Chickpea Basmati Pulao – One pot dish

When it gets cold and all you want to do is snuggle up to warm tastes with least effort.  Its time for one-pot meals to make their appearance. No fuss, easy to make, spicy, warming, comforting – hope you enjoy my take on classic pulao You need 4 tbsp. roasted chickpeas 2 tbsp. fresh spinach 2…

Garlicky Beet greens with Quinoa pasta

Stop! Don’t throw those beet greens away.. They are really tasty & awfully good for you. And I’m going to share with you exactly how you can put them to good use. Its been ages since I shared a food recipe. You might be tempted to believe that I haven’t been cooking. Far from it….

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…

2-for-1 lentil soup becomes kale lentil flatbread

       You already knew that kale and lentils are a power couple right! But did you know? lentils or legume soup is treated as a two-for-one deal? In New Delhi, day-old lentil soup gets a fresh makeover. Shh!! Ancient indian secret 🙂 We convert it to a flatbread simply by adding a few spices to awaken…

Himalayan fennel swiss chard Creamed lentils

Himalayan mountains are not just heavenly. People who live in the mountains are very warm, hospitable and generous. Maybe it has to do with being so close to nature. Imagine sniffing pine leaves everyday or walking in woods or climbing up hills. Its got to bring out your inner cheer. These swiss chard leaves and…

Garlicky Fennel Walnut Pesto

Freshly grown organic produce is always appreciated. What makes it super special is when you have grown it yourself with a group of coworkers. In a communal planting effort my organization SAS helped order planters, organic seedlings, gardening tools and organized us into teams. Our planter was bursting at the seams and it was time…

Keeraithandu Sambhar-Amaranth Stem Stew

Sambar is the classic southern stew. Every kitchen has its own recipe. Amaranth stem provides a nice texture, dals add smoothness and sambar powder(the famous spice mix) add the necessary spices to this wonderful dish. I first tasted amaranth stem sambar in my aunt’s home and never forgot its mesmerizing taste.. For years now I’ve…

Mulaikeerai-Amaranth Soup

Amaranth is my favourite green. It reminds me of the spinach seller who comes bearing a basket of varieties of spinach to our doorstep in Chennai. A merry haggling session begins. She ups the prize knowing how much the human tendency is to love to bargain. Eventually everyone is happy, price lowered for the customer,…

Curry Potato Watercress Soup

Curry Potato Watercress soup is a creamy and nutritious soup that hits all the taste bud notes. Dotted with mustard seeds and served with warm bread what more can you ask for on a winter’s day? Ingredients 2 cups boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes 1 cup loosely packed watercress 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped…

Spinach Apple Salad-Guest Blogger Raja

Some years ago I sat a Vipassana course with some Buddhist monks. I noticed that they would line up before the food server at mealtime and never take anything of their own accord. Finally the server would place leftovers in their alms bowl. The rules of the Vinaya Pitaka, the code of conduct for Buddhist…