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Spiced Cherry Tomato Pasta

Such an intelligent and easy way to organise recipes! So here is one I tried out yesterday – a Spiced Cherry Tomato Pasta, it consists of very few ingredients –  cherry tomato, olive oil, garlic, chilli and basil. The beauty  of the Spiced Cherry Tomato Pasta is the way the cherry tomatoes are cooked down into an almost jammy and luscious sauce, that perfectly coats the pasta but doesn’t make it “saucy”. Kind of like a softened sun dried tomato tapenade  – but made simply with a bulk of cherry tomato, some sliced garlic and olive oil to bring it all together. Read more…

Potato Dauphinoise

Never underestimate the power of the potato. Not only because it gives us pretty little things like vodka and fries, which are ah-mazing. But also because their humility allows you to really work magic with them. Add eggs and they make an awesome frittata. Bake them and season, resulting and glorious potato wedges. Grate them onto a skillet for a quick and crispy potato roesti. You get the gist.

What I chose to do with (or rather, to) my potatoes was a little more luxurious. My mum was having her gaggle of friends over for a lunch soiree, and in addition to a bunch of salads and desserts, the main course was heralded by this version of potatoes – the Dauphinoise.

Lets rewind. The first time that I tried this spectacularly simple dish was at a restaurant in the city for a buffet lunch. I remember some friends of my parents going ga-ga over the preparation, which prompted them to call the chef out to the table to learn more about this new
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Tagliatelle with Zucchini Ribbons, Basil and Mushrooms

Do you ever get obsessed with eating or fantasising about eating one particular thing, week on week, day on day, meal on meal? I have that obsessive tendency, where I fall in love with a particular dish, and just can’t get enough of it – until one fine day, the obsession dies out completely. I’m still unsure about whether its because I overdid it, or because the dish outlived its welcome. In either way, the evidence is clear – when my heart falls into a plate, it takes a while for me to get it off that plate!

It started a few weeks ago, with creating Ribboned Zucchini with Almond Pesto and Truffle Drizzle. Unhappy with the actual ribbons that were created, I went out and bought a cute little handheld spiraliser, to give me those perfectly extra long and thin spaghetti like zucchini ribbons. After step one was done, I decided that I wanted to make a pasta that wasn’t ‘saucy’ in the slightest, but which burst with flavours, was clean on the palate and looked amazing.

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Beehive

  I could live a happy, satiated and decadent life on cheese. All kinds, any kind, preferably with some kind of fruit chutney, crackers, and a glass of wine. Cheese gluttony drove me to invest in a wondrous bookbased exclusively and dedicatedly to cheese. It uses every kind of cheese imaginable in the recipes, which […] Read more…

Ottolenghi’s Hummus

  A smooth, warm hummus, topped with a hearty paste of dried broad beans, is a popular Middle Eastern breakfast or lunch dish. Often served with warm pita and raw onion, this dish is deliciously low-cal and insanely satisfying. Adapted from Ottolenghi’s amazing Plenty, there isn’t a better recipe to observe. And if you’re in […] Read more…

Monsoon Salad

  There is little in the world half so wonderful as enjoying the Mumbai monsoon, the rain lashing against the grey Arabian Sea, and local chaat wallahs converting themselves into butta wallahs, dishing out mean masala and lemon doused corn on the cob. My serenade to the city’s prettiest season is this wonderfully hearty warming […] Read more…

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