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15 January, 2015

Persimmon Burfi for ‘Makar Sankranti’

Persimmon Burfi for ‘Makar Sankranti’
Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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  Where  would  we  be  without  the  Sun?  Take  a  moment  and  think  about  it.  Wouldn’t  it  be  safe  to  say  that  our  whole  existence  would  be  at  stake?  Our  ancestors  realized  pretty  early  on  that  Sun  is  the  most  important  of  all  the  cosmic  bodies.  Hence  every  Sun  centric  event  became  important  spiritual  and
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10 January, 2015

Kefir and Turmeric Lassi

Kefir and Turmeric Lassi
Comments : 2 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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  A  new  year,  new  beginning.  The  thirty  below  zero  Celsius  temperatures  and  a  couple  feet  of  snow  outside  doesn’t  let  me  believe  that  there  is  a  ‘new’  anything.   We  are  in  the  middle  of  a  long  winter.  How  can  the  change  of  a  calendar  page  mean  the  beginning  of  everything  new.  January  could
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25 December, 2014

Nankhatai: Eggless Indian Biscuits

Nankhatai: Eggless Indian Biscuits
Comments : 2 Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks on by : Ratna
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  The  Cherub  faced  baby  with  a  wreath  around  his  head  looked  down  on  me.  Holding  hands  with  the  baby  standing  next  to  him  they  formed  a  circle,  in  the  painting  on  the  sky  blue  coloured  biscuit  tin.  The   lid  of  the  tin   had  a  knob  in  the  centre  for  better  grip.  The
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14 December, 2014

Punjeeri Laddus: Rejuvenating dumplings for new mums

Punjeeri  Laddus:  Rejuvenating  dumplings  for  new  mums
Comments : 2 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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  Smita  picked  up  the  parcel  that  was  left  at  her  doorstep  by   Canada  Post.  It  was  more  bulky  than  heavy.  Standing  on  the  snow  covered  steps,  she  visualized  a  beautiful,  pleasant,  sunny  day.  Her  mother  sitting  on  the  low  stool  carefully  measuring  each  ingredient,  first  running  her  fingers  swiftly  through  the  nuts  or
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24 November, 2014

Barley and vegetable soup

Barley and vegetable soup
Comments : 2 Posted in : Soups, Salads & Sandwiches on by : Ratna

  It  was  one  of  those  days when  I  was  spending  a  bit  of  time  ( read  all  my  time ),  gawking  at  the  delicious  photographs  on  Foodgawker.  This  one  picture  caught  my  eye  just  because of  its simplicity.  Few  ingredients,  few  steps  and  a  soul  warming  result. With  the  weather the  way  it  is
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4 November, 2014

Chirer Polau : Beaten Rice Pilaf

Chirer Polau :  Beaten Rice Pilaf
Comments : 2 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains on by : Ratna

  Both  of  our  eyes  were  fixed  on  the  measuring  bowl.  Eak,  Doh,  Teen  she  counted  out  loud  making  sure  there  was  no  room  for  error  either  in  her  count  or  the  way   the  Chire  was  packed  in  the  grapefruit  sized  round  silver  bowl.  There  were  no  pre  packed  options  or  any  balance  to  weigh
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25 October, 2014

Kalakand: Milk Cake

Kalakand:  Milk  Cake
Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

  We  didn’t  say  “trick  or  treat”  or  dress up  in  scary  costume.  The  days  after  Durga  Pujo  were  for  visiting  all  our  neighbours  and  showing  them  Pranam  ( respect ).  Just  doing  that  would  mean  we  would  be  treated  with  delicious  snacks  or  dessert  or  even  a  full  meal.  It  was  not  just  an
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1 October, 2014

Bhejitabil Chawp : Spicy Vegetable Croquet.

Bhejitabil  Chawp  :  Spicy  Vegetable  Croquet.
Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks on by : Ratna

  The  train  came  to  a  sudden  halt,  waking  me  up. Rubbing  my  eyes  I  look  out  of  the  window  to  figure  out  where  we  were.  A  smallish  station  with  busy  vendors. Steaming  cups  of  tea,  pre packed  snacks  exchanging  hands.  A  fruit  seller  with  bananas  and  oranges  at  a  distance,  a  thick  scarf  covering
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7 September, 2014

Aamrar tawk (Hog Plum Chutney)

Aamrar tawk (Hog Plum Chutney)
Posted in : Chutneys & Relishes on by : Ratna

  The  weather  outside  is  definitely  not  the  same  as  it  was  couple  weeks  ago.  The  leaves  are  changing  colour.  There  is  a  chill  in the  air.  We  just  finished  harvesting  the  vegetables  from  our  our  garden.  Beets,  lettuce,  carrots  are  exchanging  hands  in  the  office.  Reminiscing  the  summer  is  our  favourite   past  time
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