HANDVO

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The first time I had Handvo was when my friend/co-worker brought it to the office for lunch.  Having grown up in Bombay and familiar with Gujarati food, I was quite surprised at having never encounted this one before.  Still remember taking that first bite and being wowed.  Spicy, tangy with a hint of sweetness.....really a symphony of flavors and textures. I wanted to grab that box and finish it all by myself!  And from then on, I would secretly look forward to her lunchbox, telling her often how much I loved that dish and hoping she'd take the hint :)
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DAL & LEMON PICKLE PARATHAS

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Hard to believe that I was away from the blog for almost four months!  There are the usual excuses - travels including a trip to India and other routine life busyness but perhaps most importantly, lurking beneath was a sense of not having anything new or interesting to say in this space, making weeks of not posting merge into months.  But after many sheets of crumpled paper thrown against the wall (figuratively speaking) and many second thoughts, I am just about ready to hit the publish button and hoping to end a dry spell :)
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SWEET SHELLS

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It's Diwali frenzy time again and every corner of the house seems to be engulfed in the heady aroma of cardamom and saffron, and rose water and deep-frying.   This after I made lists of recipes old and new and brought my favorite mithai-making tools out of the drawer, holding each in my hand and remembering how they came to me.......most of them as gifts from friends and family, some special family heirlooms and my heart gets full.
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