I love the gentle, yet complex taste of leeks. In omelets, in curries, stews, and soup, leeks make for a more complex set of flavors that boost every dish. I was introduced to this leek and potato soup years ago as a teenager in Europe. I have never been able to reproduce that “je ne … Continue reading

This is one of those perennial favorites and classics that is deceptively simple to make. Try as one might, it is difficult to get the right flavor and consistency that brings back childhood memories of eating masala dosa at a genuine Udipi restaurant – called them hotels in the day. I have added this recipe … Continue reading

Pumpkin soup with fresh herbs

I was at the India grocery store last week and I asked the storekeeper for pumpkin. He helpfully went in the back and cut me a fresh two pund slice of a yellow sweet variety! Yikes!  What I had wanted was the white ash pumpkin.  I has said “pooshinikkai” and he insisted that this was … Continue reading

There are times things just turn out extraordinarily well.  What started as any other soup just turned into sheer deliciousness.  My daughter ate three bowls of it for dinner and asked for more at lunch the very next day. I have no explanation.  But I share the recipe here. The ingredients were quite ordinary, even … Continue reading

This is a fairly robust and flavorful soup. The key is to roast the vegetables so they caramelize and add that smoky, roasted flavor to the soup.  Fresh herbs add a lot of flavors. Use locally available herbs and substitute dry herbs if you must. It can be made dairy free and completely vegan or … Continue reading

My daughter’s second-grade class was studying native American history and culture and a part of this was potluck lunch to include some native American foods.  I picked the Hopi Corn Stew as I thought we could turn that into a vegetarian dish. Surely, I reasoned with her,  the Hopi must have had days when they … Continue reading

Many moons ago as a young lad I spend a summer in France; much of it in rural Provence.  Being a vegetarian I initially enjoyed the local ratatouille made with aubergine (eggplant), tomatoes and the delicious local herbs that grew everywhere called , not surprisingly, herbs de Provence.  Within a few days, however, my tastebuds … Continue reading

Readers must know by now that I enjoy both making and eating soups and usually make them with whatever vegetables I have available. I use fresh herbs when available and any combination of spices that I think will work well together. It means that my soups never taste the same and there is some risk of … Continue reading

A tasty variation with a more c0mplex flavor than the earlier recipe which was for children.  This one uses tamarind and jaggery and a mix of a couple of different types of beans. You can make it as spicy or mild as you prefer and serve with a variety of carbohydrates; fresh bread, pita, chapati, … Continue reading