Kaju Rava Laddu

Kaju Rava Laddu, an Indian sweet True story. In my sweet obsessed home, a laddu has always been something of a pariah. Desi, who can eat a whole carton of ice cream in one sitting, and half a box of kaju katli in another, will turn up his nose when I so much as talk about laddus. “They’re so boring,” is his explanation. That goes for rava laddus, besan laddus, and all other laddus in between. And that’s a huge reason why you’ve never seen me share a vegan version of this uber-popular Indian sweet found at every Indian celebratory occasion, from Diwali to a birthday or a wedding.

Enter Jay. My six-year-old with his tastebuds still tuned highly to all things delicious and Indian, has been demanding laddus almost every day for the last week. Mom, do you know how to make laddus? was one of the first questions I got from him after we brought him home. Then, as we tried to catch up with all things healthy, the laddus went on the backburner. Until last weekend, when — after the latest revival of the make-mom-make-a-laddu campaign — I finally threw in the towel.

Kaju Rava Laddu, an Indian sweet There is some truth in Desi’s claim: laddus can indeed be boring because, when made the run-of-the-mill way, they are nothing more than balls of sooji or chickpea flour with sugar and a spice, cardamom being the most common. Often, they drip with ghee or oil, making them even heavier than they already are with all that sugar.

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Vegan Tibetan Momos

Momos with Artichoke Hearts

High on the roof of the world, where they were born, Momos are fat little dumplings stuffed with yak meat and vegetables. But today, for you, I have a seasonal — and vegan — version with one of my most favorite flavors in the world: artichoke hearts. My memories of eating great Momos are tied with Ladakh, an… 

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Vegetable Balti

Vegetable Balti

So what would you rather hear first: how to make this tantalizing recipe for Vegetable Balti, or the story of the day I was stood up by Britain’s curry king? Okay, well, I know it’s the Balti you want, but I’d rather tell you the other one. Early in my career, while still working in India, I… 

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Thai Yellow Curry

Easy Thai Yellow Curry With Beans and Veggies

Here’s a creamy, velvety and easy Thai Yellow Curry recipe that you can practically throw together in minutes. And it’s so flavorful that I am putting it right there on top of my vast collection of family-friendly recipes ideal after a busy day at work — or at home. You do need to have some Thai Yellow Curry… 

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peach breakfast pizza

Peach Streusel Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast– now how decadent is that? But when it’s my Peach Streusel Breakfast Pizza, loaded with sweet peaches and healthy oats, you can have your slice and eat it too. I was trying to come up with a kid-friendly breakfast recipe for Jay who, by now, loves pancakes and waffles for breakfast but… 

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Lentil orzo bake

Lentil Orzo Bake With a Cheesy Crust

Here’s a recipe for those of us who love pasta with a passion but would rather do something else with all the time that sometimes goes into making it: my Lentil Orzo Bake. And, it has a cheesy crust to die for. This is an easy weeknight casserole that practically cooks itself. Really. No standing over… 

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Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza

Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza

Onions. Gorgeous, golden, sweet onions.  They add their deep, rich flavor to soups, sauces, gravies and then they recede to the background, letting the vegetables, the lentils, or the meat steal the show. Just how nice is that? But humble as they are, onions are, without a doubt, stars in their own right. I can… 

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Gobi Achari

Gobi Achari | Cauliflower With Five Spices

Gobi Achari, or Cauliflower With Five Spices, is one of those dishes that reminds you just why the food of India is a hit nearly anywhere in the world. In my last post, I asked you all what it is about Indian food that you love. I loved reading what you had to say, all of it so… 

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Rava Idli

Rava Idli, and a Giveaway

An Idli is rather like the Cinderella of south Indian cuisine. Compare her to other stalwart favorites like crispy, flamboyant dosas that spill over your plate, and golden, melt-in-the-mouth vadas, and the Idli comes across as rather humble, even plain. Worse, try eating her by herself and she is, to boot, bland. After all, there’s… 

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Irish Shepherd's Pie

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

May the luck of the Irish rub off on you with this delicious Irish Shepherd’s Pie. Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, here’s a protein-rich, flavorful, VEGAN version of a classic recipe that’s going to make you grab the baking dish and lick every last bit off. And you’ll feel really lucky too, because this is not a pie… 

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Chickpea Curry

Chickpea Curry, South Indian Style

This Chickpea Curry is really a south-Indian-style Chana Masala recipe, with a few additional ingredients that give it a distinct identity all its own. And it smells so good, you are going to be eating it by the ladleful, straight from the pot. Trust me. I love chickpeas — who doesn’t — and Chana Masala is a… 

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Saffron Cheesecake Bars

Saffron Cheesecake Bars

I have for you today a recipe that’s going to make the child in you beam for joy: Saffron Cheesecake Bars. What’s more, they’re wholegrain. I was thinking of making a perfect snacktime recipe for Jay that would also put a gleam into sweet-seeking Desi’s eyes. These bars, with the elegance of saffron and healthfulness of whole wheat,… 

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Pan-roasted brussels sprouts

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Indian Style

The other day, in the middle of a busy work-from-home snow day, I made up a plate of food for Jay, with some dal, rice, chapati, and these Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Mealtimes are always a little suspenseful around the little fusspot, but like I’ve told you before, dal and rice are always a safe bet and I… 

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Methi-Dal

Methi Dal

There’s something about the mighty Methi that makes those of us who love it go weak in the knees. If you’ve never eaten this vegetable you might find it hard to believe that a leafy green, one that’s even slightly bitter, should evoke such passion. But try it in a dish like this Methi Dal, and… 

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Vegetable Paella

Paella!

I have a thing for Paella, which you no doubt gathered from that exclamation point in the header. And can you blame me? There’s something so, grrr, red blooded about Spanish food. And when it’s a Paella, a one-pot package deal with so many goodies tucked in, one just can’t help but fall in love. Okay, I’d… 

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