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…

Gunpowder

Ouch! I’ve just been re-diagnosed with high cholesterol, No, said the doctor, it doesn’t matter that you do yoga twice a day, nor that you’re vegetarian, nor that you walk 1 hour in the bitterly cold winter that’s toronto, nor that you think positive.. or hang out with positive people, this is genetic. you have to…

Vegetable Upma

Southern Indian Brahmins love their upma. Every kitchen has its unique secret touch.. passed down by generations. When you see how easy it is to make, you’ll realize why we love this dish…. Studded with crunchy mustard seeds, and other lentils, caressed with finely cut carrots and dressed with some freshly squeezed lime juice, this…

Plantain bajji with coconut chutney

Delicious plantains wrapped in nutritious chickpea flour, and coconut the miracle fruit star in a mom-daughter exchange program. A secret ingredient adds the crispy touch to these southern indian plantain fritters or bajjis.  My mom shared her secret for bajjis & I share my tip for coconut chutney 🙂 After volunteering to help 5-year olds in…

Crispy Ginger Tofu

Tofu! Does the name conjure up boring, bland and soft textureless food. I’ve steered clear of for long. Now that I’m home bound every evening mostly because of snow all around me. I’ve been experimenting a lot. I want to share my new secret. These crispy ginger tofu with a southern touch are a dream come…

Gobi Pakora

Returning home to cold, damp weather and heavy snow, I just couldn’t bring myself to make regular dinner. One thing repeatedly sounded in my mind-Gobi Pakoras(cauliflower fritters). Read on not only for a delhi winter/rain staple, but also for my 5 tips on the best way to deep fry. My other tip- a secret ingredient…

Sesame Rice Crackers

Ever craved a deep fried snack that’s also heart healthy. Then you have to try baked thattai. These rice sesame crackers are a  traditional deep fried snack that can take a while to make. I tried a quick and easy baked variation. The result is a delectable treat that has the stamp of approval of even the most…