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…

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…

Cure that cold with Golden Milk

Wait! Milk for a cold. Isn’t that a no no for my sinuses, Asked a friend.. Not with this special recipe. Its cold and wintry and an onset of flu symptoms seems to be everywhere. One friend was cured of a cold with this recipe and another asked for a cure. High time I shared…

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…

Beets tamil Brahmin style

Simple, elegant, tasteful, this way of doing your beets is bound to have you hooked. 2 cups steamed, peeled and cubed beets Spice Mix 1 green chili slit lengthwise ½ tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp curry leaves ½ tsp coconut oil 1 tsp urad dal Salt to taste Pinch hing Method • Wash beets. Steam…

Cumin pepper cold medicine soup

O dear, My boss isn’t well. I haven’t been well. A friend mentioned he’s been under the weather for a while. Cold season blues can really affect our bodies! When I feel this way-runny eyes, sore throat, I long for my grandmother’s soup. Lightweight, packed with spices, this cold medicine soup is bound to pick…

Vegan pad Thai

Delicious, light, salt free, oil free, and yet nourishing. Is this possible!! Absolutely..this vegan pad thai has it all. No flour noodles. This pad thai is made from zucchini and carrot. I first had raw pad thai at Raw aura, a nice restaurant in port credit in Mississauga. I loved the raw flavours and wanted…

Garlicky Fennel Walnut Pesto

Freshly grown organic produce is always appreciated. What makes it super special is when you have grown it yourself with a group of coworkers. In a communal planting effort my organization SAS helped order planters, organic seedlings, gardening tools and organized us into teams. Our planter was bursting at the seams and it was time…

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…

Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Sweet and sour! fresh and succulent pineapples are the main ingredient in this no-fuss no-dressing salad. Cucumbers, thinly sliced red onions and a dash of crushed pepper flakes round off this amazing salad. Last Monday my workplace brought in a juice bar. After filling up on all the fresh fruits juiced right in front of us,…