Sprouted Moong Chilla

If you've eaten my Besan Chilla, an eggless, protein-rich "omelet" from northwest India, you will love my Sprouted Moong Chilla, an even more nutritious version made with-- you guessed it-- sprouted mung (or, as we Indians pronounce it, moong) beans. Sprouting beans, if you've never done it … [Read more...]

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...]