Category: tea-time treat

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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Carpe Diem: A Lesson in Refrigeration

Carpe Diem: A Lesson in Refrigeration

It struck me as I was throwing out a ziplock bag full of once-frozen strawberries that had now turned a bag of red liquid with bits of mouldy berries floating in it. I had frozen them last season in the hope of conjuring up an Almond and Strawberry Tea Cake off season or making virtuous […]

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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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Chutney pudi  

Chutney pudi   

  Chutney Pudi Ingredients: 1 cup grated dried coconut 2 cups roasted Bengal gram ¼ cup fresh curry leaves 2 tablespoons chili flakes ½ teaspoon asafetida 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 1 and ½ teaspoons salt  Method: Dry roast the grated coconut and the Bengal gram separately in a pan until slightly browned. Remove. In the […]

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Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake

Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake

Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake Ingredients for the cake: 100 gms. plain flour (maida) 100 gms. butter (at room temperature or softened in the microwave) 100 gms. caster sugar 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract a small pinch of salt (if using unsalted butter) 2 tablespoons milk Ingredients for the filling […]

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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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Gingerbread Cake with Jaggery and Molasses

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