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25 June, 2016

Tomatillo and Avocado dip

Tomatillo and Avocado dip
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   I  did  not  grow  up  with  Tomatillos.  Not  even  heard  about  it.  Green  tomatoes  meant  the  ones  that  were  not  ripe.  Things  changed  when  I  moved  to  Canada.  I  spotted  these  green  beauties  which  looked  like  tomatoes,  and  did  not.  I  mean  they  look  exactly  like  the  tomatoes  but  had  a  dramatic  sheath  or
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13 June, 2016

Masala ( Spiced ) mango Ice pops

Masala ( Spiced ) mango Ice pops
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  Summer  holidays  and  mangoes,  are  inseparable.  I  cannot  think  of  summer  holidays  without  mangoes. The  markets  in  India  would  be  flooded  with  so  many  varieties  of  Mangoes,  it  is  really  hard  to  pick  any  one  kind.  There  would  the  uppity  up,  the  king  of  kings  ‘Langra”.  This  is  the  one  where  you  skin  them
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5 June, 2016

Khandvi: Savoury chickpea flour rolls, Gluten free

Khandvi: Savoury chickpea flour rolls, Gluten free
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The  rain  drops  hit  the  window  at  an  angle  and  slid  down  causing  an  abstract  design  on  the  glass. The  outside  view  from  my  kitchen  window,  that  I  was  enjoying  so  far,  got  blurred. Rain  often  reminds  me  of  my  days  in  India.  After  the  oppressive  heat  of  summer,  we  welcomed  the  rains  with  open
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30 May, 2016

Nimbu chawal: Lemon rice

Nimbu chawal: Lemon rice
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  The  white  butterfly  flew  aimlessly,  sitting  on  the  Prairie  crocus  once  and  on  the  Anemones  next,  going  back  to  the  crocuses  again. The  Robins  and  the  Blackbirds  are  tree  hopping.  It  is  spring  here  in  the  Prairies.  The  season  of  budding  and  blooming,  of  nesting  and  nursing.  The  season  of  a  new  beginning. “Chawlo  garite
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11 May, 2016

Moong Pakon pitha: Yellow Moong bean and rice flour cake: A modern take: Gluten free.

Moong Pakon pitha: Yellow Moong bean and rice flour cake: A modern take: Gluten free.
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    Buy  her  a  gift  or  give  her  an  experience?  It  was  a  hard decision  for  mother’s  day  over  the  weekend. “Mooch  Moochey  hoyecchhe”.  It’s  nice  and  crispy,  she  said  after a  bite  in  the  Pitha,  the  deep  creases  on  the  back  of  her  hands  almost  matching  the  design  on  the  Pithas.  She  looked
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21 April, 2016

Fafda: Chickpea flour sticks: GF. Done 2 ways.

Fafda: Chickpea flour sticks: GF. Done 2 ways.
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    A  cup  of  tea  needs  something  deep fried  to  go  with  it. You  see,  Teley  Bhaja,  or  “deep  fried”  is  a  genre  on  its  own. Staying  true  to  my  Indian  roots,  I  can  deep  fry  almost  anything.  It  could  be a  variant  of  any  of  the  flours  with  herbs  and  spices,  or  it
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11 April, 2016

Lavang latika : Clove twisties.

Lavang latika  :  Clove twisties.
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    Celebrations  need  sweets.  Period. In  as  much  as  we  write  volumes  about  the  bitter  side  of  sweets,  we  can’t  do  without  them.  Not  in  my  household.  You  see  my  husband  has  a  big  sweet  tooth. As  I  said  before,  the  innocent  enquiry   after  supper  about  the  leftover  sweets,  if  any,  actually  translates
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24 March, 2016

Chana dal cheela: Savoury Husked split desi chick peas pancake. GF

Chana dal cheela: Savoury Husked split desi chick peas pancake. GF
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    Ki  Shundor,  How  beautiful.  Ki  Shundor  we  kept  repeating  these  two  words. N,  my  husband  and  I  took  a  break  from  the  harsh  Prairie  winter  and  travelled  to  India  last  month.  We  had  a  fantastic  time  with  our  family.  We  also  managed  a  few  days  in  the  Pink  city,  Jaipur.  More  about  the
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20 March, 2016

Gongura chutney: Roselle chutney

Gongura chutney: Roselle chutney
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    It’s  been  snowing  steady  for  the  last  couple  of  days.  The  Spruce  branches  bent  under  the  weight  of  fresh  snow,  the  snow  covering  the  road  signs,  drive  ways  and  roof  shingles.  It  doesn’t  matter  if  its  spring  on  calendar  soon,  this  is  the  Prairies.  We  don’t  part  with  the  parkas,  boots  or  shovels
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