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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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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Bittergourd Stir Fry

Bittergourd is one of those vegetables that you either like or don't like. Its bitterness is certainly not in its favor, but its inherent goodness in terms of nutrition makes it hard to ignore it. It's a wonderful source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, C. It is rich in magnesium, folic acid, iron, beta-carotenes, calcium …

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Stewed Ash Gourd

Summer is now full fledged here, and will last another month, perhaps two if the monsoon rains are later than usual. Shrinking tree coverage and large swathes of concrete buildings have ensured that temperatures are soaring close to 40 degrees in the peak of the season. It's hard to spend time in the kitchen during …

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