Tawa Pulao

Tawa Pulao

When Desi and I lived in Mumbai -- or Bombay as those of us who left the city in those days still like to call it -- there were nights, after wrapping up the graveyard shift at the newspaper we both worked for, when we would set out with co-workers and friends to scour the city's streets for … [Read more...]

Brown Rice Salad with Dill

Brown Rice Salad

Brown bag lunches can be a charged issue in our home. I want them to be healthy and tasty, he wants them to be ... well... a certain way. Desi is one of those guys who will eat at his desk every single day. So, according to him, the food has to be such that he can eat with a fork while he types with … [Read more...]

Vegan Quinoa Biryani

Vegan Quinoa Biryani

A biryani may be the ultimate indulgence, food-wise, but truth is that it can also be transformed into a super-healthy-- and decadently delicious-- weeknight dish. All you need to work that magic is your imagination. My Quinoa Biryani with Kala Chana has all the flavor of a traditional biryani … [Read more...]

Mushroom Biryani

Mushroom Biryani

The other day, as the fragrance of my easy and quick Mushroom Biryani filled the kitchen, I was back for a moment in my aunt's kitchen in Bombay.Akka, my dad's sister in whose Vile Parle home I spent many wonderful summers as a girl, was at the stove, frying up the onions for her mutton biryani … [Read more...]

Restaurant-Style Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

As I recuperated at home last week, my stomach went through some wild food swings, ranging from an extreme apathy to anything food to a hunger for nothing but salty crackers to a deep craving for Indian restaurant food. While in the Indian restaurant phase, one of the foods I had to have at every … [Read more...]