Kerala Kadala Curry (Kala Chana)

As a kid, I really did not like this dish. Now that I’m a mom, I am not surprised one bit that I didn’t like this as a kid, ha! I always preferred chole, the softer white chickpeas in a delicious gravy that I ate on special occasions at Indian restaurants. Chole is traditionally a…

Heart Disease Risk in South Asians: My Two Cents

February is heart disease awareness month, and I’ve been especially interested in the discussions around cardiovascular (CV) disease risk (along with diabetes and insulin resistance) in the South Asian population. I am so glad to see so many South Asian medical professionals highlighting this important topic on social media, since the risk of diabetes and…

Kerala Parippu Curry (Dal)

Cold rainy afternoons call for comfort food. On my drive home, I decided to whip up some simple Kerala parippu curry (dal), rice, and some kind of vegetable side. Rummaging through my fridge, I found cauliflower, frozen broccoli florets, and frozen green peas, so I opted for a delicious and easy coconut curry using these…

Mental Load and Contraception: An Unjust Distribution

By now, many people have seen the “Mental Load” comic that has sparked a great deal of dialogue around gender roles in heterosexual partnerships. Our current generation is one in which both men and women in a partnership tend to work outside of the home. However, much of the burden of home and childcare still…

My Favorite Healthy Social Media Accounts

The New Year is a popular time to think about resolutions. I never was one to make resolutions because honestly they always felt too forced, and by nature are set up for failure. I recently listened to a great podcast¬†(episode #186) by Cassy Joy of Fed & Fit on rethinking resolutions. Instead of general resolutions…

Breastfeeding & Pumping: A Practical Guide

I’ve been debating publicly talking about my experience with breastfeeding for a while now. After much thought, I decided to go for it because I myself found much comfort (and helpful information!) after I had my first baby through scouring the web. And by scouring the web, I mean at all hours of the day…

My 2018 Audiobooks

Well, it’s been months since I have posted anything, but it’s been a bit of a whirlwind! Between having baby #2, selling our home, moving to a new state, starting fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Care, and beginning to get my own health and well-being back on track, the blog had to be shifted to…

A (Desperately Needed) Weekend Getaway

This post is by no means a way to complain or to gloat. On the contrary, this serves as an encouragement to anyone reading to take time for yourself, to pamper yourself once in a while, and to find a way to recharge your batteries regularly. The advice to recharge was first heard during orientation…

Mom’s Recipes: Spicy Fish Curry

Here’s another red hot recipe (literally). In full transparency, I sought some help from YouTube because following my mom’s verbal instructions never yielded the deep red color that she achieves when she made fish curry. The picture above is actually from when my mom recently made this dish using Porgy. The last time I made…

My Experience with the Marie Kondo Method

I’ve been meaning to write this post since December 2016! That is when I listened to “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo on Audible and decided to give it a try. The main reason I wanted to do so was because I just HATE clutter. I like clean, simple spaces and decor…

Mom’s Recipes: Kappa (Spicy Mashed Yucca)

Today I’m sharing another favorite dish that I consider to be some serious comfort food: kappa, or spiced mashed yucca. The hardest part about this dish is peeling the tough rind off the yucca, but you are welcome to buy pre-cut frozen yucca instead. The rest of the cooking process is super simple and, as…

Spicy Chicken Kebabs

When brainstorming weekly meal planning ideas, I try to come up with something that takes fairly minimal effort and utilizes ingredients I already have on hand.¬†A few weeks ago, I had a craving for spicy chicken kebabs with a nice Greek salad. They were pretty easy to whip up for a weeknight dinner, not to…