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…

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…

Chickpea Kale Veggie Kababs

Ever since I dreamed of having my yoga studio and café, I haven’t stopped thinking about how it would happen. Would I find a wealthy beyond investor who would be interested in what I have in mind?  A yoga studio & café in the heart of the city that’s funded by the users. Another drop…

Mulligatawny soup

Brimming with luscious flavours, spiked with healing spices, you will fall in love with my variation on this anglo-indian soup. Muliga (pepper) + thanni (water) are the origins for this british soup that the brits borrowed from my rich tamil heritage 🙂 Last night I happened to rear end a car while driving home on 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…

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…

Yogi Salad

Sunday night yoga party! I love parties. Whether with yogis or otherwise.. but you know how it is with shared interests.. energy levels of a shared interest take the conversation to an entirely new level.. and so it was with my yoga group. People take themselves lightly.. and laugh & smile a lot. I thought…

Many layers of indian vegetarian cooking and my food handler certificate

‘Ooh, What’s that appetising smell’?, asked my coworker as she walked into the staff lobby at lunchtime. ‘I knew its your lunch rightaway. What do you have? OMG its so, so fragrant’, she said as she peered into my Tupperware. That’s a pretty awesome segway into today’s women’s day post. My coworker is not alone in…

Warm lemon rice with roast potato wedges

Cold, colder, coldest!! 3 words to describe the current daytime temperature. Everyone I talk to is really mad about this cold weather spell. This has possibly been the most freezing we have seen in years. Even my remote garage opener freezes up. I’ve had to wrap it in a woolen hat to make it work….