UNDRALLU | EDIBLE FLOUR MARBLES

Undrallu
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Undrallu are soft, steamed flour marbles/dumplings that can be flavored with spices of your choice. I have gone two ways with the recipe, one savory version called sundal and another dessert called payasam. If breathing is a way of keeping yourself alive, Festivities are a way keeping your spirit alive. A common factor that unites everyone around the whole wide world, celebrations, festivities and the food that comes with it. There are a plethora of Indian festivals, so many that I think India should have been called the land of festivals and colors as opposed to the land of snake charmers… Continue reading

SOL KADHI | A CHILLED SOUP WITH GARCINIA

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The name Sol Kadhi tempts me into calling this recipe, soup for the soul! This chilled soup/drink which requires a minimum amount of effort is not only a perfect summer soup which aids your body’s cooling system; it also contains the extracts of the Miracle weight loss fruit, Garcinia! I am a Science student. During my grad school, as a part of our curriculum and grading, we were supposed to work in tandem with the industry experts and complete a “project”.  Nachiket and I formed a team to tackle this humungous task ahead of us. For the life us, we did… Continue reading

A TRICOLOUR RECIPE WITH FOOD FROM THE WORLD

Tricolour recipe
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A Tricolour Recipe with global food is what I chose to make for the Indian Independence day. While I could have gone all Indian on this one, I decided not just to convey a sense of being global and to represent India’s progress is this tricolour recipe (Saffron, White & Green of the Indian National flag) made with International food. “Yet another day off from school!” was mostly what I thought of Independence Day as a kid. A day when I went to school to watch a play, collect some sweet treats to be eaten on the way home and scurry… Continue reading

WATERMELON SANDWICHES WITH GOAT CHEESE

Watermelon Sandwiches
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“Watermelon sandwiches are these amazing little treats. Soft creamy layer of cheese sandwiched between crunchy juicy watermelon, flavored to perfection with Basil and balsamic vinegar” – Nachiket I have mentioned that the above tantalizing (if you say so) description was given by Nachiket and not me. You know. Before my regular readers call my fib that I enjoyed a watermelon (For the inside scoop on this disclaimer, check my Tomato Slush recipe) Moving out of your house when you go to college is something that is not so common in India till date. Call this an overprotective, no-independence system or… Continue reading

BUTTERBEER FROM THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

Butterbeer Recipe from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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This recipe for Butterbeer (non-alcoholic) is going to transport you to Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and you will find yourself wishing that you never had to get out of it! “That’s what books are for. To travel without moving an inch” – Jhumpa Lahri. How many of you have travelled with your favorite character and lived your favorite books yourself? Books are the best way to allow a child to explore. While I did not read as much as a kid (except for the occasional comics and some short stories at the school library), I… Continue reading

INSTANT POHA | MEAL IN A JAR

Instant Poha - Just add hot water
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Instant poha (JUST ADD HOT WATER) is the perfect meal in a jar option to all the busy people out there who are looking for quick meal options but do not want to compromise on taste or health with the commercial products available. Life is getting busier. My brother is getting hitched! Yay!  Now, this does open up the Pandoras box of emotions for me. It makes me happy, sad, confused, and protective and many more things, all at the same time. But, I am not going to be talking about any of that since I am not paying to… Continue reading

KUNG PAO MUSHROOM

Kung Pao Mushroom
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Kung Pao Mushroom is  made by using adding mushrooms to a Kung Pao sauce which gets its unique flavor from roasted peanuts and whole dried red chilies (peppers) being smoked in hot oil. Is it just me or do the characters of any new series you begin to watch all look alike until you are couple of episodes into the season and start recognizing them by their names? Does the fact that this does not happen to me with Indian cinema/television as much make me a racist? Ha ha. I think our brains are conditioned to do so. In fact,… Continue reading

GRILLED PEACH TART | EASY FRUIT PASTRY

Grilled Peach Tart
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A grilled peach tart is a must make if you are fan of summer and its bounty of juicy fruits. Easy to put together, light on your stomach as well as your hips I know I have mentioned this a few times before but it is H.O.T this summer and I just have to say it. The need to express my dislike for heat and sultry weathers is almost as strong as my need to binge-eat fruits to beat it! Fruits are one of the best ways to keep yourself cool, keeps your skin glowing and our systems function smoothly…. Continue reading

DHANIYA WALE ALOO BASAR | SINDHI ALOO

Dhaniye Wala Aloo Basar
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Dhaniya Wale Aloo Basar is what you get when you randomly pick ideas off two classic recipes, dhaniya wale aloo and bhindi basar. Before all the words get intimidating for my non-Indian readers, let me just clarify that Dhaniya Wale Aloo is a simple recipe made using ingredients mostly available in your pantry. It translates into Potato Wedges stir-fried in a cilantro sauce. Interesting eh? Read on. I was reading (may be re-reading would be the right word? For the nth time!) one of my favorite books the other day (Note: I am notmentioning names to leave it to your… Continue reading

COCKTAIL IDLI KEBABS WITH CHUTNEY SHOTS

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Ain’t these Cocktail Idli Kebabs  good looking? A nice way of transforming left-over idlis into a cool party snack. There are two meanings to the word “Inspiration”. The first one says it is the process of being mentally stimulated to do something creative. The second is the drawing in of breath or inhalation. Woah! This coincidence is too profound! The thing you do to stay alive physically and mentally being called the same? May be, that is the reason one can draw inspiration from almost anything. A tragedy or an awe-inspiring beauty can inspire you the same way. The end… Continue reading