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Spicy Baked Vegetable Cutlets – Indian Croquettes

With memories of long-distance train journeys along India's West Coast ricocheting in my head, I set out to imitate the pungent and 'chatpata' taste of the Vegetable Cutlets that were served by the canteen boys on those trains. I tried to make them a bit unconventionally. I microwaved all the veggies on high with a little bit of water. The potatoes were still a bit firm when I took them out of the microwave. Then I got out my trusty, big, stone mortar and pestle; and gave the veggies a good bashing. That softened them up nicely without making them overtly mushy . After shaping them into long croquettish shapes and rolling them in breadcr... Read More >>
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Authentic Dutch Pancake Poffertje Recipe

  A while back I had mentioned how we oohed-aahed and literally drooled over this generous plate of dutch pancakes/poffertjes at a local fair. It didn't help that they looked gorgeous and were dolloped with fresh cream, strawberries and caramel sauce :). Well, I did manage to buy an authentic cast-iron poffertjes pan on ebay and with a lot of hope and aspirations tried it out over the weekend. It wasn't too bad, but it was not what we enjoyed at the fair. These eggy little marvels came out too chewey and not sweet enough. They looked pretty darned delicious though ... a pity, they did'nt exactly taste that way. So I am appealing to a... Read More >>
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Gajar Ka Halwa – Indian Carrot Pudding

Gajar Ka Halwa brings to mind little ornate steel bowls full of delicious, moist, beautifully textured carrot pudding garnished with slivered nuts and silver foil . Hot ... Of course, fresh off the stove!! The typical Halwa like the one Mum makes, takes anywhere between 2-6 hours simmering away on the stove. It takes constant stirring , constant adjusting of consistency and a lot of love. My mum always says that the longer you cook the halwa, the more sweet it becomes. Maybe it is just love after all ... the love of the person doing all the toiling away at the stove. Thanks to modern technology and a lot of laziness , I have conjured u... Read More >>

Novelty Cake No 1 – A Pot Of Mud Dirt Cake

In the past 2 weeks my whims and fancies have shifted to the wonderful world of cake decorating. As I have mentioned before, I have been dawdling over the idea of baking a 'fun' cake for my son's 2nd birthday which happens to be next month. To achieve that with a certain flair, I need to practice and perfect my methods. As luck would have it, it was our 5th Wedding Anniversary yesterday and the ocassion called for a special cake. So a week ago I started scouring hundreds of Novelty Cake recipes and design ideas. The idea of the 'Dirt Cake' in a plastic flower pot intrigued me. But I wanted a proper cake, not a dessert ladled into a store-... Read More >>