Vegan

Vegan Plant based recipes with no Egg,Dairy,Meat or Fish.

Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew

Vegan(Vegetarian) Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew with herbs and roasted cherry tomatoes.Easy to make hearty Lima Beans Stew

I am always looking for meals that can serve a large crowd and be made in advance.This Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew is just that.You can not only make this ahead of time but also freeze it for later use. It’s the perfect Vegan (Hence Vegetarian) option – it has good amount of protein from the beans and the flavour from the tomatoes, bell pepper and herbs.It’s a recipe made for success really! What are Lima Beans / Butter Beans Let’s talk about Butter Beans,shall we?Lima Beans are large white colour kidney shaped beans.They are a great vegan source of fat free protein and have a high glycemic index- which means they are great for people with diabetes. What …

Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato StewRead More »

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad is my absolute favourite salad to make, especially when I am entertaining.In fact in my mind it’s an amazing appetizer not a mere salad. The dressing is the real bomb though and I think it would jazz up any kind of vegetable.It’s a Sweet,Spicy & tangy dressing- which is just what is needed to make the best salad dressing ever. It’s obviously Thai inspired as the name suggests.Traditionally fish sauce is also added in the dressing for an extra umami but I have skipped it in this dish. You can change the proportions of the ingredients as per your taste and preferences.This recipe will yield an extra spicy Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad because …

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber SaladRead More »

Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal Fry

Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal

Today’s recipe is Dhaba Style Dal Tadka also called Restaurant Style Yellow Dal. Every household as a favourite dal and a special way of cooking it.Even within households, people cook Dal differently.My aunt usually only makes the brown Masoor with the Chilka and my mother prefers Moong.There is no right or wrong way to make a dal- you can make it in one shot in the pressure cooker-without bothering with an extra tadka or you could slow cook it like the black dal usually is for a creamy consistency. The Method The Dhaba Style Dal Tadka that I make has two types of tempering or tadka.The first one is with the usual suspects – Onions,Tomato,Ginger,Garlic and spices and the second tempering …

Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal FryRead More »

Restaurant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala

The best Restuarant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala -Easy recipe

I could write a book on Rajma.If there was one dish that was my ALLLLL time favourite it was the Punjabi Rajma Masala.It’s something I cook almost every week at home. The Punjabi Way of cooking Rajma Masala is to soak it overnight in water, boil it using a pressure cooker and mix bhuna masala made with Chopped Onions,Pureed tomato,Ginger, Garlic and milieu of fresh spices- including Cumin,Coriander and Chilli Powder.This dish  is especially popular in the Northern states of India. Everyone has a Rajma recipe and a story with it, don’t we? I in fact have a number of stories! There was a time I ate(& relished) undercooked Rajma Masala with rice at my hostel in Vellore for 4 …

Restaurant Style Punjabi Rajma MasalaRead More »

Light Pasta Salad with Gorgeous Cilantro Dressing

Light Pasta Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Summer is all about fun- with the summer holidays,Mangoes and but it also makes you want to eat something light and refreshing.This Light Pasta Salad is just that-feather Light,refreshing and best of all has a kick ass Coriander/Cilantro Dressing! Out of all the ingredients in this Pasta Salad, the absolute hero of this dish is the Cilantro dressing.It is such a perfect mix of fresh, salty, fatty and acidic that I can’t get enough of it.I am probably not qualified to say this but I still want to say it This is the best dressing Ever!!!   No really!!! If you are one of those who just can’t stand plain old stale salad then this dressing will be your elixir. Prior …

Light Pasta Salad with Gorgeous Cilantro DressingRead More »

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad.Confounded?In indian context what is a salad? In the most down trodden, bare minimum, stripped form it’s the green salad made with one sad little cucumber, one tomato and one onion cut and artfully(not!) placed on a plate ,served as a dish which in my opinion no one who isn’t a heart or a diabetes patient ever touches. Though we Indian consume a lot of veggies ,most of it is cooked.This salad is sort of an Indian cousin of the actual Lebanese Tabouleh,also called Tabouli, uses Bulgar Wheat.But my version uses broken wheat aka our humble Dalia instead which saves us the time and space to forage another new ingredient. A Lebanese Tabouleh Salad is made with lots …

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh SaladRead More »

Power Packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

Power packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

  If you are like me..You gobble a mouthful of cookies your Super skinny friend bought from the other side of the world ,only to check the calories and realise you have consumed 600 calories in 5 minutes flat.Well such is life.Thats why this Chickpeas Tahini Salad exists. So they can push your derailed self back on the track.Though its a long long journey to that track..in my case probably 10 kgs.That’s the reason I have been doing a lot of salads lately.Don’t get me wrong…I am doing an equal(or more) number of desserts..So the salad is basically to make space for sugar.I know I know..Extremely unhealthy..but as I said the journey to the track is long and lonely.   This …

Power Packed Chickpeas Tahini SaladRead More »

Vegetarian Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tortilla Soup with easily available Indian ingredients

I feel great exhilaration in naturalizing recipes from different countries.It invigorates me, especially when I use what’s locally available here in India.This Vegetarian Mexican Tortilla Soup is one such recipe that I have adapted to make it easy to cook in an Indian kitchen. Indian food resembles the Mexican cuisine pretty closely in its use of tomatoes,cilantro,onions,cumin,cilantro.The base onion tomato sauces from these cuisines have a lot of overlapping ingredients and resemble each other in both appearance and taste. In fact Indian flat breads are made with Wheat and a very similar flatbread is made with cornmeal in Mexico and very famously called the Tortillas.Both the cuisines are very bold on flavours and heat. Definitely not a food for the …

Vegetarian Mexican Tortilla SoupRead More »

Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad

Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad

Those of you follow me on Instagram know that I have taken up a #30daysofsalad challenge.I find that easier to do this than cut out bad food from my diet-aka sugar, carbs etc.It’s especially difficult when I am testing cookie recipes and running behind a suddenly mobile baby.Oh those days, when he used to be exactly where I left him 5 minutes back!Neverthless today I am here with a super Easy, Vegan salad- Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad This salad is Salad#5 of the challenge.It’s very minimalistic in it’s ingredients but the multiple textures make this Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad a tantalising affair. What is Quinoa / Kinwa Quinoa is an ancient South American grain which has recently gained popularity in the health food …

Roast Pumpkin Quinoa SaladRead More »

Homemade Sugarless Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Is peanut butter an acquired taste?I remember trying it as a child and not liking it at all.Maybe it was too new a texture and taste back then but now I am obsessed with it.I love my homemade sugarless peanut butter with apples and bananas, adding it to my oat bowl and baking with it. Have you tried homemade peanut butter with chocolate?Though I am a recent fan of strawberries dipped in chocolate but there is no comparison(in my book) with the awesome combination that is peanut butter and chocolate. I feel miffed at myself for missing out on this amazing creation for 25 years of my life though if I hadn’t ,I cant imagine the number of jars of …

Homemade Sugarless Peanut ButterRead More »

Easy Hummus

Easy Homemade Hummus

If my grandmother was here today she would have really smirked at this recipe and said whats so fancy about this channe ki chutney that you eat with papad.Well however you name it is essentially chickpea chutney. Some Channa or Chickpeas(as everybody outside of Bharat desh calls it) and a few olives here and a couple garlic cloves there and voila here is your hummus.If you are applauding my amazing writing skills then let me tell you that they are inspired from the barrage of nursery rhymes which have now entered my sacred erstwhile childfree house because I am a good mother and thus I must teach my baby about cows and spiders and spouts.Why spouts though?Whats the point? Bleh! …

Easy HummusRead More »

Italian Puttanesca Sauce

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

I am all over this spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce!! Just can’t get enough of it. My Indian soul just warms up with every forkful of the spaghetti in this Spicy Deep Red sauce with flecks of capers and olives which give it a unique sourness, the chilli flakes which tickle the pallete  and the fresh herbs which give it a hearty character. But First,Let’s talk about the dragon in the recipe,thorn on your potential side, the one ingredient which might make you pass the recipe.The Anchovies.Yes its a fish.Yes it stinks.Yes its unsightly but this in small quantity gives this sauce a depth it would otherwise lack. If you are vegetarian or Vegan then by all means skip this fish.But if you …

Italian Puttanesca SauceRead More »

Homemade Natural Protein Powder

Vegan Homemade Protein Powder

Most store bought protein powders have isolated proteins which helps you gain muscle mass and complete your daily protein requirement.But have you ever wondered how are these powders so high on protein but extremely low on the other macros?A little research will tell you that these protein powders are highly processed to remove the other ingredients such as fats, fibre and carbs so that a small amount of powder provides large amount of protein.That’s one of the reasons I decided to make my own Vegan Homemade Protein Powder. Do you remember the whole wheat movement?There are so many documentaries made on how whole of America was suffering from lack of nutrients and basic macros which were removed while processing the …

Homemade Natural Protein PowderRead More »

Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce

Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce

Todays recipe is my goto quick and easy pasta sauce recipe-Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce.As if obvious I have used cherry tomatoes to make these.They are easily available in any well stocked vegetable shop across india.I usually have 1-2 packs at hand cause I love using them in salads and stir fries.My son also pops them like candy so its a win win.:D The reason I worked on this recipe was to help out a dear friend.Her son loves my roasted tomato sauce with his spaghetti and pasta.So much so that he started eating this on his own by 7 months of age and on his fussy days this is my friend’s goto meal for him. Only catch being that the …

Quick Cherry Tomato SauceRead More »

Healthy Falafel

Healthy Baked Chickpeas Falafels

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love”  Rumi I am usually not the one to quote lines but this one line has stayed with me.Looks like I am being taken by the tide towards full-time bloggerhood and so far I am loving every minute of it! I am cooking everyday and am having a ball taking pictures of all the food.I am slightly concerned that I might be forcing food on my friends but that’s the hazard of blogging food that you eat! This recipe was made  to add some fun vegetarian protein in my diet.I didn’t think I will post it but I got such positive response on Instagram for this that …

Healthy FalafelRead More »

Cold Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Cold Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Sometimes the simplest ingredients available in your pantry come together in the most bewildering taste.This is the case with peanut butter,sesame,soy and honey.They have extremely different flavor profiles but together they create a magic like no other. Add to this crunchy freshness of cucumber just rounds off the dish to give the dish multiple textural dimensions. These Soba noodles in peanut sauce with red pepper and english cucumber is everything you could want on a lazy day.The balance is such that every ingredient has something to offer.Every texture has something to say. The peanut sauce has an umami taste which complements the freshness of the other ingredients.It’s so good that i have already made these 4 times in the past …

Cold Soba Noodles with Peanut SauceRead More »

Raisin and Apricot Oatmeal Bars

Raisin and Apricot Oatmeal Bars

I had a jar of raisins just lying on my dining table waiting to be eaten. Their luck was almost running out when I decided to give them a new life! Made some easiest and healthiest cookies with oats,raisins and some dried apricots.If you don’t have apricots or raisins you can use other dry fruits too.Dried black grapes,dried figs,dried apples will all work here. These are the easiest oatmeal bars or cookies made with just 6 ingredients.I made them in a jiffy while baby V slept! These tick multiple boxes! They can be made vegan(use maple syrup instead of honey) They are great for kids and toddlers.Also a great weaning food for babies(substitute date syrup instead of honey) They are healthy …

Raisin and Apricot Oatmeal BarsRead More »

Herb Infused Dipping Oil

Herb Infused Dipping Oil

Have you ever tasted fancy Herb Infused Dipping Oil at the supermarket?The first time I tasted it I fell head over heals in love with it.Then I saw the price and it was so darn overpriced that I just finished the samples and skedaddled as fast as I could. On my morning jaunt to namdhari(our neighbourhood organic store) I found all kinds of fresh herbs and I bought them all on a whim. I got several bunches of fresh basil, thyme, rosemary & oregano ,with no idea of what I was going to do with them. I did make a litre of my versatile Italian roast tomato sauce but I still had a lot of fresh herbs leftover.I was still exuberant …

Herb Infused Dipping OilRead More »