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Growing Your Greens- Fenugreek

How many of you guys out there reading me right now have a green something close to you! Nope, tat green cup or a fridge magnet doesn’t count. I mean real living green leaves around you, especially if you have a balcony to spare. When I look out while I write this, I see this view and I feel lucky to have made this green patch in my home today. I have a bigger terrace which has vegetable seedlings growing and another little balcony which has herbs growing. I manage the gardens alone, with whatever help I get from anyone.

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#WIN15 Voting Starts Now!!

It started as a passion, leading on to becoming a profession and now to get this encouraging news has led me on to my belief- THAT I AM MADE FOR FOOD ONLY.. A good day spent for me has elements of food in it only. And as if cooking wasn’t enough, that now my passion lies in gardening and tending plants which can bear fruits for me to harvest. From onions to potatoes, they have all been seeded and shaag/leafy veggies that have been harvested too..   So today when my blog- ZOUQH got nominated for #win15 by BlogAdda.com, I

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Attitudes of Tastes- Kaema Sutra Vs Masala Library

#Comparison Series Kickstarts…. A few days back, while browsing through foodie groups on social media, a post caught my attention. It was asking the patrons of the group as to what do you do when a restaurant serve great food but their service is below any limits to be called good, and goes on to be a bit more of an attitude problem of the restaurant itself. An innocent question that can spark off arguments of many sorts. Do you go back to the erring restaurant for the love of food or not? Or does an act of kindness get

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My Fish Head Biryani – Muri-Ghonto!!

Today I wrote a 1-picture post, as I don’t know how to beautify this wonderfully tasty fish and rice dish for a picture. It’s no secret that I am a rustic food lover and photographer, and care absolutely no damn for props to beautify a dish. This post is an ode to my belief, and hence I restrict myself to just one, but a real picture of how this special dish should look and be served. Now, it’s a no onion and garlic recipe, like many other Bengali dishes. Bengal doesn’t growBut that’s not all, I have many more believes

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Paired – Cocktails & Malvani Food Festival

Husband has been out travelling weeks long at a stretch. Complaining about the rich hotel food. At least quality was a check in the 5 star property, but even the diet food would contain huge amounts of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. How much can a 30 something take in on a daily basis? I start this article with a lot of personal rant. It’s no fun keeping away from home and home cooked fresh simple food. We realised it the hard way! And then, Sofitel decided to do something about it. It created a menu for the very first time that was

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Semolina Porridge or Sooji Halwa: The most comforting dish, made in a jiffy…

In one of her episodes in Nigella Bites, she shows how the mamma bear makes a comforting dinner for her and two cubs; wherein she poured milk over some pieces of stale bread and sugar… Though I love adore and worship her in my kitchen, but I couldn’t help smirking that this was a comforting dish for mamma bear, (involves no cooking at all), but the cubs.. Would they enjoy it as much?? I don’t think anyone can appreciate the texture-less soggy bread and milk. It’s easy to make. Yup!! But what about flavours?? For me, my comfort dish has

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Coco-nutty Goodness!!!

One of my favourite ways to have milk with jaggery (Jaggered Milk, LOL!!) is as dessert. These simple coconut cakes are just wonderful and pairs very well with our flavourful milk. And as the ‘Pride of cows’ milk is creamy in nature, this is just the perfect way to enjoy the goodness and taste alike!! The ingredients cannot get simpler than this. The only thing that you have to take care is the right proportion and proper measurements. Ingredients:    ½ cup fresh coconut finely ground ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup semolina (roasted optional) Method: Very simple indeed… In

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Jaggered Milk!!

During a friendly conversation over coffee, my long lost school friend mentioned something about an expensive brand of milk she tried once. She claimed it was better than any tetra pack that we drink from everyday. For a while now, it’s been a bit of worrying snag for me that we drink milk straight out of a cardboard pack, which doesn’t even stay refrigerated. I keep wondering how many temperature differences it endures and still claim to be healthy. In our textbooks, we have always read how milk, or for that matter any dairy product, is very reactive which leads to it

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Fast, Furious and Simple Sandwiched Dhokla

Recently I got asked a wonderfully pertinent question by my friend who is starting off her culinary life; “what kitchen gadget should I invest in, the first.” Spat came my reply, a good convection cum microwave oven; microwave for fast heating, while the convection part is for baking cakes and roasting chickens. I cannot even begin to emphasize on how important these technologies are, and it’s foolish to buy an oven which doesn’t boast either of them. An Indian kitchen uses a microwave the most. Since my childhood, I have seen my parent’s microwave used exactly twice a day, every day. Maybe that precision is

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Taste of Europe – Botticino

I have always been a fan of this concept of Restaurant Week. A three course meal, specially curated on half the prices, what’s not to like about it?  And the good part is, a lot of companies and restaurants alike are taking to this concept. It brings the common us closer to fine dinners and lunches, while not creating a huge blow on the wallet! When European Union got together city restaurants to start with a festival, #TasteofEurope- showcasing the European cuisines, I couldn’t help but try it out. I chose a 5 star setting – Trident BKC played a

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