Spice on a Spoon – Dry Indian Masala

Indian Spice Rub with Red Kidney Beans & Fried Plantains An Indian kitchen is full of spices, and mine is no different, there are spices that we use whole for tempering, and then those that we roast and grind into dry spice mixes that have multi-purposes. The most popular amongst these mixes is the garam […]

Veggie Burgers – Cookout Like a Pro

white bean quinoa burgers

Cannellini Bean & Quinoa Patties What does the 4th of July mean to you? To me it means freedom of choice, the choice of who we are, what we eat and with whom we chose to share the goodness. And, since the most American iconic food has to be the burger, what does a vegetarian […]

Promises – A Poem


April is poetry month, let’s end the month’s last weekend with a promise for more. Spring has always been depicted in art as the season of hope, renewal, fecundity, joy and promises. Each season only reminds us that we’re a microcosm of that what’s unfolding on a much larger scale. Promises Six o’clock sun on […]

Pancakes – Power Packed

Every continent and ancient culture has their own version of flat cakes, pancakes or crepes. Made from cake-like batters or from silky smooth ones like liquid satin. Savory or sweet, stuffed or served with accompaniments. Consumed for breakfast, lunch or all day, sitting down or on the go.

Risotto – Pearly Comfort

Pearl barley risotto

Some folks back in India may think of risotto as a riff on the several versions of rice pulaos or kichris that are so popular and an integral part of the Indian cuisine. A hearty meal in itself, warm, comforting and complete. For me, the risotto is a dish that can be both comforting and […]

It’s Not Just Hair

Udaipur City Palace

“Papa, hurry up, we’ll be late!” I coaxed him along catching his eye in the mirror trying to rush him to his 80th birthday celebration. “Coming, coming.” Came an exasperated answer from my pant-less father battling his soft downy hair at the crown of his head. He had always looked impeccable, an old-world elegance he […]