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About Hani

Just another foodie, passionate about cooking and entertaining. If I had been born 20 years later, I might have chosen a career in domesticity and made a fortune out of it. Nothing makes me happier than being asked for a second or third helping of something I have cooked. And if someone requests a "doggie bag", they make their way as a recurring guest on my list!

Tip #1 – Spongy Soft Idlis

Making soft idlis used to be a pet peeve of mine for many years. Whenever my idlis would not turn out super soft enough for me to press my finger into one of them and watch it bounce back to … Continue reading

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Baked Colocasia (Arbi)

While growing up, I remember my father used to grow an ornamental plant called “elephant ears” or  “keladis” in our garden. I hated the sight of it, just because aesthetically, the huge dark green or purple leaves looked overgrown and … Continue reading

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Baked Eggplant (Begun Bhaja)

Who doesn’t like eggplant? It’s one of those vegetables (like the mighty spud) that is so versatile, that even simply salted and cooked with a couple spices really brings out it’s flavor. This is a very popular dish from West … Continue reading

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Oatmeal Dosa

If anyone ever took a peek in my fridge, they would more often than not find a large bowl of some sort of dosa batter ready. I love dosa. In any form. It is one of those foods that I like … Continue reading

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Tofu Parantha

For most of us vegetarians, finding protein rich meat substitutes is always a dilemma. While lentils and dals do serve their purpose, a cup or two everyday just is not enough to supplement the 56 gm and 46 gm requirement … Continue reading

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Mango Dal (An Andhra Pradesh Speciality)

Some memories of childhood, however insignifcant, stick with us forever due to the exhilarating and fun experiences they are associated with. I remember how my poor old rickshaw walla, Dharmu (God rest his soul in peace!), was so patient with us … Continue reading

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Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Bharwa Karela)

“What? Karela??? Ewwww….Not Again!!! I am NOT eating it”. My mother found herself being bombarded with utter resentment every time she announced she made karela, followed by prolonged looks of disgusts if she tried to force us as kids to … Continue reading

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