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…

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…

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: 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…