Soulful Sunday– Banana Halwa

The number of ways to describe the delectable beauty of this dessert? warmearthyrichheavenly soulfulfood for the gods It takes two to three hours to stir three ingredients (banana pulp, ghee, jaggery powder) into a fudge that gives a satisfyingly chewy mouthfeel. Making and eating banana halwa is nothing short of a meditative process. It's something …

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Menthiya Laddoo

A visit to Pune's famous sweet shop, Chitale Bandhu, always entailed a small purchase of this rich and endearing sweet, menthiya laddoo, a heavenly balance of the sweetness of sugar with the deep bitter flavor of fenugreek seeds. It remained a lingering fragrance of a thought in the years after we left that city, but …

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Baking a Whole Wheat Bread Loaf

I fulfilled a dream last week, with much determination -- that of baking my very own loaf of whole wheat bread. I'd been hesitant and procrastinating over the years, then just too busy with young kids to make the time. But lately, there's been a whole slew of videos on homebaking, and I just needed …

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Mango Cake

Though the monsoon rains have not arrived with the aplomb we expected this year, summer is quite over now if you consider that the quantity of mangoes in the market is beginning to dwindle. The summer season with its dearth of monsoon clouds is no longer what it used to be. The water shortage across …

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Stir-fried Okra

Lady's finger or okra is a bit of an acquired taste. Not everyone likes the slimy texture it imparts when preparing or cooking it. But it is a very healthy low-fat high-fiber addition to your regular diet. It is rich in vitamin C, folates and iron. So you can see how hard it is to …

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Corn Rice

Rice is not a particular favorite in my kitchen, so I need to be creative in my presentation. Leftover rice presents this opportunity where I can experiment with spices and vegetables, making it a good snack and lunch option for the kids during school hours. Corn rice is one they like very much. It is …

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Fortified Chapati

The Indian flatbread is a general favorite as a lunch or dinner option, especially for children. It is a very versatile form of bread and is made easily at home. It can be had plain with curds, or eaten with pickles, chutneys, veggies, lentils, and elaborate curries. It can stuffed with spices and delicious fillings. …

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Cucumber Mustard Chutney

The summer heat is at its peak now. Winter this year was all too brief and intense, and I sure hope the summer would go on quickly too this time, if not intensely. I always was a person who loved our winter chills better than the summer heat. It sometimes touches very close to 40 …

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Methi Rice – simple and quick

Fenugreek is an ingredient that is very common in my kitchen. It is a super food -- believed to benefit us by helping with blood sugar regulation, breastfeeding, treating anemia, reducing inflammation, improves cholesterol levels, and so on. It is a bit of an acquired taste. We love the flavor of it. I use methi …

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Virsa – A South Indian Delicacy

North and South Indian cuisines used to be plainly demarcated based on the staples they used. While the northern areas relied on wheat, bajra and jowar among other things, the southern states fed themselves on rice, ragi and coconut because of their location in the peninsular region. A more open economy and improving infrastructure has …

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