INSTANT MANGO PICKLE | MAVINKAYI UPPINAKAYI

Instant Mango Pickle
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“Instant Mango pickle” is one of the very few Indian pickles that don’t require resting under the sun or storing till it matures (which usually takes forever… and a day!). It gets done in about 10 minutes, and you can eat a bowlful of it (unlike other pickles, a bowlful of which would probably send you into a food coma)! The only downside to this slurp-a-licious instant mango pickle, it does not have a shelf life as long as the rest of the pickles from India. It will last for about 10 days when refrigerated. Well, with me around, it… Continue reading

AVOCADO-CHEESE CRACKER BRUSCHETTA

Cracker Bruschetta
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Cracker bruschetta is just what the name says. A no-cook easy to make appetizer/snack with toppings that are refreshing on a summer afternoon and whose flavors blend together in a classic, timeless fashion. Today, let’s discuss people. People who are “know-it-all”. A know-it-all or know-all is a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited. Were you just reminded of that friend of your’s? Well, I have been lucky (read not lucky!!) enough to meet quite a few such specimens in my life. People who have to… Continue reading

SMOKED PLUM LEMONADE | SUMMER COOLERS

Smoked Plum Lemonade
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Plum lemonade. No, wait, it is a Smoked plum lemonade, the smokiness being lent by the grilled lemons. The flavors were just jaw dropping-ly awesome! A fruity summer cooler that required only 10 minutes to put together is a blessing, guys. I had not tasted a plum until the recent past. Peaches, plums and berries were a rare sight in India back then. One never missed them either considering the abundance of other varieties of fruits, nevertheless. So, I always assumed that plum was some kind of a small thing-y like a cherry. 😛 Hold your guns, guys. Don’t jump to… Continue reading

KAIRICHI AMTI | RAW MANGO CURRY

Kairichi Amti
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Kairichi Amti, meaning a raw mango curry, is a sweet, tart and spicy curry that tastes delightful with hot rice. Every bite will remind you of summer and transport you to your childhood when you stole mangoes from the neighbor’s backyard. In short, Kairichi amti was my summer in a bowl, my personal sunshine! Were you appalled while you read the statement about stealing mangoes from neighbor’s backyard? Well, it was supposedly a common thing back in India. I have personally never stolen mangoes but I am not an athletic standard to go by. I mean, you have to be… Continue reading

HUMMUS SOUP WITH RICE – 20 MINUTE DINNER

Hummus soup with rice
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Hummus soup that has rice in it and served with some bread to mop up the leftover soup, what a sumptuous dinner! And, if that dinner can be put on the table in a matter of 20 minutes? Yes, please! Life is full of surprises. I came to US for the very first time in April (not April of this year! Duh! Another year, another April from the past). That particular year I came in, there was no extended winter or extremely wet springs. An era before all the effects of global warming (ok, ok, I tend to exaggerate. Not an… Continue reading

CHAWLI MASALA | BEANS & RICE

Chawli Masala, Beans & Rice deliciously served
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Chawli Masala or Rongi ki subzi or even beans & rice, call it by any name but lick your fingers, you will! Chawli masala is a simple everyday Indian recipe that has been taken up to a restaurant-creamy level with a simple trick. No, not adding cream! That wouldn’t be a trick now, would it? The proverbial duck, that’s how I feel most of the days. Do you feel that too? Let me elaborate. A duck looks like it is sailing smooth on the surface of the water while it is paddling away with all it’s might underneath the surface. Honestly,… Continue reading

CHILLED PINEAPPLE SOUP SHOTS

Chilled Pineapple soup shots
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A chilled creamy Pineapple soup that will transport you from spending a hot summer day on your couch right over to Hawaii or any other exotic tropical destination that you have always dreamed of. Of course, wearing a flower tiara or garland goes a long way in the whole “Hawaii” feeling but you can start with this amazing pineapple soup! “Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien. A wanderer, that’s definitely something every one of us must feel in a lifetime. Feeling like a wanderer and being consumed by the lust of finding your niche is just… Continue reading

VIRGIN GRAPE MOJITOS WITH HABENARO PEPPERS

Virgin Grape Mojito
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A virgin grape mojito recipe that has an amazing twist to it from the spicy (very spicy) habenaro peppers. A mocktail that will knock your socks off with the very first sip you take. What’s new in my world? Well, for starters, my house is currently void of Thai chilies (Indian green chilies or bird eye chilies). Apparently, there is some sort of US FDA ban on it. Whether the ban is permanent or temporary, I have no idea. This news, however is making quite a few Indian ladies pull their hair out in frustration (Shampoo companies, here is your… Continue reading

GRAPE RAITA WITH DILL

Grape Raita
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Grape Raita not only makes an amazing side for your meals, you can just have bowls of this sweet & spicy dip just as is! For those of you who have not heard of a raita, it is basically a yogurt side/dip which can be flavored in multiple ways and mixed with a variety of ingredients to create a cooling side to your spicy Indian meals. Him: Grape Raita? Me: Yes. Him: You mean raita with grapes in them? Me (Now, a tad irritated): Yes. Him: The fruit, grape? Me (Exasperated!): Open your mouth! Him: Oh Yum! That really is… Continue reading

SKINNY TOMATO CHAAT – NO COOKING REQUIRED

Tomato Chaat
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Skinny Tomato Chaat is the recipe for this RAVISHING TUESDAY! Chaat is term describing savoury snacks, typically served at road-side tracks from stalls or food carts in India (the best restaurants fail to mimic the taste from food carts :P) The word in Hindi means to lick or to devour with relish; eat noisily. This is the definition from Wikipedia. There could not be a more apt way to explain chaat to a chaat virgin! I call this skinny because this is one of those rare recipes with absolutely no oil, no cooking and no sev (fried lentil crisps). Note… Continue reading