Welcome to Enhance Your Palate, My Open Kitchen Diary
At Enhance Your Palate, I share recipe ideas from my North Indian roots and my globetrotting present that range from beautifully simple creations to elaborate showstoppers.
I was born and raised in northern India. I never lived in a single city for more than 4 years growing up: my family relocated often for my father’s government job. As an adult, I have kept up my nomadic ways. After my marriage, my husband’s career in engineering has swept us through the metropolises of the New South — Atlanta, Houston, Beaumont, and New Orleans — introducing me into new communities and the local ingredients each had to offer.
Strangely enough, I got my bachelor’s degree in Architecture, but I couldn’t forget my passion for cooking. After coming to the USA, I did my masters in hospitality management, and have set my sights on the culinary arts ever since.
Back in the (second) Bush administration, when I first set foot in America, I was surprised to see the lack of awareness about vegetarian options. When I told people that I was vegetarian, they assumed I only ate salads. Honestly, I am not a big fan of leafy greens. There are hundreds and thousands of other other options when it comes to vegetarian cooking and my goal here is to bring some variety to your dinner table! I want to show you how beautiful, healthy, delicious and exciting vegetarian dining can be.
My Healthy Vegetarian Recipes
You can visit our Recipe Index to search for a variety of healthy vegetarian recipes. We have instant pot, gluten free, vegan, healthy snacks, easy and quick recipes, meal prep recipes and so much more. We have made it easy for you to search for recipes in a variety of ways including cooking methods, dietary concerns, and even by ingredient type.
Almost all of the ingredients I use are available in the United States, but some can be quite difficult to find. I’ve added links to online vendors that sell the rarer ones to reduce the hassle of ingredient hunting. Authenticity is definitely worth the effort!
Please try some of our recipes out and leave a comment to let us know how it went. The EYP team looks forward to hearing from you.
Healthy Snacks at My Online Store
You can also visit my online store where you will find a variety of healthy snacks. These are perfect if you are feeling low on energy or want to satisfy your sweet tooth, but don’t want to indulge in unhealthy snack food. They also make perfect gifts for family and friends during the holiday season and on special occasions.
Enjoy a Culinary Experience with Rupali
You can book a culinary experience with me and experience the Indian culinary world though my perspective. My culinary sessions will introduce you to Indian home kitchen fundamentals, common spices and some techniques used in Indian cooking. The sessions are in small groups (3 to 5 people), so you will benefit from personalized attention. They are perfect for special events such as a mom’s day out, family cooking event, and small group birthday celebrations. If you are planning a trip to Louisiana where Enhance Your Palate is located, please consider booking a session with us.
Party Themes Ideas
If you are looking for creative party theme ideas to make your next party or holiday event extra special for your guests, my party themes will guide you on menu selections, table setup and decoration ideas. Whether it is a milestone birthday party, cultural festival, holiday event or just a simple gathering of friends, these party theme ideas will make your next event truly memorable.
From Rupali Agarwal
Creator of Enhance Your Palate