Kurkuri Bhindi (Spicy, Crispy Okra) – Low Oil Version

I first had Kurkuri Bhindi many, many years ago during a conference at the Taj Coromandel in Chennai. I instantly fell in love with this spicy, crispy okra dish. However, I never got around to trying it because I thought it used a lot of oil. A couple of weeks

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Pesara Pappu Payasam (aka Pasi Paruppu Payasam or Moong Dal Kheer) – With Sugar

With the advent of the month of Shravan (sometime in July-August according to the Gregorian calendar) begins the festival season in India and my mind is full of ideas of how to celebrate the plethora of festivals and poojas that await us. In our home, the first major Pooja of the season

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Traditional South Indian Rice Dishes – Heralding in Sravana Maasam

The coming Sunday signals the start of Sravana Maasam (the month of Sravan according to the Hindu Calendar) in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. This is perhaps the most auspicious of all months and signals the start of the Chaturmasyam (4-month auspicious period). Almost every day of Sravana Maasam is significant

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Methi Matar Malai (Fresh Fenugreek Leaves and Peas in a Creamy Gravy) – The Spicy Version

Methi Matar Malai is one those dishes that you will find on the menu of every “Mughlai” or “Punjabi” restaurant. In days of yore, there were two restaurants famous for Punjabi food in South-Central Mumbai; Pritam Da Dhaba in Dadar and Yogi in Chembur. My first memory of eating Methi Matar

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Boiled Peanuts – Mumbai Street Food – The Quick and Easy Way

  Mumbai is a metropolis that is for the working man and by the working man. Till the early 80s, Mumbai was a place where all kinds of mills and manufacturing industries thrived. These factories were often manned by men who came alone to this great city, leaving families behind, to eke

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A Roundup of Baby Brinjal Recipes

As I looked through the recipes I have written about, I see that I have a lot that feature brinjal (aka aubergine or eggplant). My family loves brinjals of all shapes and sizes. Given that the biryani-pulao roundup I did a few days ago was well-received, I thought I would do one

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