Vishaka Rautela

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Plum Zing

I discovered a hidden talent when I participated in a cocktail mixing event. Post that event I have concocted many a mixes that have that zip zap zing to it. The Plum zing was made with leftover savoury spiced plum sauce. But the simple option is to cook out the plums with some ginger or …

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Mushroom Hara Dhania

One day I asked hubby, lunch pe kya banau. He says kuch light hi banana. Hmpf. Now what to do. Can’t think of making simple sabzi. Then remembered a wonderful recipe by a foodie chef – Jaspreet Nirula. It’s the most aromatic flavoursome dish ever. So lunch was simple dal roti and the awesome Mushroom Hara Dhania. …

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Marvay da Addye – Mangalorean speciality

Comfort food. Especially mom ke haath ka comfort food. Heaven. When asked what it was, after a lon hard thought, decided it had to be this dish. Marvaay da addye or mussels and steamed rice balls cooked in spicy coconut gravy. I don’t like mussels at all but absolutely love this dish. The mussels are …

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Pan seared Basa with Thai lemon garlic sauce

I am partial towards prawns when it comes to seafood. But ever since i tasted Basa, thats become one of my favourites too. I actually salivate at the thought of it. Its so universal that you can prepare it anyway you want. Its such an easy fish to cook, it picks up the flavour of …

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Lemon Garlic Butter Prawns

Amongst all the food options the sea has to offer, Prawns are my all time favourites. I would salivate when I saw prawns – in any form, tandoori, butter garlic, crisp fried, bacon wrapped. You name it. And then I got married, and M suffers from crustacean related allergies which means he cannot eat prawns, …

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Saffron risotto with lemon garlic prawns

I love watching food shows and most of the risotto challenges are a make or break in the contest. Have never ever tried risotto and even after searching I couldn’t get access to arborio rice easily. And then I visited USA, and went berserk shopping for ingredients. Arborio was one of them My cousin gifted …

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Kori Roti (Chicken curry over Rice crisps)

Kori roti is a Mangalorean speciality that is available on most menus in a restaurant specialising in Mangalorean cuisine. Spicy creamy curry soaks into the crisp rotis till they are just melt in your mouth. One of my absolute favourites. Now a days most rotis or (crisp dried rice dosas) are bought from the store. …

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Wholewheat Jackfruit fritters

I absolutely adore ripe Jackfruit. I know there are mixed feelings about this fruit but I am its biggest fan. I just wait for the season to gorge on them. Recently I found some at the supermarket and immediately bought it. Enjoyed about half of it till I thought, i should try to make something …

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French onion bites

Chefs Across Boundaries is a group of Chefs who set up challenges every month to encourage the participants to innovate, think out of the box and explore the culinary world. This month, one of the Members Hetal Kamdar (http://hetalkamdar.blog.co.uk/) hosted the challenge and her theme was Pondicherry cuisine.he Union Territory of Pondicherry boasts of a …

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Triple Layered Sponge Cake

Presenting my daughters birthday cake. It’s a triple layered vanilla sponge with one layer of white chocolate ganache, one layer of Nutella and one layer of dark chocolate ganache. It’s frosted all over with milk chocolate ganache and Kitkat. This recipe was given to me by Nidhi(www.soulandspicebox.com). Its a no oil, no butter recipe that …

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