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16 September, 2018

Besan Burfi: Chickpea flour fudge

Besan Burfi: Chickpea flour fudge
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Besan or chick pea flour is such an versatile ingredient. I think it can be used in such a variety of recipes, be it an appetiser sweet or savoury, main course or dessert. I always have Besan in my pantry. I feel so confident that even at a short notice I can whip up something
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31 August, 2018

Fruit roll up, Mango cardamom and Raspberry vanilla : Aam shotto….

Fruit roll up, Mango cardamom and Raspberry vanilla : Aam shotto….
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Where did the month of  August go? In fact where did the summer go? It was only the other day that I found the first crocuses poking their heads out of snow, spotted the Canada geese flying back in the sky, I was busy sorting the seeds out…. Well the truth is the leaves are
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13 August, 2018

Plum and Sour cherry Kulfi : Popsicles

Plum and Sour cherry Kulfi : Popsicles
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My  Sour  Cherry  and  Plum  trees  are  laden  with  fruits.  It  is  so  exciting  to  see  the  flowers  cover  every  inch   of  the  tree  in  Spring.  The  small  green  stubs  come  next  which  then  swell  up  and  change   to  the  lovely  orange  and  red  colour. The  birds  wait  as  much  as  I  do  to  pluck 
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8 August, 2018

Blackberry Shikanji: Lemonade

Blackberry Shikanji: Lemonade
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Who  can  forget  those   scorching  summer  afternoons  in  India?  The  heat  so  strong  that  it  is  not  safe  to  step  outside  at  all  for  a  few  hours  during  the  middle  of  the  day.  Only  way  to  cope  with  the  heat  is  to  have  these  coolers  and  a  siesta. The  commonest  thirst  quencher  is  probably  a 
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17 July, 2018

Bori: Vadi: Wadi: Sundried Lentil dumplings

Bori: Vadi: Wadi:  Sundried Lentil dumplings
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If  there  is  something  of  a ” folkart”  in  cuisines,  then  “Bori”  would  definitely  be  a  frontrunner.  These  tiny  delicacies  are  protein  packed,  spicy  and  gossip  filled.  If  they  could  only  talk!  Traditionally  the  village  women  would  sit  together  and  spent  the  afternoon  making  ‘Bori”,  at  the  same  time  exchanging  all  the  juicy  happenings  in 
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3 May, 2018

Pistachio and berry GF, eggless chocolate chip cookies

Pistachio and berry GF, eggless chocolate chip cookies
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Who  can  say  no  to  Chocolate  chip  cookies?  Mildly  sweet,  crunchy,  garnished  with  the  goodness  of  Goji  berries  and  pistachios.  The  other  bonuses,  these  are  eggless  and  gluten  free.  I  do  not  want  to  leave  anyone  behind. I  am  a  novice  baker,  hence  the  recipe  has  to  be  super  simple.  That  is  exactly  what  it 
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13 April, 2018

Chocolate and Berry Granola

Chocolate and Berry Granola
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Have  you  ever  made  granola  at  home  friends?  It  really  is  so  easy,  once  you  start  it  is  hard  to  stop. Most  importantly  it  is  much  cheaper,  you  have  complete  control  over  the  ingredients.  Not a  fan  of  too  sweet,  hey  tone  it  down,  love  a  particular  fruit,  go  to  town  with  that.  You  get 
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11 April, 2018

Mishti doi: Sweet yoghurt: For Bengali New Year

Mishti doi: Sweet yoghurt: For Bengali New Year
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I  am  expecting  a  super  busy  weekend.  It  is  the  Bengali  new  year,  and  two  birthdays  in  the  family.  Friends,  fun  and  of  course  the  biggest  draw  is  the  food.  The  birthday  boy  with  his  sweet  tooth  is  already  looking  forward  to  desserts.  I  love  making  Indian  desserts,  specially  the  ones  that  can  be  made 
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31 March, 2018

Paprika and cumin flavoured baked Plantain chips.

Paprika and cumin flavoured baked Plantain chips.
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Spring  has  come  in  Calendar.  The  Canada  geese  are  back,  the  schools  have  “spring  break”,  too.  When  I  look outside  of  my  window,  it  is  a  different  story  altogether. Snow  for  the  whole  week  with  temperatures  of  minus  eighteen,  still.  This  doesn’t  exactly  qualify  as  spring weather,  do  you  agree? Oh  well,  when  you  cannot 
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