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Around Town: 3 Food Gifts to Buy from Delhi

Great Food Gifts to Carry Home from Delhi I’m a great fan of food gifts – both, home-made and store-bought. I love baking a cake or making a dip to carry to friends’ homes for dinner. Most of my Diwali gifts involve food or baking experiments, packaged in painstakingly procured boxes accompanied by diyas/candles and a… 

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Sooji Halwa Cake

A new twist on an old classic I don’t know about you guys, but my family is OD-ing on whatsapp groups. Sometimes I feel (or rather AK feels) that they have taken over my life. There are groups within groups within groups – so much so that I’m always worried about saying the wrong thing to… 

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Khatta Meetha Petha

Sweet, sour and spiced yellow pumpkin sabzi Unlike many of my friends and absolutely unlike my darling husband, I have a great love for vegetables. Most people don’t understand what I mean when I say I am a preferred-vegetarian. I think that’s just my warped way of saying that I love my veggies. If I… 

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Summery Cucumber & Mint Cooler

Or how to feel cool as a cucumber this summer! All through summer, whenever I browse through my FB news feed, nothing hits me harder than the sheer spectrum of reactions to the season – from here to the other side of the globe. While my brother in Europe and my cousins in the States are… 

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Mango Desserts by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Eating Out: It takes two to Mango at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf This Season

Mango Festival at Coffee Bean & Tea LeafMango Fiesta at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf If you just can’t seem to get enough of mangoes this summer, head to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for their ‘Let’s Mango’ range of beverages and desserts. Scratch your mango itch by indulging in a chilled Mango Ice Blended… 

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Instant Ginger Pickle

Quick & easy summer meal accompaniment This instant ginger pickle had me at hello. Well, to be honest, at it’s pretty pink colour! An intrinsic part of our summer supplies, my mom has always made multiple batches of this every year. In fact, I don’t even know if we can actually call this a pickle…. 

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Eating Out: New Menu @ Spaghetti Kitchen

Brush up on your Italian with Spaghetti Kitchen’s brand new menu. The new additions go beyond just pizza and pasta, and the flavours are rustic and wholesome. Oh, and we want to give them brownie points for offering many more options than the mandatory-2-wines-by-the-glass on their wine list! So whether you’re in the mood for… 

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Eating Out: Burgalicous with Beer

Burgers & Beer at Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon, until 31st May. If you thought that you’ve already tasted the best burger in town, think again! Courtyard by Marriot, Gurgaon has a lineup that may put a few burger joints to shame! What’s more, there’s a chilled beer on offer with every burger you order. If… 

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Chilled Spinach & Cucumber Soup

Or how to use up not-crisp-enough-for-salad-veggies in the fridge! It’s definitely that time of the year again. It’s time for me to be predictable and moan about the Delhi heat. About constantly wanting to eat meals which are easy, quick and (preferably) chilled! I was told (more than) once by a friend that drinking iced coffee (or… 

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Glass Noodle Rolls with Asparagus & Avocado

  Or cooking up a storm with Women’s Health and Chef Kunal Kapur A few weeks ago I received a surprise call from Women’s Health (India) magazine asking me to participate in an activity that would kick off the food section of their magazine. All I heard was bloggers, food challenge and Chef Kunal Kapur…. 

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Kashmiri Kahwah

Traditional Kashmiri Green Tea with Saffron & Almonds I think I was about 13 or 14 when I had Kahwah (also Qawah or Kehwah) for the first time. One of my mom’s closest friends is married into a joined family and, for the longest time, the 4 brothers along with their wives and children lived in one… 

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Pack-a-Picnic | Insider’s guide to Picnic Spots to hit up in NCR

Make hay while the sun shines…or in Delhi’s case, while the winter sun shines! Instead of the usual Sunday Brunch plans, try a sumptuous picnic lunch under the winter sun while it lasts. If you thought Lodhi Garden and Nehru Park were your only picnic options in Delhi, think again! Our lovely city has a… 

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Kulkuls: Sugar Glazed Deep Fried Dough Curls

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you haven’t heard of kulkuls before this, and you speak Hindi, then I’m sure there are many kal-kal (yesterday-yesterday/ tomorrow-tomorrow), parson-parson (day-after, day-after) or aaj-aaj (today-today) jokes running through your head. I get it. I’ve thought them all before! But not before devouring a fistful… 

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Lemon Garlic & Pepper Rice

My contribution to the Tupperware Care4Food Campaign I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 5 years calling AK a picky eater. If you follow this blog, then you’ve probably heard my rant more than a few times. Chicken, potato, starch, sugar, chocolate and deep fried are his keywords and nothing less will do!… 

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Indian Masala Chai

Or Indian Spiced Milk(y) Tea Chai is a way of life for most (North) Indians. Not time or occasion specific, it is the most humble beverage and yet has the capacity to be very ritualistic. It is enjoyed equally in most settings  – from an ornate sitting room to an office or even a local street… 

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6 Easy & Useful Baking Hacks

Baking hacks that have changed my life Baking is, by far, my favourite activity in, and around, the kitchen. I could bake a cake long before I could make dal or put together a simple salad. Having baked my first cake at age 9, my skill, technique, style and preferences have evolved over the years…. 

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Listing: Diwali Delights at Krispy Kreme

This Diwali: A nutty circle for every circle Krispy Kreme, the American doughnut chain, surprised us with a gift hamper of  Special Dry Fruit Diwali Doughnuts. A limited edition of 4 flavours developed for Diwali – available from 5th to 27th Diwali – they consist of Pistachios & Vanilla, Kashews & Kreme, Karamelised Walnut and Almond Double… 

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Maharashtrian Shengdana Chutney

Or Maharashtrian Peanut & Chilly-Garlic Chutney Powder Pune is a city that I consider my second home. Post independence, when my paternal grandparents moved from Ferozepur in Punjab, they set up camp in Pune. My grandfather set up a book and toy store called Ratanjee on MG Road, or Main Street as it is called. My… 

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Arabesque Week at Cafe, Hyatt Regency, Delhi

Head to Café from 25 – 30 August for a taste of Arabesque flavours! Cafe, the all-day-dining restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Delhi, is celebrating Arabesque flavours this week and they invited us to be one of the first few to try it and share our thoughts. Chef Ali Alhaj (Chef de Cuisine, Park Hyatt Dubai) has… 

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Homemade Garam Masala Powder

Or a Punjabi’s favourite Indian Spice Mix Garam = Hot/ Heat and Masala = Spice Mix This is as close to a definition or translation that I can manage. The garam here refers to the intensity and not the capsaicin content – in fact it generally contains little or no chillies. It is not fiery and… 

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