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…

Mom’s Recipes: Coconut Curry Chicken

Well that was a hiatus and a half. Sorry about that…life duties, you know? I finally had a week in which I could breathe a bit…so I decided to start overhauling and organizing and minimizing my entire house and possessions lol. That’s still a work in progress, but I’m so glad I finally got around…

The Book That Is Changing My Life

…is The Dirt Cure. Before I delve into that, I want to mention the other book I recently finished (on Audible): Grain Brain. I cannot even remember now where I first heard about Grain Brain, but I listened to it in full and was intrigued by its assertions. After reading more about the book and the…

Mom’s Recipes: Tuna Thoran

In keeping with the theme of my mom’s Malayali cooking and our heavy reliance on coconut, my next dish is a great option for fish eaters. As I mentioned before, Malayalis eat alot of fish and seafood. My mom always purchased fresh fish from the local Indian or Asian grocery store, bones included. We enjoyed…

Mom’s Recipes: Avial

As part of a new series, I’m excited to share the glories of some of my favorite Indian recipes, namely what my momma taught me. My family is from the southern Indian state of Kerala, and the food I grew up eating is not typically found in the Indian restaurants we all frequent. Some restaurants may…

Homemade protein bars

In recent months, I have been on a major healthy food/lifestyle kick and have really enjoyed eating wholesome and mostly homemade foods. It has helped me start shedding my pregnancy weight, and I feel overall more energetic and healthier. A huge part of this has been eliminating sugar as much as possible from my diet….

My Favorite Cooking Shows

I love to eat. I don’t always love to cook (namely after 12 hour work shifts), so preparing delicious meals at home is unfortunately not a daily occurrence in my home. Add to the fact that I have yet to master the organizational skills it requires to meal plan and prep for dinners, and some…

Idli Sambar

As of late, I have been having a lot of Malayali/South Indian food cravings. The simplest recipes like moru curry (a simple dish of yogurt and turmeric served over rice) and pickled mango or lemon (achar) have brought me great comfort. Several weeks ago I called to ask my mom for her her avial recipe…