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…

Dal-Lentil 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…

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…

Black eyed peas with lettuce salad

Want to know my secret! How to move your digestion & improve elimination. Just back from a yoga retreat vacation. Best way to beat Canadian winter blues is to head south to the atlantic. Nothing like sun, sand and yoga with awesome vegetarian food to warm you up. While at the ashram I had a…

Idli

Soft, fluffy and nutritrious, idlis are delicious, spongy and easily digestible.. even children in southern india are fed idlis. While in India, I could easily have idlis for breakfast, lunch & dinner, that’s how light, tasty and nutritious they are. About 10 years ago if you asked me to make these in Canada I’d have…

Dal Makhani

Lodhi gardens! Pandara Road, Khan market, this is where I grew up. Sometimes my coworkers and I would deliberately forget to bring lunch so we could order in from the Moti Mahal takeout in Jorbagh market. We`d dial the number. Huffing and puffing on his cycle, the delivery man would bring up to our desk…

Channa Masala

Years ago we would get together with another family almost every Sunday for breakfast. One time I prepared channa masala with chapatti(flatbread) before tennis & heard the words ‘I played a great tennis today, felt so strong & fortified. I was hitting those volleys like never before’. Channa masala does that with its high protein….