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Indian Grilled Corn on the Cob – Street Style Bhutta

How do I even describe The Indian Grilled corn on the cob? Some flavors and food experiences are hard to express. This, is one of them. Freshly harvested corn, still carrying with it the fragrance of the earth it was grown in, is shucked and put on scorching naked hot charcoal. A touch of lemon, a hint of salt and generous amount of chilli powder goes on top of the hot smoky corn on the cob.  Smoky, salty, hot and spicy – the aroma pulls you in. And you surrender. In India, mostly cream yellow or orange flint varieties of …

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Lemon Rice – South Indian Rice With Lemon and Peanuts

Lemon Rice - South Indian Rice With Lemon and Peanuts

Lemon Rice – South Indian Rice with Lemon and Peanuts, is sort of self-explanatory. However, I am dying to tell you all about it anyway. You see, for all the years I have been blogging, I always shared and posted more technical recipes. Things I wanted to try or things I thought people would love to learn. While I shared a croissant recipe because I was so thrilled that I could make those as a home baker, I also shared the Kashmiri dum aalu which is highly technique based for everyone else but a Kashmiri who is used to the …

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Monji Achar – Kohlrabi Pickles in Mustard Oil

While most of the world was making something sweet for the Mother’s day and indulging in creamy decadent desserts, the scene at our home was the opposite. It was a day of savory indulgences and a day of “Home Spa”. My daughter’s idea of making me have a great mother’s day was to have her Dad cook up a storm of savory things while she presented me with the make up supplies and a “gift certificate” to redeem. The gift Certificate read, – “Personalized make up services by Shloka”. I am NOT a make up person. I just don’t have …

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Walnut Chutney

Walnut is a significant part of Kashmiri culture. It is said that that the four kernels of the walnut represent – Dharma ( guiding principles by which we live life ) Artha ( Meaning of life ) Kama ( desires) and Moksha ( Nirvana). It is also believed to be symbolic of the four Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Atharva and Sama. The whole walnut with the shell on is an essential element in all Kashmiri rituals and important religious festivals. The Festival of Herath ( Shivratri) – The celebration of the union of Shiva and Shakti – being the most …

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Roasted Eggplant Dip – Baigan Bharta

Smoky, smoldering and clandestine. That has been my affair with the guy named clove, ever since we got together for the Alu matar Smokin’.  We have been meeting off and on, more on than off for he is just too irresistible.  What’s not to like in a guy who makes me look like I am the greatest cook?  He makes me look good, oh yes he does!  But since it is a brand new year and I really don’t want to keep him a secret anymore, I am declaring it out loud.  This is going to be the year of clove in …

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Mushroom Stir fry with green onions and cumin

  Mushrooms!! The hobbits were fond of them. The very sweet shy people of the shire. They loved their beer, their pipe and their food, especially mushrooms.  Every time I read the Lord of the Rings or watch the movies, I find myself cooking mushrooms in different ways. Until I finish watching the movies or reading the books, my kitchen witnesses a plethora of mushrooms. Yes, I did say every time. I read the book every couple of years  and watch the extended version of the movies at least once a year. It’s kind of like my forever story book and I …