STUFFED BUNS WITH PANEER MASALA

Stuffed buns with an a paneer masala filling, popular food from Bangalore!
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Hot Stuffed Buns! Hot Stuffed Buns! One a penny, two a penny, hot stuffed Buns! Errr… Maybe I ought to factor inflation into the poem and say, one a dollar? High time, don’t you think? Well, All I can say is, these masala stuffed buns aka palya buns are so warm, soft and the balance of flavors you get with every bite, it almost feels like a hug, a hug from an angel. And, who can put a price on that, eh? Then again, I am biased because, as you know, I made these stuffed buns from scratch and all. Why don’t you try them and tell me about it? 🙂 Continue reading

WHOLE WHEAT NAAN ON THE STOVETOP

whole wheat naan on the stovetop
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This Whole Wheat Naan recipe just made the Indian Naan bread healthier and easier! No yeast, no fermentation and no oven/tandoor required for this instant whole wheat naan which does not compromise on the taste and spongy texture of a traditional naan made in the tandoori. I have been MIA for almost a week. But shooting food, to be precise, 500 photographs in 3 short days (no, I did not eat that much food guys! It was for a restauranteur friend of mine) would do that to you too, right? I mean, by the nth photograph, I was already squeezing… Continue reading

KHARA BHAAT | SPICED CREAM OF WHEAT

Khara Bhaat
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Did I know (until 2 months ago) that the rawa used for Khara Bhaat is called cream of wheat and is a breakfast common to India and the rest of the world? No way! I was pleasantly surprised to discover this. Khara Bhaat is of course not the version eaten in the rest of the world( For a mild version palatable to the not-so-used-to-spice tongue, check my notes at the very end). For that matter, it’s not even the version eaten in most of India. This version is unique to Bangalore, my home town (Can you sense the pride I… Continue reading

PHULKA TACOS – WHOLE WHEAT, HARD SHELL TACOS

Whole wheat Phulka Tacos
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Phulka Tacos! The next under the “Makeovers for Leftovers” series, soft, foldable phulkas to these crunchy hard shell tacos have stolen my heart, mind, tongue and whatever else too! The fact they are whole wheat tacos and took just about 5 minutes to transition into their new avatars makes their case for them; Aint’t it?  The concept of frozen food has been introduced to Indians in the recent past (the last decade may be?). A leftover for family meal is an alien concept. I should correct that. Intentional leftovers for family meals were an alien concept. The reasons you hear… Continue reading

RAVA ROTTI – WAFER THIN SEMOLINA PANCAKES

Rava Rotti
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These wafer thin Semolina Pancakes a.k.a Rava Rotti is one of the tastiest things you will ever put into your mouth. Crisp golden bits with soft semolina and the crunch from roasted veggies, all in one circle and every bite, Yum Yum Yum! Are you into reading quotes? I am. There are days that I start my laptop to get to work, just stumble across some quotes on Pinterest and before I know, an hour would have gone by. There’s no particular genre that I like. It could be inspirational or funny or just plain sarcastic. The language and how one… Continue reading

MANGO SOOJI HALWA | AMBYACHA SHEERA (KESARIBATH)

Mango Kesaribath
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I had to make this mango sooji halwa or I wouldn’t have lived to see today. My mango-crazy husband almost gnawed through my brains to make Mango Mousse cake again (For heaven’s sake! I just cleaned the container a couple of days ago!)  Then again, who wouldn’t love mangoes if they looked like this?! Mango Sooji Halwa in plain English is a mango flavored cream of wheat pudding that comes together in 20 min. The aliases in the title are the same word written in languages that Nachiket and I grew up speaking. Any food called by the name your mom used… Continue reading

SHREWSBURY BISCUITS – BUTTERY ENGLISH COOKIES

Shrewsbury Biscuits
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Shrewsbury Biscuits are classic buttery English cookies; which by the way are extremely popular in India too.  The British left behind, in India, more than just the English language it seems. These biscuits and I share a History. I had them for the first time during my post-grad studies in Pune, India. Pune and my dingy hostel is where I learnt a few lessons in life that I hold so dear even today. Pune is also the very same place where my then-boyfriend, now-husband used to work. Two years flew by. For a girl who lived under the umbrella of… Continue reading

DAL PARATHA | LENTIL & SPINACH FLAT BREAD

Paratha
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I am quite the morning person. I can virtually see the frown on faces when I say this because most of them I know are not and they love sleeping in. But, I can’t stay up late in the night and yes, I am a morning person. This translates into a busy morning with me cooking and packing lunch for the day etc. Some of these mornings, I am either too lazy to chop vegetables or my fridge has no veggies. Either way, I look to a short cut on saving time but I do not want to compromise on… Continue reading