Eat, Pray, Love

My mother was gifted a cookbook 14 years ago. I still remember it was called The Foolproof Cookbook: For Brides, Bachelors, and Those Who Hate Cooking. The well-intentioned friend who bought this for my mom was obviously being more than a little sexist in addition to being clueless. My mommy was a busy doctor but…

Fatemah’s Hummus

I am munching on carrot sticks and celery with some bleu cheese dressing. This is not my usual style but sometimes, it is my only option. I make a face at the sharp taste of the off-white dressing, wondering if there was anything else in the fridge that would make my official diet snack more…

Vegan Mushroom Minestrone with Fried Tofu

There is a lot to love about winter. I can get away without wearing a bra (courtesy-big, comfortable, pink baggy sweater). I can laze around in bed on the weekends if there’s snow outside. I can eat like a guinea pig (you’d be surprised at the size of their appetite). And I can make fun,…

3 Ways to judge Salsa in a jiffy 

Take some sawdust and chili powder. Add tomato ketchup, bits of raw onion and bits of green peppers. Season liberally (go on, don’t hold back) with salt. Viola… Salsa is ready. NOT. The popularity of Mexican cuisine is no secret. Every city in the U.S. has at least three Mexican restaurants per neighbourhood. Most Indian…

Begun Bhaja- Spicy Eggplant Fritters

When I became a vegetarian, the first thing most people said to me was “what will you eat now? Salads? Yuk!” I can understand their sentiment. All my favorite things from McDonald’s and KFC were no longer suitable for me. And eating french fries the whole time was just not an option. As an Indian,…

Home Fries with an Indian Twist: Garlic-Mint Chutney Potatoes

Food is one of those things the love for which transcends boundaries of culture, language, and tradition. People can fight over differences in political opinion, religious dogma, positions on climate change and any number of essentially contested concepts. But every such argument can be broken up by a hot cup of tea or coffee, served…

Lemon Rice- A Satisfying Vegan Adventure

When people ask me what I love the most about my country, I don’t have to think twice before answering them. Food. It is India’s rich culinary traditions that top the list of everything that is awesome about my country. And being a bit of a gastronomer, I literally live to eat. Naturally, my love…

Kashmiri Dum Aloo: The most delicious potato ever

South Asian cuisine is rich with numerous cultures contributing to a vast array of specialized regional recipes. Kashmir, the northernmost part of India and Pakistan, also a politically troubled region enmeshed in separatist conflict is often in the news for all the wrong reasons. However, Kashmiri culture or Kashmiriyat is centuries old and goes beyond…

Stages in Food Porn: Indian Honey Roast Chicken

There is porn. Sweaty bodies, grunting, thrusting and hair pulling, or whipped cream and strawberries. And then there is food porn. Glazed meat, sizzling, dressed and pulled meat, or whipped cream and strawberries. For someone like me, who cares zilch about calories (but should, ideally), food porn will always trump over the sexual variety. I…