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Basil Pesto


Pesto is one of the easiest sauces to make but I haven’t made it in over 3 years! I had planted Basil in the summer and after a big harvest just before fall, was left with cup-loads of the leaves. After using them in salads, soups and what not, I realized it was time to make pesto. I pretty much used the same recipe that I did last time using Basil instead of Coriander and the result was equally yummy.

This can be used not just as a pasta sauce, but also as a dip or even as a dressing for salad. Enjoy!

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Garden, Italian

 

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Spiced butter biscuits

Growing up, the fall-back evening snack in my house would be a biscuit.  Biscuits to me are what cookies are to kids that grow up in America.  They were sold in all shapes and sizes, with different flavoring and the queen of them all was the “cream biscuit”, in which flavored icing was sandwiched between two thin biscuits.  These baked goodies were not loaded with sugar or fat and were a reasonably healthy after-food snack for kids or  tea time snack for adults, or when you just felt like nibbling on something.   There were several popular brands (Milk Bikis, Marie come to my mind) and also, equally famous was the neighborhood bakery store-bought no-brand name, what we used to call, “butter biscuits”.  These are very similar to these shortbread cookies by Meeta. After reading Meeta’s post, I really wanted to re-create those biscuits that were part of my childhood and the cookie bake-off that happened during the holiday season was the perfect excuse.  I did some more research and found this recipe at Arusuvai (in Thamizh), meaning six tastes,  which turns out to be pretty similar to Meeta’s recipe.  The recipe from Western Europe and from the heartland of South India are uncannily close – may be it was the British influence.  Whatever be it, these uncanny culinary or other such similarities never cease to amaze me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2009 in Cooking, Desi

 

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Baklava, your honor!

Baklava

My dear blogger-friend UL had requested me to make Baklava and post the recipe here. Making baklava is an easy but patient-demanding and time -consuming procedure. I have made it couple of times before, and I follow the recipe by Gretchen, the instructions here are concise and precise, with additional FAQs. She even has tips on how to cut the Baklava 🙂
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Posted by on March 31, 2008 in Cooking, Mid-Eastern

 

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Coriander Pesto

When you buy bunches of coriander without a plan because they looked fresh and tempting, what do you do with them? You can only use so much in rasams and we are really tired of the coriander chutney 🙂 As much as I resist from buying coriander, ever so often, I give in and buy bunches of these. I am in a quandary as I don’t like wastage. This was till I had a light bulb moment, and decided to make coriander pesto. I followed the basic pesto sauce recipe – blend the greens with nuts, add olive oil, salt and pepper. This was my first attempt at making pesto and couldn’t believe how amazingly simple this was.

Coriander Pesto

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Posted by on March 20, 2008 in Cooking, Italian

 

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