Brazilian Lemonade With Indian Lemons

Did you know that the Brazilians make lemonade using condensed milk, and that it tastes extremely delicious? I didn’t, until I recently saw a post about it on Pinterest. And then, I HAD to try out this hatke (at least for me!) version of lemonade for myself.

Check out my version of the Brazilian lemonade, just in on my photo blog!

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio E Peperoncino| Burnt Garlic Spaghetti

Spaghetti alio e oglio is a traditional pasta dish from the villages of Naples, Italy, a dish cooked with very, very few ingredients. Here, spaghetti is cooked with garlic and salt, in olive oil, each one of these ingredients more or less always available in the Italian countryside. Apparently, the villagers would cook this dish when the times were hard, when there would be nothing much to cook with but when one still wanted to eat a hearty meal.

Check out my version of spaghetti alio oglio, just in on the photo blog!

Just Read

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love And Life From Dear Sugar – Cheryl Strayed

Genre: Non-fiction, self-help, real-life, life advice

Tiny Beautiful Things is a reproduction of an advice column in The Rumpus, that used to run by the name of Dear Sugar. People would write in to the newspaper with their real-life problems, and a woman called Sugar would reply to chosen ones, with sage, practical advise. The woman, it was later revealed, was Cheryl Strayed, the author who went on to write the well-known Wild.

I don’t usually read Agony Aunt columns in newspapers and magazines and, so, didn’t think I would enjoy this book much. I picked it up solely because there were so many good reviews for the book, and I am happy I did, because it turned out to be one of the best books I have read in recent times.

Tiny Beautiful Things made me laugh out loud, gasp in horror, tear up, cry, sigh, and filled my heart with gratitude, all at the same time. It opened me up from within, made me think about my life afresh, struck chords deep within me, and made me look at the world through new eyes.

This is the sort of book I would heartily recommend to every single one of you. If there is just one book you can attempt to read in the near future, I would suggest you to make this that one.

Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop – Abby Clements

Genre: Chick-lit, fiction, foodie fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary fiction

When their grandmother Vivien leaves them her ice cream shop by the sea, Anna and her sister Imogen have no clue about what to do with it. Anna is well-settled in her corporate job, has just moved into her new apartment and is looking forward to a happy life ahead with boyfriend Jon. Imogen is happy with her boho life as a photographer in Thailand. What could they possibly have to do with Granny V’s shop? Or could they? This and more forms the storyline of Abby Clements’ Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop.

I picked up the book when I saw it at a discounted price at a store, craving for a light, easy read. And a light and easy read this did prove to be. The pages turn fast and easy, at no point stressing you out. I loved how the author has developed the characters – all with their own shades of grey and black.

The storyline, however, is way too slick and smooth. A problem just has to come up, and there’s a solution that crops up to it almost immediately. Anna and Imogen supposedly have very different temperaments, but there are absolutely no fireworks between them. The sisters are supposed to be completely inexperienced in the running of a shop and short on cash, but things miraculously fall into place… so much so that the book begins to feel like a dud after a certain point. That is exactly what happened to me.

Do check out the book if you want a simple read is what I’ll say. Just don’t expect it to be layered and complex and real. It’s a pleasant enough read if you don’t expect too much, and it will surely make you crave for some exotic flavours of ice cream in the process. It did, to me.

Have you read any of these books? I would love to know your thoughts about them!

What are you reading at the moment?

 

Mudakathan Keerai Dosai| Balloon Vine Savoury Crepes

The other day, I got hold of some very fresh ‘mudakathan keerai‘ from a vegetable vendor. I was thrilled, naturally, because the greens aren’t very easy to find here in Bangalore.

Since I had home-made dosa batter on hand, I decided to use them to make mudakathan keerai dosais, in two different ways. Both dosas tasted equally good, and the family loved them to bits.

Check out the recipes, just in on my photo blog!

Easy Basundi Recipe (With Condensed Milk)

When I think of the years we lived in Ahmedabad, I cannot not think of basundi. It used to be a favourite, favourite sweet dish, rich and creamy without being overly so, loaded with nuts. This cousin of the North Indian rabri is something I associate with festive times, specifically Diwali.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Easy Chocolate Burfi Recipe| Instant Chocolate & Milk Powder Sweet

This Diwali, try out this very simple chocolate burfi recipe! It needs just a few ingredients – including very little ghee, unlike many other traditional Indian sweets. It needs just about 20 minutes to put together, and the chocolate flavour and smooth texture will surely make it a hit with kids and adults alike.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Methi Nu Shaak| Fenugreek Green Curry With Chickpea Flour

A dry curry with fenugreek greens (methi) and chickpea flour (besan) is a traditional Gujarati preparation. You will surely find this dish on the dining table of a Gujarati household, especially during the winters. The chickpea flour and the sugar added to the curry even out the bitterness of the fenugreek greens, making the taste absolutely fantabulous. It is a great, great way to incorporate the greens in your diet, I think.

The recipe for this beautiful curry is up on my photo blog! Check it out!

Pressure Cooker Sem Ki Sabzi| One-Pot Double Beans (Lima Beans) Curry

I am a big, big fan of double beans in the dried form. Recently, I spotted fresh double beans (also called sem or lima beans) at the Jayanagar market, and couldn’t resist picking up some. I used them to make this beautiful pressure-cooker curry to go with rotis, for lunch today.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog! 🙂

Beetroot Pasta Salad With Sweet & Sour Dressing

Recently, while I was at Godrej Nature’s Basket, I spotted this pack of Beetroot Gluten-Free Fusilli Pasta by Healthy Alternatives. Quite intrigued, I picked it up, along with a few vegetables. I used the ingredients to make a beetroot pasta salad, which I served with a very simple sweet-and-sour dressing.

I must say, the salad tasted delicious. Loaded with vegetables, it was quite filling and nutritious, and we loved having it for dinner. And, before you ask, no, the pasta didn’t smell of beetroot at all! 🙂

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Gongura Thokku| Spicy Andhra-Style Sorrel Leaf Chutney

Gongura thokku, a spicy gongura (sorrel leaf) chutney, is a very popular dish from the state of Andhra Pradesh. It makes for a beautiful accompaniment to piping hot ghee rice, and the husband and I love thulping it down with dosas as well. I learnt the recipe from a friend of my mom’s, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, and it has been practised and perfected over time. My 92-year-old granny, who was brought up in Bellary alongside Telugu neighbours, approves of it, too.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!