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6 Things You Didn’t Know about the ‘Indian Spirit’

Did you know drinking has been a part of the Indian culture since pre-Vedic times? The Indian Spirit by Magandeep Singh traces the antique tales related to alcohol, its variety, and etiquettes on the table when drinking or tasting notes on variety of spirits and brews. The book is also a treasure trove for those who have the palate to enjoy their drink and curiosity to know where it came from.
Here are 6 facts about desi alcohol variants you probably didn’t know.
A rare gem we must all try

Beautiful fusion of Saffron and Kasturi

You can have it all in India itself

Cannot wait to gulp down this luscious drink!

Rice Beer and  steamed meat, what more can we ask for?

Who said alcohol is injurious to health?

It’s time to pour yourself a drink!

Toddy Pancakes: A Gem from the Suriani Kitchen

The state of Kerala serves as a pandora’s box for culinary and gastronomically exquisite dishes. Since time immemorial, the spices of Kerala have drawn seafarers and traders to this state and the tradition has remained unchanged till date.
Drawing on this rich culinary heritage, Lathika George’s The Suriani Kitchen brings us unique recipes straight from the cookbooks of Syrian Christians.
Here’s a delicious sneak-peek into the book.
Toddy Pancakes
As the name implies, these appams get their name from kallu, the toddy that is traditionally used to prepare the batter. Yeast is substituted here, with good results. Kallappams are cooked on a griddle like thick pancakes. Serve these pancakes hot or cold with curries and stews.
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Grind the soaked rice with the 2 cups of water in a blender or food processor until it becomes a smooth batter. Add the coconut and cooked rice, and process for 2 more minutes.
Pour the batter into a deep bowl and add the sugar, salt, and yeast mixture. Set aside to rise in a warm place for an hour or longer. When ready, the mixture should be like a frothy cake batter.
Pour 3⁄4 cup of batter on a hot, lightly greased griddle, and cook the thick pancakes over medium heat for 1 minute on each side. Repeat until all the batter has been used, keeping the cooked pancakes warm.
Does your kitchen smell like heaven yet?
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