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2 January, 2017

Komla lebur payesh : Orange pudding

Komla lebur payesh : Orange pudding
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Happy  new  year  friends.  I  feel it  is  only  natural  that  we  start  the  year  with  something  sweet.  Are  you  with  me  on  this? It  is  citrus  season,  and  I’m  going  with  the  oranges.  Growing  up  I  have  so  many  fond  memories  of   winter  food.  Looking  back  the  winters  were  very  mild,  but  we
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31 December, 2016

Aantur : Caring for a new mum: Part 1.

Aantur : Caring for a new mum: Part 1.
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  Rooted  deep  in  the  ancient  Indian  tradition  of  Ayurveda  is  the  need  to  care  for  the  new  mum.  This  phase  is  termed  as  “Aantur”  in my  culture.  This  is  as  important  a  part  as  is  the  prenatal  care  and  childbirth.  In  fact  we  say  “Aantur  tola”,  or ‘ lifting  postpartum’  as  opposed  to  helping
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29 October, 2016

Sandesh: Cheese fudge

Sandesh: Cheese fudge
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  Wish  you  all  a  very  happy  Diwali.  Raise  your  hands  if  you  agree  festivals  and  sweets  are  inseparable.  More  the  merrier,  may  I  add. Sweets  made  from  home  made  cheese  or  Chhena,  is  popular  in  Bengal.  Chhena  mixed  with  sugar  results  in  Sandesh.  Throw  in  different  flavours  like  Rose  water,  Kewra  essence,  mango  or
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9 September, 2016

Apple and Raspberry lattice mini pies

Apple and Raspberry lattice mini pies
Comments : 8 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

    I  have  been  away  for  a  bit.  Not  that  I  flew  to  a  fancy  destination  or  drove  around  the  country,  but  a  staycation,  as  they  say.  I  had  family  visiting.  Days  were  busy  eating  and  cooking,  cooking  and  eating,  catching  up  with  each  other. Then  when  I  finally  got  my  house  back  and
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28 July, 2016

Caramel ice cream cheesecake

Caramel ice cream cheesecake
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    As  you  know  I  stay  away  from  traditional  baking.  There  is  one  exception  though.  If  the  header  starts  with  phrases  like  No  bake  Cake,  Easy  to  assemble  Tart  and  such,  well   that  is  a  different  story.  You  have  my  undivided  attention. I  am  very  excited  to  share  with  you  that  our  family
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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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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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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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21 January, 2016

Horchata de Chufa. Modified . DF, GF

Horchata de Chufa. Modified . DF, GF
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    If  you’ve  read  my  last  post  you  know  I  am  still  trying  to  adjust  from  a  beautiful  plus  21  C  to  an  awe  fully  cold  minus  21  C. I  am  living  in  memories. Horchata  is  a  very  Spanish  drink  that  we  enjoyed  in  my  recent  trip  there.  It  was  sweet  with  a  nutty
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