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Monthly Archives: August 2007

Weekend & Kulfi

Weekends are usually time to relax, chill and do nothing. No surprises in my weekend routine – I get up late, have brunch and laze around. I look forward to weekends just for this; doing nothing and unwinding after the busy weekdays. I had more reason to await this weekend, as my brother & family were visiting. And to add to this, it was our 5th wedding anniversary and we had planned a family lunch; it really is wonderful to spend the momentous day with the near and dear ones.
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Posted by on August 30, 2007 in Cooking, Desi

 

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Sugar and spice make for something nice

Chikki has been giving me endless reminders about how I have not really contributed to our blog yet. So here goes. Today is Varalakshmi pujai and yes I refuse to say puja instead of pujai.
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Posted by on August 24, 2007 in Cooking, Desi, Traditional cooking

 

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Summer Salad

There are days when you eat a feast for dinner and days when you just want to have a light supper like soup and bread or salad. I think that there is a lot of truth in the adage “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. Most nutritionists and diet planners agree that we should eat a heavy breakfast, light lunch and lighter dinner for a healthy life-style. As much as I believe in this, I do not follow this everyday – we all have our temptations and shortcomings 🙂
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Cooking, Italian

 

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Carrot Cabbage Paratha

My in-laws are leaving for India tomorrow and last time when they had come to the US, I bought for them some awesome home-made chappathis to take on their flight journey. They were made by a Punjabi lady – perks of living in the Bay Area I guess 🙂 They really cherished it, as my MIL did not have to cook right after she landed in India. She could get by a day or two with these chappathis. Fast forward 2 years. My MIL wanted me to buy her some chappathis to eat during travel and afterwards. GOK (for the uninitiated, God Only Knows), where the chappathi-lady is now. How can you say no to a request from your MIL? 😛 Thus started my hunt for finding someone who can make good chappathis.
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Cooking, Desi

 

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Cumin Callin’


When I saw the “Spice of the Month” event at Sunita’s Anupama’s abode, I knew I had to participate. Cumin is one of the those spices that is used almost everyday in most South Indian household, next only to mustard seeds, perhaps. It is one of those spices that is used in most cuisines of the world and not limited to any particular region.
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Cooking, Desi

 

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Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a great way to use up left-over bread. A quick dish to put together, with few ingredients, most of them already in your pantry, cooking cannot get easier and simpler than this. This is a very versatile dish – can be an appetizing starter to an elaborate Italian dinner or can just accompany a soup for a hearty and light supper.
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Posted by on August 18, 2007 in Cooking, Italian

 

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Thengai Mangai Pattani Sundal

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear “Thengai Mangai Pattani Sundal” (Coconut Raw-mango Green-peas sundal), as a Madras-born (yes I still refuse to call it Chennai :)), is Marina Beach. The sine quo non of any Madras visit, Marina Beach never fails to bring up a smile on my face. Early morning joggers, kids playing cricket, friends hanging out, couples trying to catch some private moments and of course, small-time vendors trying to sell an assorted range of items from milagai bajji to toy watches – Marina is always buzzling with activity or should I say, drama? If you visit Marina in the evening, you will see hoards of vendors selling this sundal, masala kadalai (spiced groundnuts), oil-dripping milagai(chilli) bajji in paper packs (pottalam, for those who know tamil).
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Posted by on August 15, 2007 in Cooking

 

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