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…

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…

Health & Fitness Update

I was debating writing this post for a while because I hated that my earlier healthy lifestyle came to a grinding halt with pregnancy #2. It took me a little over a year to start learning a TON about nutrition, health, and wellness. I learned more in that time about food than I did in…

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…