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How to Make Yogurt at Home

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Image Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/Danilo Rizzuti Most of us know about the benefits of consuming yogurt on a regular basis. Yogurts are rich in probiotics which are the “active good bacteria” that we need for the proper functioning of our digestive tracts. Rich in Calcium, Yogurt can help prevent Osteoporosis and keep our bones strong and […]

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How to make Indian Paneer at Home

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For those who don’t know, Paneer is some kind of an uncured, fresh common cheese which is very popular in North Indian cuisine for savoury dishes and in East Indian cuisine for sweet meats. It is unlike any other cheese that I have tasted anywhere in the world. Many of my non-Indian friends, when asked […]

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Yakhni: A timeless dish for all ages from Kashmir

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Yakhni is a Kashmiri yogurt based gravy dish, which is usually made with mutton. But there are vegetarian versions too using ‘nadru’ (lotus stem) or even bottle gourd. It has no tomatoes, turmeric or chillies. Kashmiri Pandits (Brahmins) also don’t use onions and garlic. Kashmiris believe that Yakhni originally came from Persia, and probably reached […]

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Why are you doing this Hawkins?

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Let me admit this upfront. I have, for quite some time, been an unabashed fan of Hawkins, of its pressure cookers, pans and even electrical appliances, without being “affiliated” with this company in any manner. But what recently got my goose was when this venerated company ran a half-a-page advertisement about its latest Hevibase pressure […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Rice the Indian Way

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Image Courtesy: Magentic Manifestations “Rice is a beautiful food. It is beautiful when it grows, precision rows of sparkling green stalks shooting up to reach the hot summer sun. It is beautiful when harvested, autumn gold sheaves piled on diked, patchwork paddies. It is beautiful when, once threshed, it enters granary bins like a (flood) […]

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Strange Things About Indian Cuisine That You May Not Know

India is a land of strange sights, sounds, smells, customs, traditions, and of course, cuisine. But regardless of where you go in India, you will find some common thread binding its varied culinary traditions together. I underline a few here. Eating in Thalis: Traditionally, Indian food used to be served in Thalis (round platters), that […]

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10 Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

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Image Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/Africa With the onset of winters, sipping hot, ginger tea might seem the perfect thing to do while cuddled inside a comforter on a warm bed. Not only does ginger tea taste great but it has also got lots and lots of health benefits. For thousands of years, mankind has been aware […]

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Interesting Facts About Cinnamon That You May Not Know

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Do you know that Cinnamon (or the Indian Dalchini) is one spice that is used both in Eastern (including Indian) as well as Western cuisines? Indian cuisine is well known to use a mind-numbing variety of spices (the list is indeed long). I have heard quite a few celebrity chefs boasting how a particular kebab […]

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To Use Or Not To Use A Pressure Cooker

Many readers have written asking why I’m recommending the use of pressure cookers in many of my Indian recipes when pressure cookers have quite the “bad boy” reputation of being inherently dangerous. Also whether using pressure cookers is “mandatory” if you wish to “cook in a JIFFY.” (This is an excellent video about a pressure […]

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Cooking with Yogurt-the Indian way

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Eating yogurt is, of course, no big deal. Flavoured or unflavoured, plain or fortified, made from full cream or skimmed milk—-the variety that industrially manufactured yogurt today comes in is simply mind boggling. But cooking with yogurt? You cook with cheese and wine but yogurt??? The question would certainly stump most aficionados of Western or […]

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