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Desserts ( National & International)

Pradhaman ( Authentic kerala Yellow lentils dessert)

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Festivals bring in a lot of beautiful memories to my me. I feel that no matter how old you become, the festivals bring back your childhood memories and nostalgic feelings . If I introspect , I would not think twice before putting myself under the category of insecure and introvert kids. Things change with time.:) Even now, Onam and Vishu brings back the vague mind of that kid to me. Now I am able to embrace that kid with a grown up, confident inner self . I think this technique of comforting your aches and hurts of mind as a mature self of the same childhood soul/mind works well. It brings harmony and happiness to my mind . 🙂 Food plays a big role in the formation of your memories.

Pradhaman is that one dessert which connects me to my childhood .The aroma of this dessert instantly takes me back to the Onam/Vishu , I had celebrated with my little sis Sabi. Nothing to replace those memories and the bonding we share sweetheart. Love you. Oh, I was writing the recipe and I’m totally lost in emotions now. 😉
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Chalo, let’s get back to the track. Here is the recipe of Parippu pradhaman just for you !

Ingredients
Moong dal/yellow lentils/cheru parippu – 1 cup
coconut milk – 2 cups
ghee- 1/2 cup
water – 1 cup
jaggery – 150 gm
Elaichi powder -1 tsp
cashewnuts – 2 tbsp
Raisins- 10 nos
Method
1. Roast the cheru parippu/moong dal in a thick bottomed cooker until golden brown. Add boiled water into it. Cover and wait for 2 to 3 whistles.
2. Boil the jaggery blocks in 1 or 2 cups of water to form a liquid. Strain out the impurities.
3. Add the jaggery liquid into the cooked dal after adding thin coconut milk.Bring it to boil.
4. Add some ghee into it and keep stirring for 5 to 6 minutes.Add elaichi powder to it.
5. Now add the thick coconut milk gently into the cooker and switch off the flame. continue stirring to avoid separation..
6. Heat the remaining ghee in a small pan and fry cashews and raisins in it. Pour it in to the payasam along with ghee.
Serve hot or chilled.

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Kerala Vegeterian dishes South Indian veg

Kaalan

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Kaalan is a traditional Kerala vegetarian preparation using curd,coconut and vegetables like raw plantain and yam. It’s a grand mom’s recipe which is passed on from generations.Kaalan is different from Avial due to the choice of veggies used . It is more sour than Avial too. Kaalan is thick in consistency . The ‘Nenthra” Plantain is used for Kaalan which is available in Kerala and neighbouring states. My sis-in -law told me that these days she finds them even in UAE and Canada also. I think anything and everything is available everywhere these days. 🙂

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Ingredients
Raw plantain – 1
yam/elephant foot veggie – 1 cup square pieces
sour curd – 1 cup
freshly grated coconut – i cup
cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
pepper powder – 1 tsp
turmeric powder – 1 pinch
salt – to taste
mustard seeds – 1 tspn
curry leaves – 2 strands
red chilly whole – 2 nos
Method
1. Add the chopped square pieces of yam and plantain in a cooker along with one cup water,turmeric powder , pepper powder and salt. Wait for two whistles.
2. Grind coconut,cumin and curd into a coarse paste using a mixie.Add this paste to the cooked veggies and bring it to boil on medium flame. Keep stirring . Otherwise curd may separate.
3. Check the salt and consistency. Add more curd if you want to adjust the consistency.Switch off the flame.
4. Heat one tablespoon coconut oil/any oil in a small pan and crackle mustard seeds, red chilly whole and curry leaves.Add this seasoning to the gravy which is ready in the cooker.
Enjoy with steamed rice and papad.
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Kerala Vegeterian dishes South Indian veg Veg Dishes

Puli-inji

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Okay, now I’m gonna thrill your taste buds with this heavenly combo of sweet,salt, spice and tangy side dish which is called Puly inji. Inji is the name for ginger in malayalam and puli means sourness. It’s a typical Kerala traditional dish which is served on traditional Sadya,feast. It’s my personal favourite as it kind of represents a bit of myself in nature. You may add some more flavours to it like….bitterness. 😉 (Only at times ,not always).
It’s the best way to pickle your ginger to a day when you need something unusual and heavenly to boost up your taste buds and senses. Goes very well with rice,but trust me, I love it as a dip to my parattas and rotis too.

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Ingredients
Ginger -finely chopped – 2 tbsp full
green chilly – finely chopped – 1
red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
curry leaves – 1 strand
oil- 1 tbsp
salt – to taste
tamarind pulp – 1 tbsp
Jaggery – one block/2 to 3 tbsp if melted in some water.

Method
1.Heat some oil in a small pan and add ginger and green chillies into it. Saute till the colour of ginger turns brown. Add red chilly powder and saute for few seconds. Now add the tamarind pulp and bring it to a boil. Slowly add the jaggery which is already melted in some water into the pan and mix very well.
2. Add salt to taste and mix well.
3. Balance the salt,sweetness and sourness according to your requirement by adding the appropriate quantities of salt,jaggery and tamarind.
4. Crackle mustard seeds in 1/2 a teaspoon of oil and add curry leaves too. This would be a good tadka for the dish. Pour it over the dish.
Enjoy!
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Kerala Breakfast delicasies

Appam & Egg curry ( Kerala cuisine)

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Appam is a breakfast delicacy of God’s own country. Any kind of stew , veg or non veg; will go along very well with this dish. It’s not very difficult to make Appam if you care about the minutes involved in the process of making batter and fermenting it. Let’s see how Appams can be made at home.
Ingredients
Rice – 2 cups
freshly grated coconut – 3/4 cp
sugar – 3 tbsp
salt – to taste
yeast – 1/4 tsp
( If you are using dry yeast, you need to add it to 1/2 cup warm water along with some sugar and keep aside for 10 minutes. This is done to make the yeast active before adding it into the batter. Instant yeast can be added directly into the batter.)
Method
1. Soak the rice in lots of water for 6 hours.Wash and keep aside.
2. Grind the soaked rice and coconut in a mixie using some water. Do not make the batter too loose . It can be of Idly batter consistency.
3. Now in a small pan, add 2 tbsp of this batter and 2 tbsp of water. Bring it to boil. Once it boils ,add it directly into the batter and stir well. Your batter will be slightly warm now. This procedure is done to make the batter warm enough for the yeast to be active. Now add the yeast and some more sugar into the batter. Stir well and cover it with a lid. Let the batter ferment for 8 hours.Add salt to taste before you start making appams. Stir the batter once again just before you make appams.
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4. Heat a small non-stick kadai/Appam chatti and add one ladle of batter in the middle. Now use both your hands and rotate the kadai in a way that you are creating a lacy appam with a thicker middle part . Cover and cook on medium to slow heat until the middle part is cooked. Now take out the appam slowly from the sides without breaking.
Enjoy hot with egg curry, meat curry or stews.

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Kerala Vegeterian dishes South Indian veg Veg Dishes

Avial ( Mixed vegetable in yogurt and ground coconut)

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Mythology behind this dish
It is supposed to have been invented by Bhima (one of the Pandava brothers) during their exile. According to the legend, when Ballav (Bhima’s name during this time) assumed his duties as the cook in the kitchen of Virata, he did not know how to cook. One of the first things he did was to chop up many different vegetables, boil them together and top the dish with grated coconut. There are mythological variations. Bheema is said to have prepared Avial, when there were unexpected guests for King Virata and he needed to serve meals for them. There was no sufficient vegetables to cook any single recipe for side dish, so Bheema used what ever available vegetables to make a new dish, which came to know as Avial.
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Another narrative version relates to the attempt made by Kauravas to kill Bhima. After poisoning Bhima, Kauravas tied Bhima and threw him to water. Kauravas also communicated that they saw Bhima drowning in water. With the completion of the days of mourning, a funeral feast was planned and preparation were underway. Unexpectedly, Bhima emerged from the water, rescued by the Nagas. With this, preparations for the feast was cancelled. However, Bhima was unhappy with this decision, and decided to mix all of the vegetables to prepare a new dish, that later became popular as Avial. Another myth that in the kingdom of thiruvithankor in Kerala there was a great fest held by the king. Every one in the kingdom came to eat so there was a shortage of curry to be served. But in the kitchen also stocks were less so when the king visited the kitchen he found that a lot of vegetables were wasted when they were peeled . The king ordered the cook to make a curry with this along with some other ingredients so Avial was born. -Wikipedia.

Avial is an essential part of Kerala sadya, vegeterian feast. North keralites even add a piece of bitter gourd into this dish and wonderfuly cover up the bitterness with other ingredients. The final taste of Avial is just heavenly.
My plate with Avial as a side dish is added here. 🙂

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How to cook Avial?
Ingredients
Raw plantain – 1
elephant foot vegetable/yam – few pieces
carrot – 1 french beans – 10 nos
Drum sticks – 2 nos
Ash gourd pieces – 100 gms
bitter gourd – 2 finger shaped pieces only
sour curd – 1 cup
freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
cumin seeds – 1 tsp
green chillies – 2
coconut oil – 2 tbsp
curry leaves – 2 strands
turmeric powder – one pinch
salt – to taste
garlic – 2 to 3 pods (optional)
Method
1. Cook all the veggies together in a big pan/kadai after adding one cup water ,turmeric powder and salt .Grind coconut,green chillies and cumin to a coarse paste using curd and keep aside.
2. Once the veggies are cooked, make a dip in the middle as shown in the pic and add bruised garlic to it. Boil for 2 minutes.
3. Now add the coconut paste into the dip and slowly mix it with the boiled vceggies using a spoon. Make sure the coconut paste is mixed very well with the veggies.Check the sourness. If you need more, add more curd.Cook for 2 to 3 minutes with stirring occassionaly.
4. Switch off the flame and pour coconut oil ( preferably virgin oil) on top of the avial which is ready now. Add curry leaves. Mix gently and leave it covered for another few minutes for the aroma to set in.
Serve with rice and sambar.
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Non Veg Dishes Sea on my table

Golden fried prawns.

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Today my mind is so blank and I don’t know what to write about these delicious prawns. Just one thing to say, ‘ Eat them straight out of the pan”.
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These prawns are excellent starters for your evening get togethers. But do not fry and leave it for eating afterwards as they tend to get soggy soon. 🙂

Cooking time      10 minutes
party snack
serves                 3
Ingredients

Prawns  – 350 gms
Egg white – 2
sugar – one pinch
salt – to taste
oil – 1 tspn for batter , and for deep frying too
cornflour – 1 tbspn
Maida/all purpose flour – 3 tbspn
Baking pdr – one pinch
Method
Mix all the ingredints in a large bowl and beat it for 5 minutes using a whisker or fork.Leave the batter in the fridge for 10 minutes. Dip the prawns one by one in the batter and deep fry in the hot oil in a kadai.Serve super hot with red chilly sauce.
Need more easy prawns recipes? Check out here Prawns

More awesome sea food recipes can be found in this blog.

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Non Veg Dishes

Restaurant style Butter chicken (At home)

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I don’t think there will be any one in this country who has never tasted Butter chicken. You end up in a restaurant where the dishes have peculiar names and you are sweating to understand, Your friend says, “chordo yaar, Butter chicken order kar le”. 😉 Your friend is pretty sure that nothing can ever go wrong with this delicious dish and he even knows that it is a 100% value for money decision.Every foodie who is reading this please look back to your initial food expeditions, and come back to me if you can’t remember those days where you ended up ordering for Butter chicken after reading the confusing menu card.

Needless to say, even I’m a big fan of “Butter chicken”. My favourite Butter chicken hails from Moti mahal chain of restaurants. There is something heavenly about the taste of their Butter chicken. But as you all know, every one has secrets. 😉 and I don’t think Moti mahal is gonna share it’s secret with me. So, I had been experimenting on quite a few recipes to get a closest taste of their butter chicken in my kitchen. And yeahh…Finally! Thanks to Vahchef.
Are you a chicken lover? Then check my other posts for Dragon chicken,  Chicken Xacuti, Restaurant style Butter chicken at home,Murgh Hirwa masala,Kerala chicken stew.

Cuisine         Indian

Serves           3

Preparation time    40 minutes
Ingredients
Chicken pieces – 500 gms
curd- 1 cup
kasuri methi/dried fenu greek leaves- 2 pinches
lemon juice – of half lemon
Kashmiri red chilly pdr – 1 tbsp
Normal red chilly pdr – 1/2 tbsp
garam masala – 1 tsp
sugar – 1 tbsp
Butter – 4 to 5 tbsp
fresh cream – 3 tbsp
tomatoes – 3 medium sized
maida/all purpose flour – 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts – 10 nos
Onion – 1 big ( slice and fry till golden brown and crush using hands)

3 Main steps
1. Marinating and then cooking chicken pieces.
2. Preparing the sauce /gravy.
3. Mixing chicken and gravy together

How to marinate chicken?
In a big bowl, add chicken pieces along with yogurt,salt,red chilli powder and lemon juice.Mix very well with your hands and leave it for marination for atleast 2 hours.Grill the chicken or deep fry in butter and keep aside.

How to make gravy?
1.Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients like ginger garlic paste, cumin powder,coriander powder,dried fenu greek leaves,fried onions crushed in hands,sugar,salt and some water to make a paste.Keep aside.
2. Leave whole tomatoes in hot water for 10 minutes. Deseed and take out the skin. Make a puree of this using mixie.Grind cashewnuts using some milk and keep aside.
3.Heat some butter in a pan and add one table spoon maida into it. Saute to get a golden brown. Immediately add the masala from the bowl into the kadai. Saute on medium flame for about 6 minutes. Now add the tomato puree and mix very well. Cover with a lid and cook for 15 to 20 minutes with occasional stirring.Once the butter seperates in the gravy, add sugar and salt to balance the taste as per your taste.Mix very well.Now it’s time to add the chicken pieces which are already grilled or deep fried . Mix well and cook again for 5 minutes.
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4. Now add the fresh cream and stir gently. Switch off the flame. The more sinful , the more tastier. So add a little more extra butter now if u like.
Serve hot with Naan or Kulcha.

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You may even like Grilled chicken recipes in different spices. Hyderabadi Dum chicken is from the Nizam’s cuisine.

You may even like Grilled chicken recipes in different spices. Hyderabadi Dum chicken is from the Nizam’s cuisine.

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Kerala Vegeterian dishes Veg Dishes

Sambar Varutharachathu ( With added aroma of roasted coconut )

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Sambar is the most famous vegetable gravy of South India. I ‘ve tasted many different flavours of this one dish from different parts of the country. If it’s spicy ,tangy and slightly thick in Kerala, Karanataka has a mild sweet taste to it. Tamil Sambar tastes entirely different and Andhra Sambar is the spiciest. How ever differently it is flavoured, people just love it. I’ve met people from other states who thinks that Sambar , rice and Idli are the only food people eat in South India. Well, I would say, Sambar is so popular all over the country that it has reached every single state and people love it.And that’s what makes it so famous for people to think that this is the only food southies eat. (Lol) I would want other endless dishes of Kerala cuisine (veg &Non veg) also to reach the food lovers of this world.

As Rocky & Mayur from Food mad correctly said in their blog, Vada raha, South India has the largest variety of B’fast dishes in the country.I could see them enjoying the mouth-watering sea food and non veg varieties along with vegetarian dishes on my screen.I was happy about them finding out the flavourful delicious food and bringing it out to the public.
Here I’m making Sambar which has added aroma of roasted coconut in it. This is how Sambar is made in my place,Payyannur. Payyannur is a small beautiful coastal town with a lot to satisfy your food cravings. I wish I could take you there through my blog to give you a taste of it. I may not be able to cover up every dish in a single post and may take years to cover all of it. But I wish to make a beginning of it here.Stay tuned ! 🙂

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Ingredients
Tuvar dal/Yellow lentils – Cooked and mashed – 1 cup
freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
Baby onions – 1/2 cup
tomato – 1
Potato – 1
Ladies finger – 10 nos
bringal – 1 small
Carrot – 1 small
drum sticks – 1 or 2
( Any veggie of your choice can be used but these are the traditional choice . Please avoid using cauliflower or capsicum in Sambar as I would say it spoils the whole show )
Mustard seeds- 1 tea spoon
Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Whole red chillies – 1 or 2
Curry leaves – 3 strands
tamarind pulp – 2 table spoon
turmeric pdr – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilly pdr – 1 table spoon
coriander powder – 2 table spoon
asafoetida one pinch
oil – 2 to 3 table spoon
Method
1.Add yellow lentils along with 2 to 3 cups of water, turmeric powder and a little salt in a cooker. Wait for 4 whistles. Once dal is cooked , mash it a little with the spoon.
2. In a small pan, heat 2 to 3 table spoon oil. Add fenugreek seeds and once the seeds turn brown quickly add half of the chopped onions. Once onions turn brown, add grated coconut to it and keep stirring till the coconut is deep dark brown. Now add all the masala powders to it and stir for another 3 minutes. Using whole masalas instead of powders will be a better option for better taste.
3. Now grind this roasted and fried masala to a fine paste in a mixie.
4. Add this masala into the nicely cut veggies in another pot/wok along with salt and tamarind pulp. Make sure the veggies are cooked well in this masala by adding required water and salt to taste.Add ladies finger and tomatoes to the pot only when potatoes are half-cooked as it will avoid over cooking of tender veggies.
5. Now add the mashed dal/lentils into this veggie masala and check for your preferred consistency.Use water to get the consistency you need.Add asafoetida at this stage and bring it to a boil. Cook on medium to low flame for 3 minutes stirring occasionally.
6. Sambar is ready. Now add some curry leaves and keep it covered.
7.Heat one table spoon oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds,whole ed chillies and curry leaves to it. Make sure that he mustards crack fully to release the amino acids present in them. Add this seasoning on top of the sambar.
Enjoy with rice, idly or Dosa.

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Kerala Vegeterian dishes South Indian veg Veg Dishes

Koottu curry

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Koottu curry is one of the delicious spread of Kerala Sadya, feast. This dish is so well-balanced that your need for proteins, fibre and vitamins are completely taken care off. This beautiful dish is a combination of bengal gram and vegetables like elephant gourd,raw plantain and white gourd. The masala is mildly spiced with black pepper and to balance the spicy heat, cool coconut and cumin mixture is used in the gravy. Koottu curry is neither dry nor too wet in texture. This dish is a great combination for rice and even rotis. I’m sure, once you taste it, the flavour will linger on your tongue as well as mind.So here I’m gonna explain how this wonderful dish has to be prepared.

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Ingredients
Bengal gram – 150 gms
raw plantain/raw banana – 1 nos
Elephant gourd – 1 cup chopped pieces
white gourd – 1/2 cup chopped pieces (optional)
freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
cumin seeds – 1 tbsp
black pepper powder – 1 tbsp
red chilli pdr – 1 tsp
turmeric pdr – 1/2 tsp
curry leaves – 2 strands
mustard seeds – 1 tsp
whole red chillies – 2
oil – 1 tbsp
Method
1. Soak bengal grams over night or for at least 6 hours . Boil black grams in 2 to 3 cups of water in a cooker along with salt, red chilly powder,black pepper powder and salt.(6 to 7 whistles )
2. Grind coconut and cumin seeds to a fine paste using mixie.
3. Add this coconut paste to the boiled grams. You may remove some water from bengal gram before you add the paste to it. This is optional. Depends completely on the consistency you prefer. Koottu curry is a thick semi gravy.
4. Mix the paste thoroughly with the boiled grams and cook on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes stirring occasionaly.Switch off the flame.
5. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and crackle mustard seeds ,curry leaves and red chillies in it.Add this seasoning to the gravy which is ready in the cooker.One table spoon coconut fried to dark brown in the same oil along with other seasonings will add extra aroma and flavour to the dish.
Enjoy with rice!

Tips
1. boil elephant gourd pieces separately and throw the water .It would be safe to add the cooked pieces to the cooked grams in the later part of cooking.

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Kerala Vegeterian dishes South Indian veg

Kumbalanga pachadi (Kumbalanga – Ash Gourd, White Gourd in coconut and curd based gravy)

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Pachadi is an inevitable part of Kerala Sadya, feast of Keralites.This dish brings back a lot of nostalgic memories to me. Even though I’m a non-resident of Kerala for many years now, I’m still deeply in love with the cuisine of the state. I want my kids to taste every dish what I’ve tasted in my Traditional platter as those dishes take the credit of giving me a good understanding of different tastes on my palettes.I would want my kids also to enjoy food rather than just filling their tummy with food.Pachadi is served in Kerala Sadya also.
Today I made Winter melon/white gourd pachadi ,prawn curry and bitter gourd fry for lunch. Pachadi is a very simple preparation yet tastes wonderful with rice.

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Ingredients
white gourd – 200 gm
freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
green chillies – 2 to 3
mustard seeds – 2 tsp
curry leaves – 1 strand
whole red chilli – 1
Turmeric powder – one pinch
sour curd – 1 cup
Method
1. Chop kumbalanga to nail sized pieces.Add turmeric powder and salt. Cook in half cup water over medium flame.
Keep aside.
2. Grind coconut, green chillies and 1 tea spoon mustard seeds to a slightly coarse paste using curd.
3. Add the ground paste to the boiled Kumbalanga and mix well. Do not boil or cook on heat.
4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and add some coconut,mustard seeds, whole red chilli and curry leaves into it. Fry until the coconut turns golden brown and mustard seeds finish crackling.Ad this on top of the kumbalanga mix which you have already made.
5. Serve chilled with steamed rice and papad.

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