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Chocolate Poached Pear Frangipane Tart

It feels like I have grown leaps and bounds in the past one year.Not just because I have become a mother..That is the biggest part of it but also how much I have learnt and discovered about food. This Poached Pear Frangipane Tart is the best example of how far I have come in my food journey since I started this blog. Here is my old post of a Pear Frangipane Tart and the difference between the two couldn’t be any further apart.The most stark is the photography.There is no major change in the equipment I am using now but the change is in the time I now invest in learning about photography.Cant say I am a Pro at it …

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Cold Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Cold Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Sometimes the simplest ingredients available in your pantry come together in the most bewildering taste.This is the case with peanut butter,sesame,soy and honey.They have extremely different flavor profiles but together they create a magic like no other. Add to this crunchy freshness of cucumber just rounds off the dish to give the dish multiple textural dimensions. These Soba noodles in peanut sauce with red pepper and english cucumber is everything you could want on a lazy day.The balance is such that every ingredient has something to offer.Every texture has something to say. The peanut sauce has an umami taste which complements the freshness of the other ingredients.It’s so good that i have already made these 4 times in the past …

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownie

These Dark Chocolate Brownies are addictive and so make with caution! These brownies sort of just happened. I wanted to bake and I was out of baking soda that’s when I started searching for recipes which were heavy on chocolate and light on baking soda. As always Jamie Oliver had the answer to this conundrum.(Side note:I love him!I love him! I love him!..He is so inspiring!!! I hope to meet him one day!).Jamie Oliver calls them Bloomin Brilliant Brownies. For this recipe I suggest you use good quality chocolate and not the compound chocolate(usually used for baking) cause the taste difference is phenomenal!I swear by Amul’s Dark Chocolate line.I have made these brownies using  the 70 percent Bitter Chocolate bar …

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Tamarind Chicken Wings

Spicy Tamarind Chicken Wings

My friends are hogs.They might be hoity toity with their clothes,languages and holidays but when it comes to chicken wings they are definitely completely boorish.I am not just hypothesizing here,I have good solid proof.I had 15 guests home for brunch (including me and Abhishek) out of which 2 people didn’t eat chicken so thats just 13 people..who finished 48 wings between themselves in one afternoon..and thats just half of my point…This small mountain range was consumed in conjunction with vietnamese summer rolls,nachos,mutton sliders and chocolate pinwheels. Amm and lunch, which was Mexican rice with tequila chicken and a red sauce pasta and..two kinds of cheese cakes. Believe me when I say ,I had no leftovers! I won’t claim to have come …

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Quick Raw Papaya Salad

Raw Papaya Salad

One warning before you go on to make this dish ,till I am still smarting with the chillies I put in the salad.This salad absorbs everything you put in it and enhances the flavours many fold so don’t be trigger happy with the red chillies like I was! My usual foray into Star Bazaar to buy tomatoes ended up with me spending Rs 700.But this time I was smart.I saw a raw papaya tagged as Rs 350 in the “exotic” aisle and just as I was reaching for it I decided to curtail my budget,after all I have already spent this month’s budget last month so I am literally a pauper at the moment.Well , as in the typical hindi movie …

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Chicken Kheema with Grilled Aubergine

Chicken Kheema with Grilled Aubergine

There is nothing more nostalgic than the smell of parathas for me.I don’t need anything fancy but just my mothers plain parathas with some potato capsicum curry.This is my most favorite combination in the world.Am slightly embarrassed to say that my brother and I have had many a fight culminating with hair pulling for the last paratha. When on the Whole 30 program I don’t miss bread or rice as much as I miss the parathas.I tried making them with grated cauliflower and egg.It turned out to be pretty awful and eggy.Grilled eggplants come as close to paleo parathas for me till date. Here in india you get all shapes and sizes of eggplant.We call them baigan in hindi.Some of …

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How To Make Almond Milk At Home

How to make Almond Milk at Home

I went out to buy some grocerie today..First of all , how is it that I am always out of staples in phases because of which I am forced to go to the supermarket multiple times in a week.Today I had to buy onions and I somehow spent Rs 3400! I am burning a hole in my wallet just buying groceries! While strolling along the aisle I came across a 200 ml packaged almond milk catron.I was so excited seeing it, it was green in color and said “Natural” in big bold black and then I turned it to read the ingredients.Except almonds and salt everything else was at least 8 syllables long and totally unpronounceable! My uncle, who is …

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Cherry & Blueberry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis was never the one indulgence I thought would end up eating before starting my second journey of whole 30.In hidsight, the choice was taken out of my hands the instant I saw these succulent looking cherries in Namdhari & the cherry on top(huh?) were the fresh blueberries I ended up paying double the amount for(hmmpp).. Clafoutis is a french dessert served warm with a dust of powdered sugar.Apparently if you use anything other than Cherries it’s called a Flaugnarde instead.So semantically I have made two desserts but by adding one ingredient! I went with the ever right Julia Child’s Recipe and kicked the ass of Clafotie!Her recipe is the simplest available online.No heavy cream or butter in it.You have to give some and take …

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Going Crazy with Smoothie Bowls

My smoothie Bowls

There are days I dream about the fruits which I will put in my smoothie bowl when i get up.My husband doesn’t know but the real reason  I am pushing for a vacation in Thailand is not for the beaches but to eat the fruits!I salivate imagining how a white and pink dragon fruit smoothie bowl with pink guava and coconut chips. I have made these smoothies for breakfast/brunch and sometimes lunch in these past few days and i thought i will share them with you. The thing with a smoothie bowl is that it is a thicker prettier version of a smoothie.All you need to do it gather the ingredients throw them in the juicer and decorate it with …

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Cauliflower Base Pizza with Cashew Cheese and Veggies

Cauliflower Base mushroom and brocolli Pizza

So I am faced with a big challenge.I know my husband for over 15 years now and I have never seen him take lunch to school or college or to his office.Now suddenly he has very casually requested that I pack him something handy which he can eat at his desk cause he is too busy to move his bum and go eat at the foodcourt.I am in mild shock but have to underplay it cause he might just reject his own suggestion.So I am faced with a big challenge of making kids approved lunch, for a grown man which doesn’t look like traditional lunch so that my husband thinks its an exotic snack and eats it! Today’s lunch was a …

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My Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Smoothie bowl

It’s weird having so much sugar after the whole 30 regime early in the morning.It’s almost like I am rebelling against it.I know most of you want to punch my face and say rebelling is if you eat a full batch of brownie! I unofficially not on paper agree..:D So other than avocado rose smoothie bowls are the new instagram fad.More exotic the fruit more like you get.Though its amazingly tasty and fulfilling its crazy high on natural sugar so I won’t suggest people on diabetes watch to eat this.But if you are eating pancakes or chole batoore or cheese sandwich everyday then this is a healthier indulgence! Its almost a smoothie but a little thicker and in a bowl …

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Mango and Jalapeno Crab

Mango and Jalapeno Crab

  Instead of our yearly jaunt to Goa we decided to go to Varkala and Alleppey this time.Both the places were a food extravaganza! We devoured buckets of butter fish and prawns , literally fished out the minute before from the sea. We even experienced a very local way of fishing where the fisherman lay a long net in the sea and tether it to the beach overnight.In the morning like magic you pull the net out and voila!the sea has blessed you with tonnes of its treasure. It was all most like the game we used to play as kids at birthday parties called “tug of war” but with 20 burly man pulling with all their might on one side and the sea …

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Egg Baked in Portobello Mushroom

Egg Baked in Portobello Mushroom

When you find an oversized Portobello mushroom it deserves to be baked with an egg inside.Do not overcomplicate the flavours with indian spices or Cajun mixes. Keep it as simple as possible! My egg obsession continued after my breakfast number one with breakfast Two. Same passenger different vehicle! My egg discovery has led me to understand that there is very little egg doesn’t work with! The only complication in this dish is that you need to own a oven.If that’s ticked off then the dish in itself is so simple that a five-year old could make it! Its simple—Break egg in mushroom–>Bake Mushroom! For all its simplicity the flavours are very different from the Egg Avocado Tower I ate before this.At the time of baking the …

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Where to buy Groceries and Fresh Produce in Bangalore

I am making an ongoing list of physical and online stores in Bangalore which should cater to all your provisional needs whether special or everyday. It’s been five years in Bangalore and i still struggle at times to find the produce that i am looking for.I have now adopted a better technique of buying the produce first and then settling on what i can cook with it.I have listed the stores as per my preference for each food category. Everyday Vegetables Vegetable Cart/Market-I prefer catching a vegetable cart as they have the freshest produce but living in an apartment does not help Hopcom Namdhari Spar/Nilgiris/Star Bazaar Speciality Vegetables and Fresh Herbs Namdhari Spar/Star Bazaar Godrej Nature’s Basket Westside food Nilgiris Dried Herbs,Sauces …

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Egg Avocado Breakfast Tower

Egg Avocado Tower

You are consciously not aware of it but your mind has associated smells with certain events and locations.Its deeply entrenched in your memories.Today morning when I was making my coffee(thankyou Arvind Shanker!) I was almost instantly transported back to this small library in R A Puram,Chennai which used to be my frequent haunt in 10 th std. I used to borrow and eat 5 books a week and that’s when my school was crazy strict and gave not buckets but tub full of homework! There was a coffee beans grinding shop right next to it and even before I really started appreciating coffee this smell was a part of my history with Chennai. Old romance novels and coffee smell is …

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Butternut Pumpkin Soup with Pork Sausage Croutons

There are three worst things you can do to while making soup.Add cornstarch to thicken it,add cream to make it smooth and the third and the worst , is to strain it through a sieve. Its like killing anything good in the ingredients by ambushing it from all sides and  firing bullets into it  and then repeatedly stabbing it and then putting it through..ok I am getting gory! But you get my point! Worst part is that it fools your brain into thinking that you have eaten something healthy but really you have just dumped a bowl full of carb heavy,nutrient deficient , fibre less liquid in your body! If you are trying to eat something healthy then stick to the …

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Chia Pudding with Tropical Fruits and Walnuts

Chia Pudding

Have you heard of chia?and wondered what it was? I came across this while on my whole 30 diet as a healthy substitute to grains.These are seeds which when soaked in a liquid change from opaque little balls to plump jelly bomb like balls.They soak up the liquid they are soaked in. Remember those kulfi Faloodas you gorged down as a kid?Most resident indians would have tasted the famous ice cream- “Kulfi falooda” at least once in their lives.I have had the good fortune of eating way too many of those as a kid.There are so many very nostalgic memories attached to this one Indian dessert. Those little balls in the falooda are Chia Seeds. But I didn’t make the …

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Asparagus and Garlic Soup

The whole 30 journey has taught me how to make simple meals with a few quality ingredients. It’s a wonder that just 5 ingredients can make a soup so delectable that you wish you had made more! My soups always double as sauces but this recipe yields exactly one serving ,I wish I had made more of this asparagus and garlic soup.After tasting this ,I badly want to try making chicken with the sauce version of this soup.I am sure it will be mind epic blowing!! One word of caution though! Don’t eat a hot soup and frozen grapes together.I wasn’t sure which I liked more and which would lose the right temperature so I ended up interspersing the soup with …

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