Breakfast Croissant Sandwich

I had been threatening my family with a Sunday brunch of croissant sandwiches and pancakes for the past three weeks and somehow every Sunday either got too lazy or had eaten heavy food the night before and didn’t have the urge to repeat in the very next meal. So after many a reminder and snide comments, the day before yesterday being a…

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Sausage Fried Rice

This fried rice is a favourite in my house. I make a huge amount and most of it gets eaten up that very meal and whatever’s left over gets eaten up the next day. Of course, what sausage you use makes a difference to the rice. Heavily processed supermarket sausages will taste different from the artisanal ones with more meat and spices,…

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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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Instant Fluffy Khatta Dhokla (Cheat’s Version)

Recently, I got presented with a dhokla maker by my husband’s aunt and I am beyond thrilled! Having lived in Mumbai for many years, fluffy white fermented rice cakes were things that my palate took so well to and I really missed them when I came up north. So when presented with the apparatus, I went on the internet for some ideas and…

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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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Power Packed Chia Pudding – Healthy Breakfasts
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Power Packed Chia Pudding – Healthy Breakfasts

I first ate this at the Perch restaurant in Delhi’s Khan Market and loved it. Till a month ago, I hadn’t ever gone near any chia dishes. I somehow have this healthy disregard for all these exotic superfoods such as quinoa, goji berries, acai berries, chia and those that come from far, far away which are extremely expensive and not sustainable in…

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