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Richa Gupta

Eating. For real. Left the big city for beach life in #Auroville Email: richa@myfoodstory.com #myfoodstory

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Hey you! Its officially a holiday tomorrow and I'm setting up this Cheese Fondue platter to celebrate.⠀ Its going to be fondue and wine! Are you doing anything special?⠀ ⠀ This fondue recipe is pretty easy to make. It may not be super authentic, but I know it works!⠀ ⠀ 1 Garlic Clove, grated⠀ 1 cup dry White Wine⠀ 200 grams / .4 pounds Emmentaler cheese (at room temperature)⠀ 200 grams / .4 pounds Gruyère cheese (at room temperature)⠀ 50 grams / .1 pound Smoked Cheddar (at room temperature)⠀ 2 tablespoons Cornstarch⠀ 1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice⠀ Toasted bread cubed and/or lightly blanched vegetables, for dipping⠀ ⠀ Prep: Shred or grate all the cheese finely and toss well with cornstarch.⠀ Cook: Add wine and garlic to a heavy bottomed pan and bring to bubbling simmer and start adding cheese by the handful. Keep whisking as you go to incorporate the cheese till the mixture is smooth and the cheese has melted. The mixture should be smooth but have a slight elasticity to it. Add the lime juice and gently stir it in. Season with salt and pepper if you like but I didn’t need to add any extra salt.⠀ Dippers: Transfer to a fondue pot and serve with dippers such as bread bites, lightly blanched broccoli, potatoes, steak bites, breadsticks etc. and chilled white wine.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #myfoodstory #appetizers #appetizerplatter #fondue #fonduefortwo #fonduenight #fondueparty #fonduetime #cheeseboard #cheeseplatter #partyfood #yummydelicious #yummyumm #funfood #fromscratch #inthekitchen #eatyourselfbeautiful #feedfeed #thekitchn #f52grams #gloobyfood #buzzfeast #beautifulcuisines rdeats #glutenfreefood #droolclub #yougottaeatthis #fwx #zipkick #noleftovers #seriouseats

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I learn this the hard way when I was making deviled eggs one day.⠀ If you are hard boiling eggs and want them to peel easily, use eggs which are a few days old. The peels on newer eggs stick to them and so you'll have dented eggs if you try to take the peel off.⠀ ⠀ Do you have a tip you'd like to share? Leave a comment below and we'd love to feature them on #myfoodstory with a big shoutout to you so that everyone knows about your ninja cooking skills!⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ If you like these, double tap the post so that we know that you are following along. Bookmark it, save it or just take a screenshot.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #tips #cookingtips #eggs #boiledeggs #breakfastlover #deviledeggs #myfoodsecrets #cooking #cookbetter #vegetarian #veggies #veggietales #myfoodstory ⠀⠀

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Hey there! We need your help.⠀ We've set up a reader survey to understand what you like and don't like about MFS; how we can improve what we share with you, and how we can help you cook better at home.⠀ I started this blog three years ago, to help people cook more often at home. ⠀ Along the way, hearing back from readers has always been our biggest win. Because its your feedback and comments that keep us going, and help grow this community that we have.⠀ Today, I'm asking you to have a longer conversation with us. ⠀ The link to the survey is in the profile and on the stories.

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Chickpea Cauliflower Coconut Curry - made from @foodfashionparty amazing book - Masala and Meatballs! I was rifling through the book and taking in the beautiful photographs and writing when I noticed this super simple curry and I just couldn't get past it.⠀ ⠀ It sounded so easy and yet, I knew that it'd be packed with flavour because it was Asha's recipe. She has the most amazing Indian inspired recipes on her website and she always finds a way to use spices to add magic to western food.⠀ ⠀ Loved this recipe Asha! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #myfoodstory #indianfood #indiancuisine #desifood #northindianfood #punjabi #chana #desikhana #tasteofindia #indianfoodbloggers #indiancooking #foodofindia #masala #feedfeedvegan #vforveggie #foodtalkindia #dilsefoodie #dinner #veganrecipes #simplefood #food52 #glutenfreevegan #cleaneating #fromscratch #plantpowered #belightinspired #yuminthetumrepost #letscookvegan #eatingfortheinsta #MakesMeWhole

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This is my favourite tip ever! Because I never ever remember to soak beans and lentils in advance. And this always saves the day!⠀ ⠀ Use this for rajma (kidney beans), kala chana, lobhia - it works for everything!⠀ ⠀ Do you have a tip you'd like to share? Leave a comment below and we'd love to feature them on #myfoodstory with a big shoutout to you so that everyone knows about your ninja cooking skills!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ If you like these, double tap the post so that we know that you are following along. Bookmark it, save it or just take a screenshot.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #tips #cookingtips #chickpeas #beans #lentils #vegansofig #chana #myfoodsecrets #cooking #cookbetter #vegetarian #veganfood #veggies #veggietales #myfoodstory

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Anyone else into making lunch boxes? ⠀ Like these tofu and zoodles with an amazing peanut sauce!⠀ I didn't love them in school but I absolutely adore making them now. Because they really keep us on track.⠀ .⠀ We recently took over an office because we needed the space, and it helps us stay productive. And I pack us lunch boxes for at least a few meals a week. ⠀ .⠀ Do you pack yourself lunch boxes?⠀ This ones really easy and the meal is so light that you won't feel like dozing off after lunch either (biggest problem of my life!)⠀ ⠀ Here's what you need:⠀ ⠀ Sesame peanut sauce:⠀ ⠀ 1/2 cup peanut butter⠀ 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil⠀ 1/4 cup light low sodium Soy Sauce⠀ 1/4 cup Rice Vinegar⠀ 1 teaspoon Chilli Flakes⠀ 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup (or Honey)⠀ 2-3 Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped⠀ 1 knob of fresh Ginger, peeled and roughly chopped⠀ ⠀ Other ingredients⠀ 1 tablespoon Oil⠀ 12 oz/350 gms firm Tofu, cut into small pieces⠀ Zucchinis, spiralized⠀ Sesame Seeds and Green Onions for topping⠀ ⠀ Make the Sauce: In a blender or food processor, add all the ingredients for the sauce along with a splash of water and blend till smooth. Set aside 1/4 cup sauce and divide the rest in the mini sauce containers. You might be left with a little extra sauce which you can reserve for later – it works really well as a salad dressing!⠀ ⠀ Cook the crispy tofu: Heat oil in a pan and add the tofu. As soon as the tofu is a very light brown, add 1/4 cup sauce to the pan and toss the tofu in it. Cook everything on low heat. In some time, the sauce will start to evaporate and slowly it will start turning into golden brown and sticking to the pan and tofu. Things will become crispy and you finally you’ll be left with crispy browned bits of tofu in the pan.⠀ ⠀ Divide zoodles and tofu into boxes or bowls with sauce on the side⠀ ⠀ #myfoodstory #noodles #tofu #vegansofig #tastingtable #foodie #thenewhealthy #goodmoodfood #feedfeed ⠀⠀ #cuisinesworld #healthyeats #healthyrecipe #iamwellandgood #dairyfree #wholefoods #healthyfoodshare #healthyish #todayfood #eatingwelleats #foodblogger #heresmyfood #foodforfoodies #shareyourtable #eattheworld #thaicuisine #makeitdelicious #MakesMeWhole #foodstyling #

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Hey there! I'm Richa and I thought it was time I introduced myself here because there are so many new people :) ⠀ .⠀ I started cooking when I was in sixth grade and since then I have been obsessed with it. It always made me sad when I couldn't join cooking school and learn how to cook professionally. So after a few years of working in marketing, I decided to start my food blog - My Food Story (we are at myfoodstory.com)⠀ .⠀ I started sharing these recipes to get more people to cook at home. Because I believe that food made with your hands, with ingredients you can see and touch and know is the best kind of food, the healthiest kind of food and yes, that applies to cupcakes too. So I share recipes, cooking tips, hacks and everything I know to help make cooking easier for you. And help you lead a healthy, wholesome life, eating your favourite things made at home⠀ .⠀ I live with my husband @denverdsouza near a small beach town called Auroville, close to Pondicherry. Life is waking up to the sound of birds, leaves falling, and my dogs wagging their tails. Life is simpler, slower and definitely way more fun. But it wasn't always like this. We moved here after years in Hyderabad and Bangalore to get away from the big city life and move to a place where we have space and life⠀ .⠀ I love eating (I'm always hungry), cycling around town, drinking whiskey and beer, travelling like a local, eating everything curry, discovering new music, biting into a really juicy fruit, and the fact that after ten years, my husband and I can spend days with each other without getting bored⠀ .⠀ Now that you know so much about me, will you leave a comment and tell me something about you? If thats difficult, just leave a comment with your name and where you are from so that I can say hi and we can take it from there :)⠀ ⠀

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This is so important 👆⠀ I buy a lot of nuts and seeds because we love snacking on them throughout the day. And I use them to make energy balls, nut butters and they add the most amazing crunch to salads.⠀ They can last as long as a year without going rancid if you store them in the fridge. I have a whole shelf dedicated to nuts 😂⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Thank you for all the tips you've been sharing! We are making notes, and will share them here very very soon. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Are you new to the series? Do you have a tip you'd like to share? Leave a comment below and we'd love to feature them on #myfoodstory with a big shoutout to you so that everyone knows about your ninja cooking skills!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ If you like these, double tap the post so that we know that you are following along. Bookmark it, save it or just take a screenshot.⠀⠀ ⠀ #tips #cookingtips #okra #myfoodsecrets #cooking #cookbetter #vegetarian #veganfood #nuts #veggietales #myfoodstory #almonds #cashews #nutbutter

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Sundays call for samosas, don't they?⠀ I'm having a super nice family day. Our plan is to laze around, watch TV all day, play cards with mum and dad and binge eat dal baati for lunch. There is some sleeping in the middle. How will I fit everything in? 😂😂⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #myfoodstory #f52grams #feedfeed #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #cookit #foodstagram #beautifulcuisines #forkfeed #foodtalkindia #thekitchn #desikhana #indianfood #indiancuisine #desifood #indiandinner #samosa #northindianfood #punjabi #tasteofindia #indianfoodbloggers #indiancooking #foodofindia #masala #vforveggie #dilsefoodie #veganrecipes #simplefood #onmyplate

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Super spicy firecracker meatballs! They really are a 💥⠀ ⠀ And because you asked, here's how to make them:⠀ ⠀ for the meatballs:⠀ 1 kg/ 2 pounds ground Chicken⠀ 1 1/2 tablespoons minced Garlic⠀ 1 ½ teaspoon salt⠀ 1 teaspoon pepper⠀ 2 Egg⠀ 3/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs⠀ 1/3 cup grated Parmesan⠀ 1 teaspoon Paprika⠀ Olive Oil for brushing⠀ ⠀ firecracker sauce:⠀ 1/4 cup Sriracha⠀ 1/2 cup Brown Sugar⠀ 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar⠀ ¼ teaspoon salt⠀ 1 sliced Jalapeno, optional⠀ ⠀ Preheat the oven to 200C/390F. Place a rack on a tray and brush it with oil.⠀ Meatballs: In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs except oil. Do not overmix because that will result in drier meatballs. Using your hands to mix is the best way as it helps determine when the ingredients are combined. Shape the mixture into meatballs – about 2 tablespoons per meatball and place them on the rack, making sure that they don’t touch each other. Brush with olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes.⠀ Firecracker Sauce: Heat all the ingredients for the sauce except jalapenos in a pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer for 6-8 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Right at the end add the jalapenos (if using) and switch off the flame.⠀ Tossing them together: Once the meatballs are baked, add them to the sauce and toss everything together. There will be extra sauce in the pan, which you can remove separately and serve on the side.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #myfoodstory #chicken #foodiegram #theeverygirl #dailyfoodfeed #instayum #feedfeed #chef #truecooks #foodgasm #yougottaeatthis #bestfoods #meatballs #chickenmeatballs #goodeats #foodphotography #topchec #instantbossclub #instabossmob #huffposttaste #yummie #foodbloggers #foodgawker #eeeeeats #thebestfood #eatfamous #onlyfood #foodstagram #buzzfeedfood #eattheworld

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Do you hate bhindi?⠀ Because its slimy and hard to cook? I love this singular tip that my mom taught me. But there's more. Adding some kind of souring agent to your okra or bhindi also helps cook it without all the slime. I actually have an entire post about it on the blog because it was such a challenge. Go check it out!⠀ ⠀ Do you have a tip you'd like to share? Leave a comment below and we'd love to feature them on #myfoodstory with a big shoutout to you so that everyone knows about your ninja cooking skills!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ If you like these, double tap the post so that we know that you are following along. Bookmark it, save it or just take a screenshot.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #tips #cookingtips #okra #myfoodsecrets #cooking #cookbetter #vegetarian #veganfood #veggies #veggietales #myfoodstory

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Hey there! Have a popsicle, won't you?⠀ We are melting here, little by little. So popsicles, obviously.⠀ I don't even have a real recipe here. I added some pineapple chunks, coconut milk and honey in a blender till everything was smooth and creamy. And then stuck sliced kiwis into the inside of popsicle moulds, poured the coconut milk thingy and froze them overnight. ⠀ More like dessert, but best for breakfast. ⠀ ⠀ #myfoodstory #popsicle #fruit #healthydessert #recipeoftheday #yougottaeatthis #fromscratch #kulfi #refinedsugarfree #foodiefeature #healthychoices @food #probiotics #guthealth #delicious #icecream #thenewhealthy #howisummer #feedfeed @thefeedfeed @hautecuisines @foodtalkindia @foodandwine @ndtv_food @foodandwineindia @food52 @healthycuisines @food_glooby @thefeedfeed @real_simple @thekitchn @beautyblends @buzzfeedfood @cookinglight @huffposttaste @tastingtable @goop @food_glooby @beautifulcuisines #gloobyfood #vegetarian #nutriliving #EEEEEATS #foodporn #instafood

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Yes it works!⠀ They become easier to juice and you can get more out without trying to squeeze the life out of a lime.⠀ ⠀ If you like these, double tap the post so that we know that you are following along. Bookmark it, save it or just take a screenshot.⠀ ⠀ And if you have any tips that you'd like to share, leave a comment below and we'd love to feature them on #myfoodstory with a big shoutout to you so that everyone knows about your ninja cooking skills!⠀ ⠀ #tips #cookingtips #orange #lime #lemon #lemonade #limejuice #myfoodsecrets #cooking #cookbetter

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Nutella stuffed mini pancakes!⠀ They ooze.⠀ And they fit in your mouth.⠀ 1. You start my biting into one, followed by licking your lips to get any nutella that might have escaped⠀ 2. Then you pop another one and this time get the whole thing in your mouth⠀ 3. You dunk the third one in syrup⠀ 4. By this time you might have sticky nutella fingers but you don't care⠀ 5. In goes the fifth pancake, but by now you don't care and the decision is between popping them one by one or trying to fit two in your mouth⠀ ⠀ I had fun trying that out 😂⠀ ⠀ Here's the recipe:⠀ 250 grams / .55 pounds Pancake Mix⠀ 325 ml Milk⠀ 1/2 cup Chocolate Spread or Nutella⠀ 2 tablespoons melted Butter for brushing⠀ ⠀ Pancake Batter: Whisk together pancake mix and milk to a smooth batter. Pour the batter into a piping bag and keep ready.⠀ Warm the chocolate spread for 30 seconds in the microwave and pour it into another piping bag.⠀ ⠀ Make the pancakes: Heat the paniyaram or ebleskiver pan and brush it with melted butter. Pipe half the pancake batter into each well and top with a dollop of chocolate spread and then fill it up with more pancake batter, making sure the batter covers the chocolate spread. Cover the pan for a minute, keeping the heat to medium high. Using a fork and a spoon to turn the pancakes and cook for another minutes or two till all sides are brown. Repeat till all the batter is used up and serve immediately.⠀

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I love Salmon and I love pictures like these where the food shines because I want to show you how good food can look without spending hours or doing too much.⠀ .⠀ I made this meal for us in Seattle and that sauce was yums to the power of 100! Does that even make sense? I wanted to say yums one hundred times😂⠀ .⠀ .⠀ But get this - I've tried this recipe with prawns and red snapper available here and its just as good. So get out, buy whatever seafood is easily available to you and dunk it in this drinkable sauce. There's no going back from here.⠀ ⠀ Here's the recipe with Salmon:⠀ ⠀ 1 tablespoon Olive Oil⠀⠀ 1 tablespoon Butter⠀⠀ 4 Salmon Fillets (about 1 inch in thickness), boneless⠀⠀ 1 teaspoon Salt⠀⠀ ½ teaspoon Pepper⠀⠀ ½ teaspoon minced Garlic⠀⠀ ½ cup Chicken Broth⠀⠀ Juice of 1½ Lemon⠀⠀ 3 tablespoons Capers, drained⠀⠀ ½ cup Heavy Cream⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Dry the salmon fillets well with a paper towel and sprinkle each side with salt and pepper.⠀⠀ Heat olive oil and butter in a 10 or 12 inch skillet and slide in the salmon fillets skin side down (you can also use skinless salmon fillets). Cook them on each side for five minutes and remove them on a plate.⠀⠀ In the same pan, add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add the chicken broth, and simmer for a few minutes till its reduced to half. Add the lemon juice and capers and mix.⠀⠀ Pour in the cream and simmer on a low flame for 2 minutes. Slide the salmon fillets back into the pan and spoon the sauce on them. Turn off the flame and serve immediately.⠀⠀ ⠀ #myfoodstory #salmon #italianfood #piccata #comfortfood #homemade #glutenfreefood #ketodiet #cozy #soulfood #nourish #glutenfree #ourclickdays #yuminthetumrepost @food #fromscratch #feedfeed #littlestoriesofmylife #theartofslowliving #eatingfortheinsta @foodfluffer @cookinglight @huffposttaste @tastingtable #recipeoftheday #fish #foodphotography #instafood @thekitchn @honestfoodmagazine @healthycuisines #foodblogfeed #healthyish #eatwellbewell #eatingfortheinsta #mindbodysoul #seafoodlover

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Smoothies don't have to be sadder cousins of thick milkshakes. You can make your smoothies at home really amazing by freezing fruits and veggies in advance. Here's how:⠀ ⠀ 🍌 Peel those bananas, cut them in half and layer them on a baking tray and freeze them for a few hours. They are a great way to add bulk, natural sweetness and creaminess to your morning smoothie⠀ ⠀ 🍓 Berries have tons of antioxidants and can add so much colour and flavour to smoothies. Just snip of the tops and place them in ziploack bags along with frozen bananas for your very own berry smoothie bag. When you are ready, add them to a blender with your favourite milk or yogurt and blend⠀ ⠀ 🥝🥒 Make a super green smoothie with kiwi, cucumbers and spinach. Peel the kiwi, slice that cucumber and wash the spinach. Roughly chop and place in a ziplock bag or glass jar together and freeze. Blend with coconut water and honey and enjoy!⠀ ⠀ If you like these, double tap the post so that we know that you are following along. Bookmark it, save it or just take a screenshot.⠀ ⠀ And if you have any tips that you'd like to share, leave a comment below and we'd love to feature them on #myfoodstory with a big shoutout to you so that everyone knows about your ninja cooking skills!⠀ ⠀ #tips #cookingtips #redonion #onions #myfoodsecrets #cooking #cookbetter

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Digging into some spicy chana masala today. I love using my hands, mashing the chana and aloo with the rice, squirting lemon juice on top, adding some crunchy onion and washing it all down with buttermilk. ⠀ Are you a hand or spoon person?⠀ ⠀ #myfoodstory #indianfood #indiancuisine #desifood #northindianfood #punjabi #chana #desikhana #tasteofindia #indianfoodbloggers #indiancooking #foodofindia #masala #foodindia #vforveggie #foodtalkindia #dilsefoodie #dinner #veganrecipes #simplefood #onmyplate

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