This has been my go to morning breakfast for since the beginning of this year and for good reasons: its quick, easy, nutritious, and tastes amazing. I have been eating some kind of porridge for breakfast almost everyday ever since I could remember.
For this recipe I collaborated with my friend and fellow Strala guide Kirthana who is always making the yummiest, healthy, (mostly) plant based food. She lives in India so I haven't gotten to tasting her food but her photos make me drool.
When it comes to junk food I have a weakness for chips. I remember in college when I was stressed out over final exams I would eat salt and vinegar chips like crazy thinking it would make me feel better.
I am getting into the habit of elaborately naming my recipes. I included lover in this name because every time I've made this recipe for a date or guy I like they seem really impressed with my knowledge of all the spices that go in to it.
When I am in the mood for comfort food and curry this is usually my go to recipe. Kofta is traditionally ground up veggies mixed with besan (chickpea flour), shaped into balls, fried and then placed in a flavorful curry sauce.
If you have been keeping up with my recipes you’ll notice I don't consume a lot of dairy (ghee is an exception but more on that in another post). So of course cheesecake for me is out of the question. Not only does it contain heavy amounts of dairy but a lot of unrefined sugar as well.
You might start seeing quite a few recipes involving hibiscus on my blog because it's one of my favorite tisanes (next to lavender of course). These scones (which are vegan and gluten-free by the way) are meant to be a dessert but aren’t terribly sweet.
Whenever it gets hot I don't care to turn on my oven or stove very often. So lots of raw fruits and veggies with some cooked grains and legumes are usually on my menu for the summer season. But sometimes I just don't want another bowl of salad no matter how exciting it is. And trust me I know how to make salads exciting. These summer rolls are a good alternative.
A few months ago I started a real buckwheat kick after a friend bought me a package of kasha (dry roasted buckwheat) from a Polish food store. Then I went to Russian Banya and got inspired to make these wild mushrooms I had there. These mushrooms were the best part of that night because I'm not sure why I thought it was a good idea to sweat in three different sauna rooms and then take a cold shower.
Chana Masala is one of my favorite dishes but I might say that about every vegetarian curry, so don't take my word for it. Seriously though I don't think I've ever met anyone who likes South Asian cuisine that says Chana Masala isn't the best. What makes this curry taste so good?
I am not much of a baker but I've recently been getting more into it. I thought looking up easy low ingredient recipes would be a good start because when baking, exact measurements of ingredients do matter while in cooking you can sort of eyeball stuff and still come out with something amazing. So when I came across this recipe posted on the kitchn I knew I had to add my two cents of flavor combinations to make these cookies a little more interesting. How did I come up with lemon and star anise?
Did you know that cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world? Good thing a little goes a long way in these pancakes (or in any recipe really). When I was little I used to hate cardamom because it was one of the whole spices that is put in Biryani that if you accidentally bit into,
What if people can see right through me? See how fake I am? This lie I am living? And if it’s really this big lie why do I keep living this way? These are the thoughts that run through my mind whenever I have the desire to do something I am passionate about. Being an engineer, a yoga teacher, a martial artist, developing recipes, and even writing these posts. Why?
I've hit another writer's block again. But I am going to try right now to let out as much as I can. This is me raw and in the now. Lately, I have been emotionally and mentally stressing a lot about my family relationships. My older sister and I are not on speaking terms (probably the 5th or 6th time in the past 6 years but who's counting), my mother is continuously finding reasons to call me selfish, and
Tofu gets a pretty bad rep for being bland and tasteless. People also tell me they don't like the texture. But if you love cooking any kind of Asian food like me, then you know that both of these things can be accounted for depending on what you are looking for in a dish.
Communication is key to any kind of relationship whether it is a romantic relationship, a friendship, or a familial one. That seems obvious but how often do we really practice this and why does it seem so hard for some people? This next story showed me that it might not be the easiest thing the world to communicate our feelings to others but when it is done right it can lead to healthier, happier relationships.
As I am writing this post I am in awe of how wonderful this couple I am going to write about is. Sarah and Carlos have built a wonderful life together in their cozy apartment with their sweet cat in the lovely city of Chicago. But if you read their story you’ll know it wasn’t easy for them to get where they are now.
Most of the men I dated in the past were outside of my race and you can read about some of them in my dating series. I have always been fascinated by the issues that can come with dating interracially. When you date someone outside of your race, depending on both person’s circumstances many problems can arise within the two families.
Naani means maternal grandmother in Bangla. Lately, I find myself thinking about my Naani a lot. I miss her and our tea and biscuit morning rituals. I miss how she loves eating Skippy peanut butter even though I think it's pretty gross. I miss how blunt she can be when she speaks her mind.
Growing up in a small South Asian community while being someone who was born in the states was an interesting experience for many reasons. I'd like to write about a very specific one for this post: beauty standards. When it comes to the way I look I don't fit the look of the standard beautiful brown woman.
In one of my last few posts, I mentioned that sometimes I have seemingly bad days when I'm on my period even when it doesn't seem like I am having any major problems. PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is real and symptoms vary from woman to woman.
This year seemed to go by so quickly and it feels like I have had more new experiences this year than ever (positive and negative ones). I almost got married, got my heart broken in a way I never realized it could be (believe it or not that's two different stories: the first one I have yet to write about and the second one you can find here), explored 4 different cities,
Here's something I've been itching to write about for a while but I haven't found the exact words to express it. I recently had a conversation with someone about all the things I do and the person's response was something I get often when I talk about these kinds of topics: "How do you make time for all that?" or something along those lines.