Date Palm Jaggery Ice Cream

Date Palm Jaggery Ice Cream | Playful Cooking

My day-to-day schedule is busy and boring at the same time. It does get quite monotonous. There are several moments when I get so frustrated or sleep deprived and I am always tired. Then something amazing happens, making every bit so worth it. Like the Mothers Day weekend, which could have been a typical lunch out weekend, but it twirled into quite an action-packed one.

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Raw Mango Cooler (Aam Panna)

Raw Mango Cooler (Aam Pana) | Playful Cooking

Some journeys you just can’t forget. I was going home on a short holiday, eager and cheerful, when I boarded the flight. It’s a short 2-½ hour journey from Bangalore to Kolkata. The time usually zooms by even before you realize. However, that journey felt like never ending! Almost immediately after taking off, it started. Turbulence! Bad ones, most of us were freaking out and some even screamed. I am always terrified of it. I was scared, sick to the stomach and desperately waiting to get out of that flight. A very fine crewmember came towards me, sat down, held my hand and offered me a glass of water. She probably figured it out looking at my face. She assured me everything is fine and turbulence is absolutely normal. Of course, I know that! I was a little embarrassed too. After a while, she came with this drink; tangy, a little sweet with a hint of spice and gorgeous green in color. It tasted so good and just what I needed to refresh my mood. That’s how I had my first taste of Aam Panna!

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Date Palm Jaggery Rice Pudding (Khejur Gurer Payesh )

Date Palm Jaggery Rice Pudding | Playful Cooking

Growing up, I don’t recall any special occasion when rice pudding was not prepared. Be it a birthday, after exam celebrations, any festival or a family get-together, this creamy comfort-in-a-bowl always made an appearance. This ritual is still followed religiously. And I still lick the bowl clean, every single time.

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Rajasthan Trip – Part 2

Rajasthan Trip | Kankana Saxena Photography

Here are few more photographs from our Rajasthan trip that have been waiting very patiently to be shared. If you read my last two posts, you would know what took this long!

After exploring Jaisalmer and a little bit of Jodhpur, we took second part of the long drive, 12 hrs to Udaipur. It was tiring and I wished there were more frequent flights between these two places. We could have saved so much time! Thankfully, our driver was sweet enough to stop by whenever we requested him and he also kept us entertained with all the fun stories about the villages we crossed.

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Mackerel with Fresh Peppercorn and Coconut Milk

Mackerel with fresh peppercorn and coconut milk | Playful Cooking

Feb and March have always been the most eventful and exciting months for us. Our birthdays, our anniversary and this time, the months were quite brief, or at least it felt that way. After we returned from our trip, we had guests over, back to back. First, my in-laws along with my sister in law (Arvind’s sister) and her delightful little daughter Ira, who is three months older than Avyan, came over. So, you can imagine the fun with two babies rocking the house! And after they left, my parents along with my brother and my sister in law came over. It was houseful and we had such good times together. They all had traveled out of town, mainly to attend Avyan’s first birthday. He is a lucky chap!

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