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Vegan Dal Makhani (Black Lentil Dal) - Cook Republic

Vegan Dal Makhani (Creamy Black Lentil Dal)

A simple dal is a staple at virtually every meal in an Indian household. The most common everyday dals are  masoor dal (red lentils), mung dal (small yellow lentils/split and dehusked mung bean), toor dal (split pigeon peas) or chana dal (split yellow peas). But there is a special kind of dal hailing from Punjab in northern India which has the title of the king of dals. It is called Dal Makhani, is made with black whole urad dal and is truly a celebratory dal. From gracing the menu of every single restaurant specialising in North Indian cuisine to roadside eateries called dhabas, dal makhani is a smoky, creamy concoction of lentils slow c... Read More >>
Banana Chocolate Raspberry Bread - Cook Republic

Banana Raspberry Chocolate Bread

This is a good banana bread. The kind you get at the cafes, thick slices toasted and slathered with butter. It is one of my favourite banana bread recipes to make when I have to choose between folding those blackened bananas in batter with some fruit or freezing them for all the impending morning smoothies. The recipe itself is a derivation of many banana breads that you will find on this blog. Very often, I just add things to a bowl till the batter reaches the consistency I like and the taste is balanced. I then top it with all kinds of fruit, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, oats, nuts etc till it looks pretty and then bake it till it i... Read More >>
Mushroom Dan Dan Noodles - Cook Republic

Hot Mushroom Dan Dan Noodles + Philips Pasta And Noodle Maker Giveaway

Today I want to tell you about my new favourite kitchen appliance. One that makes fresh 2-ingredient noodles in just about 8 minutes – from scratch! Seems like a dream? Too good to be true? Not with the Philips HR2358/06 Pasta And Noodle Maker. This powerful machine with its automatic mixing, kneading and extruding produces half a kilo of fresh pasta or noodles in 15 minutes. The four different discs that come with the machine make noodles/spaghetti, linguini, penne and sheets. Can you imagine the possibilities? Gluten free noodles, vegan pasta, colourful veggie juice spiked dumpling sheets and so much more! I am so excited! To celebrate ... Read More >>
Better-For-You Sticky Date Pudding With Toffee Sauce - Cook Republic

Better-For-You Sticky Date Pudding With Toffee Sauce

Would you believe it if I told you that the first time I tried a sticky date pudding was less than a month ago. And I liked it. In fact, I liked it so much that I wanted to make it at home especially because the boys got into a fork fight over the last slice of the pudding we bought at a school cake stall. Now a sticky date pudding is a true classic. With a short list of ingredients and a no-nonsense technique; you are bout to find copies of this recipe on every single recipe site out there. So why would you need my recipe? Because when I was browsing all those recipes to bake it one night, I realised that all of them used white sugar ... Read More >>
Vegan Quinoa And Mushroom San Choy Bow - Cook Republic

Vegan Quinoa Mushroom San Choy Bow

I work from mornings until about 3pm. Then I stop and whip up something quick and fresh for the boys knowing that they are on their way back from school, hungry and tired. It is a part of my day that I enjoy the most. That half an hour slot to create something exciting and very simple that would also provide a world of nourishment to the boys. Rivvy, my oldest adores mushrooms and gets super excited when I try out new mushroom recipes. He also loves Asian flavours (maybe because he was born in Singapore?) To that end, I have set out to re-create many Asian classics with mushroom as one of the main ingredients. And this beautiful, flavour-... Read More >>

Spinach And Feta Gozleme

A quick Spinach and Feta Gozleme is one of the most requested and well received after school snack at our home. Made with my trusty gozleme dough recipe. I grew up in a home where roughly about 30-40 chapatis (or rotis or flatbreads) were rolled and cooked on an open fire everyday. In fact, making chapati dough and rolling them into perfect little thin rounds was one of the first things I learned in my mum's kitchen. I must have been 5 years old? That sounds about right. My mum used to let me make quite a mess on the floor of our little kitchen and therein she sowed the seeds to a lifelong love affair with food.  So back to rolling. Rolli... Read More >>