Author: Ranjani Prabhakar

Native Foods, Colonialism and Climate: How We Choose To Spend Thanksgiving

Native Foods, Colonialism and Climate: How We Choose To Spend Thanksgiving

Colonialism and Climate Change are inextricably linked, and its origins are seldom discussed, especially as we celebrate Thanksgiving as a nation. This article explores our colonialism has affected us, personally; the climate crisis; and our willingness to observe Westernized Thanksgiving anymore.⠀We hope it is insightful 

5 Reasons Why Food is Political (And Why You Should Care)

5 Reasons Why Food is Political (And Why You Should Care)

Politics is about how power shapes governance, and how we as individuals and groups interact with these political spheres of influence. Food systems and food representation is, therefore, inherently political. A number of issues around food policy in the United States affects the basic structures 

Easiest Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread

Easiest Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread

  We always have bananas on hand, mostly because my husband chops up one banana in his oatmeal every morning. It always gets to the point at the end of the week where I see a couple mushy bananas sitting in our fruit bowl atop 

Pomegranate Raita

Pomegranate Raita

I can’t imagine an Indian feast without raita. Pomegranate raita? Even better. Raita is a yogurt based condiment that usually accompanies a spicy Indian dish. From Pakistani biriyani, Bengali kebab, and South Indian thaali, raita is epic in South Asia. This is our recipe for 

Easy, Savory Ven Pongal (South Indian Grits)

Easy, Savory Ven Pongal (South Indian Grits)

Ven Pongal is basically South Indian grits. I’m not sure if that’s a hot take, but I’ve had a bowl of grits before. It was good – cheesy, creamy, fluffy. Add some lentils and tempered spices, and now you’ve got my attention. Pongal is a 

South Indian Thayir Sadam (Tangy Yogurt Rice)

South Indian Thayir Sadam (Tangy Yogurt Rice)

South Indian Yogurt Rice is exactly what it sounds like: yogurt with rice. You take cooked rice. You smother it with yogurt and mix the two together (with your hands for best results). And, voila! You might be thinking, did these Cumin Nature girls seriously 

Why Our Veganism Is Anti-Racist, Anti-Colonial, & Intersectional

Why Our Veganism Is Anti-Racist, Anti-Colonial, & Intersectional

Cumin Nature works to dismantle white supremacy in all its iterations, especially in our movement to support sustainable food systems.

Classic Coconut Chutney: Good on Literally Everything

Classic Coconut Chutney: Good on Literally Everything

Coconut Chutney is an integral part of Indian food. The chutney varieties in India are extremely diverse, with ingredients ranging from mint, yogurt, mango to peanuts. In South India, coconut chutney is the most popular and simplest of them all.  This is a minimalist’s paradise!