Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

Kitchen Science

It was straight out of an episode of Mr. Wizard’s World.

The first experiment taught us how to convert green to brown:

Roasted Coffee Beans

Roasted Coffee Beans


Well, we could have gone browner, but the coffee turned out well!

The second experiment (unpictured) provided the simplest dosa prep to date: maida dosa, which consists of 1/3 cup all purpose flour, 1/3 cup of rice flour, and 1/3 a cup of wheat flour with enough buttermilk to provide a nice batter consistency. Add cumin, ginger, salt, and hing to taste, then use immediately. It tastes a lot like rava dosa but without the hassle.

The final experiment started when some milk turned sour: bring it to a boil, add some lemon juice, reduce heat, and strain out the whey.

Curd from Fat Free Milk

Curd from Fat Free Milk


I’ll be making paneer tomorrow.

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2 responses

  1. I love how you guys roasted your own coffee beans! That is super neat. In Toronto Alex and I used to get our coffee from a place called the Green Beanery, where they mostly sold green beans. But I assumed that you needed special skills or equipment to roast them, and so always went with the pre-roasted ones! I now know better…

    August 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

  2. K

    Yeah, it was pretty cool! It’s definitely worth trying out, preferably in a place that has a balcony or backyard because the outer skin that flakes off can blow away in the wind.

    August 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

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