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June 2009 Blog Posts (9)

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Added by NikkitheFoodie on June 24, 2009 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

A Glass of Water

They say that water is going to cause the next big war in the world—just because of its scarcity. A glass of water is something that we take for granted. We open taps or bottles and take a deep, thirst quenching draught. Have we ever thought about this glass of water?

Civilizations were established and flourished around water sources—rivers, lakes, seas and other water sources. I remember looking at the river Cauveri and the Paalaru (river of milk) in Tamil Nadu, South India… Continue

Added by Padmini Natarajan on June 21, 2009 at 7:23am — No Comments

Brother’s Cooking

Many sisters have them—I am talking about brothers. Sometime ago I sent out an email asking for recipes from the various men cooks in the family. Only two out of my own three replied promptly. The third was a response from a sister who was pretty familiar with her brother’s capabilities as a chef.

Sadly, the other men in the clan did not react or contribute to the theme. I suppose my Mom brought up her son's right!

So any other guys out there to pick up the… Continue

Added by Padmini Natarajan on June 17, 2009 at 5:59am — No Comments

For all Thai Food Lovers

Thai Spicy Chicken Fried Rice

Fresh ingredients:

1. Chicken breast, 1pc, thinly sliced

2. Yellow onion, 1/4, thinly sliced

3. Fresh Thai Chili, 10pcs, ground with garlic

4. Garlic, 1 clove, ground with Thai chili

5. Thai basil leaves, 2tbsp (Italian basil is a good substitute)

Other ingredients:

1. Fish sauce, 2tsp

2. Oyster sauce, 1tsp

3. Black soy sauce,… Continue

Added by Jyothi Koneru on June 16, 2009 at 4:48am — No Comments

Homemade Biscotti

So I love biscotti and always figured it would be hard to make not so I looked up a few on line recipes then adapted this one,

Ingredients: 1/2 cup canola oil (as monounsaturated), 1 cup sugar, 3 cups all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, any kind of dried fruits and nuts, little Cinnamon, and 2 tablespoon of cocoa

1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease cookie sheet, I used baking paper in fact I wrapped this around the mixture to keep in in shape!

2. beat eggs,… Continue

Added by rebecca subbiah on June 14, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments


Bananas have always been considered the poor man's fruit in India. For as low as a rupee you can buy a banana and satisfy the hunger pangs--instant bulk, energy and pick-me-up. So you really don't have to be a monkey to love bananas.

The ripe banana plays an important part of the religious, social and culinary life of the Tamil-Brahmin community of South India. The banana is offered, along with four betel leaves and betel nuts, to the Gods in temples, in religious ceremonies and in… Continue

Added by Padmini Natarajan on June 13, 2009 at 11:28am — 2 Comments

The Flavour of Seasoning

The most common link between all Indian cooking is the seasoning, something added to food for the extra flavour. I would say that this is a kind of an after thought to a dish….but what a PS! It can add incredible flavour and aroma to any dish.

The seasoning differs from region to region all over India. The base of the seasoning is a cooking medium—the oil or ghee. It could be mustard oil if it were Bengal. It is most often ghee in the North where temperatures tend to be colder. In… Continue

Added by Padmini Natarajan on June 12, 2009 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

A Meal Served With Love

You can transport a person through time and space with food, its looks and smells and taste. I remember the love with which meals were prepared in my childhood.

There are three ways to satiate hunger—through the eyes, stomach and heart. The emphasis on presentation of food is a speciality today. The colours of the food cooked in South Indian Brahmin homes were always balanced and served—on a banana leaf or on a plate—in a particular order.

A little dollop of tuvar dhal… Continue

Added by Padmini Natarajan on June 10, 2009 at 8:02am — No Comments

Fruits of the Summer in South India

We used to get the seasons fruits from our orchards in Tanjore district on the banks of the river Kaveri in South India. It used to be sent by lorry service in baskets.

First the jackfruit: it used to look like an ugly hedgehog but inside the prickly green thick skin of the fruit were the sweet yellow sheaths that filled your mouth with a delicious sweetness. There were 100 to 500 seeds in a single fruit and the seeds were cooked as well.

Then the red watermelon that… Continue

Added by Padmini Natarajan on June 8, 2009 at 8:16am — 2 Comments



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