, irreparably, … Continue reading

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Semiya (Vermicelli) Upma

Semiya (Vermicelli) Upma This recipe has become a life saver for hurried weeknights and hearty breakfasts alike! Growing up, the semiya upma I knew was pretty straight-forward and nothing I’d go gaga about. But things sure changed after I adopted the method of pre-cooking the semiya like you would pasta, instead of cooking it with … Continue reading

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Baingan Bharta | Roasted Eggplant Curry

Hello, from warm and sunny India! The little guy and I are here. Wish I could tell you it was a vacation – but nevertheless, here we are and we’re sure glad to be spending a few weeks without having to worry about winter-wear and snow boots!  I’ve been having a thing with the eggplant … Continue reading

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Nadan Chemeen Roast | Kerala Style Shrimp Roast

For some one who does not even eat shrimp (well, I have begun doing taste-bites now and then), this recipe was a true gem to discover. This is one of the easiest shrimp recipes you’ll get to make, and judging by how awesome it tastes (and looks) no one ever needs to know that! I’ve … Continue reading

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Dal Makhani | Black Lentils In a Creamy Punjabi Sauce

Did you know that dal makhani (the famous Punjabi Maa di Daal) needs just about the same time and effort as needed for a regular simple dal tadka and is not even that very different in terms of what goes into the dish? But it still gets slotted as a more elegant, ‘special’ dish fit for … Continue reading

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Mildly Spiced Chicken Patties with Green Yogurt Dip

Are you some-what back to work, or being wise and waiting it out until the year’s grand end coming up mid-week through? No matter what you’re doing, don’t get over partying and feasting just yet. Not for another 2 days at-least! So, if you’re still deciding on appetizer options for the New Year’s party, these … Continue reading

Mooli Paratha | Indian flat-breads stuffed with grated radish

Mooli Paratha | Indian Flat-bread Stuffed with Radish

Mooli Paratha | Indian Flat-bread Stuffed with Radish While I am not exactly a fan of an almost-empty produce drawer needing to be restocked, it sure does makes dinner planning so much easier. Choice is not always the best thing, you see. So with just a couple of radishes in there, the first thing I … Continue reading

Versatile Blog Award!

Taking a break just before the actual holidays are upon us might be the best thing ever. Here’s why: You begin the month looking forward to the break coming up in a week, take the break and get away before the travel frenzy hits the market, come back, work for a short stretch – all … Continue reading

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Mutton Rogan Josh | Fiery Red Lamb Curry with Yogurt and Indian Spices

Mutton Rogan Josh | Fiery Red Lamb Curry with Yogurt and Indian Spices It’s that time of the year again when red curries are all the rage – nothing better to warm the senses when the temps take a deep dive out there. And guess what, ‘Rogan Josh‘ literally translates to deep-red-fiery-curry (at least according … Continue reading

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Laccha Paratha | Layered Indian Flatbread with Cilantro & Cumin

Laccha Paratha | Layered Indian Flatbread with Cilantro & Cumin “Is that Kawan paratha?” That’s what my brother-in-law this is. And if that’s not a compliment, what is? :) Well, I might have never embarked on this journey trying to make layered parathas at home, had it not been for our trip to Dallas to … Continue reading

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Rich Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Rich Chocolate Beetroot Cake Every once in a while there is a recipe or dish that takes over you such that it becomes the centerpiece of every party or special occasion in your life. For me, it’s this cake right now. When I was tasked with being the cake-maker for a dear friend’s baby shower, … Continue reading

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Mushroom (Koon) Mutta Thoran | Kerala Style Mushroom-Egg Stir Fry

Mushroom (Koon) Mutta  Thoran ~ Finely cut mushrooms stir fried with scrambled eggs and shredded coconut When Onam fell on a weekday this year, all I wanted to do was put together dinner with a few Kerala-style dishes that would appeal to a barely-mallu palette. This thoran is a perfect fit – D found it … Continue reading

Diwali sweet | Atta Laddu | Wheat Flour laddoos for Diwali

Atta Laddu | Whole Wheat Flour Laddoo | Diwali Sweets

Atta Laddu | Whole Wheat Flour Laddoo | Diwali Sweets ~ Sweetened balls of roasted wheat flour, bound together with clarified butter If halwa season is here, how can laddus be far behind? Well, it’s that time of the year again – when you just want to tell yourself that gluten-free, low carb and bio-metric numbers … Continue reading

Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot Halwa, by AishCooks

Gajar ka Halwa | Indian Carrot Pudding

Gajar ka Halwa | Indian Carrot Pudding ~ Grated carrots slow-cooked in milk, sugar and ghee Did you know that carrots can sprout flowers if left in thriving considerations (i.e., produce drawer of the refrigerator) for a really long time? Well, I just found out. So between a bunch of carrots pleading to be used, … Continue reading

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