Aloo Baingan Bharta: Potato and Eggplant Mash

26 Jan

When onion prices skyrocket, as they have in India nowadays, what better than to switch to dishes that don’t use onions at all? Here is the recipe of aloo baingan bharta (that is, potato and eggplant mash) that I made today, using no onions.

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Mint Cashew Pulao

3 Jan

Mint Cashew Pulao

A plus of cooking only for yourself is the chance it gives you for daring experimentation. Do whatever. Relish it if it turns out brilliant, commit it to memory (and blog) for treating others in future. Shrug it off if it does not; it is only one that suffered through it.

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Paneer Capsicum Curry

21 Dec

This lovely concoction of colors and flavors is surprisingly easy to cook. Paneer capsicum curry goes very well with chapatis.

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The Ultimate Chapati Cheat Sheet

16 Dec

Chapatis

In olden days I’m told, the first test of the new Indian bride’s ability to cook was based on how she would make chapatis. Did she roll them round and even, cook them just right (no patches raw or charred), get them to fluff out beautifully? Could she roll out a chapati and watch the one on the stove at the same time?

The in-laws would scrutinize the final product, tear off a portion, bite and pass their verdict.

Those days of “judging” the bride are over (or so I hope!), but the fact remains that getting the chapati right is an instant indicator of the chef’s experience. Someone with a flair for cooking can possibly prepare any dish (like a curry) first time right – instructions and instinct guide them well – but one cannot make a perfect chapati until one has made several not-so-good ones before. Making chapatis is easy once you know how but it takes a few stumbles to get there.

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French Fries Without Deep Frying

15 Dec

If you love French fries but avoid them for health’s sake, here’s a way to prepare them without deep frying. The result is spectacular!

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Orange Carrot Juice

18 Nov

Orange Carrot Juice

My lunchtime vitamin boost of freshly made orange carrot juice, along with a yum spinach rice. Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Oranges are loaded with Vitamin C. Together, oranges and carrots combine to give a powerful health drink.

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