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Vegetarian Dishes

Pyaaz ki Kachori (Kachori with Onion filling)

I was introduced to Kachori for the first time during our stay in Kota, Rajasthan. The most common sight while driving through the city is that of Kachoris being sold like hot cakes at any time of the day. One can find a lot of variations in the filling, my favourite being Pyaaj/Onion filling. I mad

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Kadachakka/Sheemachakka Varutharachathu (Breadfruit with roast and ground Coconut)

I don’t have to explain how excited one gets when you get to meet your friend after a long gap. Last weekend I witnessed such an occasion. Amma was in touch with her childhood friend but they hadn’t met in 30 years. Last Sunday was the much awaited day. Amma was all excited. We all could feel it. It

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Warqi Samosa (Layered Samosa)

Warqi samosas are basically samosas with layered covering. One could use any filling, savoury or sweet to prepare this. Those who don’t have the time to prepare the covering can use Phyllo sheets. I followed the recipe from Khana Pakana for the outer covering.

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Guacamole

Guacamole is an avocado based dip used in Mexican cuisine. This goes well with Tortilla chips, wraps, nachos and even sandwiches. I got the recipe from All Recipes.

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Misal Pav

Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra,India . It consists of misal, a spicy curry usually made of sprouted moth beans and pav,a type of Indian bread roll. The dish is garnished with farsan, onions, lemon and coriander before serving. I got the recipe from NDTV Cooks. Ideally sprouted moth bea

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Dal Makhani -Restaurant Style

At least some of you may relate to the story when I say I always wanted to prepare Dal Makhani, the restaurant style. I have lost count of the variations of recipes I tried. Nothing came close to what I tasted in restaurants. I had given up all hopes of making it at home when I chanced upon an artic

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Mango- Mint Chutney

Couple of days back, we had visited a friend of ours. Among the spread of snacks laid out, the one that I was really drawn to was the chutney that was served along with a snack. It was a combination of tangy and sweet,quite different from the chutneys I have tasted so far. On enquiring, Mrs.Verma, o

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Dum Paneer Kali Mirch (Peppery Cottage Cheese Gravy)

This is a recipe for those Paneer lovers, looking for a variety.

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Avakkai (Andhra style Mango Pickle)

I LOVE pickles. We used to buy Avakkai pickle till I tried making it at home some time back. The best part about making this pickle is the simplicity in its preparation. Some vendors chop them up for you, which makes it even more easy. So, the next time when you spot some raw mangoes, go ahead and b

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Chakkakkuru Ularthiyathu (Stir Fried Jack fruit Seeds)

Chakkakkuru Ularthiyathu is one of my all time favourite dishes. The dish brings back childhood memories. There were a couple of jack fruit trees in my maternal home. Hence Ammachi, as I call my maternal grandmother, used to prepare this dish often. The day this dish was prepared, it was a known fac

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Idiyappam/ Noolputtu/ Sevai/ String Hoppers

Idiyappam also known as String hoppers, is a popular breakfast item in Kerala. While some people choose to have the sweetened version, some like it with spicy curries. Back in the old days, rice used to be soaked and dried and ground to a fine powder. It was then roasted and lightly and stored in bi

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Creamy Pasta- Desi Style

The best thing about packing lunch for D is the feedback I get once he returns from school. There are some days when he comes back home and says “Mama, please make this tomorrow. My friends were asking for it. ” One of the most frequent requests I get it that of Pasta. I try to infuse different flav

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Simple Paneer Curry

As a part of weekend clearing of my refrigerator, just before heading to Kerala on a short vacation last month, I decided to cook something with whatever was left. What I got was a pack of cottage cheese, couple of onions, tomatoes and some curd. I decided to whip up something by adding whatever I f

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Arcot Kuska/Kushka

The first time I heard the word “Kuska” was a few months back, while we were driving down from Hyderabad to Chennai. Before starting the journey early in the morning, we had decided on having breakfast at some decent restaurant. By the time we decided to stop for breakfast, we couldn’t find a “decen

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Kudappan/Vazhakkoombu/Kele ka phool Cutlet- (Banana Flower Cutlets)

The best thing about having a Banana plant in your backyard is that almost every part of the plant can be put to use. Apart from eating the banana, one can whip up dishes with the inside of a banana stem as well as the Banana flower. The leaves are used in place of plates, especially in South Indian

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Masala Vada/ Parippu Vada/ Dal Vada (Lentil Fritters)

Masala Vada is a popular South Indian snack which has gained popularity in other parts of the country as well. Ideally the vadas are made with ginger in it, but I have used garlic as I love the garlic taste. You may choose either to suit your taste. I have mentioned the quantity to be used. Masala

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Punjabi Chole

I love Chole. Though my favourite preparation is Pindi Chole, I like to try out other preparations as well. While searching for a different recipe, I found the Punjabi Chole recipe by Aditya Bal and felt that I should give it a go. In the recipe, tea bag is used to give a darker shade to the dish. I

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Pudulangai-Kondai kadalai Koottu (Snake gourd- Bengal gram Koottu)

Koottu is popular side dish of Tamil Nadu which is made of vegetable and lentils. Here is the recipe of Pudulangai-Kondai kadalai Koottu, which goes very well with Rice. You can use any vegetable in place of snake gourd and any lentil in place of Bengal gram. Pudulangai-Kondai kadalai Koottu (Snake

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