Vishaka Rautela

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Kheema Pav

I have made kheema several times but never matched the restaurant versions. Always tasted insipid I felt. And I love to order it in the restaurant. So imagine my plight when I never made it to satisfaction at home Lockdown is also the time when everyone tries their hand at Pav, so I thought why …

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Schezwan Triple Fried Rice – Lockdown version

When ur under a lockdown and u barely have any veggies or meat plus some left over noodles and rice, what do u do? You whip up some jugaadu or cheats way to make some desi Indochinese. My version of the popular Schezwan triple fried rice with an omlette blanket to balance out the spice …

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Baigun Bhaja

20 years ago when I used to work in an office, a Punjabi colleague would get this dish and I fell in love with it. I would always pester him for the recipe and he would give me some vague one or maybe I thought it was vague as I barely cooked then. Years later …

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Chicken Schnitzel with Butter herbed potatoes, Sauteed veggies and a Mushroom cream sauce

When you want to treat your family and friends, but the thought of the effort involved makes you rethink the menu, this is the meal you should make. A special menu prepared just for my family. Though it looks elaborate, it’s actually quite easy to prepare. Chicken Schnitzel Herb buttered potatoes Sauteed Veg Mushroom cream …

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Prawns Koliwada

I love Prawns Koliwada. Before Lockdown, I have been known to hunt it down at different restaurants. I think the best I have had is at Jai Jawan in Khar and Fishland in Thane. I had no plans to make prawns today. Last night I was searching for my mexican masala paste and I found …

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Ragda Pattice

This Ragda Pattice recipe is my mom’s and trust me it’s amazing. The ragda is prepared in a very different way than any recipe I have seen online. And her tikkis too are just a family favourite. RAGDA Ingredients1.5 cups dried white peas/vatana Pinch of soda bicarb 2 big onions  2 big tomatoes 1″ ginger …

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Mangalore Buns

I am a Mangalorean and everytime I visit Mangalore I ask my cousin to buy these for our evening snack along with Goli bajne (another type of fritter). It taste amazing piping hot with a cup of chai. I always land up making cake or fritters with over ripe bananas, am so glad I made …

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Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

My friendship with Tree or Theresa started on FB messenger nearly 6 yrs ago when she asked me the recipe for Spaghetti Aglio Olio. I actually went back and searched our chats and it brought a smile. She made it and loved it. This is an easy peasy recipe which has no sauce but flavoured …

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Lebanese Feast

I thought it was Sunday. The meal thought it was Sunday too. But aajkal kya Sunday kya Thursday. Lebanese feast for lunch Pita Hummus and Labneh dips Baked chicken and potatoes What a wonderful meal HummusIngredients 3tbsp chickpeas soaked overnight and cooked in the pressure cooker next day 3tbsp lemon juice 1-2 tbsp lightly dry …

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Instant Rawa Idli and Chilli Garlic Coconut Chutney

I have only eaten this Rawa idli at my mom’s house. My sister makes it for us, and I like how it pairs well with this pungent chutney to make a filling and delicious breakfast. Though it is an instant idli recipe, the process isn’t instant. Worth the effort, especially if you have forgotten to …

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