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I live in an apartment complex which is beautifully landscaped. Every nook and cranny is verdant with trees, shrubs and flowering plants. I also have a balcony lined with plants. Living amidst all this green is a sight for sore eyes, and we feel such a relief that we get relatively fresh air around our …






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P is for…Pootharekulu #AtoZChallenge

Pootharekulu Putarekulu, or Poothareku as is it also known as, is the most unusual sweet I have ever seen or eaten. The origins of this sweet can be found in Atreyapuram, a village in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, in the Southern region of India. A particular Rice Batter, Powdered Sugar and Ghee …






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O is for… Obbattu #AtoZChallenge

Obbattu Obbattu. Holige, Parpu Poli. Bobbatlu. Bobattu or Puran Poli as I know it as, from growing up in Bombay. Many names, slight variations in the recipe and just the same deliciousness! Obbattu is a delicious Roti/Flatbread stuffed plump with a mix of cooked Chana Dal and Jaggery with hints of powdered cardamom making a …






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N is for … Nolen Gurer Jolbhara Sandesh #AtoZChallenge

Nolen Gurer Jolbhara Sandesh Nolen Gurer is Date Palm Jaggery. The winter months from November to February are what I used to eagerly await, as those are the months that West Bengal produces Date Palm Jaggery. Technology is a boon though, as these days Nolen Gurer Mishti’s (sweets) are available all year round. The taste …






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Meethe Chawal The literal translation of Meethe Chawal is Sweet Rice and they were cooked at home often when I was growing up. Whenever there was an occasion worth celebrating, or occasions were created when there were none, we had Meethe Chawal on the table. And in a joint family of 12 + people there …






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Langcha     I call Langcha the ‘Amitabh Bachchan of Jamuns’ as unlike it’s round, softer North Indian cousin, the Gulab Jamun, the cylindrical Bengali Sweet Langcha stands tall and slim. The texture differs too, as it is firmer and not swimming in syrup, even though it oozes with it. Bengali Sweets have a special …






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5 Things you are Thankful for about your Country #ThankfulThursdays Week 24

I feel privileged that I am an Indian. I love my Country, with all my heart and with all its welts and warts. I am rational enough to realise that there is a lot we could do better but then I choose to look the other way and choose to see the wonderful things we …






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  If you’ve ever visited a Gurudwara and have been lucky enough to come back with a cupped palm full of the Halwa they serve as Prasad to the visitors, chances are you’ve tasted Karha Prasad or Kada Parshaad as it is also known as. This Wheat Flour Halwa got its name as it is …






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Jackfruit Halwa I absolutely love Jackfruit! Isn’t it ironical how such an unattractive looking and cumbersome to cut through lump can hold such a delicious and fragrant fruit inside? Summer is the season of Jackfruits and I relish it in its various forms. When I saw Jackfruit Biryani on the menu on on our visit …






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Iyengar Bakery style Toast Sandwich When we moved to Bangalore 3 years ago we discovered many interesting facets of this garden city. Iyengar Bakeries dotting it was one such facet. Each Iyengar Bakery has a different story of origin to share; while some claim that an Englishman, a regular customer, taught an Iyengar family to …