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Breakfast/ Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Applesauce Loaf

Applesauce Loaf /

When life gives you apples, bake an applesauce loaf. That’s what I did when my fridge was inundated with juicy, red fruit. It’s the cold season and I have a hankering for spiced treats, both sweet and savoury. This applesauce loaf is a rustic,farmhouse-style bake and is wonderful for breakfast,warmed with a pat of butter accompanied by a steaming mug of coffee.  How to make the applesauce Making applesauce is…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Poultry & Meat/ Recipes/ Seafood

Spicy Prawn Soup

Spicy Prawn Soup /

Spicy prawn soup in November is like winter haiku in a bowl. Just a few ingredients celebrating the season creating deep, warming harmony on your palate. The heat hums in this spicy prawn soup, never jarring, just right. I started the season of soups with one that’s not too hearty and heavy, yet it’s filling enough to be a meal by itself. Surf and turf This soup is spiced with…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Coconut Almond Laddu

Coconut Almond Laddu /

I’m always looking for easy homemade sweets for festivals like Diwali. This coconut laddu fits the bill perfectly. Diwali cleaning, shopping and other prep leaves me little time to make complicated sweets, so this recipe works beautifully for me. Also, people are up to their gills in sweets and rich snacks; and so I believe in keeping what I serve, light, both in terms of sugar and fat (ghee in…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Chocolate Coconut Creme Brulee

Chocolate Coconut Creme Brulee /

I was excited  when the folks at BeeTee’s asked me to try Melt, their range of artisanal chocolates in my recipes. I received 3 of their chocolates and used one in the recipe I’m sharing with you today. They paid for this post but the opinions expressed here regarding the product are completely my own.  Coconut milk chocolate anyone? When you get a delivery of free chocolates, you make chocolate…

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Breakfast/ Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Barley and Beetroot Cake

Barley and Beetroot Cake /

A beetroot cake is not the most exciting type of cake to most people. I understand that reaction to the idea of a cake with beets in it. Honestly, I never understood why cakes needed vegetables in the first place. That disdain has long been replaced by an interest, even enthusiasm for cakes that use vegetables in surprisingly delicious ways. This beetroot cake is my humble shot at creating a…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Marinated Tofu and Watermelon Salad

Marinated Tofu and Watermelon Salad /

A watermelon salad was just what the doctor ordered when my stomach needed rest from rich, heavy food. Watermelon and feta salads are popular but this post is an Asian take on that classic combination. This watermelon salad has silken tofu marinated in a tangy, savoury dressing – it’s lighter with a beautiful balance of sour, sweet and salty flavours. Why you should marinate the tofu I like the soft,…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Vegan Lemon Curd Cake

Vegan Lemon Curd Cake /

 Vegan lemon curd cake is my answer to all the lemons life is showering me with these days. Ever since I moved into my current home a month ago, the lemon tree in the quiet corner of my garden has been blessing me with its bounty of fruit. Every morning I wake up to at least 15-20 ripe, yellow orbs scattered at the base of the tree. When lemons are…

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Recipes/ Seafood

Hyderabadi Fish

Hyderabadi Fish /

Hyderabadi fish for someone like me, who calls the city home, is a dish that never gets its due. Biryanis, salans and meat dishes tend to dominate the narratives on Deccani and Hyderabadi cuisines. The city is landlocked but it more than makes up for the lack of seafood, with freshwater fish dishes. There are spicy fried fish dishes, tangy, tamarind-based fish curries and fiery masala fish preparations.This Hyderabadi fish…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes/ Snacks

Coffee Almond Thins

Coffee Almond Thins /

This almond thins recipe is a result of my need to nibble. Often around 5 in the evening or mid morning I feel like a smallish snack, more to satisfy my mouth rather than my stomach. At such times, these slender and chewy, a little sweet, slightly salty, coffee almond thins hit the spot. A hit of coffee Chewing on these thins is like sipping black coffee…well almost. The coffee…

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Dips, Jams, Chutneys, Relishes and Preserves/ Recipes

Carrot Thogayal

Carrot Thogayal /

This carrot thogayal recipe was shared by a dear friend’s mother, who has a vast repertoire of thogayals in her culinary quiver. Thogayal or thuviyal is essentially Tamil for chutney. Thick  and on the drier side, it has similar versions in Kerala known as chammanthi and thokku in Andhra. This particular carrot thogayal is typical of the cuisine of the Iyer community of Palakkad; Tamil brahmins who migrated to this…

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