Celebrating Summer In Mumbai: Sweet Mango Pickle

 

Pickle making is undoubtedly an age old tradition in India.Commonly known as “Achar” and served as a condiment or an accompaniment while complementing every Indian meal,adding a sweet n spicy zest to the palette. Often thought of as a digestive if eaten in small quantities. Pickles are fairly native to the Indian sub continent and consist of a varieties of raw fruits or vegetables that are preserved in Salt, Spices,Oil and Vinegar. While raw Mangoes reign supreme,Lemons, Carrots, Green chilies etc too form the basis of most pickles,all though pickling styles and methods per say may vary from region to region.A pickle made in Northen India will vary very much from its counter part in the south, primarily due to the oil used. Mustard oil in the northern states and Sesame oil in the  southern ones seem to be predominant choices.

Most North Indian pickles use a variety of mangoes,chilli and lemon.Some even a multitude of vegetables like the  Lotus stem,Amla (Indian gooseberry) Limes and Peas like in the popular “Panchranga” pickle of the north.In Southern India, many  vegetables are sun-dried with spices, taking advantage  hot and sunny days throughout the year, thus making pickles an everyday affair. The sun-drying the pickles acts as a preservative for the vegetable, along with spices such as Mustard, Fenugreek seeds, Chili powder, Salt, Asafoetida, and Turmeric.

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Eating My Way Through Toronto:Pan Asian Flavours Around The City

Toronto has a plethora of Pan asian joints ranging from Chinese takeouts, street foods, ramen bars, food trucks and fine dining fare serving up some great exotic cuisine.It has now become a serious foodie destination.Looking for quality asian restaurants could turn into quite a daunting task as each neighbourhood focusses on specific cuisine, given the multi cultural diversity. The Chinatown neighbourhood around the city does offer a spectacular fare spanning across Vietnamese, Dim sum, Japanese and Cantonese. While the mid town and places up north too quite easily match upto some great dining experiences.

Each year the food scene in Toronto seems to be getting increasingly interesting with new eateries opening up and lending a vibrant and eclectic vibe around the city. Whilst some focus  on the classic traditional menus ,others twist it around to cater to the modern new age or Asian fusion cuisine, alluring younger un-conventional palettes.Either ways there is a lot of extraordinary cuisine on offer and to fit every budget.

I’m a glutton for good food, and it goes without saying will track down the best in each city and write about it ofcourse. I’ve rounded up a few of my my favorite places, some new and some good old ones.These are primarily around the North York, Richmond Hill and Downtown area’s of Toronto. They have soon become our most frequented jaunts as they are a burst of wonderful flavours and aromas that delight the taste buds with a creative and delicious twist.

So if you are hankering after some good Burmese bowls, spicy chilli chicken or even hot and fiery Indo-Chinese  style hakka cuisine, do pop by any of the ones that listed below and you I can assure you that you will be soon be coming back for more.

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Gluten Free Waffles

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Best Thing To Hold Onto In Life Is Each other…or so I woke up , wishing my dear husband earlier this morning. And while there was every temptation to reach out for some thing sugary and calorie laden for breakfast, I decided to go and make up with these wonderful Gluten free waffles!

Those of you who do follow me on various social media, have  perhaps seen my recent posts on low carb, sugar and gluten and keto friendly bakes. Well I must say that 2020 has begun on a much healthier note. Mind you not an easy decision to make  as I’m a Baker at heart and by profession,and now in the process of re working all my recipes to suit this change in life style, with the occasional indulgence of course.

The above recipe has been adapted form the Bobs Red Mill web page. I do love their range of various gluten free flours and almond meal that work fantastic in all my recipes. whilst the original recipe calls for the use of only gluten free flour, I’ve added in some almond meal as well and substituted the sugar with Swerve, which has now become my go to sweetener for my healthy bakes.

Go give these waffles a try with dash of maple syrup, fresh raspberries and a dusting of Icing sugar. Pamper your loved one’s a little and have yourselves a loved day!

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Pumpkin Goodness: Recipes That Go Beyond Pie

 

 

Fall is in the air and there is no better place to experience it, than here in Toronto.There are various shades of tinted amber, brilliant yellow and bright orange everywhere. I sit by my window and look out with a heart filled with gratitude as I admire nature’s canvas, painted ahead of me. The air is crisp and the falling leaves now bid adieu to summer.

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Beyond Poutine: Montreal Must Eats

The past few years have taken us to Montreal on several occasions. The very first visit was in seeing  the dear son off for his first year at McGill University. We have been there a couple of times since and of course the last visit a couple of weeks ago for his graduation. Each visit has been unique in exploring this city to its best. Travelling to explore local eats and cuisine is always top on my mind and its always great to get back and document the same in the form of a blog post.

Montreal has lots to do and discover right from a walk upto Mt. Royal, the grand and lovely walk around cobblestone paved Vieux Montreal with the Basilica of Notre Dame standing tall and spectacular as ever in it’s glory, retail therapy down the bustling streets of Rue de St. Catherine’s, or perhaps if you are a culinary traveller like me that loves to browse around farmers markets around the city, like the ones at Marche Jean Talon and Atwater that host various local vendors of fresh produce, bakery goods, meats and cheese.

No matter what grabs your fancy, food plays a key role in exploring and getting to know a city well. Montreal too in its own way is a Culinary haven and the food scene seems to be exploding each year. Now while there is an addition to a must eat every minute and the options seem endless, I wanted to do a quick round up a couple of our favourite places that we discovered over the past few years in Montreal. Let me take you around some great places that I enjoyed eating at and hope you will strike these off your bucket list too.

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