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Breadfruit Chips or Nachos

We love breadfruit! It’s sometimes crispy and sometimes mulchy snack, depending on how you cook it. It’s also really a perfect family member of the jackfruit, although like every cousin, it’s really different. We only get breadfruit in India during Feb or March. It’s locally called नीरफणस or nir phanas in Marathi. it’s also called […]

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East Indian Tomato Kusondi Recipe

The East Indian Tomato Kusondi is a much lovelier version of the regular Maharastrian tamtar kusandi; using almost the same ingredients, but with a lot more zing. It’s the perfect accompaniment for lunch or dinner, and can also go well with just bread, chappatis or toast. Mom’s version of the tomato kusondi has found it’s […]

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Traditional East Indian Pancake Recipe

Pancake Tuesday is just around the corner, and my friends have already called dibs on my mom’s pancake recipe. It’s the recipe she got from granny but tweaked a bit, and it’s perfect! Anyways, East Indians celebrate pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras with pancakes. They’re a bit different from chocolate pancakes which […]

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East Indian Coconut Cordial Recipe (Gluten Free)

Coconut Cordial is one of the easiest East Indian Christmas sweets to make. And it tastes yummy too! Granny’s always made the coconut version of cordial. Some people use almonds or cashewnuts instead of coconut. We’ve never tried that recipe for Cordial No 1. We’re quite satisfied with our Cordial No 2, although we do […]

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Mass Pav or (Moulded) Marzipan : East Indian Series

Growing up, the house started smelling of Christmas from early December. Literally! You could smell marzipan, vanilla cream, thali sweet, cordial, Christmas cake and so much more. The best part of being East Indian though, was tasting the smells. Or rather eating the Christmas sweets that weren’t good enough to give to relatives and were […]

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East Indian Bombil Pickle (Sukha Bomblache Lonche)

The house stinks! That’s what my sister says every time mom makes a bombil pickle. And it actually does. The East Indian Lonchey or East Indian Dry Bombil Pickle stinks when you put it together, but it tastes amazing! By the way, did you know that the Bombil fish in English is called a Bombay […]

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East Indian Mango Chutney Recipe

Being brought up in India, we’ve grown up on lush sweet mango chutney every summer. Sometimes, although rarely, the traditional East Indian mango chutney lasts through the monsoon and into a bit of winter. It’s a version of the Gujarati murabba and chunda, but not exactly. Or the Russian and Eastern European varenye.  What is […]

Cuchumber kadmat - refreshing East Indian salad

East Indian Kadmat or Cuchumber Recipe

Summers comes around and you know it’s time for Kadmat or Cuchumber. Nope not cucumber, Cuchumber! It’s the traditional East Indian salad that dad makes as soon as the raw mangoes start coming around in April. And we can’t get enough of it. I mean who wouldn’t? Every East Indian makes Cuchumber as often as […]

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Goat Tripe – Vajri Khudi Curry : East Indian Series

So next up is the East Indian Vajri Khudi or Vajadi khudi. What is Vajri in English? Tripe? What is tripe? The stomach of ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, deer, giraffe and more. We usually use goat tripe. Why not cow tripe? Well, because it’s banned in Maharashtra. A lot of the younger […]

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Easter Eggs, Bonnets & Chicken : East Indian Series

Easter! Spring and redemption and everything anew. New life in Jesus and new life on earth. A celebration of hope!  And sweets! Or eggs rather? Legend tells that quite like Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus, the Easter bunny called ‘Easter’ along with the spring bunny come with egg filled baskets to the homes of children. They […]

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Special East Indian Chicken Tope : East Indian Series

East Indian Tope, a marriage of our Portuguese cultural inheritance with our Indian roots. It’s the perfect all in one meal at any time. In continuing with the East Indian Series, Sarah from TheWingedFork talks about cooking this yummy recipe. It was my turn to help mom in the kitchen yesterday, and we were making […]

Cooking up a Sorpotel Pav : East Indian Series

Sorpotel or Sarpatel or Sarapatel, the dish that makes mouths water anywhere it’s served, no matter how you spell it. And as we always say, our East Indian version tastes ten times better than the Goan version of this age old traditional Portuguese recipe. Wink wink! Today, the versatile Jude Fernandes, a true-blue East Indian […]

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Majorcan Paella Mixtas: A lazy Sunday lunch with a traditional feast

A lunch invitation We’re renting James and Antonia’s place in Inca in Mallorca aka Majorca for a few weeks this summer. It’s lovely, the rustic and the modern merging into a beautiful new character. I love the feel of being so far away from the town of Inca, even though it’s just on the other side of the […]

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Love you more than cake

‘Malaysia, let’s go to Malaysia.’ ‘What, why?’ ‘Because I want Kek Lapis Sarawak.’ ‘Have it imported.’ ‘But I want to learn how to make it too. Let’s go, pleeease…’ But we didn’t go. Malaysia beckons from a distance, but for now we pretend our ears are closed. Well, the boss wouldn’t give us leave anyway. […]