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Spices and Lentils

“Mom, I want to cook something Indian or Indian fusion tonight! What can I make?” I get these calls frequently from my children who are away from home. I also get similar questions from my friends who love to cook Indian dishes but feel overwhelmed. Well fear no more! This blog has tried and tested, easy-to-follow recipes that are sure to be a hit with you and your friends! I plan to incorporate all kinds of recipes from simple and  semi-homemade to “made from scratch,” so, whether you are a college student, or new at cooking with Indian spices, or a pro at it, I hope to inspire you all!

Namaste, my name is Sandhya. I teach Indian and Indian fusion cooking in and around Lexington, MA. I grew up in India where I learned to cook from my mother, Mrs. Vaijayanti Rege, who taught cooking classes and published two cookbooks – Ruchi and Zanzaneet Non-Veg – in Marathi. She was an amazing cook, and I like to believe I inherited her passion for cooking and innovating recipes! The solid foundation I got from my mom in the culinary arts gave me the confidence to create new fusion recipes when I arrived here in America over 30 years ago.

I have a huge repertoire of recipes that I have created over the years, so when my kids ask me, “Mom what can I make for dinner with the ingredients I have on hand?” I tell them that with so many possible recipes and combinations,the sky is the limit !

So let’s get cooking!

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125 Comments Add yours

  1. Foodie says:

    Awesome blog with unique, easy and yummy recipes!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much!

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  2. Ashwini says:

    I loved it. Great blog Sandhya! Can’t wait to try the recipes.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Ashwini!

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  3. Vineeta says:

    Very nice blog Sandhya.
    Easy and quick ideas for fast paced life.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Vineeta!

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  4. Shachi says:

    love this, Sandhya Mavshi! what a great guide 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Shachi! Feel free to let me know what type of recipes you would like to see.

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  5. Jui says:

    Hi Sandhya,

    Lovely blog! Thanks for sharing your recipes. I am so excited about trying out some of these. The Pav Bhaji platter is a very innovative idea.

    Jui

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Jui! Do let me know how you like the recipes. Hope all is well with you and your family.

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  6. Jayeeta says:

    Hello Sandhya…….nice to meet you…….thanks for following my blog……..looking forward to your recipes and guidance…… 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Jayeeta. It is so nice to meet you too! I look forward to knowing more about your Bengali specialties too.
      Love,
      Sandhya

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  7. Hi Sanshya, Thank you for visitng my blog and the follow…. You have a lovely space here and happy blogging 🙂

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  8. Nice to meet you Sandhya. you have a lovely blog here Your kids must be so happy and proud! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words

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  9. Thanks for the follow! Your blog looks very imformative!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Jen!

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  10. Interesting to see your blog on cooking. Hoping to read more posts in future. Have a wonderful blogging journey ahead.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Reji!

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  11. Hi Sandhya, thanks for stopping by. Your blog looks so delicious, I’m going to have to give my hand a try at some of your recipes!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Stephanie! You have an awesome blog and I especially loved the snicker doodles. My son loves them, so will make them soon.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Loretta says:

    Sandhya, is there an email where we can talk Blogging 101? I can tell you about the REader and we can discuss other issues pertaining to the course.

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  13. yasniger says:

    Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

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  14. ramaink says:

    I love your blog and so have nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you choose to accept it, please do visit the following link:

    https://ramaink.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/the-liebster-award/

    Thank you! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much! I do have the award already but appreciate you liking my blog. Do visit again!

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  15. I’m addicted to curry. I started eating it because the Indians of Southern India have low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, plus there is in-vitro evidence that it causes macrophages to get rid of the Alzeheimer’s placque. Now I eat it because I absolutely love it.

    Great blog! I admire people who can cook, and especially those who are bold and creative about it.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for the compliment Talmage! I admire people who can write as beautifully as you do! I loved the photographs too. You are definitely a gifted writer!

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      1. You just made my day! Thank you so much. 🙂

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      2. Sandhya says:

        🙂

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  16. iku2e says:

    thanks for stopping by

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  17. I’m so glad you stopped by my blog because I love LOVE Indian food! I’m so excited to try out your recipes 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Taylor! I am excited to know that you will be trying my recipes. Do let me know how you like them!

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  18. The blog and the recipes look great…look forward to trying them out. thanks….zeba

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Zeba!

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  19. Hey Sandhya,

    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.. Please check my post for the same.. Hope you appreciate it.. Good Luck 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Anjali! I am so honored and appreciate the nomination. I have been nominated recently by another blogger for the same award so this is a double honor!

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      1. You are very welcome!!

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  20. All about the foods and recipes, fantastich!. Thanks a lot for follow my blog Shandya, I follow your inspired blog too. Regards!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks. You are an amazing photographer!

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  21. Hi Sandhya, I’ve just nominated u for the creative blogger award. Cheers!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much! I am touched and I really appreciate it!

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  22. Hello, I am nominating you for the Liebster award, please check my blog page for more details. Hope you Appreciate it.. Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Anjali,
      I absolutely appreciate it! Thank you so much for thinking of me. But I already have the Liebster. So I am sure you would want to nominate someone else.
      Thanks again dear!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Ganesh says:

    Nice and interesting blog, Sandhya! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks! Love to read your blog too.

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Hi Sandhya! Nominated you for ‘Post a Quote Challenge’. Instantly thought of you when I had to nominate someone. 😀 Hope you enjoy it.
    You will get all the details here ~ http://anartsyappetite.com/2015/06/29/post-a-quote-challenge-day-one/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for thinking of me and nominating me Sumana. I will try my best!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sure, Sandhya! It’s a fun challenge 🙂

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  25. Hi, I have nominated you for the Encouraging Thunder Award, please check my link for further details. hope you appreciate it
    https://anjalidhawan.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/encouraging-thunder-award/

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Pawan says:

    Fantastic initiative, Sandhya! Thanks to Sunil for sharing the link. Signing up under my family email account so all of us can enjoy your recipes. -:)

    Pawan

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Pawan! So glad that you have joined the Indfused family! Hope you and Usha like the recipes.

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  27. Looks very interesting. I will look around and see your recipes! Nice Blog!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      I am so glad you visited my blog because I am happy to have discovered your interesting blog! Wow! Look forward to reading more about raising 9 kids in the middle east and your recipes from so many cultures! I have liked your FB page too. Mine is Indfused on FB too.

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      1. Ok great thanks. I will like you on fb and am following you. I love Indian food and have been looking for more authentic recipes since I started my blog. So i look forward to seeing all of yours!

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      2. Sandhya says:

        Thank you! I look forward to visiting your blog again too!

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      3. Yes please visit me!

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      4. Sandhya says:

        I did Lynn! You have an awesome blog!

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      5. Thanks Sandhya! yours is amazing!

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  28. Sadie's Nest says:

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for thinking of me! I am so honored! My 2nd Liebster!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Hi sandhya! awesome blog! thx for liking my recipe, its a real confidence booster coming from you. thx once again. Stay in touch !

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    1. Sandhya says:

      So nice to meet you Dipti and thanks for the follow.Yes lets keep in touch! I look forward to your posts from Hyderabad!

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      1. thanks for the follow too. my apologies for this mistake. Pls follow http://www.thesoulcurry.com for latest posts! thx

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      2. Sandhya says:

        No problem Dipti! lets keep in touch!

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  30. Sadie's Nest says:

    Hi Sandhya, I have nominated you for (another) Versatile Blogger Award!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kindness!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadie's Nest says:

        You’re Welcome:)

        Liked by 1 person

  31. pallodium says:

    Sandhya (Auntie), I am a Maharashtrian teenager living in Pennsylvania. I love your blog very much and I will definitely be showing this to my parents! My mom is also a really good cook and spontaneous recipe maker and I’ve been pushing her to blog for so long. Congratulations on making such a widespread and famous blog and I wish for your success in your future endeavors. Hope to see you on my blog, involving recollections, incidents, current news, science as you will definitely see me all around indfused!

    Love,
    Aditi

    My blog: http://www.pallodium.wordpress.com

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Aditi,
      I already am following your blog! Thank you so much for following Indfused. I try to streamline the Indian and Indian fusion recipes so it is easy for young people like you and my children.
      Lets keep visiting each other’s blogs. and do tell your family and friends about Indfused.

      Liked by 1 person

  32. parulsinghal says:

    Can u pl help me how to marked required fields in reply section.I am working on gharkepakwan.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      I replied on your blog Parul. I am no expert but am happy to share what I know.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. parulsinghal says:

        Your trick works Sandhya.Thanks so much.I have some more queries.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for visiting the blog and for your kind comment! You made my day!

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  33. Thanks for stopping by my Blog … I look forward to reading more from you 🙂

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  34. Aditi Pallod says:

    Hey Sandhya! I created a hashtag: #blastfromthepast, where you publish any story, poem, article, photograph or drawing that you made when you were younger or in the significant past. You were nominated, and here is the link on instructions as well as my blast from the past. https://aditipallod.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/blast-from-the-past/ Enjoy! You should do one of your old recipes (:

    -Aditi

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Aditi! Will think of something to post.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Aditi Pallod says:

        Awesome, Sandhya! I’d love to see any of the recipes you made in the past! 🙂

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  35. Glad to have found your blog Sandhya 🙂 Iove the fusion you create! Marvelous!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Freda! I am so touched by your sweet comments

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Most welcome Sandhya :*

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  36. Nadia says:

    Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. Bienvenue!

    Liked by 1 person

  37. Veerashree Shanbhag says:

    Sandhya,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.This one is also very close to my heart.Brings back lot of sweet memories.
    This goes very well with hot rice and a roasted papad( sprayed with some coconut oil).

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Veerashree. It is a recipe close to my heart too. I am with you on the hot rice and roasted papad with coconut oil- soul food indeed!

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  38. Meritings says:

    Only just glimpsed one page and my mouth is watering already! Good to find your blog – via Lynz Real Cooking.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comments! I got a chance to visit your blog and loved it!
      Lets keep in touch.

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  39. Shital says:

    Love your blog. Stumbled upon your blog today. Looking forward to trying your recipes. Love your pictures. That makes me want to try your recipes. Because I eat with my eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Shital. I enjoy food styling so that is a huge compliment. My recipes focus on being healthier easier and above all yummy! So I hope you enjoy them too! I am so glad that you are visiting my blog.

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  40. Hi Shandhya. Lovely to meet you. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for following me. I adore Indian food, so look forward to visiting your blog. Have a lovely day.

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  41. Hi Sandhya
    I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award as a token of my appreciation.
    Here is the link http://tingleurtastebuds.com/2016/05/25/one-lovely-blog-award/
    Congratulations.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Meena! I am truly honored and appreciate your kindness immensely!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are most welcome and yes I love your blog. You have wonderful stuff there. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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  42. beingfilmy says:

    hi sandhya
    this is being marathi from mumbai .we find your blog quite attractive .
    we can do barter if you are interested .
    we will promote your site with our pages and you will promote our videos on you site.
    please let us know
    meanwhile keep up good work
    regards
    team being marathi (yt)

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I am flattered.
      Please let me know an e-mail address I can write to you at.
      Thanks again,
      Sandhya

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  43. Utkarshini Khanna says:

    Sandhya 🙂 thanks for following and supporting Bake to the top! I am absolutely loving your ideas and I think yours is my new favorite blog!!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Utkarshini! I am so honored. You have a great blog!

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  44. arv! says:

    Thank You for the follow back of my blog Sandhya! It’s great to come across your lovely blog. I’m sure your blog must be very popular as Indians in US are pretty fond of Indian food and so are many Americans! Great work! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much! Yes Indian food and flavors are so well liked. I try to make the foods easy to make, healthier and with ingredients readily available here

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      1. arv! says:

        That’s great Sandhya! 🙂

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  45. Shari says:

    I am excited to follow your blog, Sandhya! I am new to Indian cooking and eating. Just this year my son took me to my first Indian restaurant. I loved it! It has been fun learning about spices I knew nothing about. I hope to learn a lot more through your blog!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much for the follow Shari. I am so glad you enjoyed Indian food. I try to simplify the recipes and also make them healthier. I hope you like them.

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  46. Akash Bindal says:

    delicious is the word! I have tingling sensations already. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Akash!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Akash Bindal says:

        Pleasure is mine Sandhya 🙂

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  47. Hie Sandhya! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Check it out in my new post on Binding Curry🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Utkarshini! I am truly honored.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome Sandhya 🙂

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  48. JIN says:

    Great blog! Ever since taking a cooking class in Delhi a few months ago, I can’t get enough of Indian food. Love that you have easier methods that I can use for simple everyday meal in my kitchen.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Jin,
      Thank you so much! Yes I try to simplify the recipes, make them healthier without losing the taste, of course:)
      I am so glad you stopped by and are following my blog because it also gave me a chance to visit and follow your amazing blog!
      I am also an architect by education and training, so we have that and our love of food in common!

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  49. Linda Sun says:

    This blog is so well done!! I am looking forward to trying out the recipes!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much my dear Linda! I am so happy to know that you are checking out the blog!

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  50. Marvelous to have found you. I love Indian food but am unable to find the spices down here in the country in the midwest. I shall be looking through your blog to try and find my favourites! I love that word Fusion – don’t you? c

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Cecilia for visiting my blog. I hope you like the recipes – both Indian and fusion. Do let me know if you cannot find a certain spice. They are available online or could be substituted. I will try my best to help.

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  51. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for following my blog!

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  52. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog.

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  53. Veerashree Shanbhag says:

    Hello Sandhya,
    Really loved your stuff jalapeños recipe. I modified it by stuffing with kale bhaji.
    I have shared my recipe on Konkani Aamchi Food group.Have mentioned your name since I was inspired by your recipe.I have also shared your blog with the members.
    Thanks a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Veerashree for mentioning my name and also sharing my blog with members.
      Klae bhaji stuffing sounds wonderful!

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    2. Sandhya says:

      Veerashree is the Konkani Aamchi on FB? Would love to see it!

      Like

  54. Gertie says:

    Pierogi bardzo sympatyczne. Ciekawa jestem zwłaszcza tych makowych potraw wigilijnych z różnych części Polski. Na podkarpaciu króluje kutia, sÃ…asy‚zÂłam o kluskach z makiem i innych makowych specjałach. Co u Was robi się z maku poza makowcem?

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