Mango Lassi

I grew up in a bursting-at-the-seams apartment building in Bombay and at any time of the day we were enveloped in the delicious scents and sounds and flavors of foods from around the country. The spicy-pungent perfume of the ajwain from Mrs. Sinha's North Indian chana masala bubbling away on the … [Read more...]

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...]