Chickpea Mushroom Turnovers

Mushroom Chickpea Turnovers So these last few weeks of cooking for a fussy six-year-old have turned me into a bit of a Machiavelli, cooking up schemes to stay ahead of the game. And for some crazy reason, I thought you would want to read my scary little tale.

Before I became a mom in the real world, I liked to dream of a fantasy one where my child would love vegetables, adore whole grains, and wouldn’t get enough of beans and lentils (c’mon, I’m not naive– I did say it was a fantasy world). Of course there would be ice cream and cookies and chips and donuts, but they would be occasional treats. And wholegrain, when I could help it.

Meeting Jay was not an unexpected but still challenging introduction to what a child’s fantasy world looks like. For the first few days after we had picked him up, we waited at a hotel in Delhi for his immigration-related paperwork to come through. We had the luxury of hotel breakfast buffets and dining out and Jay, I soon found out, had a tendency to rush for the fried and the crispy and the intensely sugary. Even muffins– decidedly less sweeter than cupcakes– did not meet his bar.

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A Boy Named Jay

Hello all! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, but I have some exciting news that– I am almost certain– will make you forgive me. Most of these past few weeks, Desi and I were in India on a life-changing mission. We were there to bring home our little boy, Jay…. 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes http://holycowvegan.net

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

It was a dark, stormy night in Savai Vere, Goa. The decaying Portuguese-era mansion on the hill was shrouded in grey clouds and sheets of rain, and the wind creeping in through the cracked stained-glass windows made eerie, whistling sounds. Chhaya, on a visit to see her cousin Sadu and his family in this, her mother’s ancestral home, shivered… 

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Ma Ki Dal, a creamy, comforting dal made by moms all over India. http://holycowvegan.net

Maa ki Dal

There is perhaps no north Indian dish that oozes comfort quite the way a Maa ki Dal does. And it starts with the name. Maa ki Dal literally translates to “Mom’s Dal” — now didn’t you feel your belly grow all warm and mushy at the sound of that? Rich and soothing, this is exactly… 

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Roasted Cauliflower Pasta Sauce

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower Cashew Sauce

Last week, Desi and I were helping care for a neighbor’s dog, Elvis, for a couple of days while his parents went to a family wedding. Elvis is a huge yellow lab who, at two, is barely out of puppyhood. He is a terror on the leash and his idea of a walk is dragging whoever… 

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Curried Acorn Squash holycowvegan.net

Curried Acorn Squash

Here’s the perfect recipe to get you warmed up for the winter: my gingery Curried Acorn Squash. I love going into the market these days and meeting up with all shapes and sizes of winter squashes. There are the warty ones and the bumpy ones and the lopsided ones and the teeny ones, all begging you to take them… 

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Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins. http://holycowvegan.net

Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins

These Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins taste so rich, you might very well mistake them for their glamorous cupcake cousins. But these are not just delicious and cake-like, they are also whole grain and low fat. Which makes them perfect breakfast eats for the young, the old, and everyone in between. There’s just something about this season that calls for… 

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Kala chana sundal

Kala Chana Quinoa Sundal

Navratri was always my favorite time of year, growing up, because it was the one time I was permitted to stay out late– even past midnight. Like most Indian festivals, Navratri — which literally translates to “nine nights” — has a religious significance, but like most religious festivals, you didn’t have to be religion-minded to join… 

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Semiya Payasam

Semiya Payasam | Shevyachi Kheer

The other day, as I puttered around the web, I ran into an old friend — the Amul girl. If you’ve ever lived in India, you don’t need an introduction to the Amul girl. You know the bright orange face that’s at once shy and pert. The blue pigtail gushing out of a huge, perfectly round… 

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Chana Makhani

Chana Makhani with Greens

This, I promise, is going to become your favorite way to eat greens. And chickpeas. Or greens and chickpeas. Because it’s quite simply, in a word, awesome. My Chana Makhani with Greens is a smooth, velvety curry of leafy greens with the perfect hint of spice and the luxurious creaminess of cashews. And into all… 

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Sprouted Beans and Brown Rice Dosa. http://holycowvegan.net/2014/09/sprouted-bean-brown-rice-dosa.html

Sprouted Bean and Brown Rice Dosa

All this summer, I’ve been into sprouts. So much so that every time I bring out a jar of beans and a cup measure, Desi rolls his eyes and says, “More? What about these?” He’s pointing at two colanders already sitting on the kitchen platform, containing sprouts in various stages of germination. To which I… 

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Lentil Pasta Salad

Lentil and Pasta Salad

A smoky, hearty Lentil and Pasta Salad is just the kind of food that keeps me fueled and satisfied during a long workday. And when I come home, after battling D.C.’s rush-hour Beltway traffic,  I still have enough energy to take on anything, from a dog with an upset tummy (poor Opie) to cooking for an army…. 

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Zucchini Halwa

Zucchini Halwa

My Zucchini Halwa is a great way to use up all those summer zucchini — or other — squashes you no doubt still have in your vegetable garden. And if you don’t have a vegetable garden, I’m willing to bet there is an abundance of them at your nearest market or supermarket. Have you heard… 

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