Vegan Mung and Rice Pudding With Coconut and Saffron

Here's a kheer (an Indian pudding) that my Konkani parents make for Makar Sankranti, a celebration in their part of India that falls on the same day as Pongal.The recipe is very similar to Sakkarai Pongal, except that my parents' version has some coconut milk, a staple of the Konkan region where … [Read more...]

Crispy Pongal Cakes With Sweet Potato Gotsu: Revitalizing a South Indian Classic

Pongal Cakes

I am too lazy easygoing to keep tabs on when Indian festivals come and go, but thanks to our families back home it is impossible for us to ever miss one. Every year, just before Diwali, my dad on the phone from Goa starts counting down for my benefit the days leading up to this mother of all … [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...]

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...]

Brown Rice Uthappam With Sundried Tomato Chutney

A reader requested a recipe for uthappam and this past weekend I decided to do one better: I tried out a healthier version of this already waist-friendly snack. A Brown Rice Uthappam. If you've never run into an uthappam before, think of it as a chubby, onion-flecked dosa crossed with an idly. … [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...]