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…

Crunchy roasted cayenne chickpeas

Crunchy roasted channa are my favourite. They are a great street food and you can find them at every corner market in delhi. But I got tired of looking for this Delhi street food classic in grocery stores.  Stores in Canada tend to carry excessively salty & overly spiced roasted channa in packages. So I decided to…

Farmer’s market apple beet avocado chickpea sprouts salad

The best things in my life are the simplest, don’t you agree? Recently my friend invited me to her home in the country in Belleville, Ontario. Knowing how much of a nature lover I am, she took me to the farmer’s market. I feel in love with everything there. Ended up buying way too much…

Mung dal puree for Iqaluit hunters and gatherers

‘You and I take vegetarian food for granted’, said my friend Connie. She was sharing her experience while helping the native Inuit of Iqaluit. ‘They find the texture of lentils unfamiliar. Its not part of their culture. They are hunters and gatherers’, she said. Connie is right. I’m fortunate I was raised in a country like…

Power up with Protein rich yard beans stir fry

Protein! That ever important ingredient. If you are a vegan, I’m sure you have spent a fair bit of time trying to get more protein in your diet.  So how do the vast majority of Indians manage to get protein in food without going stir crazy, without reading food labels or without trying too hard and without…

Field greens mung beans with coconut curry

Just back from a yoga teacher training course. Intense 4 weeks of studying philosophy, anatomy, physiology, bhagavad geeta, chanting, practicing asanas, doing karma yoga(service). And best of all hanging out with 72 other fun loving yogis. A luxury to immerse myself in yoga with no household chores to do. Yoga camp food is satvic. That…

Prana green salad

Everything is green in this salad. It has PrANA or life giving energy. Its suddenly become so warm in Mississauga. My entire home and yard are filled with fresh prana.. . Spring is time for renewal.. Now after the cold long winter, with sun streaming through my whole house, I had to make a salad to celebrate this…

Double protein asparagus bean stew

I got hungry at work after finishing off my lentil soup. Luckily I work in a company where healthy snacks are aplenty to keep staff fueled all day long. Feeling that hungry wasn’t a good sign. Blame it on the smaller than usual portion I had taken to work. As I returned home to prepare…

Creamy lentil soup for women’s day

What would you say if you I gave you my recipe for the slurpiest soup possible? And what would you say if I showed you how to remove too spicy indian flavours with a quick and healthy tip. And what if I showed you a clever way to get creamy soup with texture, no butter,…