Savory Indian Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Cabbage | Sanna Polo

Crisp savory Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Veggies

Sanna Polo, a superhealthy Indian-style pancake packed with lentils, brown rice and veggies is a complete meal in itself. And if that sounds incredible to you, skip over and read the recipe. In Konkan along India's west coast, where my dad's family hails from, "polo" is local for dosa: a food … [Read more...]

Mango Curry

Mango Curry

This silky mango curry is a delicious memory of growing up in India's sultry summers. Each year, when May rolls around, Indian markets are overwhelmed with a flood of mangoes, lovingly referred to here as the "king of fruits". Mountains of mangoes in every shape and size add brilliant orange color … [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...]

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...]

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...]