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5 February, 2014

Matarshutir kochuri

Matarshutir kochuri
Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks on by : Ratna

Fried bread with pea filling   There  is  the  black  dress  and  there  is  the  PJ.   It  is  customary  to  have  two  names  in  India.  The  one   from  the  birth  certificate,   is  the  official  name.  There  is  one  more  name,  which  is  used  only  at  home,  by  close  friends  and  family,  kind
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21 January, 2014

Easy stuffed Dates

Easy  stuffed  Dates
Comments : 2 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

  I  am  not  an  outdoor  person.  I  prefer  sitting  with  a  cup  of  hot  tea  and  gazing  out  through  the  window.  No  snowboarding  or  icehockey   here. Bloghopping  is  my  favourite  past  time  these  days.  Who  would’nt  like  to  travel  from  Israel  to  India,  Texas  to  Turkey  with  a  click  of  your  mouse.  Visit
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1 January, 2014

Make Ghee, the sacred ingredient

Make Ghee, the sacred ingredient
Posted in : How To, Kitchen, Lifestyle on by : Ratna

It  has  been  cold.  Very  cold.  The  temperature  inside  the  freezer  is  warmer  than  the  outside  temperature. The  days  very  short  and  very  white.  Snowfall  in  the  last  two  months  has  exceeded  that  of  the  whole  season .  The  night  seems  to  come  very  fast. I  lit  a  lamp  with  ghee.  Lighting  a  lamp  signifies
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21 December, 2013

Lebu pata diye Salmon Tottora (Salmon in Tomato Gravy)

Lebu pata diye Salmon Tottora (Salmon in Tomato Gravy)
Comments : 3 Posted in : Main Courses & Sides on by : Ratna

Salmon  Tottora  with  lime  leaf. She  had  never  cooked  salmon  Tottora.  In  fact  she  had  never  cooked  salmon  in  her  life.  Ilish,  Rui,  Katla,  Chitol,  Phansa,  Chingri   were  the  ones  she  was  familiar  with.  She  cooked   jhal,  jhol,  kalia,  paturi,  awmbol   and  of  course  tottora.  Dida’s   white  sari  always  had  a  red  color  in
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12 December, 2013

Rusbhari Malai Handi (Gooseberry Cheesecake Pot)

Rusbhari Malai Handi (Gooseberry Cheesecake Pot)
Comments : 1 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

Gooseberry   Cheesecake  pot It  did’nt  matter  whether  we  ordered  Filet  de  truite  fraiche  aux,  Bouillabaisse,       or  Tarte  Normande,  all  the  dishes  in  this  exquisite  French  restaurant   L’Heritage  came  with  a  final  touch,  a  crowning  glory  so  to  speak,  an  orange  berry  on  top. This  is  no  ordinary  berry  though.  Just  like
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5 November, 2013

Grape Galette (Last of the Summer Vine)

Grape Galette (Last of the Summer Vine)
Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

Grape  Galette I  used  my  blue  handle  secataurs  to  sever  the  fruit  from  the  stem, careful  not to cause   any  damage  to  the  leaves.  I  had  counted  them  before,  many  times,  there  were  sixteen  bunches  in  all. They  started  as  tiny  green  specks,  sometimes   hiding   under  cover  of  the  leaves.  With  time
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1 October, 2013

Munni’s Thekua (Indian Shortbread Cookies)

Munni’s Thekua (Indian Shortbread Cookies)
Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

Indian shortbread cookie Acchha  laga  Bhabiji ? ” Did   you  like  it  Bhabiji “?  Her  anxious  eyes  looking  at  me  for  approval.  “Munni”  is  the  household  help  at  my SIL”s  place.  She  spoils  us  everytime  I visit  my  SIL. As  I  took  a  bite  of  the  Thekua  I was  transported  to  my  University  days.  Staying
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1 July, 2013

Ra-ain in Spa-ain

Ra-ain  in  Spa-ain
Comments : 1 Posted in : Travel on by : Ratna

  That  was Miss  Eliza  Doolittle,  the flower  girl; with  her  very  heavy  Cockney  accent  in  George  Bernard  Shaw’s  play  “Pygmalion”.  It was beautifully  portrayed  by  Audrey  Hepburn  in the  Hollywood  film  “My  Fair Lady”. All  was  well until Eliza  meets Henry  Higgins,  the Professor of Phonetics….. Fast  forward  to  June  2013,  I  was  very
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13 May, 2013

Sandwizza

Sandwizza
Posted in : Soups, Salads & Sandwiches on by : Ratna

  My  daughter  and  I  were  Sari  shopping  in  Mumbai. The  list  looked  long  and  convoluted.  The  pile  of  “Short  listed”  saris  grew.  “Doh coke  la” (Get  me  two  pops),  the  man  behind  the  desk  shouted.  A  little  boy,  no more  than  ten,  ran  across  the  floor  and  handed  us  the  chilled  drinks. Working  steadily
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