Jalsa by Veda

Ep. 41 – Blending Spices and Stories with Jalsa by Veda

Meet Veda Sankaran whose personal cooking philosophy combines her Indian heritage and her Western PA upbringing 

by Stephanie Brea | August 18, 2020

Jalsa by Veda


Veda Sankaran combines her Indian heritage and her Western Pennsylvanian upbringing to tell her personal story via her cooking. Jalsa by Veda is one part recipe website, one part cooking classes and popup dinners, and one part specialty spice blend. In this episode, we learn how Sankaran came to love cooking, the recipe that started her eponymous spice blend, and where she loves to shop for ingredients. She shares her takes on some very Pittsburgh foods and we talk about why she thinks cooking is important to so many people right now.


For recipes and more, check out Jalsa by Veda


A bit prickly but easy to love

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Stephanie Brea

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Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town.

An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters.

Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested.

At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role of podcast producer for The Slaw. She’s pretty familiar with a microphone, thanks to that aforementioned poetry degree, and she’s got the wherewithal to ask Epicast Studios for help. She listens to too many true crime podcasts, and currently records from her bedroom.

If you know of someone who would be the perfect podcast guest, send her an email.

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