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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 That disdain has long been replaced by an interest, even enthusiasm for cakes that use vegetables in surprisingly delicious ways.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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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Breakfast/ Recipes/ Vegetables

Baked Chickpea Cakes

Baked Chickpea Cakes /

Baked chickpea cakes for dinner on a weeknight were exactly what I needed –  a healthy, easy-to-put-together, light meal. After the indulgences of the winter, now fading fast, it’s time to shift to menus suited to warmer weather. Chickpeas are wildly popular, present in every store cupboard and are incredibly versatile. These baked chickpea cakes can be anything you want them to be –   appetisers at a party, a…

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Breakfast/ Recipes

Sorghum Muffins

Sorghum Muffins /

Try sorghum muffins to start your day. You could also call it a banana muffin or even a whole wheat muffin. In short, a healthy, delicious low-fat breakfast. Bake it on the weekend and be rid of breakfast worries for the next few days. I’m partial to whole grain recipes and try to incorporate gut-friendly, nutrient-dense whole-grain and flours in my baking wherever I can. This sorghum muffin recipe is…

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