Terrific Turmeric

Like the orange of the rising sun everyday, the one ingredient that was de-facto spice in the kitchen growing up, was turmeric. I don’t think I have seen my mom cooking any curry, soup or dal without it. The yellow orange color it imparted to most of the dishes stays today with me the appetizing […]

The master antioxidant

The subject of food and nutrition came up recently at a gathering, as it usually does, and it was comforting to know that most people know and understand the value of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. However, it was surprising to see most of them drawing a blank when I alluded to¬†one antioxidant that […]

Sweet potatoes or Yam?

Here is a fact that my daughter will immediately call “bizarre”. Sweet potatoes are not potatoes and Yam is not sweet potato! In fact all of these similar looking tubers are very different, Yam was brought to the west from Africa where it’s known as Nyami. Then why is orange fleshed sweet potato known as […]