recipes!

Aloo Gobi

Potatoes and cauliflower go so well together. I love eating aloo gobi with rotis OR puris (a type of fry bread). The spices are just right for warming you up, especially now that the temperatures are cooling down.

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Pumpkin Sambar

Sambar is one of my favorite veggie curries. A South Indian staple, this curry can never have too many veggies. Use your end-of-summer garden produce if you’re scratching your head wondering what else to cook up.

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Raita

This is a favorite ‘salad’ beloved by Indians, young and old. It’s so light and it works effectively to cut down the spiciness in dishes.

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Ambot Tik / Hot and Sour Fish Curry

Ambot means ‘sour’ and ‘Tik’ is spicy in Konkani, the state language of Goa. My family comes from Goa and this dish graces our dining table whenever there’s catfish, prawns / shrimp, skate or sword fish available. This tomatoey, decadent dish is lip-smacking good with rice.

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Indian Chicken Puffs

On my way to St. Xavier’s College (my alma mater), in Colaba, I would stop at two Parsi-owned bakeries, Kyani Bakery and Bastani Bakery. These puffed chicken pastries are one of the many treats sold by them AND are my absolute favorite snack!

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Kesar / Saffron Shrikhand

A very easy and simple recipe beloved by children and adults,
kesar shrikhand is a traditional Maharashtrian dessert made using fresh yogurt and powdered sugar.

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Wacky Cake

No eggs in the house? No milk or butter? Got an intense cake jones that must be satisfied? Then you might have the staples in your pantry to make a wacky cake. The wacky cake was invented during the Great Depression, when supplies and money were tight. It’s been Andy’s favorite cake since childhood. 

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Masala Shrimp

Shrimp is pretty expensive back home in Mumbai. When I was a child, my mother only bought it on special occasions. We would go to the local outdoor Chakala fish market in Andheri East, Mumbai.

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