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Seafood Coconut Pulao (Pilaf)

  Coconut palms line the sea shore, the countless lagoons and backwaters and populate the landscape of Kerala like a mammoth standing army. Is it any wonder then that the bounty they yield complements the delicious gifts that the sea bestows on this rich land. Seafood and coconuts – a match made in foodie heaven – inspired me to develop a pulao recipe that is as easy as it is…

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Guest Post – Mexican Lasagna with Spinach, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion

Mexican Lasagna with Spinach, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion / www.quichentell.com

Sara Kayser and I must have exchanged more than 20 emails and a bunch of likes on Instagram and now she feels like an old friend. She has been generous enough to share her recipe for a Mexican-style lasagna that’s sure to feed friends and family. She blogs at theravenoushousewife.com, a blog that focuses on  family-style and budget-friendly recipes.  She’s partial to cooking pasta and baking cookies and is into all…

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Mom’s Rice Cooker Mutton Keema Pulao (Goat Mince Pilaf)

Mom's Rice Cooker Mutton Keema Pulao / www.quichentell.com

Mom makes a mean mutton keema pulao. She’s fast, unfussy and does not follow recipes. Her  repertoire of pulaos (pilafs) and biryanis is extensive yet each every single one is cooked from memory backed-up by instinct. On my last visit, as I watched her put together her mutton keema pulao, I felt a strong urge to share the recipe. Busy moms everywhere could use this tried and tested rice cooker…

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Creamy Oat Bowl With Shiitake And Prawns

Creamy Oat Bowl With Shiitake And Prawns / www.quichentell.com

Glue. That’s what a bowl of oats meant to me growing up in boarding school. At breakfast, I could turn the bowl of porridge over my head and nothing. The gloop would hold its ground, strong and tenacious. I almost always never touched it. Oat porridge re-entered my life later on when I overcame my memories to try new oats recipes – both sweet and savoury. I’m partial to a…

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Chicken and Rice Ball Bowl with Chilly Garlic Mustard Greens

I wanted a bowl of calm. A spoonful of a Zen garden with limpid, darkly-soothing pools of elegantly standing lily pads and gracefully gliding, vermilion-flashing koi. If only I could partake of that invisible yet fluid harmony between the visual, the smell and the taste that I had experienced in many Asian meals.  I felt I had been unable to achieve that beautiful balance in similar home-cooked dishes. This time I was determined…

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Roasted Red Peppers and Goat Cheese Risotto

Remember cheese cubes? They were all the rage in the eighties – little creamy rectangles neatly encased in shiny foil wrapping. Growing up in India meant that there were only two or three brands of cheese available in markets. The most popular brand was of Amul –  a processed cheese whose taste is an unforgettable part of my childhood memories (in soft focus!). Only later in life, when I sampled…

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Rice Noodle and Skinny Meatball Soup

So, determined to end this tug-of-war, I decided to give a little to get a little (in simple terms, a healthy compromise). From my side I broke my meatless meal rule – but I did opt for very lean meat. And for his part he agreed to a ‘more veggies with a little meat’ dish (which was great!) The peace having been brokered, I made a Thai-style meatball and rice…

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Mushroom and Beef Vietnamese Rolls

I like to keep things simple. But it’s not easy in a world that wants to complicate life with more. Going out for ice cream can be a nightmare – choosing between Haagen Dazs and Baskin Robbins; maybe consider frozen yoghurt, sorbet or gelato as well. Next step, flavours – fruity, cheesecakey, with chocolate chips, swirly…nuts? Do I want it in a cup (regular or large), normal or waffle cone?…

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Steamed Soy Chicken With Spinach-Stuffed Rice Paper Rolls

Garish weddings, cakes groaning under sugar sculptures, pancake and blue eye shadow, bling and blow-dried beehives, melodramatic soaps and mushy greeting cards crammed with pink hearts, gilt and glass drawing rooms,red and oily overcooked curries…are just some of the things that make me scream OTT (over the top).  I’m more of a less is more kind of person.…

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