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Eggless Mayonnaise

As far as I can remember, the last time I prepared Eggless Mayonnaise was way back in 2003-2004, when we, along with our friends had gone on a picnic. I had prepared the mayonnaise for the sandwiches as our friends were pure vegetarians. Years went by and I had totally forgotten about the recipe. La

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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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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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Kappayum Irachiyum Ularthiyathu (Stir fried Tapioca with Beef)

One of the perks of having your loved ones visit you, is to get some eatables, which you have been craving for. Couple of days back when my parents came from Kerala, they brought some Beef Ularthiyathu and raw Tapioca. Just when I was racking my brains about what to prepare for D, Amma placed these

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Haleem

Haleem is one of the most sought after dish, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. It is a highly nutritious dish comprising of meat, wheat and lentils and cooked with spices for a few hours. The result is a paste-like dish, which is served with coriander leaves, mint leaves, fried onion and

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Fish Roe Cutlets

Fish Roe Cutlets can be served as a starter, a side dish to your meal or as an evening snack. We, at home love to have it with onion-vinegar salad. I am yet to find a combination to beat this one.

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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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Haryali Murg (Green Chicken)

One of the aspects I like about the community we live in is it’s Cafe. Be it one of those days when I am unwell or that day when unexpected guests knock at the door, all I have to do is just make a call. Isn’t that such a blessing ? D seems to be particularly fond of their Hyderabadi Chicken and alw

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Thai Chicken Cakes

Savoury or sweet ? That’s the question I ask D before he heads to school. His choice helps me decide what to make as evening snack. This time he was a bit specific.”Mom, I want something made with chicken.” Later J comes up with another demand. “Make something light for dinner, maybe a salad.” All I

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Chemmeenum Mangayum Thenga Arachu Vachathu (Prawns and Raw Mango with ground Coconut )

Chemmeenum Mangayum Thenga Arachu Vachathu always make me feel nostalgic. My maternal grandmother used to make it often. The combination of shrimps with the sourness of the mango and mild sweetness of the ground coconut takes it to a whole new level. A curry that goes very well with rice. Make sure

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Meen Mutta Ularthiyathu (Stir Fried Fish Roe)

Cooking fish roe was almost a nightmare for me during my initial years of marriage as I always used to find them bland. After a lot of trial and errors, I was satisfied with this preparation as it gives more flavour to the roe. This maybe slightly high on the ‘heat quotient’ for those who are less t

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Meen Peera Pattichathu (Fish Cooked with Grated Coconut)

Meen Peera Pattichathu is a popular dish in Kerala. The fish that is commonly used for the dish is either sardines, cut into small pieces or small anchovies. Ideally this dish should be prepared a couple of hours in advance so that the fish pieces absorb all flavours by the time it is served.

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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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Szechwan Prawns

J is not a big fan of Chinese cuisine. Hence, I usually avoid preparing them when he is around. Today was one of those days. J had mentioned that he won’t be joining us for lunch or dinner. So I went ahead and prepared fried rice and Szechwan Prawns, after a long gap. We had just finished our lunch

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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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Chicken Ghee Roast

A lot has happened since my last post. Packing, moving, unpacking, settling down….Frequent relocations can be such a nightmare. After relocating the fourth time in the last 4 years, I finally had to give an ultimatum to J. No more moves for another 3 years at least. Now all I can do is to keep my

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