How to Crave Salad

Years ago, a salad was probably the last item on a menu I would order and the last thing I would want to make/eat at home. However, I do not recall salads being as versatile, nutritious and delicious as they are now! You definitely need to be careful not to load your salads with unhealthy…

Carrot and Green Onion Thoran

Here is another simple, healthy, and easy recipe for thoran, a ground coconut-based vegetable side dish common in Kerala cuisine. What I love about thoran is that you can use any of your favorite vegetables; the base of the recipe stays the same! This is one of my favorite combinations, not only for the yummy…

Kerala Style Red Coconut Chutney (Thenga Chammanthi)

If you’re familiar with South Indian cooking or have been following my recipes for a while now, you know that we love our coconut! We also love savory and spicy dishes for breakfast, and idli or dosa is a typical South Indian breakfast. My personal favorite is serving these with sambar, but a faster and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Mom’s Recipes: Kabocha Squash Curry

I used to call this a pumpkin curry, because I figured an orange fleshy fruit that tastes pumpkin-y was a pumpkin. I later learned that it’s actually called a kabocha squash (Japanese squash) which just sounds way more intriguing and exotic. Also, how fun is the word kabocha? I always loved this dish which is…

Mom’s Recipes: Palappam

I am beyond excited to share this recipe because it is absolute my FAVORITE Kerala breakfast! Idli sambar is a close second. Typically our breakfasts are savory/spicy, but sometimes we opt for mildly sweet breakfasts. The sweetness comes from, of course, coconut. I would not call this dish particularly sweet like American pancakes, but they…

How I Meal Prep

Nowadays, everyone can google “meal prep” and find countless examples of how to plan and prepare meals at home for a healthy week ahead. Ever since starting a new job where I no longer get free hot meals for lunch (those previous meals were mediocre at best and could hardly be called healthy anyway), I…

My Husband’s On Point Lamb Curry

Lamb curry is usually a special occasion dish in our home. Over the past few years, we have made it on numerous occasions especially when hosting guests. It’s a dish that I always look forward to if my husband is making it because he puts a lot of time and love into it — and it…