Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is the ultimate street snack from my hometown, Bombay. In a time long ago, I worked in the Bombay bureau of a Calcutta newspaper called The Telegraph. The bureau was made up of a couple of dozen or so people, including four journalists, all crammed into four rooms of a high rise in Nariman…

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The Strays of India

I’m back from a lovely trip to India where I had a chance to visit with my family after more than two long years, get together with some good old friends to catch up on the good old times, and eat some really great food, a lot of it homecooked. Desi and I covered a…

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Oooh…Oondhiyu

My favorite cousin, Deepa, is married to a Gujarati. Growing up in the melting pot of Bombay, I was no stranger to the culture of this colorful state because of the many Gujarati neighbors and friends I had. But having a Gujarati in the family gave me a chance to get even more closely acquainted…

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Dal Makhani

Vegan Dal Makhani with Raisin and Nut Pilaf

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…

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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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A Vegan in Mexico

Recently, Desi and I traveled to beautiful and colorful Mexico. It was my first time traveling abroad as a vegan, and I was determined to stick with my animal-free diet at all costs. I googled eating vegan in Mexico, and printed out the names and addresses of any veg-friendly restaurants I could find. I even…

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