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Mumbai style vada-pav in Dubai

Last week, Aditi & I had a killer craving for Mumbai-style vada pav. There was just one key ingredient that bothered us for a while – the typical Maharashtrian kanda-lasun masala. Lucky enough, Al Adil Trading was the only super-market in and around Discovery Gardens to stock this. The result was nothing short of mouth-watering. But we still miss Mumbai and all our people ūüėź

Thanks for your efforts Aditi
Thanks for your efforts Aditi

Recipe: Chicken or Paneer Tacos


  • Taco shells
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Chopped capsicum, olives, onions
  • Baked beans
  • Salsa dip
  • Chicken/Paneer
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt, pepper, oregano


  • Warm taco shells for about 30 sec (for 3 shells)
  • Lay lettuce at the bottom, and layer it with baked beans and salsa
    • To save time, I premix baked beans, salsa, Tabasco (if you like it spicy)
  • Add chopped veggies, and chicken/paneer
  • Sprinkle some salt, pepper and oregano
  • Grate cheese on the top, and microwave another 30 sec for the cheese to melt

Staying healthy onboard

2 years of reckless travel had a big impact on my eating habits. I realized that I had to reduce my intake of carbs, protein & fat. Long flights serving 3 meals seemed like a low-hanging fruit. Without wasting time, I started experimenting with the various dietary meal options that most airlines offer – provided the request is placed 24 hours before the flight.

At first I switched to a fat free meal, which avoided gluten in the preparation and served fruits in lieu of an unhealthy dessert option. Together with this, I consciously reduced cola & soda intake and switched to juices or just plain water Рlots of it. I refrained from all snacks, peanuts especially. But the meal still served a chunk Continue reading Staying healthy onboard

Recipe: Meethe aalo ka chaat

Nothing beats cooking in a steamer
Nothing beats cooking in a steamer

All my life, I’ve stayed away from sweet potatoes, which ¬†the rest of the family savors as a fasting delicacy. Mitha Aloo Ki Chat is one appetizer that makes me pick the vegetarian selection on-board Singapore Airlines¬†to Mumbai. Although I haven’t figured the exact recipe yet, this one works well in the interim, while¬†my experiments continue. In the next iteration, I’m going to add some tamarind chutney.¬†If someone has a recipe already, please do share it.¬†Point to note is that¬† I’ve seen exceptional results when using the steamer (my wife got for preparing¬†momos) as against boiling in a pressure¬†cooker.


The end-result - sweet & sour
The end-result – sweet & sour
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 3 tsp chat masala
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Finely chopped Coriander
  • Rock salt, to taste


  • Steam the sweet potatoes, peel the cover & dice¬†them
  • Mix all the other ingredients together