Category: comfort food

A third set of grandparents and a recipe for fruitcake

As grandmothers go, she fit the bill perfectly. Her softly starched, block printed or sheer woven Chanderi sarees would whisper as she walked slowly around the house, depending heavily on her walking stick, her arthritic feet protesting every step. The four thin bangles around her wrist had thinned with age and hung loosely over her […]

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

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

Harini isĀ 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

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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) [ Continue Reading... ]

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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