I hate doing dishes. I have friends who find standing in front of the kitchen sink, rinsing one plate after the other, gently rubbing the edges of spoons and forks with a dish scrub and then arranging them neatly in the dish washer, "therapeutic". I don't. I love those friends and wish...
One afternoon while we were chatting over a long chain of text messages, my friend Kankana asked if I had the recipe for bharwan baigan I can share with her. Well it was a simple question but it got me very confused. . You see I do not have...
Beetroot Gnocchi with Spicy Coconut Sauce from IndianSimmer on Vimeo. Rubbing those sea deep brown eyes, in his arms, the butterfly and her papa entered the kitchen. I was straining his tea and prepping to warm up her milk when they sneaked from behind and hugged me. Landed countless “monster...
All the way from kindergarten till I was ready to go to college, I went to a catholic school. Skirts five inches below the knee and hair tightly tied into two side ponytails with a ribbon matching the school uniform, catholic school. A huge Christmas celebration in the courtyard...

Pav Bhaji

The day was warm, and the sky was china blue. Bees buzzed among the foxgloves, and Daisy wandered down the lane, humming a little tune to herself. Suddenly, from the corner of her eye, she caught sight of a beautiful yellow butterfly stuck in a spider's web. As she...
It's a thick diary. Leather bound, dark maroon in color with some golden imprints on the outside. One of the most treasured belongings of my mother in law and also probably one of her best kept secrets. No one can read it, open it or even touch it. So...
We never celebrated Thanksgiving growing up. In fact, I barely knew about the festival before stepping into the US. Then for the first couple years I would more eagerly wait for the day following it than the day itself. You must know why! The Black Friday madness caught me...
If I ever have my own hall or wall of favorite brownie recipe, this recipe for chocolate brownie is going to make it to the top. Not just because my 4 year old found this recipe, made a hand written recipe card and baked it all by herself for...

Dahi Vada

"Whip it as long as your hands can take it, and then whip some more. That's what makes vadas melt in your mouth" mummy would tell me with her fingers buried inside a bowl of smooth urad dal paste. Weather outside was perfect, not too hot and neither too...

Baigan Bharta

Papa owned a Vespa scooter. A blue LML Vespa dx, with silver rims. For someone living in a small town of central India, that was sort of a matter of pride. Even though after Papa and mummy took their seats there was practically no room left for a...
Life was definitely simpler when I was growing up. There was no rush to get anywhere. Things take time. Everyone knew that and was OK with it. As a parent you could trust your neighbors and you did not have to sniff and poke into everything to confirm if...

Turkey Burger

There was this new fancy "American" burger place that just opened up in town. It was quite a drive away from my college but everyone in college was raving about it. Not just the people who got to try it but also the ones who never even stepped inside...