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27 January, 2018

Gota sheddo; Whole boiled veggies , a herbal cleanse?

Gota sheddo; Whole boiled veggies , a herbal cleanse?
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Are  you  a  traditionalist?  Do  you  like  hanging  on  to  customs  from  your  mother  or  grand  mother?  If  you  do,  do  you  cut  corners  or  replicate   them  to  the  minutest  detail? You  know  growing  up  I  did  what  I  was  asked  to,  sometimes  with  reluctance.  Then  there  was  a  time,  I  would  pull  myself  away 
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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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31 August, 2017

Red Lentil and Rice Khichri for a weeknight supper: Gluten free

Red Lentil and Rice Khichri for a weeknight supper: Gluten free
Comments : 2 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains, Main Courses & Sides on by : Ratna
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Like  it  or  not,  August  is  coming  to  an  end.   The  summer  holidays  will soon  be  done.  The  stores  have  been  advertising  ‘back  to  school’  shopping  for  some time  now. Looking  back  to  when  my  children  were  younger,  this  is  such a  busy  time.  The  last  thing  you  worry  about  is  the  weeknight  supper.
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24 May, 2017

Shawtomuli shorshey: Asparagus in mustard sauce

Shawtomuli shorshey:  Asparagus in mustard sauce
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Asparagus  is  not  a  frequent  visitor  to  my  kitchen.  Not  that  it  is  unavailable  in  this  part  of  the  globe  or  that  there  has  been  a  known  case  of  food  intolerance  in  the  family.  I  must  admit  I  did  not  have  an  Indian  recipe  to  cook  the  asparagus  with. Bengalis  have  a  love  love  relationship
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5 May, 2017

Sabudana khichri, Paneer bites for mother’s day brunch: Vegetarian, GF

Sabudana khichri, Paneer bites for mother’s day brunch: Vegetarian, GF
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There  was  a  time  when  ‘my  mother  knew  everything’.  Then  came  the  time  when  I  locked  horns  with  her.  As  time  passed  and  I  had  my  family,  she  happily  gave  me  a  hand  with  babysitting   my  children,  answering  long  distance  calls  with  a  recipe  that  I  was  struggling  with,  home  remedies  or  guided  me
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15 November, 2016

Kumror Chhakka ; Pumpkin sixer

Kumror Chhakka ; Pumpkin sixer
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  Pumpkin what? I  know  I  have  some  explanation  to  do  here.  You  see  the  word  Chhakka  in  Bengali  means  a  sixer. A  sixer?  What  is  that  supposed  mean? Well  for  those  of  you  who  are  familiar  with  the  game  of  cricket,  sixer  is  a  score.  When  the  ball  is   hit  to  cross  the
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23 November, 2015

Gobi Roast: Roasted Cauliflower, GF

Gobi Roast: Roasted Cauliflower, GF
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    I  always  struggle  with  the  side  dish.  The  main  dish  is  easy  to  pick,  the  carb  follows  the  main  dish,  dessert  is  good  with  whatever  you  choose.  That  leaves  us  with  a  side.  What  is  that  going  to  be. While  growing  up  it  would  be  easy,  whatever  was  available  in  the  season.  Eggplant,
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15 April, 2015

Sauted Potato and peanuts : Aloo aur moongphali Ki Sukhi Subji

Sauted Potato and peanuts : Aloo aur moongphali Ki Sukhi Subji
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  Have  you  noticed  how  sometimes  ordinary  things  can  become  extraordinary?  Things  that  otherwise  wouldn’t  be  noticed  or  talked  about  or  even  given  a  moment’s  thought,  can  sometimes  be  the  one  we  look  at  with  dreamy  eyes. Now  opening  the  window  to  let  some  air  in,  isn’t  exactly  an  exotic  act,  by  any  standards,  we
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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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