Valentine’s day -celebrate connection

Valentine’s day is almost here. It means so many things to so many people.. To some, it means an indulgence in sinful treats like dark chocolate (i’m a culprit, I confess :). To others its a frantic running around organizing a dinner date or romantic getaway with your partner. To others, its no reason to…

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…

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….

Chinese Cold Tea

Pride comes before a fall 🙂 Having boasted about not catching a cold for about 3 years, it was time to show some humility. I caught a cold.. not a nagging, 2-week long one that others had. Mine was just 3-days of suffering in all.. Could it be due to the benefits of yoga &…

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…

Oil pulling – easiest way to keep that cold away

Fighting a cold.. fight no more.. I’m about to share my secret tip. And its super easy. Its that time of the year. Fall, cooler weather, body adjustments. A friend has been battling a cold for several days. I thought I’d share a new method, but not really that new. Oil pulling is the way…

Farmer’s market apple beet avocado chickpea sprouts salad

The best things in my life are the simplest, don’t you agree? Recently my friend invited me to her home in the country in Belleville, Ontario. Knowing how much of a nature lover I am, she took me to the farmer’s market. I feel in love with everything there. Ended up buying way too much…

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…

Sweet Quebec strawberry yoghurt rice

Summer is here ! Hot and Humid! My favorite time of the year. Time for something chilled and cold. Yogurt rice is a classical southern Indian dish that my family used to make almost daily in summer. Its so refreshing to beat the Delhi heat. Toronto summer feels just like Delhi today. Last Sunday, on our drive…