Panagam

 

  As I continue to bemoan the summer, I have another summer cooler today which is a huge relief from the heat. Panagam is a jaggery, lemon and ginger drink which is an instant refresher and easily made at home. Usually we make Panagam for Ram Navami but I love this one and so I…

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Watermelon Mint Cooler

 

  After the massive mega marathon of Biryani / Pulao / khichadis, we are back to the regular marathons. My theme for this week is Summer Coolers which is just perfect for this scorching heat I am being subject to. If the Bangalore heat was not enough, I had to make a trip to Chennai…

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A to Z Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi Round up

 

  This is my round up for the A to Z Mega Blogging Marathon for the theme, ‘Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi’. I had a whole lot of fun doing this and discovered many new dishes and flavours during this one month of non stop blogging. The biggest lesson has been that anything tastes delicious…

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Zafrani Kofta Pulao

 

  It is the final day of this amazing mega blogging marathon about 26 rice dishes. It has been so much fun and such an enriching experience to learn, cook, discover, innovate, blog and read about so many different rice dishes from across the world. My initial plan for the alphabet ‘Z’ was the classic…

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Yellu Sadam

 

  I love sesame seeds and try to add it in as many dishes as possible. The only problem is that, for some reason, sesame seeds are not considered auspicious and not used during festivals and other celebrations. So, when growing up I could not eat much of this wonderful ingredient. But as I took…

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Xacuti Garlic Rice

 

  Ever since I discovered the aromatic Goan spice, Xacuti, it has been my go to ingredient for all A to Z marathon for the alphabet ‘X’. Though I can’t believe this marathon is nearly done. Everytime I start a mega blogging marathon, I am scared about how I would manage it but it breezes…

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West Indian Rice and Beans

 

  The plan was to make watermelon rice for today. I had devised a lovely recipe using the flesh, rind and seeds of the watermelon. When I opened the refrigerator to start my prep, I discovered that the husband and daughter had finished up whatever watermelon I had saved up for the rice. Then I…

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Vepampoo Sadam | Dried Neem Flower Rice

 

  I am sure by know you know why this rice is on the menu. One reason is, of course, it starts with the alphabet ‘V’ but more importantly I have to exhaust the vepampoo (dried neem flowers) that I bought for the Tamizh New Year this month. The family has been fed a regular…

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Ulundhu Sadam

 

  My mother has been consistently asking me to make this Ulundhu Sadam for my daughter and me. According to her, Ulundhu or black gram is a superfood and essential for immunity and nourishment of girls and women. Of course being the typical daughter, I have ignored her for a long time. I figured this…

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Thakkali Sadam | Tomato Rice (No onion recipe)

 

  Today we have the ubiquitous tomato rice for the alphabet ‘T’. I make tomato rice 3-4 times a month and I was honestly surprised that I had not posted this dish as yet. Maybe it was awaiting the mega marathon. As I mentioned previously, I am trying to perfect recipes without onion and garlic…

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