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Monday, November 30, 2020

Bijal Vachharajani


When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading Harry Potter, she can be found looking for tigers in the jungles of India or baking in her tiny kitchen. In her spare time, she writes about sustainable development and is a consultant with Fairtrade Asia Pacific.

Colours of the Third Rock
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Why Oliver Jeffers wrote a new picture book for his son, and why he doesn’t talk down to children.

Tell me a story of the wonderful witch
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

Do you worry about the stereotypes in your child’s books, from the good wife to the fair princess? Here’s how to free fairy tales from prejudice.

Bake this soft focaccia bread this weekend
Sat, Jun 11, 2016

What's a brunch without good bread? For this one, a fine olive oil makes all the difference.

Bake a jamun clafoutis this weekend
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

Celebrate the season of jamuns with this uniquely boozy version of the French dessert.

How to bake with dark, guilt-free, sustainable chocolate
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

Locally sourced chocolate is great for your desserts and the environment — Mason’s & Co and Earth Loaf are two brands that make artisanal chocolate in India.

Bake this fragrant rose apple frangipane tart this weekend
Sat, May 07, 2016

Panneerale folded in almond cream makes for a delicate dessert that’s nothing like you’ve ever tasted.

Stop the ‘Kissa Quinoa, Couscous aur Kale ka’, and switch to rajgira or millet instead
Mon, May 02, 2016

The growing demand for quinoa in India and across the world is gravely affecting communities in South America and Mexico. But there are some signs of hope yet.

This weekend, make cold mango dessert in a jar
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

This recipe is a piece of cake: No baking, just throw in mango, Mascarpone cheese, ginger biscuit and stick it into the fridge.

Bake a Totapuri aamras cheesecake this weekend
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

These mangoes make for a fine puree that can be stirred into the cheesecake, and of course, be used as a topping.

Bake a mountain of chocolate fudge this weekend
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Throw in nuts, grate some orange zest into it or just add some Cadbury’s Gems to it – it’ll be gone before you know it anyway.

Make pizza from scratch, in an air fryer if you please
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

The secret to a great pizza? Don’t go overboard on the toppings.

How to make these cake pops that are a hit with the kids
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

It was meant to be a Victoria sponge – that classic British vanilla cake that is sandwiched with jam and whipped cream. But a few minutes after my sponge cake batter went into the oven, the electricity once again went off. I watched helplessly as my cake — which was happily swelling with pride — […]

Make a summery mosambi pie
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Indian citruses work brilliantly for desserts.

Days and nights of nankhatai: A grandmother’s magical recipe, recreated
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

A family that makes and eats nankhatai together stays together. Resurrecting my mother’s and aunts’ recipe.

A super easy recipe to make tasty, healthy, low-cal granola 
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

Making healthy, tasty granola is easier than you think.

Bengaluru’s waking up to home-made, low-cal granola 
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

Making healthy, tasty granola is easier than you think. Ingredients can be easily swapped, and delicious quirks such as coffee or bits of chocolate make it more interesting.