Vasudha Viswanath
Vasudha Viswanath

Vasudha Viswanath

Title: Contributing Writer

Location: New York, New York

Expertise: Vegetarian and vegan cooking, low-carb cooking
-Author of The Vegetarian Reset
-Founder of We Ate Well, a wellness website featuring low-carb vegetarian recipes


Vasudha Viswanath is the founder of We Ate Well, a community for foodies that focuses on eating mindfully and sustainably on a vegetarian diet. She is a lifelong vegetarian and passionate home cook. Her journey into eating healthy started with a doctor's note about her elevated blood sugar after a routine physical. She transformed the way she cooked to cut out excessive starch and sugar and has never felt better. After spending more than a decade on Wall Street, Vasudha left her career in finance to write a cookbook and create We Ate Well. She grew up in Bangalore, India, and now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Ven pongal is an Indian dish of rice and dal, seasoned with tadka, a tempering mixture of spices cooked in ghee. In this version, riced cauliflower is used in place of white rice to make it lower in carbs. Served in South India on its namesake holiday in January, it is also delicious anytime. If you want to serve it as shown in the photo, lightly pack the ven pongal in a measuring cup and unmold it on the plate. Recipe adapted with permission from The Vegetarian Reset by Vasudha Viswanath, The Collective Book Studio, January 2023.