Curried Cauliflower, Carrot, and Cannelini Bean Soup

I first made this soup a few years ago and forgot how good and simple it was. I made a batch in my pressure cooker this past weekend, and it provided 4 days of lunch plus a little leftover for the baby to try (she ate it up aside from the cauliflower, ha!). It is…

Mom’s Recipes: Naranja Achar (Indian Lemon Pickle)

Side note: I always found it weird that the Malayalam word for lemon (naranja, pronounced na-ren-ya, looks like the Spanish word for orange. Our word for table (mesa) is also similar, mesa but we pronounce the “s” as “sh”). Since fermented foods are all the craze right now and boast many health benefits (think kombucha, kimchi, etc.),…

Mom’s Recipes: Dry Masala Chicken

This recipe is way overdue as I was supposed to share this beauty weeks and weeks ago. Sorry to those who asked for the recipe — I had not forgotten! I think my chicken curry cooking skills are fairly honed by this point. I like to alternate between regular chicken curry (using red chili powder and…

Mom’s Recipes: Spicy Kerala Shrimp Curry

I find that whenever I try to make fish curry like my mom’s, it never quite turns out right. It tastes fine, but the color is totally off and it’s not spicy enough. The last time I made it, I asked her what the heck I was doing wrong and she informed me that I…

Man Caves & Mom Guilt

For some weird reason, these two topics have been on my mind/coming up in conversations recently. So here is a brief discussion/rant. Enjoy, or stop reading now if you truly love the concept of man caves. And of mom guilt. Neither make sense to me. Man Caves — why? So a man, presumably married and with…

Role Models For My Daughter: Bharati Mukherjee

Today’s role model is very fitting in our current state of affairs here in the U.S. For this post, I highlight an immigrant woman. For the longest time, I had Bharati Mukherjee’s novel Jasmine on my bookshelf, sitting there, waiting to be read. I always seemed to forget about it, and more recent novels always swept…

Role Models For My Daughter: Michelle Obama

Need I say more? I mean really. But yes, I will say more. Isn’t that the point of a blog? Ever since I started this series, I have been wanting to write a post on Mrs. Obama. But where would I even start? She has accomplished so much, inspired so many, and raised two lovely…

Naturally Perfect Dolls

While eating dinner tonight, my husband and I were watching Shark Tank. Every single time we try to choose something to watch and there’s a new Shark Tank episode, it is the show I least want to watch. I don’t know why I never have the urge to watch it, but once I do, I’m…

My Health & Fitness Journey 

Alright. So we are 3 days into 2017 and it’s been a bit rough and tumble over here. Between a sick baby, a 9.5 hour drive, crummy weather, and rushing to get things sorted at home (groceries, laundry, etc.) after a week away, I need a vacation from my vacation. Do ya feel me? Also, since I spent…

Role Models For My Daughter: Arundhati Roy

I hope you had a wonderful, healthy, and safe New Year! I’ll be kicking this year off with a fresh new blog post for the series “Role Models for My Daughter.” Today I’m featuring Indian author Arundhati Roy. I first heard of and read Arundhati Roy whilst in college. A friend of mine was taking…

My 2016 Audibooks

Earlier this year, my friend Annie inspired me to sign up for Audible and listen to one audiobook (or more!) per month. I am really glad I invested in this service because I love reading but have found it increasingly difficult to sit down with a good book. Over the past few years, I have…