Adai was one of the first foods I tasted in my Tamil mom-in-law's kitchen. It became an instant favorite. Unlike its simpler but yummy counterpart, the plain old dosa, an Adai is a star, hiding complex flavors beneath its lovely, golden skin.It is also, in my opinion, a little more fun to cook … [Read more...]

Vegan Dal Makhani with Raisin and Nut Pilaf

Dal Makhani

February is always a busy travel month for me, and that's one reason I've failed to feed my blog these last few days.Now I travel a lot- both for work and pleasure- and I truly enjoy it. But since I went vegan, travel has posed some new challenges. Being on the road is not always easy for a vegan, … [Read more...]

Garlic Rasam (Poondu Rasam)

Garlic Rasam

Rasam and sambar are two of the most basic dishes cooked in every Tamilian kitchen. They are usually made at the same meal, in fact at almost every meal, and are a wonderful example of the resourceful creativity of the Indian housewife: when cooked, the thick lentils sit at the bottom of the pan … [Read more...]

Dosa with Sambar and Chutney

Dosa with Mixed-Vegetable Kuzhambu and Coconut-Coriander Chutney

Being married to a Tamilian, I learned long ago to love Tamilian food. It was not a hard thing to do, by any means: Tamil Nadu cuisine is chock-full of such palate-pleasing delights as sambars, rasams, dosas and idlis. This South Indian state even gave the world the popular Mulligatawny Soup (milagu … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Coconut Curry

Tomato-Coconut Curry

One of the dishes that I cook over and over again is this decadent-tasting but healthy Tomato Coconut Cream Curry.It is an ideal recipe for someone who is new to cooking Indian food -- or just new to cooking -- because of its sheer simplicity. There's no grinding, complicated spice mixes and … [Read more...]

Sweet-Aloo Paratha with Dill-Flavored Cabbage Subzi

Sweet Potato Paratha, Cabbage Subzi, vegan recipes

When I cook, nutrition is as important to me as taste: I am a big believer in food as medicine.Ayurveda, the ancient Indian art of holistic healing, holds it that every meal you eat should have all the six tastes in it: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. When that's the case, not … [Read more...]

Vegan Venn Pongal with Eggplant-Green-Pepper Gotsu

Venn Pongal

This week, one half of my family (Desi's side) celebrated Pongal, the beginning of the new year for people from the state of Tamil Nadu. Like all Indian festivals, this is an occasion to guzzle down plate after plate of lovingly prepared luscious, delicious vegetarian food.There are some very … [Read more...]