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17 November, 2017

Beguni: Eggplant fritter

Beguni: Eggplant fritter
Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks, Recipes on by : Ratna
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Did  you  know  there  is  a  whole  genre  of  food  in  Bengali  cuisine  called  “Teley  Bhaja”,  or  deep  fried.  Such  is  the  importance  of  deep  fried  food  that  just  by  saying  Teley  Bhaja,  one  can  safely  draw  the  attention  to  something  crunchy,  hot,  salty  and  of  course  fried  in  oil. There  can  be  some  dipping  sauce,  a 
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6 October, 2017

Milk Peda: Fudge. 5 Ingredients and ready in 5 minutes.

Milk Peda: Fudge. 5 Ingredients and ready in 5 minutes.
Comments : 2 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts, Recipes on by : Ratna
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There  is  no  denying  that  at  times  we all  look  for  the  fastest,  easiest,  no  fuss  recipe.  Be  it  a  dessert  or  a  main  course.  And  why  not?  Life  is  busy.  Work,  family,  kids  activities,  sometimes  elderly  parents,  community  commitments  I  could  go  on  and  on. Festivals  needs  sweets,  period.  The  more  decadent  the  better. 
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22 September, 2017

Squash mini tarts with fresh fruit topping. Vegan

Squash mini tarts with fresh fruit topping. Vegan
Comments : 4 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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Can  I  call  myself  a  baker?  I  was  pondering  this  question  for  a  bit.  I  have  never  done  cakes,  Madelines,  Pavlovas  and  all  the  other  lovely  stuff.  I  am  always  looking  out  for  desserts  that  take  minimum  effort. With  abundant  of  Squashes  and  Pumpkins  in  the  stores,  I  decided   a  to  bake  a  Tart.
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14 September, 2017

Cumin flavoured Almond flour tart with Zucchini filling. Gluten free

Cumin flavoured Almond flour tart with Zucchini filling. Gluten free
Comments : 4 Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks, Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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It  is  almost  a  Zucchini  exchange  here  friends.  I  cooked  my  share  of  curries,  included  them  in  salads.  When  the  Zucchinis  still  kept  coming  from  friends  and  coworkers,  I  had  to  look  for  new  ways  with  Zucchinis. I  found  a  simple  gluten  free  tart  crust  recipe  here.  I  modified  it  a  bit  by  switching  the
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8 September, 2017

White chocolate dipped Apricots. Healthy treat for School

White chocolate dipped Apricots. Healthy treat for School
Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks on by : Ratna

Planning  a  lunch  box  treat  for  kids  can  be  challenging.  It  has  to  be  healthy,  yummy,  easy  to  assemble,   keeping  in  mind  any  dietary  restrictions.   Repetition  won’t  go  well.  The  menu  may  need  a  change  depending  on  what  the  popular  TV  character’s  latest  preference  is  or  even  the  content  of  a  friend’s  lunch
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31 August, 2017

Red Lentil and Rice Khichri for a weeknight supper: Gluten free

Red Lentil and Rice Khichri for a weeknight supper: Gluten free
Comments : 2 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains, Main Courses & Sides on by : Ratna
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Like  it  or  not,  August  is  coming  to  an  end.   The  summer  holidays  will soon  be  done.  The  stores  have  been  advertising  ‘back  to  school’  shopping  for  some time  now. Looking  back  to  when  my  children  were  younger,  this  is  such a  busy  time.  The  last  thing  you  worry  about  is  the  weeknight  supper.
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16 August, 2017

Grilled nectarines with maple syrup, mint and chaat masala

Grilled nectarines with maple syrup, mint and chaat masala
Comments : 1 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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August  is  such  a  bittersweet  month.  All  the  beautiful  fruits  are  ready  to  be  enjoyed,  the  veggies  are  ready  to  harvest,  children  are  still  on  summer  holidays,  days  are  long…. It  is  also  a  time  when  the  leaves  start  to  change  colour.  The  single  digit  temperatures  reminding  us  of  times  to  come. Coming  back  to
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12 August, 2017

Food photography workshop and Yoga retreat in Kerala, India

Food photography workshop and Yoga retreat in Kerala, India
Comments : 6 Posted in : Travel on by : Ratna
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Imagine  rain  outside,  a  hot  cup  of  filter  coffee  and  a  bunch  of  foodies  together.  Now  add  an  idyllic  setting  with  traditional  architecture,  excellent  service  and  oh-so  delicious  food.  I  recently  spent  a  few  days  at  the  Kumarakom   luxury  resort  in  god’s  own  country,  Kerala,  India. I  have  always  loved  light  airy  photographs,  until
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30 July, 2017

Sil Patta: Indian grinding stone. A step backward?

Sil Patta: Indian grinding stone. A step backward?
Comments : 3 Posted in : Gadgets, Kitchen on by : Ratna

Moving  forward  has  always  been  the  trend,  and  now  is  no different,  but  does  that  mean  we  forget  the  past? Our  lives  are  always  on  ” full  speed  ahead ”  mode.  We  need equipment  that  help  us  to  do  more  things  in  less  time.  Bulk production  with  multi  tasking  has  become  the  norm  and  I
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