Puran Poli for Chalks and Chopsticks

Puran Poli

  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 like a giant cement idli … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Mava Cake: A Labor Of Love

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 … [Read more...]

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. The prasad, or … [Read more...]