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…

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…

Allahabad Pumpkin

When fall is here, can squash and pumpkins be far behind? Try my aromatic pumpkin that owes its origin to the historic state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. I guarantee that you will never look back at pumpkin with glazed or bored eyes, once you have eaten Allahabad Pumpkin. For me Allahabad conjures up…

French Toast

I promise that you will not miss eggs nor will you be short on protein with my amazing vegan French toast. Read on to learn about the soul of spice (SOS secret tips) that go into the making of this fabulous treat. Make it anytime, Sunday brunch or otherwise & choose from my sweet or…

Keerai Vadai

Keerai vadai is a crunchy lentil fritter, with spinach and a special blend of spices folded in. Once you dig in, you will find it hard to stop at one. But why should you? Dr. Vannucci clapped her hands excitedly as she saw me lift up my sari skirt, carefully navigating the stairs that led…