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Turmeric Milk: Soothing Elixir

Turmeric is an ubiquitous indian spice and a common ingredient of pre-mixed curry or masala powders. Turmeric (haldi, Konkani; haridra, Sanskrit) is also an essential component of fish marinade. While I take for granted the turmeric used in cooking, I distinctly remember my grandma preparing scalding hot, turmeric milk whenever we had a sore throat […]

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Ragda Pattis, Lassi and Sevpuri

Every evening we take Meera for a walk. Its just a few blocks to the local Maruti temple on Colaba Causeway. After darshan, we invariably stop by Kailash Parbat for some chaat. The bestest! The Pani puri is best savored at the counter outside, where you stand and the bhaiyya dishes out the puri faster […]

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Reading: Wide Angle Lens

A few interesting things. Lets start with wine! An eco-smart alternative to the wine bottle. Slideshow: “Making French Rabbit’s New Eco-Smart Wine Bottle,” Fast Company. Seeing this feature in Fast Company, I tried French Rabbit’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Fantastic and it goes superbly well with my grilled salmon. Importantly, a tetra pack has 1 L wine […]

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Street Food: Alaskan Killer Shrimp

If these get you salivating, blame Sia who is hosting Street food Festivities! After psychedelic uttapams from Murugan Idli in Chennai, I’ll zip you around the globe to Alaska for some spicy Killer Shrimp. Last year this week in Alaska, we marveled in awe at Glaciers, and ooohed and aaahed at antics of humpback whales […]

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Meeting Aayi of Aayis Recipes

Looking for new recipes, you have likely browsed Aayi’s Recipes the uber popular food blog hosted by Shilpa. This is M’s favorite “go-to” site anytime she needs inspiration for her cooking. During my travels to India, I look forward to visiting our ancestral town of Kumta – Jewel of the Konkan in coastal Karnataka. And […]

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Raagi Bhakri

During summers in Bhatkal (Karnataka), every morning we were treated to Raagi-neru. A watery concoction of raagi ground with a bit of coconut and jaggery. My grandmother advised that this would keep our insides cool from the summer heat. We’d hurriedly gulp a few glasses and dash into the orchards, chasing dragon flies! I recently […]

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Karnataka Cuisine: What a feast it is!

Food blogs are fascinating ways to learn about different cuisines, new dishes, new ways to prepare old dishes, and importantly, gives ides of what to cook up for the simple daily dinner, or even the special feast coming up. Have to confess, M looks through a few food blogs every day to figure out what […]

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Gokulashtami Food Spread

Over the last several weeks I have found scores of excellent Indian Food Blogs. These are not written by celebrity chefs, but by regular, albeit very talented women cooking everyday meals at home for their families. And many are based in the US and use locally available ingredients. The collection is truly spectacular and makes […]

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Dill Idlis: A Konkani Delicacy

During this summer, we had parents, siblings and their families visiting. In addition to catching up on gossip, we were constantly eating various dishes that the women conjured up. And they made one of my favorites, Dill Idlis (Dill is called Shaepi in Konkani). These idlis represent the marriage of the South Indian staple idli […]

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Arun’s Cafe: Serving Shrimp Quesadillas

Arun’s Cafe: Serving Shrimp Quesadillas! After a long hiatus this afternoon, Arun's Cafe opened briefly. Shrimp Quesadillas were on the menu! Mantra for the weekend brunch: Quick and Tasty! These quesadillas were both, and as a bonus, not much cleanup! Tomato and basil tortillas (Wilson Farms) were warmed on a pan, turned, and on one […]

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Idli Sambar: Its whats for brunch!

Idli Sambar: Its whats for brunch! Of late, I was craving idlis. First it was Lakshmi, who tormented us with her pati's excellent idli making skills. Then at the Konkani Sammelan we had idli sambar for breakfast, and I only got one serving! Considering the long lines, I felt guilty and did not go for […]

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Butta – Roasted Maize

As you noticed I've been posting random pics from my collection! Work is crazy busy – and will be till we leave for mumbai in ten days. A short, one week visit for a family wedding, followed by a week touring the austrian and swiss alps. I think I'll go on a mango diet in […]

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Bademiya: Colaba's Culinary Firmament

Its the street food that makes Mumbai special! From the chana-wallahs at Gateway, to ganna-wallahs and paan-wallahs, seemingly at every corner; and the vada-paav baakdas at Fountain. And of course, Bademiya in the seedy gulli behind the Taj Mahal Hotel.

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Celebrating Mozart

Two hundred and fifty years ago in Salzburg, was born Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In a brief 35 year span, he composed enough music to last us all a lifetime – many times over. In my bachelor days I took every opportunity to attend symphonies. A collection of his music was the first CD I ever […]

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Breakfast in Montreal

I get cranky without a good breakfast. Particularly when traveling. I do more research on breakfast places, than on sightseeing. So it was with Montreal. On our first morning, we walked over to Chez Cora Dejeuners (1425 Rue Stanley, off Rue Ste Catherine). I had read a lot about it and was ready to be […]

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Nutella: Such things are inevitable

Some time last year, I underwent this temporary crisis. Recently an LJ friend had a similar, end of the world-like experience. Here’s how I save myself from further anguish – Stock up on Nutella! Need my morning Nutella fix.

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Crunchy Yogurt Yumm

After dinner, I absolutely need something sweet. Fruits would be good, but since I eat a lot of fruit during the day, I pass on them after dinner. Here's what I make instead. In a small bowl, pile: 2 tablespoons of low fat yogurt 2 tablespoons of granola (here: Pecan Praline and Orange Ginger Granola; […]

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Vegetables Seller at Walkeshwar

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Get a paan and some fruits

This paan-wallah has been serving customers near our house for as long as I can remember. His day starts at 6:30am, when he bathes at an outdoor water tank and scrubs his pots to a gleaming sheen. Then washes all the paan. As kids we used to reach over and grab some of the 'sweet […]

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Vada Paav in Mumbai

This vada paav vendor was doing brisk business near Flora Fountain in Mumbai. Simply delicious – see how some of the others are gobbling it!

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Elements: Fire

Responding to 's Friday Five Photo Project (F2P2). The topic was the five Elements of nature: Earth, water, metal, wood and fire. I will tackle these in separate posts. Here's the first. Atleast once a week I try to cook something at home. This gives M a break and me a chance to try something […]