Mughlai Paneer (Cottage Cheese in Rich Onion-Tomato Gravy)

This recipe is very, very dear to my heart for sentimental reasons. The first cookbook I ever bought on my own (that is, not with my mother in tow) was Nita Mehta’s Paneer Recipes. I was fascinated by the range of recipes she had in the book. More importantly, it

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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Last Saturday was Narayan’s birthday! The only thing I can say about Narayan is that he looooooovvvvveeeeeessssss chocolate. 🙂 And all he asked for as a gift was a “chocolatey chocolate cake”, and so I made one! And used a chocolate buttercream frosting. Without much ado, here is the recipe.

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Amrud ki Sabzi or Guava Curry

The first time I had this curry or bhaji was at the famous Swati Snacks in Mumbai. I was captivated by its sweet and spicy taste. Of course, it helped that Guava was among my favourite fruits. Also know as Amrud in North India and Peru in Maharashtra, Guavas are

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Nuvullu Annam, Ellu Sadam or Tilwale Chawal (Rice with Sesame)

Nuvullu, Til, or Sesame is very dear to me. I am always willing to try anything that has til and I always have a stash of Nuvvula Podi at home to season an assortment of vegetables. As a result, I am always ready to make Nuvullu Annam or Ellu Sadam

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Masala Doodh or Masala Milk

Yesterday was the first Shravana Somavaram of 2013. My brother, Anand, and I fast through the day with just fruits and milk for sustenance. Both, Anand and I, do not like the taste of just milk and so normally add Complan to our milk. To our horror yesterday, we ran

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Bellam Atukulu or Vella Aval – Sri Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami Naivedyam

One of the most waited festivals in Shravana Masam is the one that celebrates the birth of Sree Krishna. Known variously as Gokulashtami, Sri Krishnashtami, Sri Krishna Jayanti, and Sri Krishna Janmashtami (or simply Janmashtami), it is a festival celebrated throughout India. Today I am writing about Bellam Atukulu or Vella Aval,

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