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KOREAN CORN TEA (OKSUSU CHA)

Korean corn tea, or Oksusu cha is a classic Korean beverage. Although called ‘tea’, it isn’t tea in the normal sense; it’s essentially boiled corn water. Corn kernels are slowly roasted until almost blackened and charred, and boiled in water until the water takes on the slightly nutty flavour of the corn. Drunk hot or… Read more »

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SLOW-ROASTED TOMATOES

I grow tomatoes all year round in my little terrace garden – grape, cherry, heirloom, pear-shaped ones, black plum ones, I’ve tried the whole range. Although I do get a steady harvest all year round—owing to the soaring heat and humidity levels in Chennai—this time of year, in the months of March – June, I… Read more »

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OATMEAL WITH SPICED PLUMS

Two times in a row I’ve written about pudding with cooked fruit (this is more a porridge, but it’s so good that it could pass off for a pudding!) and two times in a row I’ve written about breakfast foods. A little monotonous I know but bear with me, we’re onto something here. Stewing fruit…. Read more »

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COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING WITH APRICOT COMPOTE

  Pudding for breakfast? Best case scenario. This might be the healthiest ‘dessert’ that I’ve ever eaten. Seriously, there isn’t one ingredient in here that isn’t good for you – the sweetness is derived from honey, richness from coconut milk, and the subtle heat and flavourings from the spices and dried apricots. No sugar, butter… Read more »

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THREE BEAN SALAD

This salad has been a part of my husband’s lunch box for the past two weeks now. Going on his third today, I was considering at least trying a different dressing to break the monotony, but he says he’d like to stick to this. The man can eat curd and rice for every meal for a whole month without getting sick of it! But back to the salad, if it ain’t broken don’t fix it, right?

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CRISPY BAKED OKRA

  Every so often I come across recipes that boast baked versions tasting better than their originally deep-fried counterparts. Either I haven’t been making them right, or my love for deep-fried food is so great that nothing stands up to it. I’d rather eat it occasionally in its ‘unhealthy’ form than compensate for a dish… Read more »

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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND HARISSA SOUP

I’ve talked about harissa before; about its endless possibilities of using it as a marinade for meats, in hearty stews, and to flavour soups with. I considered for a moment using chickpeas and making a stew instead of this soup, but after a quick cupboard rummage proved futile, soup it was! I love the flavour… Read more »

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STRAWBERRY AND ALMOND CRUMBLE (GLUTEN-FREE)

  Have you ever wondered what would happen if you switched up your good ol’ crumble recipe for one that uses ground almonds instead? Delicious things, that’s what. I made this cake with ground almonds instead of flour, and it tasted so good that I made a mental note to do the flour-ground almond switch… Read more »

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HUMMUS WITH SESAME SEEDS (NO TAHINI)

I’ve become a bit of a hummus fiend at the moment, and have been experimenting with a few different variations: harissa mixed in, with/without tahini, dried/canned chickpeas; next – roasted beets. This middle eastern condiment is so versatile, the possibilities of adding and omitting ingredients are endless. Two things when I started out with this:… Read more »

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HOMEMADE VANILLA EXTRACT

Who would’ve thought making your own vanilla extract was this easy! Until I recently stumbled upon a recipe that stated that all you needed were vanilla beans and alcohol, I’d been completely oblivious to the fact that you could make it at home! I feel like my food blogging rights are hanging by a very… Read more »

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GUACAMOLE

A recipe for guacamole after a two month hiatus may seem a little underwhelming. I completely understand that. This is, in fact just a basic recipe for it. But can I just say that this guac is so good, that I seriously contemplated categorizing it as a starter rather than as a dip (I usually… Read more »

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PICKLED BANANA PEPPERS

Banana peppers have been all the rage at the Kumar household these past couple of months. We eat them in stir-fries, stuffed with cottage cheese, rolled in tortillas, and if that list wasn’t enough, it’s now moved onto pickling! The thing about regular peppers for me is that I just find them so drab and… Read more »

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BASIL AND ALMOND PESTO

Making pesto at home might quite possibly be the simplest DIY kitchen activity like, ever. This is a late realization however, since I’d found a good, organic variant in the shops and I was happy with it. I had an abundance of basil in my garden last week, and I realized that every time this… Read more »

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MUSK MELON & STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

I’m almost embarrassed by how outrageously simple this recipe is. If you can even call it a recipe, that is. I’m not much of a ‘juicer’ in the modern sense that the concept seems to have taken on; I eat too. While I don’t condone this detox/diet approach to this new fad, I do however… Read more »

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ORANGE AND ALMOND CAKE

I recently came across a video of Nigella Lawson making a clementine cake. The first step involved boiling the fruit for two hours and then blending it to make a purée; skin and all. It just made sense. I’ve made an orange cake before using just the zest, and so good though as it is,… Read more »