Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

South Indian Vegetarian Recipes for a Holiday Feast

There are many, many dishes in the Indian culinary pantheon that boast ingredient lists a mile long. But there are an equal number, if not more, that require fewer than … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Peek Into a Kitchen of the Past; Avalakki (Pressed Rice Flakes) Recipes

This essay was originally published on The Aerogram. When the fire is good and ready and a quick wash of the hands later, Shakuntala Bai puts on some water to … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tamarind: A Fruit that Doubles as Spice – How to Use it in South Indian Cooking

At first blush, the tamarind fruit is quite unassuming, dull in fact. But it has gumption and is not afraid to shake up a dish and give it that zing. My new essay on The Aerogram, with two recipes: one for Tomato Dal and one for a raita (yogurt condiment) made with baby radish. They do make a great pair.

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lincoln’s Cottage: A Washington Monument Off the Beaten Path

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln spent the summers during his presidency in a cottage a few miles away from the White House? That was his ‘rural’ retreat back then, … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Essential Spices for South Indian Vegetarian Homestyle Cooking

Have you ever wanted to make Indian food at home but didn’t know where to start? What spices to use? My essay on the basic spices necessary for South Indian … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Adventures with Tapioca in my American Kitchen: A Recipe

Nope, not a Tintin story, unfortunately. The history of savory tapioca pearls in my American kitchen is marked with many disastrous and abandoned attempts, enough to make you want to … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Semolina Porridge: How to Make Your Upma and Eat it Too

On AntiSerious, my essay on a childhood dish I learned to hate and then learned to love as an adult. The entire essay is here: The Pagan’s Progress: How To … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment
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