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My first foray into cooking was in my High School years when cooking was all about trying out fancy exotic recipes from magazines with hard-to-get ingredients. The results sometimes were delightful but more often than not, pretty frustrating. It made me think that cooking doesn’t really have to be complicated. Good food is not necessarily food drowned in butter or floating in oil but more about using day to day ingredients easily available in your pantry to create dishes that impress your guests. Also food is for sustenance, not to give you a visit to the doctor, right?  So with that said, if you want some fun with food and creativity, you have come to the right place.  

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Mint Chutney

If you eat Indian food, this mint chutney will be very handy! I can’t think of a single Chaat that does not have some kind of tamarind, mint or coriander chutney. It is a great way to use up a bunch of coriander or mint you have at home. Mint is always paired with coriander…

Orange Chicken

Who doesn’t like Orange Chicken, especially the ones you can get in the Chinese takeaways, right? When we lived in Atlanta there was one such eatery at the nearby mall I used to visit quite a few times every month just for that gooey but crunchy deliciousness. I knew it was LOADED in sugar but…

Impossible Curry

Namya paste is usually made for fish curries. It has a ton of spices like fingerroot (gra-chai or Chinese ginger so called because the shape of the rhizome resembles that of fingers growing out of a center piece), shallots, dried red chilies, kaffir lime, coriander seeds, garlic, lemongrass and galangal. The paste itself is vegetarian…

Chicken Changezi

Changezi may or may not have come from the times of the Mongolian conquerer Genghiz Khan but this Mughlai style chicken curry with a cashew, milk and cream base is going to be a sure hit next time you are in the mood for a curry. Serve this comforting curry with rice or naan bread…

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