Pongal: A relevant dish and festival
Around mid-January, people in South India celebrate Pongal, the harvest festival. Unlike Halloween or Christmas, Hindu holidays don’t fall on the same date each year. My mother consults an almanac to keep track of festivities. Since I can’t read that flimsy paperback, she just tells me about upcoming holidays. And [...]
What’s that smell?
“Eat no onions or garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath,” a Shakespearean character entreats actors in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Alliums are aromatics, eaten precisely for their smelly qualities. But what if you’re forbidden onions and garlic for life? Some vegetarians in India are required, for religious [...]