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14 January, 2017

Grapefruit gazpacho with GF option.

Grapefruit gazpacho with GF option.
Comments : 8 Posted in : Recipes, Soups, Salads & Sandwiches on by : Ratna
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A  Gazpacho  in  winter? I  know.   An  arctic  front  is  keeping  us  company  that  makes  us  the  lucky  benefeciaries  of   minus  thirty  celsius  weather  here  in  the  prairies. Gazpacho  tastes  best  when  it  is  screaming  summer  outside.  Look  at  the  ingredients –  it  is  a  powerhouse  of  antioxidants,  heart  healthy  oils,  fibers,  immune-boosting
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12 January, 2017

Chandrapuli with patali gur : moon cake using date palm jaggery

Chandrapuli with patali gur : moon cake using date palm jaggery
Comments : 4 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts, Recipes on by : Ratna
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  The  first  harvest  has  a  special  place  in  all  cultures.  Paddy  is  the  most  important  crop  in  most  part  of  India.  Bringing  the  first  crop  home  is  celebrated  with  a  lot  of  fanfare.  Among  other  seasonal  speciality  that  become  available  are  a  jaggery  that  is  made  from   the  sap  of  the  Date  Palm
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9 January, 2017

Narkel kuruni: Coconut scraper

Narkel kuruni: Coconut scraper
Comments : 4 Posted in : Gadgets, Kitchen on by : Ratna
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‘Haath  Banchiye”,  Careful  with  your  hand,  my  mum’s  cautionary  voice  still  rings  in  my  ear.  Grated  coconut  in  packets  with  sweetened  and  unsweetened  options  were  not  available  back  in  the  day.   It  was  customary  to  use  freshly  grated  coconut  be  it   in  curries  or  desserts. We  have  since  moved  forward.  Brightly  coloured  high
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30 November, 2016

How to cook a no-fail, fluffy bowl of rice in a pan.

How to cook a no-fail, fluffy bowl of rice in a pan.
Comments : 4 Posted in : How To, Lentils, Rice & Grains on by : Ratna
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  In  my  world  rice  can  be  synonymous  with  life. The  grains  of  rice  are  so  intertwined  with  the  thread  of  life  that  by  pulling  on  one,  you  may  fray  the  other.  Rice  occupies  a  sacred  place  in  my  culture. No  important  milestone  can  be  complete  without  rice.  The  first  solid  food  given  to  a
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25 June, 2016

Tomatillo and Avocado dip

Tomatillo and Avocado dip
Comments : 10 Posted in : Chutneys & Relishes on by : Ratna
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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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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
Comments : 4 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains, Recipes on by : Ratna
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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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28 February, 2016

Bhaja Muger Dal: Roasted Yellow Mung bean soup

Bhaja Muger Dal: Roasted Yellow Mung bean soup
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It  is  middle  of  the  week,  the  grocery  shopping  didn’t  go  the  way  you  wanted  over  the  weekend. The  deadline  at  work  is  looming.  Just  a  few  extras  like  the  kid’s  activities  or  taking  your  elderly  parent  for  their  doctor’s  appointment.  If  this  sounds  familiar  then  read  on.   I  look  for  a  one  pot
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23 November, 2015

Gobi Roast: Roasted Cauliflower, GF

Gobi Roast: Roasted Cauliflower, GF
Posted in : Main Courses & Sides on by : Ratna
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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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