Category: comfort food

Easy Vegan Chocolate Almond Cake (and a lesson in tolerance)

Easy Vegan Chocolate Almond Cake (and a lesson in tolerance)

Harini is one of the first food bloggers I met in Mumbai, and we instantly became friends. It’s not very difficult to make friends with Harini–she’s a transparent soul, full of life and vigour–chatty, well-read, superlatively talented (she can stitch, embroider, crochet, style, photograph, is a phenomenal cook…) and most importantly, she is very kind. She’s […]

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In Defense of Yeast

In Defense of Yeast

Shortly after the release of Crumbs!, the Centre for Science and Environment (Delhi), published a report that laid bared the fact that commercial breads contained dangerously high levels of potassium bromate and potassium iodate—carcinogenic chemicals that were primarily added to bread to make it look whiter—the Fair&Lovely for breads, if you will. Friends and family […]

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Cheat’s Haandvo Recipe (Baked!)

Cheat’s Haandvo Recipe (Baked!)

Almost every corner kirana (grocery) store in Mumbai stores little plastic packs of Idli, Khaman (Yellow dhokla), Dhokla (the white kind), and Theplas, each with a small pack of appropriately paired chutney or Chhundo (a raw mango relish) or green chile and mustard pickle. These make for a quick pickup–on a particularly uncreative morning, a […]

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Phansaachi Athla-Gara Bhaaji (Stir fried Young Jackfruit)

Phansaachi Athla-Gara Bhaaji (Stir fried Young Jackfruit)

Summers in Khanapur were redolent with the heady fragrance (or stench, if you didn’t like them) of ripe jackfruit among other aromas such as mango and cashew fruit and kokum, but we’ll talk about these later. At the main crossroads of this small town, on the corner of the road that led to the railway […]

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How Gampu came back

How Gampu came back

When I was a child, we went to my paternal grandparents’ home for Ganpati celebrations every year. My grandmother was in poor health since as far back as I can remember, and she used to feel weighed down with the additional responsibility of prepping for the elaborate festival. My mother, not exactly the religious sort, […]

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Kairi Panhe | Aam Panna | Raw Mango Cordial

Kairi Panhe | Aam Panna | Raw Mango Cordial

I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately. There’s too much going on at once and I feel I’ve lost all creative abilities. The scorching heat isn’t helping in any way, and if I’m not stressing about work or something or other, I am just hot and annoyed. Today, however, I decided to go to a […]

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Watermelon and Mint Soup

Watermelon and Mint Soup

You heard that right. It’s a soup, not a juice, not a smoothie. It’s a liquid that you ladle into a soup bowl, garnish, and eat with a soup spoon sitting in your favourite corner in the house. I was really looking forward to a small visit out of town and suddenly, it had to […]

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