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Peppercorns

Peppercorns are usually called as pepper in India. I mentioned this because people get confused when we refer to it as pepper in recipes. Scientific name of pepper is piper nigrum. They grow to a vine. The leaves look similar to betel leaf but slightly rough and not edible. We have 3-4 pepper plants in …

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Pakora(Baje)

Pakoras are one of the most popular snacks in India. They are called as bajo-singular or baje-plural in Konkani. They are also called as bajji. We usually serve them along with  meal. They are integral part of any Konkani festival/function meal. Cauliflower and capsicum baje are very popular, but people make them out of other …

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Bottlegourd sweetdish (Gardudde paays)

Wish you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi. Bottlegourd is called gardudde in Konkani. According to Ayurveda, this vegetable has many medicinal values. It is supposed to be very good for digestion. Yoga guru Shri Ramdev keeps talking about the importance of this vegetable in many of his shows. Many people take juice of this …

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Red pulav

Pulav is a complete one pot dish loved by rice lovers. It is an elegant complete meal in itself and very nutritious because of all the vegetables in it. Pulav was not a common dish at our place 20 years ago. People here prefer rice and gravies to these dishes. I started making different types …

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