MISAL PAV – STREET FOOD FROM MUMBAI

Misal
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Phew! Making Misal Pav is soooo much more easier than typing it out (or even reading it)! But seriously guys, try not to be intimidated with the long list of ingredients (most of it is what you already have in your pantry) and you are going to be treating yourself to one of the most popular street foods of Mumbai in the comfort of your own cozy homes. (Also, look for the shortcut method in the “my take” section) Also, it is made of sprouts??!! Who’s ever heard of healthy street food huh? 😀 I am going to give you… Continue reading

VEGETABLE JALFREZI | INDIAN STYLE STIR FRY

Vegetable Jalfrezi
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There are days when your refrigerator is brimming away with fresh vegetables that you procured from your favorite store and then there are days when the refrigerator puts on a brave face even though it is all empty and has nothing to offer. Now, Vegetable Jalfrezi is a recipe you want to make in the former scenario. Contradictory to the common perception, Indian food is not all curry. As matter of fact, most dishes do not even include what you call the “curry powder” in it. Nevertheless, I understand how one could classify any Indian recipe as curry. A tiger… Continue reading

THAI COCONUT SOUP – A SHORTCUT TO TOM KHA

Thai Coconut Soup
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I find myself craving for Thai Coconut soup (Tom Kha) every once in a while. If you follow me on Facebook, you might know that I am a sucker for soups and I also crave for Sweet Corn soup. And Wanton Soup. And Manchow soup. And… forget it guys. Let’s face it. I am a sucker for soups. Listing names like this is doing me no good. I might just abandon my recipe writing and dash into the kitchen to make myself some soup! Especially, now, that I have shortcut method to Thai coconut soup and I have a can… Continue reading

METHI RICE | PEANUT- HERB “FRIED RICE”

Methi Rice
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For all you readers who are looking forward to my recipes, I apologize for the delay in posting but I promise this Methi Rice is such a simple and tasty recipe that it will be worth the wait! (For tips on serving Basmati, jump straight ahead to the my-take section) O.K. Reasons for the delay? I try to keep my weekend blogging-free. It helps me demarcate a work-week. You tend to lose a bit of your personal life when working from home (Am I right?). Secondly, this Monday marked the beginning of a new year as per some Hindu traditions. So, I… Continue reading

VADA PAV | MASHED POTATO SLIDERS

Vada Pav
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The epitome of Mumbai’s street food – Vada Pav! Mashed potato sliders! Time flies by, does it not? From the first time I ate this on my travel from the southern part of India to Mumbai (Bad idea to buy from a vendor at a railway station; made me ill and dislike vada pav until I ate it again from a “hygienic food cart”:P ) to making it at home as a part of my entertain-friends-at-home menu, vada pav and me have sure come a long way. Cooking for just 2 which includes 1 fussy eater is not an easy… Continue reading

KURKURE TINDORA | IVY GOURD & POTATO CRISPS

Tindora | Ivy Gourd
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Gourds are never appealing to the eye. It generally reminds you of food your mom would force you to finish. Tindora | Ivy Gourd is no exception to this but….. (There is always a but. You should by now that I would never call a vegetable ugly :P) I believe that a good recipe brings out the flavor of any inedible-looking veggie. For example: Don’t the crisps look yum? Now, look at this picture of Tindora/Ivy Gourd. Changed perspective? Not yet? It shall. Once you try this and taste it. Remember, it has your ever favorite French fries hidden in it…. Continue reading

THAI RED CURRY WITH VEGETABLES

Thai Red Curry with Vegetables
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Thai food is one of those few dishes where Nachiket does not mind the coconut & I am coconuts about coconut! I truly enjoy it in all forms. Thai food rich with coconut milk is one of my favorites.  But, you know the saying, too much of a good thing. Do not ignore that. Last year, we ate so much Thai food from this great little restaurant close by home that we were completely put off by it. After a year long hiatus, I began to crave for it yet again! This time, I know that moderation is the key. … Continue reading

PEPPER GARLIC RICE

Pepper Garlic Rice
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Garlic, pepper, ginger are the three musketeers for curing sore throat. Add honey to the combo and you’ve got yourself a home remedy for sore throats. While it’s difficult to have them mostly in their raw forms, I try to use them in a variety of dishes to serve the purpose. Overtime I have fallen in love with those dishes so much that I really do not need the excuse of an illness to make them now. One such dish is Pepper Garlic Rice PrintPEPPER GARLIC RICE Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes Ingredients1 cup rice 2 cups… Continue reading