Masala Chai

“Morning and afternoon tea are elaborate rituals around which all schedules rotate and all meaningful work comes to a standstill.” – Kept: An American Househusband in India Ingredients 11/2 cups water 8 cardamom pods 8 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 2/3 cup milk 6 tsp sugar 3 tsp black tea […]

Carrot Halva

Halva (or halwa) means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. In India, it is a sweet confection, typically with moong dal (mung bean), semolina, wheat or carrot as a primary ingredient. I’ve never met a halva I didn’t like, but my favorite is carrot halva. […]

Dharani’s Potatoes

“Dinesh is now a slightly chubby personification of the Indian dream. His parents arranged for him an excellent match to intelligent and kindhearted Dharani—Dana describes her as a ‘female Dinesh’, intended as the most sincere of compliments. We visit their home, and Dharani cooks for us the best meal we eat […]


“…and sweet lassi, a frothy drink of yogurt, water, and sugar that serves very well to moderate the heat of some of the spicier dishes.” – Kept: An American Househusband in India. In India there are both sweet and salty lassis. The salty version, I’ve found, is an acquired taste, […]

Political Repression in Cambodia

Making Ghosts Dance reflects actual circumstances of political repression happening in Cambodia right now. Oppostion leader Kem Sokha awaits trial on trumped-up charges of treason while ruling despot Hun Sen warns of “color revolutions” on a day of national celebration. Hun Sen uses ‘Victory Over Genocide Day’ to focus on […]