Category: nuts

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 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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Tender Cashew Stir Fry

Tender Cashew Stir Fry

Early summer is when  the cashew trees bear fruit. And nut. All along the rich, fertile coastline of India, cashew trees are laden with a flaming orange colored, papaya-like fruit, at the bottom of which, a single cashew nut hangs. This is what makes the nut expensive–one large fruit yields only one nut! The fruit […]

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Coconut Fudge and Jam Tart

Coconut Fudge and Jam Tart

Every Thursday, when the family would fast for the family deity, my great grandma would make naralachi vadi or coconut fudge squares for prasad or the offering to god. She would labor over a panful of freshly grated coconuts, often plucked from the tree in the backyard, stirring in clotted cream, milk and sugar and […]

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Stollen

Stollen

The original, Marathi version of this article appeared in Loksatta on December 22, 2012 and can be viewed here. Mumbai has never really had a winter. Somewhere in the middle of December, we tell ourselves it is getting cool enough to bring out the occasional sweater or shawl that only sees a day or so […]

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Coffee and Hazelnut Biscotti

Coffee and Hazelnut Biscotti

The original, Marathi version of this article appeared in Loksatta on October 6, 2012. When I was a kid, a middle-aged, tall, bearded, slightly annoyed Pathaan dressed in a lungi, kurta and turban would come every Sunday morning to my grandma’s south Mumbai apartment. He carried a large aluminum trunk, its mouth slightly open, spilling […]

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Translated Loksatta article: The Perfect Birthday Cake

Translated Loksatta article: The Perfect Birthday Cake

The original, Marathi version of this article appeared in Loksatta on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Click here to read the Marathi version. We never bought cake. Definitely not for an occasion. My mother always, always baked a cake for our birthdays. She’d save good, pure, homemade white butter for weeks so she had enough to […]

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