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Nimmakaya Majjiga (Buttermilk with Lemon)

Summer is here and how! Mumbai is a scorching 40°C at the start of summer.  Who know what heights of temperature we will scale in the days to come? We always drink a lot of Majjiga (Chaas/Buttermilk) to stay cool. Given that summer stretches for four long months, we have variations of majjiga that add...

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Paan Shots (Betel Leaf Aperitif and Digestif)

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to dine at Jiggs Kalra’s Punjab Grill. I had heard quite a bit about this restaurant but this was the first time I had the opportunity to dine here. Needless to say, the food was very good, and a mix of hearty tradition and novel innovation. I especially...

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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 out of Complan! For a...

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Adrakwali Chai or Ginger Tea

It has been raining non-stop for the past few days in Mumbai and it is threatening to rain even more over the next few days! After my ritual “tumbler” of filter coffee in the morning, I sometimes crave tea in the day. We Indians make an astonishing variety of teas; elaichi chai or cardamom tea, masala...

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Mango Lassi or Mango Smoothie

It is that time of the year when we bid fond farewell to Summer and along with it goodies like Mangoes, and welcome the rains. Till a decade ago, Monsoons would arrive on or about June 13. This date is very significant as it also signalled the day on which Mumbai schools reopened after the...

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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 Daddy could bargain and get...

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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 on the ACs and wearing...

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Kokum Sherbet

With this year’s killer heat continuing, I am thinking of newer and different ways to cool down. One of the best possible cooling drinks is Kokum Sherbet. This tangy sweet drink is very popular is Maharashtra, especially in Konkan and Malvan. In Maharashtra, we get packaged Kokum Sherbet concentrate in abundance during summer; but nothing beats freshly...

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Masala Chaas (Spicy Buttermilk)

Mumbai has gone from a cold 10°C to a scorching 40°C in just two weeks! The result is that most of us are scurrying for shade (if not ACed indoors) and permanently looking for something cool to drink. My all-time favourite cooler is Majjiga or Chaas; aka buttermilk in English. I can have buttermilk in...

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Piyush (A Sweet Drink with Shrikhand)

Maharashtrians always have Shrikhand for festive meals. In addition to serving it with Puri, in Maharashtra, Shrikhand is also transformed into a delicious drink called Piyush. I first discovered this wonderful drink at Prakash, that venerable food place near Shiv Sena Bhavan, Mumbai, which is home to a traditional Maharashtrian snacks. It was when I went there with my...

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