Cabbage Thoran, a Kerala-style side of cabbage with coconuts and a few simple spices

Cabbage Thoran

-+*Take a peek into my refrigerator on any day, and you’ll probably find some things you expected (like tofu, chipotle chilies, and an embarrassing quantity of Indian pickles), some you didn’t (like Opie’s not-vegan homecooked meal), and some you’ll wish you’d never seen (like the month-old lasagna that everyone but the mold forgot).  And amidst the assortment…

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Kerala Rice Noodles

Kerala Rice Noodles in a Coconut Stew

-+*When I was a child growing up in India, noodles were either something you ate at Chinese restaurants for a Sunday treat, or a food that you could buy in bright red and yellow packages at the grocery store and boil up in water for an instant meal. Those ramen noodles — which every Indian simply referred…

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Kaipakya Theeyal

Kaipakya Theeyal

-+*First, a huge thank you from me and a super-special “woof!” from Lucy to all of you thoughtful folks who left messages and sent emails wishing her well. These have been incredibly difficult days for Desi and me and reading through your words, your tips and your advise helped more than I can ever say.I…

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Omana’s Simple Peanut Curry

-+*I have a surprise today– a guest post from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Sangita. Sangita and I bonded at school in Bombay over our common love for everything literary. Sure, we were a little competitive when it came to impressing our English teacher, Mrs. Kutty, with essays and poems we had scribbled…

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Vegetable Moilee

Vegetable Moilee

-+*Lush palms, backwaters that snake eternally, and beautiful people – Kerala has got to be one of the most exquisite places I’ve ever been to, and just writing about it now fills me with a deep longing to return. Growing up in Bombay, I had lots of Malayali friends. I ate like a glutton at…

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