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A vegetarian’s delight – Quick Paneer Biryani

So…here I am back again! After almost three months and several days of incessant thesis writing and dealing with the nitty-gritty of graduate school, I am finally back to my haven – writing and reliving every bite I have loved to make and savor. Almost after every hiatus – laden with feelings of guilt and anxiety, as I sit to start penning down my thoughts, the familiarity of this blog and its comfort, suddenly makes it all seem ok. Back to my very own safe nook, where everything feels the same regardless of how fast things might have changed in the past few months. Regardless of all that, this long hiatus from the blog, has been one heck of a remarkable journey through a dream I have always had but never really imagined it happening. Sharing my graduation with my parents and loved ones was one of the most fulfilling experiences even though it remained equally paired with the hustle and the craziness that’s a part and parcel of submitting one’s thesis. While that’s another chapter alto

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Roasted garlic fried rice – Bursts of “garlic-ness”

When renowned chef and culinary writer, Louis Diat said “There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic”, he echoed my sentiments quite exactly. I couldn’t possibly deny because in my tiny world it does represent the fifth essential life force. I have always been a “add-some-more-garlic please” person (well, who isn’t?). It’s one magical pod of intense flavor that perks many a dull, somber dish. But the hundredth (or maybe thousandth) dimension of this multi-faceted little pod is its very surprising aspect - mild sweetness. Very surprised right? I couldn’t ever imagine garlic being sweet AT all, before having been to Gilroy of course. In fact, I was quite apprehensive, when I stopped by Gilroy (The garlic capital of the world) to taste some garlic ice-cream. Just out of sheer curiosity, I tasted it. I must agree that I found the concept of garlic ice cream a little too weird but I must mention that the sweetness and intense flavor was something to commend. That kind of con

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Kesar Badam Kulfi/ Saffron Almond Kulfi – Some sheer creamy happiness

This unforgiving sun, soaring temperature along with the sweltering heat make me reach out to one age old cooling recipe that has always been close to heart. Way before all the plethora of ice cream choices in our refrigerator, I guess everyone would remember looking forward to the kulfiwallah shout out on the scorching summer streets. During summer holidays, when all us cousins would gather at my grandma's place..fun-frolic-masti was all that would ensue. In between the giddying rounds of hop scotch, hide n seek & lock n key, the shouts of the kulfiwallah on the streets would make us run to our parents begging for some (any!) money. After incessant begging, the kulfiwallah would be brought into our aangan and we would gorge our hearts out. Its memories that in fact ties everything together..So even till this date I could gladly give up all rights to any ice cream just to have all exclusivity to kulfi alone 😉 Such is my dedication. For the uninitiated - kulfi stands apart from its num

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Piaja aau podina matar palau

Birthday Dinner II- The Menu and some rice devotion Intimate birthday dinners lit up with happy faces and resonant with friendly banter make up for some lifelong cherished memories. To my absolute pleasure, I got to celebrate my special day with not just one but two of them - albeit a week and hundreds of miles apart. Indo-Chinese flavors and techniques ruled the roost for friends in SF while friends in LA had been pestering me for an Indian meal for quite sometime. Now what better occasion than a birthday to commemorate with Indian tastes and flavors? So with a firm resolve and a patient guide (read: my Ma), I took on the challenge. The challenge - Three courses, three days, seven dishes and five guests. I had to give in my best to create magical memories of Indian food. I took the onus onto myself to introduce my friends to spicy gravies,an aromatic pilaf & creamy dessert, quite quite different from the regular Indian fare in restaurants here in LA. Finalizing the menu, I stuck to so