Shalgam Sabzi ( Turnips)

Hot summer lazy and melancholic days. I vacillate between utter gratitude of having the family safe to frustration towards the desolate state of our world. Still, the good outweighs the bad and we clear our heads and focus on inner strength,  blessings and earth’s bounty. After my early morning run or walk, I spend quite…

Carrots, Peas with Dill – Lucknow inspired

Here is another food story inspired my the memories of many winters in spent in Lucknow, India in my grandfather’s house and the houses of my uncles and aunts throughout the state of UP. Somehow the archives of food snapshots in your mind brings a nostalgia filled smile and some strangeness. The simplicity of meals…

Station Wale Aloo – Simple Potato curry

What is that title you may say 🙂 Let me explain by a trip down memory lane…Throughout childhood,  my family embarked on the winter trip from the icy cold winter in Srinagar, Kashmir to the weirdly uncomfortable winter in Lucknow, UP to bask in the sunshine of my grandparents. Once winter descended in Kashmir and…

Harissa crusted Cauliflower salad

It’s a vegetable overload weekend in our household. We had pea protein packed smoothie this morning and then ran a 5k in freezing temperatures. But the sun was out which gave energy to the mind and body. Riding the veggie theme for lunch I wanted to make something that continues to feed the body with…

Haakh Tchaman- Kashmiri Cheese and Greens

The magic of Kashmiri cooking always inspires a smile and a happy tummy. So simple and fragrant served with steaming steamed rice and some pickles. The cheese can be homemade or you can buy a block of Indian Cheese which is pretty readily available in supermarkets now.  I do find the homemade version with organic…

Roasted Beets and Bean Burger

This burger is such an explosion of taste and nutrients that you would not miss any animal protein whatsoever.   The intensity of taste was deepened by roasting the beets in a 350-degree oven for about 35 minutes along with one head of garlic. Roasting beets is something I do on a regular basis and…

Cauliflower and Summer Pumpkin Curry

A fragrant summer curry with garden vegetables and coconut milk is perfect for this long weekend. Harvesting my tomatoes, peppers and these pretty heirloom summer pumpkins have helped me rejuvenate after long days of work. The recipe for this glorious curry is fairly simple, just use fresh organic ingredients and they will transform the taste….

Charred Cauliflower and Broccolini with avocado walnut sauce

Summer brings inspiration and love, it brings the abundance of fresh vegetables in your garden or the farmers market. Veggies like broccolini and cauliflower are so rich for your mind and soul that they need the simplest of preparation. So what I have here is a simple roasted and charred presentation that is a sensory…

Falafel with Spinach and Cilantro

Who doesn’t love falafels?? A plant-based vegan protein-packed food that is ever so delicious. Whether it is in sandwiches or salad toppings or cooked in sauce, falafels are versatile and very easy to make at home.   Did you know Chickpeas are the oldest consumed crop in the world? Besides the historical fact, they do…