Recipes

Draksha Rasa – Grape Essence: The Art of Wine Pairing With Indian Food

Draksha Rasa – Grape Essence: The Art of Wine Pairing With Indian Food

It was going to be a simple dinner. Some piping hot onion khuzhambu (tamarind curry) and fried potato cubes with brown rice. Just as I was setting the table our good friends who are wine enthusiasts, wanted to stop by. I ran to my wine collection in panic, for Indian...
Saying it with Thanks – New Thanksgiving Recipes

Saying it with Thanks – New Thanksgiving Recipes

In early September, I joined my husband as he went back to his village in Palakkad, Kerala, after a ten year hiatus. He had grown up in Palakkad in a large joint family with his grandmother, mother, brother and sisters along with several uncles, aunts and cousins,...
Gujarathi Kadhi With Pumpkin

Gujarathi Kadhi With Pumpkin

In the SF Bay Area, sometimes the only clear signal that the season is changing is the arrival of new fruits and vegetables in the market. Sweet summer produce such as corn and stone fruits are replaced by root vegetables and big squashes such as bright orange...
Three Ethnic Soups for Autumn

Three Ethnic Soups for Autumn

The changing of the seasons is often difficult to notice in the Bay Area, compared to other regions of the United States, but the arrival of autumn is definitely marked by shorter days and cooler temperatures. Appetites increase with the colder weather, and working...
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...
Fall’n for Soups

Fall’n for Soups

Drawn from our archives, this set of recipes for soups is perfect for your dinner table. First published in November, 2008. I love the fall season. The hot days of summer have given way to misty mornings and gentle afternoons, and this autumn slowly but surely eases...