Saraswathy

Saraswathy

Making the transition to college, Saraswathy Parthasarathy’s son, Gautam, wanted to be able to make the Indian food he had grown up eating. So Mom sent her son off with a masala box, a traditional set of often-used Indian spices. Problem solved.

But there was a new problem. “He has big hands,” Parthasarathy jokes about her son scooping too much of the spices into his food. He was adding too much turmeric here, too much cumin there, and his dishes weren’t turning out. “So I started putting together the spices in the exact measurements he needed so he’d be able to cook for himself and not just have to eat pizza all the time,” she says.