Crunchy Okra (Kurkuri Bhindi)

A slimy superfood, okra is rich source of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins; often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs. Traditionally, crunchy okra is sliced and deep fried to get the right bite and remove the viscosity . I baked it and was very happy with the results! Ingredients: Okra, 1…

Avocado toast on-the-go

A blessing of weekly farmer’s market trips is that I have in-season foodstuff in the fridge that wouldn’t necessarily buy in a grocery store. It makes for fun experimentation when in a rush or not. A selection of choice ingredients and this was a delicious lunch. Ingredients: Avocado, ripe Red radishes, 3-4, thinly sliced and…

Pickled Beets

I pickled these beautiful beets two ways in Spring this year – red beets with cloves and star anise and yellow beets with nigella seeds and red pepper flakes. Both had a good amount of crushed poppy seeds which I add when pickling. Easy to do and so delicious! One thing to keep in mind…

Summer’s Swan Song

So we moved recently. Well, relatively recent. In May. At the height of the pandemic. The uprooting was especially difficult given the world that we found ourselves in. Organizing movers in the days when even a look could feel too much and breathing in another’s vicinity felt ominous. The poor movers, essential workers, handling the…

Cooking for the times: Two Peas and Beets

A can of chickpeas, another of black-eyed peas and a beet. These are the things that I jumped out at me when I opened the pantry today for lunch ideas. Seasoned and tossed with some herbs. Perfect. On a different note, I went to the grocery store to get some herbs today. On the way,…

Cooking for the times: Roasted Cauliflower

As more online grocery services now show a dwindling inventory of fresh produce and no delivery dates in the near future. While grocery stores are now likely unsafe, really one of the few places where people are still in such close proximity, some with no masks or gloves, use of kitchen ingredients is getting more…

Little Rainbows

I felt especially cooped up today. Went for a run in the morning. Paranoia has a way of creeping in till you are behaving in a way alien to yourself. The moment I stepped out and put on my headphones, I teared up. The world felt strange and ominous and so very loved and missed….

Swiss Chard and Garam Masala Butternut Squash

The farmer’s market this Sunday was bursting with seasonal greens and all sorts of delicious vegetables. I was late to get Nael from a sleepover so quickly picked some that caught my eye, ‘Orange Fantasia’ swiss chard (delicate, bright yellow/ orange stalks more tender than the red variety), bright fragrant turmeric root, freshest baby greens…

Asian Pot Roast

Pasande A slow-cooked pot roast exists in many cultures. It is simple, comforting and earthy.  The South-Asian version, called Pasandey, was a staple in our home. The meat is seared and then slow-cooked in yogurt, raw and caramelized onions, garlic and lots of poppy seeds. Ingredients: 2-3 lb. grass-fed chuck roast 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1 med….

Soothing Khichri

Kichri is the ultimate food. It combines the powerhouse of lentils, a source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K and rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron, with the comforting carbohydrates of basmati rice. A whole meal with chutneys or a vehicle for carrying more spiced dishes, it is versatile and can be prepared with various ingredients that…

Sauteed Ginger Vegetables

A mouth-watering and easy way to get the nutrition on the table. An assortment of vegetables (usually 3 and traditionally potatoes, cauliflower, and peas but can be any other colorful combo) are deliciously sauteed with fragrant spices. I have combined cauliflower, carrot, and broccoli for an extra slow-carb kick. The kids will love it too!…