Parsi Ravo

This is a recipe for Parsi Ravo or Rawa as we called it at home, and mom got it ages ago from her friend. It is a semolina pudding and has got to be one of the simplest desserts to make, and also extremely delicious and satisfying. So simple that it was one of mom’s […]

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Pineapple upside-down cake

This cake is an old classic and although I’ve had this recipe for a while, I don’t bake this cake as often. But I chanced upon a tin of pineapples while doing my weekly shop and thought, why not? I personally enjoy getting straight to the recipe when something has caught my fancy, so here […]

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Puja memories…

Growing up in Bombay, there were some dishes that only seemed to make their appearance during Puja. Almost as if those recipes would magically appear during those five days of October, and then retreat away into some misty mountain top – much like the myth of Maa Durga! That theory was clearly a product of […]

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An ode to the Mughals – Chicken Rezala Tarts

The word ‘Moghlai’ that features prominently on so many restaurant boards back home conjures up images of a rich, heavy meal followed closely by Antacids, in many of us. While it’s understandable, that is a shame. While there is a tendency towards richness in that cuisine, it often gets short shrift for the oily, over-spiced onion and tomato […]

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Mawa cake & Parsi choi ice-cream

One of the things I lament the most when I visit coffee shops both in Singapore and back in Mumbai is the disappearance of good old fashioned tea cakes. Much as I like a brownie or a cheesecake every now and then, nothing quite complements a cup of tea or coffee like a simple tea […]

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Kairiche saar (raw mango soup)

Yes, you read that correctly. Raw Mango Soup otherwise called Kairiche Saar.  Most people are probably used to having raw mango as a pickle or in chutneys and relishes like the Marathi muramba or Gujarati methambo. Some may be used to seeing it added to dal to give it a sour note. Perhaps finely chopped in chaat […]

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Malvani fish

When I published my earlier post about being unwell and needing to change to a largely vegetarian diet, the last reaction I had expected was this…‘Vegetarian! Gaddar!!! (traitor)’. An extremely brief and to the point sms that Aniruddha received from a close friend. Can’t help but love it! 🙂 So, to placate him and others […]

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Rediscovering simple vegetarian food

Many people must be wondering why the Bombay Howrah Dining Car has gone so silent suddenly. That’s because one half of BHDC was diagnosed with a stomach infection two weeks ago and has been recuperating, while the other half has been extremely busy at work! I have no idea what I ate and where, but I got […]

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A fresh look at Aamras Puri

My heart leapt with joy last week when I had my first sighting of the Alphonso mango at Mustafa’s. Not the best quality yet, but there was no mistaking that distinctive fragrance that only the Alphonso carries. And so with a steady supply of my favourite mango now just around the corner, it was time […]

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