Food

The Turmeric Is Gone

The Turmeric Is Gone

Air India flight 101 touches down at 6:07 am. She enters your Queens apartment and rushes into the 10 x 1 ½ foot kitchen, still wearing her sneakers. In search for something specific, she rummages through your pre-war, knob-less wooden kitchen cabinets. Finally, she...
Festival Cooking

Festival Cooking

Festival Samayal—An Offering to the Gods by Viji Varadarajan. Orient Enterprises. March 2006. Paperback. 98 pages. $21.95. Divali is upon us, and it is time to pull out cookbooks and handwritten recipes to prepare dishes associated with the festival of lights. Viji...
Sweet as Honey: Delicious Indian Desserts

Sweet as Honey: Delicious Indian Desserts

Honey was man’s first sweetener. Honey was also an important condiment in medieval times. We crave sweets, as our stone-age forefathers have been deprived of it for centuries. Humans (Homo sapiens) evolved some 50,000 years ago, whereas bees were making honey 40...
Creamy Happiness—Kesar Badam Kulfi

Creamy Happiness—Kesar Badam Kulfi

It’s almost that time of the year, when the relentless sun and soaring temperatures make me reach out to an age-old, close to heart recipe. Long before we were spoilt by the plethora of ice cream choices in our freezer, a lot of us can remember looking forward to...
Spring Salads

Spring Salads

In many parts of California, the spring days can be warm and invigorating, but evenings can be chilly. After winter’s heavier menu, a spring diet should be light but substantial, and moist with the green produce, now growing in abundance. Spring is the season for...