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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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Keema Matar

PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 25 mins YIELDS: 4-5 Ingredients Ground lamb 16 oz Vegetable oil 2 tbsp Onion 1, large, chopped Ginger paste 1 tbsp Garlic paste 1 tbsp Salt to taste Sugar 1 tsp Turmeric powder 1 tbsp Tomato 1, large, chopped Cumin powder 1 tbsp Coriander powder 2 tbsp Red chili…

Couscous Salad

Couscous, made from durum wheat or semolina flour, is a staple in North African cuisines. There are three different kinds of couscous – Moroccan, Israeli and Lebanese. I have a couple of recipes of Lebanese couscous I have posted on the blog before. Check out Pearl Couscous Salad with Garlic Oil and Buddha Bowl with Pearl Couscous…

Bhopali Murgh Rezala

Bhopali cuisine is wonderfully rustic. It is not as subtle and refined as Lucknowi cuisine with its use of dairy products and use of aromatics but nor is it as bold as Hyderabadi cuisine with its use of coconut, tamarind and red chilies. Bhopal has a culinary nawabi tradition dating back several centuries. The three…

Chinese Five Spice Chicken

The five flavors in Five Spice powder is that of sweet, bitter, sour, salty and pungent. They refer to the five elements of fire, water, wood, earth and metal in traditional Chinese medicine. Any imbalance of the elements in the body leads to illnesses. Interestingly this is closely related to the Indian Vastu system where…

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