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Pudina Pulao – Mint Rice

Light, aromatic and immensely flavorful rice dish that uses very few ingredients. The mint flavor is subtly infused in the rice without being overpowering. Tinted with a light green shade, smelling of warmth and sunshine, pudina pulao makes for an endearing meal to serve family and friends.

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Marie Biscuit Chocolate Rolls

Marie Biscuits are our family’s favorite tea time biscuits. There are numerous desserts one can make using them and today’s recipe is a sweet treat that can be served in a get together or party. Eggless chocolate rolls, quick to make and delicious! Easy chocolate dessert that even a 10 year old can whip up in minutes.

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Summer Coolers ~ Ragi Almond Drink

Calcuim rich Finger millet aka Ragi is a wonder grain that helps to cool our body making a nutritious cooler during summer.

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Egg Kurma

An inviting egg curry that is loved by all at home. There are numerous versions of egg korma floating round the internet. But today’s recipe is bookmark-worthy. The combination of heady spices and coconut sauteed along with the onion-tomato base gives the egg kurma its unique flavor that is hearty and comforting. Makes a great side with biryani or flavored rice.


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Summer Coolers ~ Watermelon Smoothie

Come summer, its the season for watermelons. I usually blend the watermelon cubes along with fresh mint and serve chilled. Watermelon smoothie is another great summer cooler that is prepared using de-seeded and cubed watermelon, strawberry crush and honey. Simply superb!

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Quick Summer Meals ~ Spiced Kidney Bean Sandwich

Yesterday, we had Rajma Chawal and Pineapple Mint salad for lunch. I kept aside some cooked rajma (kidney beans) to prepare a salad. Today, I made a Mexican inspired kidney bean filling for sandwich. Lovely flavors and made for a filling meal with watermelon smoothie on a hot summer day.

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Pineapple Mint Salad

Prepared a Thai inspired salad using pineapple and cucumber, a refreshing medley along with a touch of fresh mint. I omitted roasted peanuts which are an integral part of most Thai salads. You can also add some grated fresh coconut and summer fruit, mango or papaya.

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Summer Coolers ~ Fresh Mango Juice

Summer is the only season one can relish fresh homemade ripe mango juice and I make best use of our home grown mangoes. ‘Suvarnarekha’, a variety of sweet mango is best suited to prepare mango juice. Its pulp blends well to yield a smooth creamy juice.

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Quick Summer Meals ~ Cracked Wheat with Roasted Vegetables

I tried a Mediterranean inspired recipe that calls for couscous and bell peppers. Replaced couscous with dalia and I had a vibrant vegetarian meal bursting with color, flavor and textures. Made for a quick, healthy and tasty vegan meal.

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Summer Coolers ~ Chikku (Sapota) Milkshake

Chikku milk shake is an apt cold drink to counter the blistering summer heat, a healthy alternate to store bought artificial drinks.

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Summer Meals ~ Grilled Paneer Sandwich

Today’s grilled Paneer sandwich makes for a special morning meal or brunch along with a glass of chilled juice or smoothie. Extremely flavorful and filling sandwich.

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Summer Coolers ~ Ginger Mint Lemonade

Mint-y, ginger-y, tang-y lemonade – one of my favorite thirst quencher for those hot sultry days. A summertime beverage that is sure to please your family and friends at a picnic or barbeque party.

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Eggless Chocolate Cake

I restrict baking to early hours of the day even if it means waking up an hour early than usual during summer season. Nehal wanted me to bake a chocolate cake and with a lone egg sitting in the refrigerator and too early in the day for the stores to open, I decided to bake an eggless chocolate cake since I had a tin of condensed milk, the main ingredient that goes into its making.

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Quick Summer Meals ~ Avocado Mango Salad

Prepared a simple, colorful and flavorful salad using avocado and ripe mango for lunch today. Refreshing with combination of textures – both avocado and mango being creamy, and lettuce providing a bit of crunch, the salad has a mingling of savory and sweet flavors.

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Quick Summer Meals ~ Thai Stir fried Broccoli Chicken

I tried a Thai inspired sweet and savory sauce for a simple broccoli and chicken stir fry and it did not disappoint. The sauce included peanut butter that added sweetness, red chilli flakes gave a touch of spice while lemon juice provided the tang.

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Summer Coolers ~ Nimbu Pani – Lemonade

During summer months I avoid long hours in the kitchen. Usually in the month of May, our mid day meals are quick to prepare, light, healthy and refreshing, mostly fruits, smoothies, coolers and light meals like wraps, salads and lightly sauteed vegetables.

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Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer When in season, I made optimum use of fresh green peas and froze a kilo for the summer months. Combined a small cup of peas with paneer and prepared a tomato based...

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Tomato Coriander Mint Chutney

Home grown pudina along with fresh coriander leaves and plump, ripe, juicy red tomatoes from farmer’s market, sauteed with cumin, green chillis and split gram dal, blended to a coarse paste and tempered with asafoetida and curry leaves. Yields a simple, quick and satisfying pachadi that went down really well with Idli, our morning breakfast.

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Apple Pomegranate Lettuce Salad

During summer, most mid day meals are usually light and many a time, its salad and large glass of a summer cooler or buttermilk, especially during the month of May. Today, I prepared a colorful, crunchy salad and a mint flavored lemonade for our mid day meal.

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Egg Biryani

Comfort food, Egg biryani, makes for a perfect weekend meal with raita and curry. Yesterday, I was inspired to make a flavored rice and since our family loves eggs, I decided on Egg biryani which has a striking resemblance to Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani. Its easy to put together, substantial and full of flavor.