Ranjini Rao

Ranjini Rao

Ranjini Rao is a writer and communications professor based in Bangalore, India. She writes on food, culture, health, travel, and parenting. She runs the food and travel blog, Tadka Pasta, with her partner, and is passionate about sustainable living and open education.

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Lotus seeds and fox nuts: superfoods used in Ayurveda and TCM, why they are good for you and how to eat them – three recipes

Two seeds from aquatic flowering plants, the lotus and the water lily, can help in the fight against lifestyle diseases. Long used in Ayurvedic medicine and TCM, they are suitable for the keto diet and plant-based diets.

31 Jul 2020 - 7:15PM

Two seeds from aquatic flowering plants, the lotus and the water lily, can help in the fight against lifestyle diseases. Long used in Ayurvedic medicine and TCM, they are suitable for the keto diet and plant-based diets.

Lotus seeds and fox nuts: superfoods used in Ayurveda and TCM, why they are good for you and how to eat them – three recipes
Five immune system superfoods used in Ayurveda, Indian traditional medicine, and how to consume them

Our immune systems sometimes need a boost to prevent disease and cure infections – and a diet containing antioxidant-rich superfoods may provide it.

3 Jul 2020 - 3:30PM

Our immune systems sometimes need a boost to prevent disease and cure infections – and a diet containing antioxidant-rich superfoods may provide it.

Five immune system superfoods used in Ayurveda, Indian traditional medicine, and how to consume them
Finance professional turned healer uses acupressure and TCM to treat world leaders and prisoners

When complications set in after surgery, Ketan Shah turned to acupressure to avoid more operations. It was so successful that he decided to train as an acupressurist, and has since treated more than 350,000 patients including world leaders and prisoners.

3 Jan 2020 - 5:54PM

When complications set in after surgery, Ketan Shah turned to acupressure to avoid more operations. It was so successful that he decided to train as an acupressurist, and has since treated more than 350,000 patients including world leaders and prisoners.

Finance professional turned healer uses acupressure and TCM to treat world leaders and prisoners
How Indian cafe that serves natural health drinks and soups inspired dozens of others to open

After using natural remedies instead of surgery for his mother’s arthritis, Maran G began selling packets of remedies. Now he runs a successful cafe selling soups, juices and health foods and others are following suit.

22 Oct 2019 - 12:42PM

After using natural remedies instead of surgery for his mother’s arthritis, Maran G began selling packets of remedies. Now he runs a successful cafe selling soups, juices and health foods and others are following suit.

How Indian cafe that serves natural health drinks and soups inspired dozens of others to open
The paradise tree, its health benefits and how chemotherapy side effects can be alleviated by it

The paradise tree has been studied for years to discover its medicinal uses and its potential to aid in battling cancer. Two Indian botanists say it can cure viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases and acts as a powerful antibiotic.

13 Jul 2019 - 7:47PM

The paradise tree has been studied for years to discover its medicinal uses and its potential to aid in battling cancer. Two Indian botanists say it can cure viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases and acts as a powerful antibiotic.

The paradise tree, its health benefits and how chemotherapy side effects can be alleviated by it
Why garlic, ginger, turmeric, moringa, Indian ginseng are so good for us –five healing foods

In India, plants, herbs and spices are often used to treat ailments and maintain health. We look at five of the best and most popular ingredients used in Ayurvedic medicine.

22 Jun 2020 - 12:06PM

In India, plants, herbs and spices are often used to treat ailments and maintain health. We look at five of the best and most popular ingredients used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Why garlic, ginger, turmeric, moringa, Indian ginseng are so good for us –five healing foods
Yacon, wonder tuber from the Andes - almost no calories and does wonders for your health

Yacon is being feted as a new dietary wonder food because its carbohydrates provide few calories to the human digestive system. Originally from South America, it is being grown commercially around the world, including Sikkim, India.

13 May 2019 - 10:32AM

Yacon is being feted as a new dietary wonder food because its carbohydrates provide few calories to the human digestive system. Originally from South America, it is being grown commercially around the world, including Sikkim, India.

Yacon, wonder tuber from the Andes - almost no calories and does wonders for your health
Chutney: everything you need to know about India’s favourite condiment, from an expert who learned at her grandma’s side

From sweet and sour to hot and spicy, tempered in oil or raw, wet or dry, served as a side dish or a dip, India’s countless versions of the chutney can be enjoyed at any time

5 May 2017 - 7:31AM

From sweet and sour to hot and spicy, tempered in oil or raw, wet or dry, served as a side dish or a dip, India’s countless versions of the chutney can be enjoyed at any time

Chutney: everything you need to know about India’s favourite condiment, from an expert who learned at her grandma’s side
An insider’s guide to Bangalore’s best places for vegetarian food

From idlis and dosas to rottis and vadas, the southwestern state of Karnataka is celebrated across India for its delicious and varied meat-free dishes

5 May 2017 - 4:23AM

From idlis and dosas to rottis and vadas, the southwestern state of Karnataka is celebrated across India for its delicious and varied meat-free dishes

An insider’s guide to Bangalore’s best places for vegetarian food