Turmeric Hot Chocolate

Wait! Milk for a cold. Isn’t that a no no for my sinuses, Asked a friend.. Not with this special recipe. Its cold and wintry and an onset of flu symptoms seems to be everywhere. One friend was cured of a cold with this recipe and another asked for a cure. High time I shared…

Karam Saag Pakoda (Kale)

Karam saag pakora is a delicate and lightly battered kale fritter. If you’ve found yourself saying no to kale chips in the past, treat yourself to paradise and say YES & YES to my crispy take. Ice capped mountains, lush valleys, rosy cheeked children in their shikaras(water boats), Kashmir valley is long known for its…

Carrot Ginger Soup

A warming light and cheery soup with gingery after tones to cuddle up to on a blustery winter day. Over the holidays I was diagnosed (again) with high cholesterol & border line diabetes. I’ve decided to take this as a serious call to action. Even though I eat a pretty clean diet – does giving…

Sesame Snowballs

You will love these Sesame snowballs for winter warmth and cheer. I came up with these simplest, tastiest golf ball sized treat to stave off winter’s chill. I also had a craving for the childhood flavors of roasted sesame seeds. Dear reader, if you are wondering why Delhi gets so cold in winters, then read…

Butternut Squash Soup – Happy Thanksgiving US

I’m so excited that my wrist is slowly being able to type. While there are other complications from my car accident, such as concussion, whiplash, an impacted balance system (which means I’ve taken a few unnecessary tosses) etc. etc., I’m super glad to have my wrist back to be able to write. It still won’t…

Happy Diwali – Nankhatai

Happy diwali to all my dear readers. Given that Diwali is almost upon us  tomorrow, I thought I would celebrate by sharing my Nankhatai recipe. Go guilt free this diwali with my low fat, vegan, gluten free version that delivers fully on taste & texture without compromise. Nankhatai is an Indian shortbread served during festive…

Spinach Curry

Stir fried spinach with choice spices lend a simplicity & elegance to this dish that owes its origin to my southern Indian roots. Try it this way when your palate feels like it needs fresh. This spring I accidentally spotted amaranth seeds in a packet while grocery shopping. I brought the packet home thinking ‘what…

Sundal – Navaratri, appreciating the power of the feminine

Sundal is a lentil dish treated with unique spices, prepared for 9 days in 9 diff ways, sprinkled with coconut. You don’t have to wait for a festival day to roll along in October. Nutritionally dense and awesomely delicious, I hope you will add sundal to your food repertoire. Come fall, festivities begin around the…

Bengali Cabbage and a Promise

Kalonji, Jeera, Saunf, Methi, Rai-the 5 spice names are almost like a song and this dish is truly a beautiful song from start to finish, as the spice infused mustard oil envelops the cabbage to smear it with its enchanting 5 flavors, don’t be surprised if you find yourself bursting into song as these flavors…

Kanjivaram Idli – Canadian Thanksgiving

Kanjivaram Idli – Canadian Thanksgiving I’d like to celebrate Canadian thanksgiving with Kanjivaram Idli. Fluffy, studded with jeweled spices that add vibrant color to your thanksgiving table, try my take on Kanjivaram Idli. As always I’ve deviated from the norm by reducing gluten content to offer you yet another delectable yet healthy meal. Before I…

Thanjavur Broccoli and Chutzpah

Thanjavur Kootu is made with veggies cooked in milk. I tweaked the original recipe to use broccoli & made a dairy free sauce of coconut milk and no oil. In the past 2 days I’ve been admired for my chutzpah by a couple of people in different contexts. This post is on how to cultivate…