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Cream Cheese

The biggest challenge some people face while attempting a new recipe, is the non availability of certain ingredients. Whenever I come across such a situation, my first option is lookout if the ingredient could be …

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Kataifi Dough

I love Mediterranean desserts like Baklava, Kunafah, Kataifi etc. There was a time when I used to crave for Kunafah, especially after seeing pictures of it on social media. Unfortunately there weren’t any good places …

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Kecap Manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce)

Before we left for our vacation to Bali last year, my only request to J was that we should spare some time to do some grocery shopping. He readily agreed. A day before we returned, …

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Barbecue Sauce

When D asked me to make Pulled Pork Burgers the first time, I didn’t have ready-made BBQ sauce with me. The next option was to make Barbecue sauce at home. The sauce was used to …

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Kolhapuri Masala Powder

Today, as I sat down to clear all the used pictures from my camera storage card, I came across some pictures. That’s when I realised that some of the recipes from my collection haven’t seen …

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Jack Fruit Wine/ Chakkappazham Wine

This time while returning from our Kerala trip, my MIL sent almost 2 kgs of jack fruit. With J, leaving for Delhi the next day, I felt that we won’t be able to finish off …

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Homemade Taco Shells

Making Taco shells at home was always a challenge for me. More so, because the key ingredient ‘Masa Harina’ is not easily available. The closest I could get is the Maize flour, but working with was …

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Aam Panna (Raw Mango Drink)

Summer is here. A cool refreshing drink is what we yearn for, during this season. D’s request for refreshing drink always keep me on my toes. With the easy availability of mangoes, I prefer to make …

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Andhra Gun Powder/ Kandi Podi

It was during our stay in Secunderabad that I was introduced to Andhra Gun Powder. I was a bit amused hearing the name and was expecting it to be really hot. Surprisingly, it wasn’t. Rice …

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Gulkand/ Gulqand (Rose petal Preserve)

Gulkand is a preserve made with Rose petals. It has cooling properties and also aids in digestion. The process of making Gulkand is very easy. Ideally Damask Rose (Rosa Damascena) or Provence Rose (Rosa Centifolia) …

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Homemade Dulce de Leche (Pressure Cooker Method)

Dulce de Leche, pronounced as dool-se-dee-Leh-che, literally means milk jam. This is a thick sauce which tastes similar to caramel. There are a lot of ways to prepare Dulce de Leche, however, I prefer the …

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Malvani/Malwani Masala

My first cooking experiment of this year was Malvani Mutton Sukka. One of the key ingredients to make this dish is the Malvani Masala. This spice powder can be used to prepare any vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dish.

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Eggless Tandoori Mayonnaise

?It was during one of my routine trips to the supermarket that I spotted Tandoori Mayo. Naturally I was intrigued and bought the same. After tasting, I decided to try making it at home. It didn’t taste exactly as the store bought one, but I am pleased with the result.
If you wish, you may use ready made Tandoori Masala.

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Orange Wine

?Even though I don’t consume wine, lately I have making different varieties of wine. My latest attempt is Orange Wine, a recipe which was given by Lilian aunty, our family friend. The oranges used in this wine are small, loose jacket oranges. The picture you see above were taken soon after bottling. Hence the cloudy look. As it rests, the wine will get clarity.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.?

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Bacon Jam

I have always been drawn to trying out something new than preparing the usual menu. So I’m always on the lookout for that inspiration. This time, I was inspired by my little sister. During our chat session, she was going on about a unique jam she tasted. Bacon Jam. Though I’ve seen them on TV, I never got the opportunity to taste them. Naturally,it piqued my curiosity. As expected, next thing to do was to google for a recipe. I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe with minor tweaking. All of us loved it. You can use in sandwiches, burgers, rolls etc.

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Rice Wine

?Couple of weeks back we had been to Coorg, where we stayed at a friend’s Coffee Estate. While talking to Lilian aunty, our hostess, the conversation veered towards cooking. She told me that she had a Rice Wine recipe and that she would share it with me the next morning. I was pleasantly surprised when she handed over her recipe book, first thing in the morning. Such a wonderful gesture !! She recommended a few more recipes from her book and asked me to write them down.
Once back home, the first thing I did, was to make sure I had all the ingredients for the Rice Wine.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. Any white rice can be used for this recipe. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.

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Goan Recheado Masala

Usually when we buy fish, I fry it the traditional Kerala Style. But this time, I had already made up my mind on trying the ‘Goan Style’. I had heard a lot about the Recheado Masala. As usual, I searched my favourite blog, Goan Food Recipes. I was under the impression that it would take a long time to prepare this. It turned out that all I had to do was, to assemble all the ingredients and grind. Voila !! The Masala was ready 🙂 I halved the recipe and tweaked it a bit to suit my liking. I used…

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Phyllo sheets (Filo sheets)

How many times have you postponed preparing a dish due to non- availability of Phyllo sheets (Filo sheets)?? I have lost count of such occasions. I have been considering making Phyllo sheets at home for some time, but never really got into action. Finally I realised that I had to do it. More so beca

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