Mango Milkshake

Aaaaaappoooooossss………Till a few years ago, this is a cry that used to echo in the streets of Mumbai and it was this cry that heralded the onset of summer. We used to rush to the balcony to spot the seller of Alphonso or Hapoos mangoes and beckon him home so that

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Daddojanam, Thair Saadam or Dahi Bhaat (Tempered Curd Rice)

Daddojanam (Tair Saadam in Tamil or Dahi Bhaat in Hindi) is a traditional favourite with most South Indians. Give us this day our daily dose of curd rice, we say! Nothing goes down better than a portion of cool daddojanam on a hot summer day! Or then any other day. Nor is

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Phirni or Firni (Rice and Milk Pudding)

As the unusually hot Summer continues, my quest for cool things continues… 🙂 Today, I was yearning for something sweet and cool to eat when I suddenly realised I could make Phirni. I have been meaning to make Phirni for ages but somehow have been side-tracked by something or the other.

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Gutti Vankaya Koora – 1 (Simple Stuffed Aubergine)

Gutti Vanakaya Koora is a traditional favourite in Andhra Pradesh. This variation of this perennial favourite is the way we love it at home. What I like about this koora is that it retains the basic taste of the Vankaya while the Menthi Podi adds just the right amount of spice. And oh,

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How to Make Avakai or Avakaya - Andhra Raw Mango and Mustard Powder Pickle

Avakai or Avakaya (The Famous Raw Mango and Mustard Pickle from Andhra Pradesh)

If there is one thing that people associate with Andhra Pradesh, it is this simply awesome pickle called Avakai or Avakaya. It is omnipresent in most Andhra households and many homes have several variations of it; regular Avakai, Bellam Avakai, Endu Avakai, with Garlic, with Sengalu (whole Bengal gram)…. And every Andhra waits for Kotta Avakai or

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Sol Kadhi or Kokum Kadhi

These past few years, summers in Mumbai have been scorching and this year is no different! We have heard a number of explanations for why this is so (hot winds blowing from the North is the latest) but that does nothing to mitigate our suffering. Apart from searching for shade, switching

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