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21 January, 2018

Kochu Paaturi: Arbi ki sukhi: Taro root Pate/ dip

Kochu Paaturi: Arbi ki sukhi: Taro root Pate/ dip
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Do  you  remember  a  food  that  caused  your  nose  to  run,  forehead  to  sweat,  that  you  promised  ‘never  again’,  only  to  look  for  more?  Paaturi  is  one  such  dish.   The  name  Paaturi  comes  from  the  word  Paata  or  leaf.  Here  the  banana  leaf  is  used  to  create  a  parcel  of  marinated  food  which  is  then  lightly 
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12 January, 2018

Patishapta Pithey : Bengali crepe with coconut cream filling for Sankranti

Patishapta Pithey : Bengali crepe with coconut cream filling for Sankranti
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There  are  some  foods  that  transport  me  to  another  time  instantly.  Pithey  is  one  such.  I  remember  my  mum  sitting  on  a  low  stool  in  the  kitchen  and  making  these  lovely  crepes  for  hours  together.  The  month  of  January  would   be  middle  of  winter  with  a  chill  in  the  air.  ‘Komor  ta  dhore  geche’,  she  would 
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6 January, 2018

Haldi doodh: Turmeric milk a.k.a Moonmilk. DF option

Haldi doodh: Turmeric milk a.k.a Moonmilk. DF option
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Wishing  you  all  a  fantastic  new  year  friends. Hope  you  all  had  a  great  Christmas,  fun  with  family  and  dear  ones  and   enjoyed  all  the  delicious,  decadent  food.  Speaking  of  food,  I  immersed  myself  in  everything  sweet,  chocolatey  and  buttery….  You  know  what  I  mean. In  this  new  month  I  am  looking  forward  to  healthier 
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28 December, 2017

Savoury cookies with carom seeds and asafoetida. Ajwain heeng wali cookie.

Savoury cookies with carom seeds and asafoetida. Ajwain heeng wali cookie.
Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks, Recipes on by : Ratna
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It  is  raining  cookies  everywhere.  Magazines, TV shows,  Fb,  Instagram. How  can I  not  bake  some  in  the  season  of  cookies. I  have  ventured  off  the  path  less  travelled. I  chose  the  savoury  variety.  Although   it  still  has  some  sugar,  the  carom  seeds  and  Asafoetida  impart  a  distinct  savoury  taste  to  it. Our  yearly  cookie 
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17 November, 2017

Beguni: Eggplant fritter

Beguni: Eggplant fritter
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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.
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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
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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
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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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