The dish name is “Aloo Baingan,” and it translates to “Potato Eggplant.” It’s not quite a curry, but it’s a dish to pair with rice or roti. It is entirely vegan, and it’s our family recipe that has been passed down for many generations now.
I grew up in a small town in Southeast Arkansas, and I started helping my parents at our family restaurant ever since I could remember. My mom is a trained chef from Punjab, India, and just by growing up in that restaurant, constantly around her when she would cook, I think cooking was ingrained in me from the start.
Since moving to Baltimore, I had to form new habits of cooking healthy, exercising, and maintaining a proper diet in order to keep both my physical and especially my mental health in check. I sometimes struggle as we all do, but these “life” ingredients are what keep me going and a smile on my face.