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Star Fruit Wine/ Carambola Wine

It’s been almost an year since my last post. There were times when I so badly wanted to get back into action, but, one or the other issue cropped up. Now that I’m free, I …

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Special Pork Masala

I had taken a break from blogging as I wanted to give all my support to D, who was preparing for his board as well as entrance exams. Once the exams were done, it was …

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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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Lamb/Mutton Pulao

  Mutton Pulao is a one pot dish, which is a delicacy in many households, especially during festivals. Unlike Biryani, which is prepared by layering rice and meat, Pulao is prepared by mixing rice and …

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Malvani/Malwani Mutton Sukka (Dry Mutton Dish)

? As mentioned in my previous post, this year’s first cooking experiment was Malvani Mutton Sukka. This is a dish from the Malwan area of the Konkan region. As the name suggests, it is a dry dish. However, you can make it a gravy by adding more water. The dish can be used as a starter as well as a side dish.

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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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Sorpotel

Sorpotel, also known as Sarapatel, is a dish of Portuguese origin. This dish is a delicacy in Goa. Ever since I prepared the dish some time back, this has become one of my favourite Pork preparations. This dish is usually made with the offals, i.e the ear, nose, tail, tripe etc. Once I bought the ‘Sorpotel mix’ available in the nearby meat shop to bring authenticity to the dish. As we were not used to seeing ears, tail etc in our plate, we just couldn’t have it. Some people add liver to the dish along with meat. Ideally the meat…

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Goan Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs is something I have eaten a few times at restaurants but never tried making at home. Usually J calls me when he goes to the Pork shop. Every time we wanted to buy ribs, we were out of luck. This time around, we were lucky. When he asked me if it needs to be cut, I confidently said no. It’s only when I saw the rack in front me that I realised my folly. Turned out that what I had envisioned, was way off the mark :P. After trying to slice in vain, I decided to cook it…

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Kachchi Gosht Biryani

Those who have been following this blog regularly, would be well aware of my penchant for Biryani. I have tried out quite a few variations. However, one style I was always apprehensive of preparing was the Kachchi Gosht Biryani. In this preparation, the meat is marinated, preferably overnight, and then cooked on Dum along with 3/4th cooked rice. My concern was whether the meat and rice would be rightly cooked. This time, I decided to put my apprehensions aside and give it a go. What I liked about the recipe was its simplicity of preparation. The only time consuming activity…

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Spicy Malvani/Malwani Chicken Curry

Malvani Chicken curry is a dish from the Malwan area of the Konkan region. Like other South Indian cuisines, Malwani cuisine also uses coconut liberally in their dishes. I got this recipe from NDTV Cooks. This dish goes well with Rice as well as Indian rotis. I couldn’t click all the step-by step pictures of this dish due to some technical reasons. I promise to update the post with the remaining pictures subsequently.

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Eggless Moist Carrot Cake

One can find a lot of substitutes for egg, on the net. The list of substitutes includes curd, banana, flax seed powder etc. However, I was apprehensive of recommending something without actually trying it out. Few days back, while chatting with a friend of mine, she said that she was looking for an eggless version of Carrot Cake. I almost suggested to try my Moist Carrot Cake, but realised that I couldn’t possibly recommend without trying the eggless version myself. Having decided to follow the same recipe, I chose to use Flax seed powder as a substitute. The result was…

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Laal Maans- A fiery Rajasthani Lamb Curry

Laal Maans is an authentic Rajasthani meat dish. The literal translation of “Laal Maans” is Red Meat. Traditionally, this lamb dish is prepared with red chillies and curd. However, the recipe I followed, doesn’t use curd. Instead it calls for Kachri powder, which is the powdered form of wild cucumbe

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Ambur Dum Biryani

Though I had read about Ambur Biryani, I got to taste it for the first time during our stay in Chennai. The mojro differences I saw in this Biryani from the usual ones were, the colour and the short grain rice. On reserching, I found out that the short grained rice used in the Biryani is Seeraga Saa

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Baklava

I have been craving for Baklava for a while now. The only thing that stopped me from making this at home were the non availability of Phyllo Sheets. Though I have been toying with the idea of making Phyllo sheets at home, it was only now that I put my thoughts into action. With the Phyllo sheets in

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Shahi Mushroom

Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year !! The last couple of weeks was hectic for me. Guests at home, trip to home town, functions, class reunion, get together….the list goes on…Despite having a hectic schedule, I have to admit, I enjoyed every single moment. Now that I am back in my nest

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Pineapple Wine

I look forward to the 1st of December to start decorating the house for Christmas. Setting up the tree and hanging the ornaments…What better way for family bonding? Cake and wine are synonymous with the Christmas season. Having received a lot of requests from the readers for Pineapple Wine, I deci

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Moist Honey Cake

This Diwali, as I was slightly under the weather, I hadn’t made any sweets. Now that I was back in action, I decided to bake Moist Honey Cake, which has been in my “to- do list” for a while. Honey Cake is usually made for the Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). Apart from honey, this recipe calls for o

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Bafat Powder or Bafad Masala

Bafat Powder or Bafad Masala is the quintessential spice mix found in Mangalorean Christian homes. This spice mix can be used in vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes. One can find a lot of variations to the Bafat powder recipe. The recipe I followed is from The Tiffin Box. This recipe yields

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