Panki craving

The first time I tried Panki was at Swati Snacks in Mumbai and I remember I was blown away by the dish. Panki, a Gujarati dish, is a steamed pancake made from a simple batter of rice flour and yoghurt which is allowed to sit and ferment slightly for 3-4 hours. This is then flavoured with […]

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Kolhapuri Lamb chops

Keen to try other ways to cook the Tambda Rassa, I decided to try cooking lamp chops with a simple spice rub that included the Kolhapuri masala, ginger, garlic and salt. Since I had to cook these for dinner, I could marinate them only for 10 minutes. I decided to cook them in a pressure cook, […]

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Galouti Kebab with Sheermal

When a kebab’s name literally translates as ‘melting’, the expectations are set pretty high. Add to it the fact that this particular kebab is among the top stars of an already star-studded Lucknow culinary tradition, and those expectations get multiplied manifold. So I have always attempted the Galouti kebab with the respect and nervousness it deserves. […]

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Kathi rolls

For a recent get together with friends I made my version of the kathi rolls from Kolkata. I have spoken earlier about Kolkata kathi rolls vs. the Mumbai frankie and still maintain that both are quite different and tasty in their own right. The filling in my rolls is made of chicken, methi (fenugreek leaves) and […]

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The Marathi Atkins diet

I joke that Marathi cuisine could give the old Atkins diet a run for it’s money, given the importance of pulses in our cuisine. Matki (moth beans), Moong/mung (green gram), chawli (black eyed peas), vaal/dalimbi (bitter field beans) and double bean are commonly used in many preparations at home. Both my grandmother and mother would […]

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Street food – Dabeli pav

I have to admit, that I had never eaten Dabeli Pav till a trip to Mumbai this year when I finally decided I had to try it. I have al ways been a huge of Pav Bhaji (soft bread with a spicy & tangy potato, tomato and onion mash) and generally seen Dabeli as a […]

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Chai and bun muska

Nothing beats the breakfast or tea time option of Masala tea and soft bun slathered with home made butter. Well, the only thing that beats this is ‘brun’ muska – which is a toasted bun or pav (Mumbai style soft bread) with butter 🙂

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Chakli

Chakli is a fried snack made from wheat flour and flavoured mildly with spices. A good chakli should be crispy and crumbly to eat. But often chaklis which are store bought tend to be quite hard and not as enjoyable to eat. At home we make chaklis with an equal combination of whole wheat and […]

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