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18 April, 2014

Patali Gurer Payesh (Rice Pudding with Jaggery)

Patali Gurer Payesh (Rice Pudding with Jaggery)
Comments : 6 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

  The  travel  itinerary  remained  the  same.  The  last  day  of  March.  Every  year,  without  fail.  The  Canada  geese  came  first.  The  Trumpeter  swans  and  the  Mallards  touched  down  a  couple  of  weeks  later.  All  are   busy  marking  their  territories,  house  hunting.  A  new  season,  a  new  chapter  in  their  lives.  The  buds  in
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31 March, 2014

Lentil and Pea Soup with Ginger and Fennel Seeds

Lentil and Pea Soup with Ginger and Fennel Seeds
Comments : 8 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains on by : Ratna

  On  the  finish  line,  Phew!  I  have  never  run  a  marathon.  The  Lentil  Recipe  Revelation    Challenge was  the  closest  I  got  to  one.  Ten  days,  Five  recipes.  Preparing  a  recipe,  testing  and  tasting  it,  pictures,  text,  edit….    Just  when  I   pictured  myself  stretching  my  stride  to  the  maximum  and  emptying  the  water
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29 March, 2014

Halwa and Fig Trifle

Halwa and Fig Trifle
Comments : 3 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

  “Michael  aajke  khoob  bhalo  rendheche”,   Michael  cooked  really  well  today,  is  the  first  thing  Ma  said  as  I  walked  in  through  the  door.  No,  this  is  not  any  Michael,  but  “The  Michael  Smith”.  Chef  Michael  Smith.  “Ghee  ke  boleche  Gee”,  she  would  brief  me  somedays.  Michael  said  Gee  for  Ghee,  totally  disregarding  the “h”.
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29 March, 2014

Chutputa Lentil salad

Chutputa  Lentil  salad
Comments : 4 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains on by : Ratna

Indian  street  food  is  my  weakness.   Period.  I  miss  them  when  not  available,  go  way  overboard  with  the  portions  while  enjoying  them,  then  promise  myself  never  again,  only  to  break it  soon  enough.  The  vendors  trundle  their  wooden  carts  along  the  neighbourhood  lanes.  Some  park  theirs  in  a  fixed  spot   in  town.  The
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27 March, 2014

Stuffed Baby Eggplants in Yoghurt Sauce

Stuffed Baby Eggplants in Yoghurt Sauce
Comments : 1 Posted in : Main Courses & Sides on by : Ratna

  “Staaaart  the  car”,  I  felt  like  calling  out,  as  the  lady  did  in  the  IKEA  ad.  The  prices  of  lentils  had  been  slashed  for  Vaishakhi  festival  in  the  grocery  store.  Limit  four  per  customer  it  cautioned  in  fine  print.  This  is  at  a  time  when  I’m   participating  in  the  “Lentil  Recipe  Revelation  Challenge“.
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24 March, 2014

Lentil and Onion Pakora

Lentil and Onion Pakora
Comments : 13 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains on by : Ratna

It  snowed  again.  The  big  flakes  came  down  fast,  as  if  a   paper  shredder  had  been  emptied.   We  were  spoilt  with  a  bit  of  good  weather  for  the  last  few  days  and  got  carried  away.   We  opened  the  windows  and  let  the  fresh  air  in  after  four  months.  Severed  relationship  altogether  with
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18 March, 2014

Phool Kofi Aloor Dalna (Cauliflower Curry with Peas & Potatoes)

Phool Kofi Aloor Dalna (Cauliflower Curry with Peas & Potatoes)
Posted in : Main Courses & Sides on by : Ratna

Cauliflower  with  peas  and  potatoes   The  clocks  have  moved  forward.  Sprung  forward.  Adjusting  the  clock  could  be  a  bit  confusing  sometimes.  The  way  I  remember  is  we  go  to  work  an  hour  early.  The  thought  of  going  to  work  early  may  not  be  something  to  look  forward  to,  for  anybody,  me  included.  There  still
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4 March, 2014

Mushurir dal (Red lentil soup)

Mushurir dal (Red  lentil  soup)
Comments : 1 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains on by : Ratna

Food  takes  centre  stage  anytime  I  talk  to  my  children. ‘This  has  been  a  very  busy  semester  Ma’,  they  tell  me.  I  know  what  it  means  in  terms  of  food.  Pot  noodles  and  coffee,  for  lunch,  supper,  snacks,  Thursday  or  Monday. ‘What  did  you  want  me  to  cook, when  you  are  here?’ I  would  ask
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16 February, 2014

Roasted Phool Makhana

Roasted Phool  Makhana
Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks on by : Ratna

Growing  up,  we  have  heard the  expression  “Dev  Anand  Jewel  thief  hai”  many  times.  What  could  be  the  big  deal,  I  often  wondered.  Dev  Anand  (  60s  Bollywood  star )  is  the  Jewel  thief,  goes  the  simple  translation.  It  was only  in  my  teenage  years,  that  my  Mejo  Kakima  trusted  me  with  the  family  secret.
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