Puran Poli

Puran Poli for Chalks and Chopsticks

-+*  The Ghost of the Banyan Tree The story was that the Ghost lived in the 100-year-old banyan tree that stood just behind Building No. 13 in J. P. Nagar. At night he or she (for no one had actually seen the Ghost) would come out and hang around the domed water tank that sat…

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Adhirasam

Adhirasam for Chalks and Chopsticks

-+*Adhirasams bubbling away in a pot of oil. This is how it must smell in heaven. Krishna scurried out of bed and into the kitchen. Amma was at the stove, sari tucked above her knees, a hand splayed at her waist, the other holding a long-handled, pock-marked ladle. The deep-fried sweets made a neat, golden mountain…

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Doodhi Halwa

-+*If I could wish for something absurdly impossible and food-related, I’d wish for the Vegan Midas Touch. Y’know, where all the foods I love would just magically turn animal-free, after which I could eat them until I could eat no more. That touch could be particularly useful for veganizing some Indian sweets. Like the pedha,…

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Mango Halwa

Mango Halwa

-+*It’s hard to stay away from sweets during this time of year and now that the season for everything orange is on, I couldn’t help but make one of my quickest and most favorite recipes: Mango Halwa.This vegan Mango Halwa is a variation on my vegan Sheera recipe, but the finished dish tastes really different…

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Badusha For Diwali

-+*It was always the sound of fireworks that woke me up each Diwali morning, well before the sun was up. Powerful Lakshmi bombs that could rip off an eardrum, rockets whistling out of empty glass soda bottles to explode in a shower of lights, zameen chakkars swirling in a moment of frenzied glory before dying…

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Mava Cake

-+*A mava cake is a cardamom-scented delicacy popularized and sold almost exclusively by the wonderful Irani restaurants of Bombay. These restaurants, unique little bakeries and eateries opened by Iranian immigrants who came to the city in the 19th century, were usually corner joints housed in grand old British-era buildings. In Andheri, a suburb of Bombay…

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Modaks (Sweet Indian Dumplings)

-+*Celebrations in India often hinge around religious events, but you don’t have to be religious to join in the fun. This week, Hindus celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival so crammed with food and festivities that as a child it used to be my favorite time of the year– more so than even Diwali, the mother…

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Gajar Halwa

Vegan Carrot Halwa

-+*Next in my quest to veganize Indian sweets, especially the ones I miss the most, is the gorgeous, almost healthy carrot halwa. The period roughly between August and November is festival season in India. Mind you, there are many many Hindu festivals scattered through the year, but some of the biggest ones happen during this…

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Badam Kheer

Almond Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)

-+*Desi has an incorrigible sweet tooth, and after I went vegan, he was, I think, secretly worried for it.But soon enough I started experimenting with vegan alternatives to baked goods like cookies and cakes and got better and better at them with time. However, Indian sweets, to which most of us from India are unreasonably…

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Sheera: A Vegan Twist on an Indian Classic

-+*One of my favorite childhood memories is of the days when we would have a pooja at home. The long rituals were quite tedious, especially for a kid, but the fun part was getting together with all my cousins and the amazing vegetarian food one we got to eat at the end of it all….

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