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...]

Eggless Broccoli-Tomato Frittata from Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: Cook That Book

Broccoli Tomato Frittata

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the idea of food as medicine. Although I am guilty of stuffing my own face with more junk than I should (think french fries, pizza, and crispy, salty snacks--ooh, where can I get some now?), I am an unabashed dictator when it comes to laying down -- and … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato and Vaal Dal Curry

sweet potato curry

I am dropping out of oblivion for a quick moment to share an easy and delicious weeknight recipe: Sweet Potato and Vaal Dal Curry. Vaal is a beloved legume on India's west coast. A small bean that's more round than oval, it has a hard beige coat that is pretty much inedible, unlike the coats of … [Read more...]

My Dad’s Not-Mutton Mushroom Curry with No Added Fats

My favorite dish to cook and eat has always been My Dad's "Not-Mutton" Mushroom Curry-- a recipe I shared long ago here at Holy Cow! It is a spicy, saucy vegan curry made using the same flavor base my father used when he cooked his very special mutton curry for our family each Sunday, when I was … [Read more...]

Kholamba, a Low-Fat Vegetable Stew


India's regional cuisines are so strikingly diverse that when resemblances and overlaps occur they inevitably make you wonder where the dish could have originated. There's never a simple answer. A long-running food argument in our home has been over the beginnings of what is perhaps Tamil Nadu's … [Read more...]

Fat-Free Burrito Bowl: Cilantro Brown Rice, ‘Refried’ Black Beans, No-Avocado Guacamole, and Tomato-Corn Salsa

This morning, as we walked our dogs in a county park near our home, Desi and I noticed a squirrel running frantically up a tree carrying something large in her mouth. It was a plastic water bottle. And she was not carrying it --her mouth was stuck in it. We couldn't help the poor squirrel because … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Humman With Papada Kismoor: Fat-Free Cooking

I always felt a bit like an outsider looking into the extended household of my childhood where uncles, aunts and cousins spoke to each other in Konkani, cooked Konkani food, and retreated to their Konkani native towns with cute names like Hubli and Sirsi for the summer.That's because although my dad … [Read more...]