Sweet Potato, Coconut and Sesame Cutlets

These days of Covid lockdown, my family, who are otherwise voracious sweet eaters are not getting any sweetmeats and I am not making any desserts either. We're eating very simple vegetarian food all week to detox, so in the evenings when everyone gets hungry, the sweet fix comes in the form of my Nutella on toast or peanut butter on toast or…

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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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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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Masala Appe (Super Healthy Snack)

  I first had a really delicious version of this at my friend Padmini Rao’s place. She, being from Andhra Pradesh, makes great South Indian vegetarian food and I keep pestering her for her amazing lemon/mango/tamarind rice which is the best I’ve ever had anywhere. Every time she calls us over for a meal I get a huge container of the stuff…

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The Best Summer Salad – My Accidental Not-so-Greek, Greek Salad

  This is a totally unexpected post and yet another salad, but I was compelled to put it out there. You know when the food gurus say that food tastes best with the freshest and good quality ingredients, they’re not lying. So over the weekend, we had a little organic market fete thing going on where I stay, and one of the…

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Broccoli Salad with Hazelnuts and Feta Cheese

I’ve gone on a salad spree suddenly. That’s the only inspiration coming to me these days, Heaven knows why. Maybe it’s the cheese, or the nuts, but I’m not going to go so deep into it. However, it’s going down a treat with all the people I’m feeding them to, so nobody’s complaining. My next post will most probably also be a…

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Rocket Salad With Apple, Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Salads are so varied and so versatile. The main thing however, is managing to keep the leaves crisp and fresh so there’s a bite to it, and making sure the dressing is not too runny or insipid. In summer, when everything is hot including the water from the taps and filters, you should wash the leaves with cold water from the fridge.…

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