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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

Rich Chocolate Beetroot Cake at AishCooks

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

Butter Biscuits by AishCooks

Butter Biscuits

Butter Biscuits ~ Egg-less soft while butter cookies Earth – Round. Sun – Hot. Butter biscuit – Buttery white, bunny soft. Growing up, every one must have had their fill munching on butter biscuits at one time or the other. I had many. And they were always these super soft cubes of melt-in-your-mouth white biscuits … Continue reading

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Tomato Kadhi | Tangy Tomato Curry with Chickpea flour

Tomato Kadhi ~ A tangy tomato-based curry thickened with chickpea flour 1 year. That’s how long this recipe has been slumbering in my drafts. There’s always something holding up a recipe in draft-mode, which is why I have almost as many drafts as posted recipes. But hey, that is the cost of writing up no-fail-recipes … Continue reading

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Indian Eggplant Masala

Indian Eggplant Masala ~ Simple eggplant curry with onions, tomatoes and ground spices The other day when I was chatting up with my sis-in-law, she suggested that I post more of the simple/ordinary dishes that we cook up on a regular basis as well. That sure got me thinking about the many common-fare vegetable curries … Continue reading

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Vazhakkai Varuval | Green Plantain Spicy Stir-fry

Vazhakkai Varuval | Green Plantain Spicy Stir-fry ~ Raw green plantains sliced thin and stir-fried in a spicy marinade With any varuval dish, the cooking process usually extends well beyond the ‘getting done’ stage. Which is a necessary evil in order to get the crispy, crunchy texture and deepened flavor that is only gotten when … Continue reading

Dum Aloo Kashmiri Style

Dum Aloo | Baby Potatoes in Kashmiri-style Curry

Dum Aloo | Baby Potatoes in Kashmiri-style Curry ~ simmered with yogurt and spices for a red fiery curry This dish was the reason I got fennel powder years ago… and unless you’ve cooked with ground fennel before or tried out the original version of this recipe, it will be like nothing you’ve ever had. … Continue reading

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Jeera Peas Pulao / Cumin and Green peas Rice

Jeera Peas Pulao ~ Rice cooked with cumin and green peas If you’re wondering why something as easy as jeera pulao warrants a blog post, it is more so you’re reminded of how it only takes a few extra minutes to make a regular meal feel like a whole special spread. This could be the … Continue reading

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