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Gluten-Free, Eggless Banana Bread

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A gluten-free banana bread with the goodness of whole grain flours. This Gluten-Free Eggless Banana Bread is made with my very first, homemade gluten-free flour blend. I’m not gluten-free 100 per cent of the time but ever so often, I like to eat a cake, a flatbread, bread or pancake that is satisfying yet light on the tummy. Very often, I’ve found gluten-free flour blends to be merely a combination…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Lamb Rasam

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I craved lamb rasam on a cold winter evening. Tangy, meaty and peppery, it was the warm hug I needed to keep me cosy and safe from the December chill outside. Rasam is the Jewish penicillin of South India. Every home has their favourite rasam recipe passed down from great grandmothers and grandmothers, to cure all manner of colds, coughs and sniffles. Rasams are thin, mainly vegetarian soups with either…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Custard Apple Kulfi

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This custard apple kulfi is a riff on custard apple ice cream  made by one of my favourite ice cream brands. If imitation is the best form of flattery, then I plead guilty. My weakness for soft, creamy, and fragrant eggshell-white charms of custard apple ice cream gave me the idea of bringing these flavours to a kulfi. A velvetty, custardy frozen dessert, traditionally flavoured with saffron and and cardamom,…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Chicken Corn And Chilli Soup

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Warm chicken corn soup stills my soul as rain gushes in waterfalls down the woody roots of the banyan tree outside my balcony. Few things offer succour and sustenance like a bowl of homemade chicken soup, during these days of incessant downpours. This bowl, is a  lemon and chilli-infused, Mexican-style chicken soup rather than the ubiquitous Chinese creamed corn version that we see dished out in melamine bowls by street…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Millet Mango Coconut Blondies

If you think a healthy dessert is an oxymoron, this post is for you. I’m always looking for mildly sweet, relatively low-cal desserts; probably because I don’t have a hankering for the saccharine. Don’t get me wrong, I savour chocolates and cheesecake as much as the next person but prefer just a kiss of sugar and a smidgen of cream to an overload of both. The mango season is winding…

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Breakfast/ Recipes

Shakshuka

Shakshuka – rolls off the tongue nicely, doesn’t it? There’s much to relish in the name as well as in the dish – softly set eggs nesting in a saucy, savoury-sweet nest with a smidgen of heat .Originally from Tunisia, but popular all over North and West Africa as well as some parts of the Middle East, this breakfast dish has caught the fancy of the world. You’ll find many…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Almond-Mango Curd Cake

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Mango season is upon us and this Almond Mango Curd Cake represents my intention to indulge in all things mango. Buttery, with a delicate crumb mimicking a pound cake, this almond mango cake is not too sweet and is baked with generous spoonfuls of mango curd heaped on top. Homey with a rustic soul, it’s nothing fancy but it is one of the most pleasing cakes I’ve baked. It just…

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Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta/ Vegetables

Bean & Barley Veggie Burger

Bean & Barley Veggie Burger

Meaty. That’s how we all like our burgers. Even the veggie burger has to have that deeply savoury, umami quality of meat to be truly satisfying. The challenge of making a flavour-packed veggie burger for my meat-loving boys made me experiment with everything from tofu to a variety of beans and  whole grains. And, in the process I discovered that veggie burgers can be incredibly versatile; even more so than…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Seafood

Shrimp Salad With Tangy Thai Dressing

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A shrimp salad came to mind when I spotted a box of glistening green tomatoes at the vegetable store. Don’t know why, but the idea of fat, crispy shrimps nestling in a big bowl loaded with a tumble of fresh, emerald tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and fragrant herbs set off my imagination. Then I thought, a big bowl of that doused with an Asian-style dressing, all salty and lemony would make…

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