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As part of my Ramadan Recipes series on the blog, I’m trying to find dishes that you would typically eat during the holy month of Ramzan for iftar. There are plenty of recipes but this is not my area of expertise so it takes a little time and practice to perfect these recipes. A dish I thoroughly enjoy no matter what time of the year is a Baida Roti ( egg roti ) It’s usually stuffed with lamb but I enjoy the chicken one as well. It’s like a thick stuffed pancake almost and eerily similar to an Indonesian Murtabak.…

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I have this really silly travel theory where I always though that the countries closer to me and more accessible to me should be visited later and the ones that are further way should be visited first. I have no reasonable or logical or even sensible thought behind this idea but this is why I didn’t go to Sri Lanka till work took me there this year and I fell in love. It is also the same bizarre reason why I’ve never been to the Middle East or the Gulf region. While I don’t discriminate with countries it just seemed…

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When I start planning a holiday or any journey, the first thing I do is look up articles about that destination written by fellow travel bloggers. I find that more than any glossy article in a magazine or a shiny itinerary a travel company hands you, it is the personal endorsement or testimonial if you will, that I’m looking for. The second thing to do is jump straight to Trip Advisor and see what people have to say. The funny thing is, in my experience, I find most Trip Advisor reviews like the Zomato ones, full of fluff and most…

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I find that when I get ready to enter the kitchen, I’m most comfortable with quick recipes that take just minutes to prepare and that why I love Chinese style stir fry recipes. I must admit the most tedious part of such recipes is the prep where it is a wee bit time consuming to chop all the vegetables and meats but the actual cooking time is barely 5 minutes. Some stir fry recipes can get quite elaborate with multiple ingredients, of course this depends entirely on what you’d like to toss in, but I find like in most cases,…

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Every year folks do food trails through Mohammed Ali Road, Minara Masjid and other popular eat streets to sample typical Ramadan food. While it’s common to write about these dishes and where you get them this time I thought I’d try and share some of the recipes so you don’t have to battle it out in any street or alley or wait your turn to be served, you can just make it in the comfort of your own home and with of course a more hygienic kitchen and a firm grip on how much oil or sugar you’d like to…

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I consider my self fortunate and all sorts of lucky that my blog and work has me visiting gorgeous places, eating exquisite meals and hob nobbing with some very cool folks. I’m always meeting chefs but when I get to meet a celebrity chef not once but twice, I find that I must have done something right. A few months ago I wrote about a very special meal at Ziya at The Oberoi Hotel with chef Vineet Bhatia and at the time I had no idea I’d ever meet him again. As luck would have it, I was invited to sample…

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Nashik seems to be a rather unusual choice for a holiday. If you stay in either Mumbai or Pune, it’s an ideal spot for a weekend getaway specially during the monsoon when everything gets lush and green. Nashik’s claim to fame is the fact that they are a highly spiritual city with plenty of important religious temples and is even home to the famous Kumbh Mela. While this is an important identity for the city and the region, not many are aware that this is India’s very own wine country. There seems to be something magical in the soil and…

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I don’t care much for fish or even shelled fish like crab or lobster but I have a special place in my heart for prawns. They are one of my favourite ingredients and if they didn’t have so much cholesterol I’d honestly cook them every second day. Most of the time I end up tossing them into a curry, either Goan or Thai and that seems to work just fine but this time around I wanted to enjoy them without being drowned in a curry or gravy. I wanted a dry prawn dish full of flavour. This one reminds me…

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I don’t seem to be a very loyal traveler as I’m constantly falling in love with places I visit. People always ask me my ‘ top’ destinations and it’s always such a hard pick because in all honesty the world is beautiful and as clichéd as it might sound, it is just terrible to compare. However there will always be a few places that I seem to love a tad bit more than the others and Portugal as a country is one of them. I spent nearly 3 weeks travelling all over exploring their food and wine and just felt…

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One of my favorite snacks is granola. I enjoy it at breakfast in a parfait with some yogurt or in the evening as a granola bar or even just something to munch on through the day. The recipe is really simple and the best part is you can customize it whichever way you like. I must admit I’ve bought plenty of granola from various shops and brands but now I prefer to make it at home because I get to control how much of sugar I add to my recipe. This one has no added sugar, just the regular ingredients…