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…

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…

Bengali Cabbage and a Promise

Kalonji, Jeera, Saunf, Methi, Rai-the 5 spice names are almost like a song and this dish is truly a beautiful song from start to finish, as the spice infused mustard oil envelops the cabbage to smear it with its enchanting 5 flavors, don’t be surprised if you find yourself bursting into song as these flavors…

Kanjivaram Idli – Canadian Thanksgiving

Kanjivaram Idli – Canadian Thanksgiving I’d like to celebrate Canadian thanksgiving with Kanjivaram Idli. Fluffy, studded with jeweled spices that add vibrant color to your thanksgiving table, try my take on Kanjivaram Idli. As always I’ve deviated from the norm by reducing gluten content to offer you yet another delectable yet healthy meal. Before I…

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…

Blueberry Lime Chili Muffins

Spilling with juice and antioxidant goodness, these blueberry muffins are likely nothing you have ever tasted before. Spiked with a little soul of spice, they ooze oomph. Sitting prettily on the east coast of Canada on the Atlantic ocean, the province of Nova Scotia is truly picturesque. The original indigenous MikMaq people occupied this land…

Bhutta – Grilled corn street food

Bhutta is luscious grilled corn street food. Make it at easily at home. Don’t forget the all important secret to smoky grilled corn lies in my special and easy-to-make spice rub. August and September! Monsoons hit Delhi. You will have no choice but to wade through hip high water unless you are a school teacher…

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…

Tutti Frutti Cupcakes

A colorful confectionery with chopped and candied fruits, Indian tutti frutti, usually refers to brightly colored, candied raw papaya, which go perfectly well with a birthday party’s colorful lights. Its my birthday today & by Indian tradition, I’m reminded of my grade 2 birthday, carrying sweet treats carefully packaged by my parents to hand out to my…