Life Bucket List Item #3 – Learn to Cook Like Mom

In my admittedly (slightly) biased opinion, my mom is the single greatest cook on the entire planet. Bold, but true statement.

She grew up in a small town in the Indian state of Maharashtra and knows how to make an abundant array of tantalizingly delicious vegetarian foods from scratch. I’ve had “Learn to Cook Like Mom” on my life bucket list for more of my life than not and I’ve picked up this project a half-dozen times only to put it back down when I see something shiny.

I don’t really like to cook, but I do like to eat. Whenever I visit her, I measure stuff and take terrible pictures, write up my notes and fling it out into the world.

This is where I fling it. If there’s no link, it means I haven’t learned it yet.

Breakfast dishes

Soupy dishes

Main Dishes


  • Poori
  • Puri
  • Thushme
  • Thaplay
  • Purin puri





  • Yogurt
  • My mom’s homemade pizza