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…

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…

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,…

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….