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Gluten Free Sand Cake or Rice Cake Recipe

Beautiful sand cake or gluten free rice cake - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

I love sand cake. The soft grains melting in your mouth, the strong taste of butter… It tastes yummier than regular cake. And it’s so light and airy that you can’t stop at just one piece. What is sand cake? Well, it’s definitely not cake made of sand. Sand cake is the traditional East Indian … Read more Gluten Free Sand Cake or Rice Cake Recipe

Gluten Free Chitaps or Rice Crepes

Fluffy light chitaps - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

I love chitaps, always have, always will. They’re sweet and light to eat and look like handkerchiefs. So instead of getting them from our local East Indian auntie like we do almost every Sunday, I figured why not make them myself. You know, then I can have them whenever I want. Anyways, mom and dad … Read more Gluten Free Chitaps or Rice Crepes

Traditional East Indian Kimad Recipe : Sukhala!

Ingredients for the East Indian Kimad - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

So some nights it’s really cold outside and you need a liquid to warm your bones. That’s when the East Indian kimad makes a warm entrance into the hearth and home. Quite similar to mulled wine or brandy, the traditional East Indian kimad is a mix that keeps you warm on those cold nights. This … Read more Traditional East Indian Kimad Recipe : Sukhala!

East Indian Tomato Kusondi Recipe

Tomatoes, ginger, garlic, chillies for the kusondi - TheWingedFork

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 … Read more East Indian Tomato Kusondi Recipe

Traditional East Indian Pancake Recipe

Pancakes ready to serve - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

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 … Read more Traditional East Indian Pancake Recipe

Global Mardi Gras Celebrations and Food

Masskara Festival is held annually in October in Bacolod, Negros Island. Pic by Ceslou from Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0.

What is Mardi Gras? Or what is Fat Tuesday? The Roman pagan festivals of times long past were integrated into Christian traditions by the Roman Catholic Church and are now part of the festival that is called Mardi Gras. When is Mardi Gras? Or When is Fat Tuesday? Well, depending on the culture celebrating it, … Read more Global Mardi Gras Celebrations and Food

East Indian Coconut Cordial Recipe (Gluten Free)

Traditional East Indian Cordial - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

Coconut Cordial is one of the easiest East Indian Christmas sweets to make. And it tastes yummy too! Granny has 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” as it’s called in the East Indian Recipe book. We’re … Read more East Indian Coconut Cordial Recipe (Gluten Free)

Mass Pav or (Moulded) Marzipan: East Indian Series

Marzipan left out to dry - TheWingedFork

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 … Read more Mass Pav or (Moulded) Marzipan: East Indian Series

Kaka Baptista East Indian Museum, Manori Mumbai

Old East Indian artifacts - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

The East Indian Museum is in Manori. So we need to cross the Marve Creek by ferry to get to Manori Jetty. It’s 10 am and there’s a boatload of people already coming off it from the other side to get to work.  And there’s another load of us waiting to go to Manori – to … Read more Kaka Baptista East Indian Museum, Manori Mumbai

East Indian Bombil Pickle (Sukha Bomblache Lonche)

Bombil Pickle is ready - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

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! What’s a Bombay Duck? By the way, did you know that the Bombil fish in English … Read more East Indian Bombil Pickle (Sukha Bomblache Lonche)

East Indian Mango Chutney Recipe

Murabba or Chunda - By Abby from TheWingedFork

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 … Read more East Indian Mango Chutney Recipe

Honey Balls or Snow Balls: East Indian Series

Soak-the-honey-balls-in-sugar-syrup---TheWingedFork

Brown balls and white balls. Those are our punny names for gulab jamuns or rosgullas. But I’ve not heard any jokes about honey balls or snow balls yet. Is it because East Indian honey balls or snow balls are lesser known and only belong to a small part of society? Honey balls or snow balls are … Read more Honey Balls or Snow Balls: East Indian Series

East Indian Kadmat or Cuchumber Salad Recipe

Cuchumber kadmat - refreshing East Indian salad

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 … Read more East Indian Kadmat or Cuchumber Salad Recipe

Goat Tripe – Vajri Khudi Curry : East Indian Series

Roasting onions and chillies over a direct flame - TheWingedFork

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 … Read more Goat Tripe – Vajri Khudi Curry : East Indian Series

Easter Eggs, Bonnets & Chicken : East Indian Series

My-Sister's-colorful modern marzipan easter eggs-ready-for-pick-up-by-our-clients---TheWingedFork

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 … Read more Easter Eggs, Bonnets & Chicken : East Indian Series

Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets

christmas-sweets-in-boxes - TheWingedFork

Two East Indian aunties meet on the street. “Hello Lucy, how are you men?” “I’m good men, how are you and the babas?” “We’re all good men. Where you went?” “To the pav-wala on the corner to bring pav men. His pav better than Bertrand’s pav men. So nice and soft-soft. My dokra Aggie likes … Read more Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets

Special East Indian Chicken Tope Recipe

East-Indian-Special-Tope-ready-- Sarah -TheWingedFork

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 … Read more Special East Indian Chicken Tope Recipe

Cooking up a Sorpotel Pav : East Indian Series

About Sorpotel or Sarapatel 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, … Read more Cooking up a Sorpotel Pav : East Indian Series

Of Vajri Curries and Trotters Khudi : East Indians?

Mom's sweet Sorpotel - TheWingedFork

East Indians? My community is disappearing. What once was a thriving community in the heart of Bombay is now vanishing; and with it, all our traditions and culture. In a city of 22 million people, there are hardly 5 lakh East Indians left. Or was that 5 lakh across the globe? The salt on the … Read more Of Vajri Curries and Trotters Khudi : East Indians?

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