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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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Translated Loksatta article: Tempura

Translated Loksatta article: Tempura

The original Marathi version of this article appeared in Loksatta on July 7, 2012. Click here to read the Marathi version. It takes just a few minutes of the scantiest pre-monsoon showers for us Indians to get into bhajiya-mode. With the slightest drizzle, sleepy roadside bhajiya shops doing slow business in the summers suddenly pick […]

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Cabbage, Orange, and Spring Onion Salad

Cabbage, Orange, and Spring Onion Salad

My mum and I are salad freaks—we love a good salad any time of the day. This is a salad that she’d make back when lettuces weren’t a very easy find in Mumbai. It’s a nice crunchy salad bursting with the citrus hit of summer oranges and spiked with the pepperiness of the spring onions […]

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Trikaya Farm visit

Trikaya Farm visit

On the drive back home from the Trikaya farm in Talegaon, I felt deprived. Of fruit and vegetables. Not that I live in a desert. Like most people living in the city, I buy my vegetables from the local supermarkets and vegetable markets. Most times, I come home happy, thinking I have bought fresh produce. […]

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Window Garden and Black and White Wednesday No. 4

Window Garden and Black and White Wednesday No. 4

Like most people in Bombay, who have no access to backyards or dainty vegetable patches, I live my herb garden dream through my wrought iron grille windows. As you’ve seen from here. Here’s another glimpse! A new cherry chili plant in bloom These will be plump, juicy, red tomatoes someday! My faithful, 5-year-old curry leaf […]

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Patole: Rice and coconut dumplings in turmeric leaf

Patole: Rice and coconut dumplings in turmeric leaf

Aai’s picture, courtesy: Nirmala Purushotam My maternal gran has been one of the biggest influences to my culinary obsession. As a kid, I would be perched atop a tall stool in her bright and airy south Bombay kitchen while she made the silkiest, thousand-layered ghadi-chi-poli. She would send me out to the living room as […]

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Patra or Alu vadi: Colocasia leaf rolls

Patra or Alu vadi: Colocasia leaf rolls

Nothing can get fresher than a bunch of recently cut greens. A bundle of un-torn, fresh-as-the-morning greens tied up in string or with a blade of grass are sure to invite me. Just like this pretty bunch right here. Alu or colocasia leaves are a favorite in Maharashtrian cuisine–the tender leaves, with their green stalks […]

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