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Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta/ Vegetables

Vaangi Bhat (Spiced Eggplant Rice)

Vaangi Bhat /

Vaangi Bhat literally means eggplant/aubergine/brinjal rice. And that’s exactly what it is – a dish of eggplant and rice lightly fried with an aromatic and nutty spice mixture. Vaangi bhat belongs to the cuisine of Karnataka in South India. It is an excellent one-dish meal and one of my favourite ways of cooking small, purple eggplants. Choose your eggplant Eggplants come in so many shapes and sizes and it is…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis

Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis /

A chocolate cherry clafoutis eats just as elegant, luscious and sophisticated as it sounds. It’s stone fruit season and I’ve been bingeing on darkly delicious cherries, which are at the cheapest right now. Apricots, plums, nectarines are filling fruit stalls now, jostling with mangoes, watermelons, litchis and melons. The abundance of fruit is my silver lining this scorching summer. What is a clafoutis? Trust the French to make even a…

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Poultry & Meat/ Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Murgh Kairi Pulao (Chicken And Raw Mango Pilaf)

Recipe for Kairi Pulao /

The celebration of sour flavours in Hyderabadi food is the inspiration behind the recipe for kairi pulao in this post. The abundance of raw mangoes in summer is used to make sour khatti  (sour) dal, chutneys, pickles, curries, raita, chicken and meat dishes and even a kairi mutton biryani. My recipe for kairi pulao is a lighter, summer-friendly, less spicy version of chicken and raw mango pulao (pilaf). It’s ideal…

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Breakfast/ Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Bread

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Bread /

This recipe for whole grain chocolate banana bread is another step in my learning towards developing, baking and eating more whole grain foods. I don’t always succeed in this and recipes don’t always turn out the way I had visualised them. But every once in a while something works and that joy and satisfaction is what keeps me going further on this journey. Baking with barley flour Barley or jau…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Watermelon Tomato Salad

Watermelon Tomato Salad /

Watermelon tomato salad – cold, crunchy, sweet and somewhat sour with a whisper of spice, what could be better when the mercury is touching 43℃? I’m sure you’ve seen many versions of a watermelon tomato salad, this is my take on this hit summer salad. Pick your tomato A generous tomato harvest prompted me to make this salad. So I used the small, extremely juicy variety of tomatoes that grow…

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Dips, Jams, Chutneys, Relishes and Preserves/ Recipes

Raw Mango Chutney Andhra Style

Raw Mango Chutney Andhra Style/

Raw mangoes are celebrated in Andhra cuisine. Mamidikaya nuvvulu pachadi or raw mango chutney Andhra style is a delicious example of that. A pachadi, in Telugu, refers to a chutney rather than a yoghurt-based dish, typical of the cuisine of Kerala. Sour, green mangoes grow profusely in Andhra Pradesh and are available for quite a few months unlike in North India, where they are seen only in summers. Besides raw mangoes,…

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Recipes/ Seafood

Oven-Grilled Mackerel With Chermoula

Oven-Grilled Mackerel /

On hot days, a serving of  oven-grilled mackerel makes for a light, nutritious meal. One that  doesn’t demand long hours in the kitchen. What makes this dish for me, is the tangy and herbaceous chermoula, generally slathered over the fish. Teamed with a helping of garlic-fried spinach, this plate of oven-grilled mackerel leaves you feeling sated, not stuffed. How to make chermoula Chermoula is a North African marinade/condiment eaten mainly…

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Recipes/ Seafood

Indian Yellow Fish Curry

Indian Yellow Fish Curry /

I’m happy to be finally sharing this Indian yellow fish curry recipe on the blog after life threw my routine off the rails for a few weeks. Now, you would think this to be a yellow fish curry from East Asia, and I wouldn’t blame you. In truth, I don’t know of any specific Indian yellow fish curry recipe, this one is just what I choose to call this curry.…

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