Easiest 4-Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Copycat Nutella)

Last Sunday my daughter suddenly got bored. Really bored. Something that doesn’t happen to her often so after the fourth time being asked “mama what can we do now?’’ I responded by saying “lets make Nutella”. Received total enthusiasm from that quarter so we got down to making the good stuff. I had bought hazelnuts a few months ago keeping this in…

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Spicy Sweet Potato Chaat – Street Foods of India

In winter, most markets around Delhi - which already has street vendors selling aloo tikki (potato cutlets with green and tamarind chutneys) and papri chaat, golgappas and stuffed pakoras and what not - get the addition of the sweet potato (shakarkandi) vendors. They have these massive roasted and smoked sweet potatoes which they cut up and mix with a huge amount of…

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Roasted Tomato Soup

This winter has been harsh in the Indian National Capital region (NCR) and the chills don't seem to go away. What the cold does to me is makes me want to eat even more than I already do and it’s not the healthy grilled vegetables kind of stuff. The cravings are for chole bhature, pooris, cakes, chocolate, fries, toast with butter and…

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The Best Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is really one of the easiest things to make. Four ingredients, whack it in the blender and you're done, right? Right. But - remember, peanuts have a very dense composition, and after grinding to a paste, becomes a big blob of clay-like consistency that can obliterate your wonderfully convenient machine if you decide to get lazy and dump a whole…

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Grilled Vegetable Coleslaw Sandwich (No Mayo)

Every Monday, eight kids from the village behind my residence come to me for cooking lessons. They’re this amazingly enthusiastic, wonderful bunch of 12 to 15-year-old girls and boys whom I’ve been teaching now for more than a year. And while I do love teaching them, it’s a real struggle to come up with new stuff every week that they can make…

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Rustic Banana Walnut Cake (Eggless)

This is a cake I've been making for many many years now and it never fails to get polished off in a day. It’s definitely not a perfect looking cake inside but has a rustic, homemade appearance with the baking soda and yoghurt combination making the edges and corners of the cake a slightly chewy darker brown. Thats actually the most delicious…

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Gourmet Balsamic Chicken, Avocado Sandwich

Sitting at home today with one sick kid, a twinging back that’s stopped all my much required exercise and super high temperatures, I suddenly got the idea to make this sandwich. I had an avocado sitting in the fridge for a couple of weeks so thought it’s better to use it up than let it rot. As it is, avocados are super…

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