Category: seasonal

Spring and Summer: An Ode to the Tabebuia Rosea

Image Credit: flowersofindia.net

                        *Dedicated to the long line of Tabebuia Rosea trees along the Eastern Express Highway in Mumbai, that bloom in the Indian Spring.*  Spring: Chaitra  Don’t sit in my head and smile at me through faux cherry blossoms (Yes, I know they’re called Tabebuia Rosea; […]

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Mangoes, pickles, and a home lost

Mohoricha Loncha

The Khanapur house had three mango trees. Against the red brick exterior of the house, the mature green trees offered a majestic and warm welcome as they slowly appeared in sight on the bumpy, dusty drive to the house at the fag end of a 12 hour journey. At the entrance, on the corner of […]

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Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake

Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake

My local fruit vendor told me recently that he can now procure “egg-jotic” fruits for me at a day’s notice. These exotic fruits being my favourite berries–raspberry, blackberry, redcurrant, and blueberry–apart from rambutan and other Asian favourites. Without so much as a blink of the eye, I promptly placed my order for a box each of […]

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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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Gingerbread Cake with Jaggery and Molasses

Gingerbread Cake with Jaggery and Molasses

I usually soak fruit for my fruitcake the moment we enter into the new year, just days after I make cake for Christmas. The fruit then soaks for a whole year before it goes into another batch of cake, making the house redolent with its boozy, spicy fragrances. I’ve been doing this for years and […]

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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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Easy Strawberry Tart (Video)

A trip to Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, has become an annual tradition of sorts. Of course, it gets cool (cold) in the hills and compared to the negligible winter  of Mumbai, it is a good opportunity to bring out the cardigans and shawls. And socks. Socks are important. Every […]

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