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Jack Fruit Wine/ Chakkappazham Wine

This time while returning from our Kerala trip, my MIL sent almost 2 kgs of jack fruit. With J, leaving for Delhi the next day, I felt that we won’t be able to finish off …

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Homemade Taco Shells

Making Taco shells at home was always a challenge for me. More so, because the key ingredient ‘Masa Harina’ is not easily available. The closest I could get is the Maize flour, but working with was …

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Aam Panna (Raw Mango Drink)

Summer is here. A cool refreshing drink is what we yearn for, during this season. D’s request for refreshing drink always keep me on my toes. With the easy availability of mangoes, I prefer to make …

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Andhra Gun Powder/ Kandi Podi

It was during our stay in Secunderabad that I was introduced to Andhra Gun Powder. I was a bit amused hearing the name and was expecting it to be really hot. Surprisingly, it wasn’t. Rice …

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Gulkand/ Gulqand (Rose petal Preserve)

Gulkand is a preserve made with Rose petals. It has cooling properties and also aids in digestion. The process of making Gulkand is very easy. Ideally Damask Rose (Rosa Damascena) or Provence Rose (Rosa Centifolia) …

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Homemade Dulce de Leche (Pressure Cooker Method)

Dulce de Leche, pronounced as dool-se-dee-Leh-che, literally means milk jam. This is a thick sauce which tastes similar to caramel. There are a lot of ways to prepare Dulce de Leche, however, I prefer the …

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Malvani/Malwani Masala

My first cooking experiment of this year was Malvani Mutton Sukka. One of the key ingredients to make this dish is the Malvani Masala. This spice powder can be used to prepare any vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dish.

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Eggless Tandoori Mayonnaise

?It was during one of my routine trips to the supermarket that I spotted Tandoori Mayo. Naturally I was intrigued and bought the same. After tasting, I decided to try making it at home. It didn’t taste exactly as the store bought one, but I am pleased with the result.
If you wish, you may use ready made Tandoori Masala.

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Orange Wine

?Even though I don’t consume wine, lately I have making different varieties of wine. My latest attempt is Orange Wine, a recipe which was given by Lilian aunty, our family friend. The oranges used in this wine are small, loose jacket oranges. The picture you see above were taken soon after bottling. Hence the cloudy look. As it rests, the wine will get clarity.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.?

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Bacon Jam

I have always been drawn to trying out something new than preparing the usual menu. So I’m always on the lookout for that inspiration. This time, I was inspired by my little sister. During our chat session, she was going on about a unique jam she tasted. Bacon Jam. Though I’ve seen them on TV, I never got the opportunity to taste them. Naturally,it piqued my curiosity. As expected, next thing to do was to google for a recipe. I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe with minor tweaking. All of us loved it. You can use in sandwiches, burgers, rolls etc.

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Rice Wine

?Couple of weeks back we had been to Coorg, where we stayed at a friend’s Coffee Estate. While talking to Lilian aunty, our hostess, the conversation veered towards cooking. She told me that she had a Rice Wine recipe and that she would share it with me the next morning. I was pleasantly surprised when she handed over her recipe book, first thing in the morning. Such a wonderful gesture !! She recommended a few more recipes from her book and asked me to write them down.
Once back home, the first thing I did, was to make sure I had all the ingredients for the Rice Wine.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. Any white rice can be used for this recipe. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.

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Goan Recheado Masala

Usually when we buy fish, I fry it the traditional Kerala Style. But this time, I had already made up my mind on trying the ‘Goan Style’. I had heard a lot about the Recheado Masala. As usual, I searched my favourite blog, Goan Food Recipes. I was under the impression that it would take a long time to prepare this. It turned out that all I had to do was, to assemble all the ingredients and grind. Voila !! The Masala was ready 🙂 I halved the recipe and tweaked it a bit to suit my liking. I used…

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Phyllo sheets (Filo sheets)

How many times have you postponed preparing a dish due to non- availability of Phyllo sheets (Filo sheets)?? I have lost count of such occasions. I have been considering making Phyllo sheets at home for some time, but never really got into action. Finally I realised that I had to do it. More so beca

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Homemade Tahini

Tahini is a paste, made of sesame seeds and olive oil, popularly used in the Middle Eastern cuisine. This is used as a dip, a topping or as an ingredient in some preparations. Tahini is usually prepared using hulled white sesame seeds and olive oil.

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Pineapple Wine

I look forward to the 1st of December to start decorating the house for Christmas. Setting up the tree and hanging the ornaments…What better way for family bonding? Cake and wine are synonymous with the Christmas season. Having received a lot of requests from the readers for Pineapple Wine, I deci

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Avalose Podi (Roasted Rice Flour and Coconut)

My parents were here the last month. Our favourite pass time was reminiscing about my childhood. I guess that’s probably why, I am keen on recreating those traditional dishes which we grew up eating. One such item from the list is Sharkkarayunda, which are jaggery based balls made of rice flour and

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Bafat Powder or Bafad Masala

Bafat Powder or Bafad Masala is the quintessential spice mix found in Mangalorean Christian homes. This spice mix can be used in vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes. One can find a lot of variations to the Bafat powder recipe. The recipe I followed is from The Tiffin Box. This recipe yields

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Karaikudi Masala Powder

Here is the recipe of Karaikudi Masala Powder that can be used in preparing vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes. Karaikudi Masala Powder Source: My Southern Flavours

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