Vaishali Honawar

Hi, I’m Vaishali and I am the human behind Holy Cow!, the first Indian vegan recipe blog on the web. Holy Cow! was born in November 2007, just a few months after I turned vegan (thanks to my great old dog Lucy! Scroll down for her picture).

At Holy Cow! you will find hundreds of easy, healthy and delicious recipes that are tried and tested in my kitchen, including lots of fat-free, low-fat and gluten-free recipes. Most recipes are kid-friendly and I always use wholesome, natural ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry.

I have lived in lovely Washington, D.C. for the past 17 years but I was born in Mumbai, India, so many of my recipes are Indian or influenced by my Indian background. I  also love experimenting with global cuisines, including Mexican, Italian, and Middle Eastern, and I love to bake, especially bread. My recipes are ideal for those of you who juggle multiple responsibilities but love a delicious meal at the end of a long day. But don’t just expect a recipe– I like telling you the stories behind the food I serve up. You can also expect some chatter about the wonderfulness of animals (especially mine :)).

I update Holy Cow! several times each week, so be sure to check back often for updates. You can also follow Holy Cow! on Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and Twitter to keep up with what’s cooking here.

Here are a few links you might find useful:

Recipe Index featuring more than 500 recipes and photographs that have appeared so far on this blog.

Indian Pantry Basics

Vegan Baked Goods and Breads

If you are a baker, you might also find this link useful: Vegan Baking Substitutes

If you have questions, feel free to email me at MyVeganWorld@gmail.com.

Lucy, my gorgeous German Shepherd.
Lucy, my gorgeous mutt who set me on the path to a vegan life.
She passed away in 2012, but  lives in my heart forever.
Thank you, Lucy. I love you.


Holy Cow! and her recipes have featured in these media stories:

DomiCile DC magazine

DomiCile DC: Comfort Food

Reader’s Digest

Mock Meat Recipes for Vegetarians: iDiva

Ethical Meat on My Platter: Dainik Jagran


Food Bytes: The Hindu

Food Bytes: The Hindu

DNA India 

One Green Planet

Urban Spoon

6 thoughts on “About

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    Juliana deRosa

    December 1, 2013 at 1:37pm

    V- so glad i have found your fantastic blog! i can’t wait to get started trying some of these recipes. just in time for entertaining at home and showing others how food can be great for us, and for the animals : )

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    February 14, 2014 at 11:00pm

    Hi ,
    I enjoy reading your stuff, stumbled into the site when I was looking for ciabatta recipes. I followed a no knead video from all recipes a chef John and that did not work then
    I was trying to make the ciabatta bread followng your directions and it just did not turn out right… did not rise at all! W
    hat flour do you use?
    i know the yeast was fine
    I used all purpose white flour
    and followed instructions

    Please point out what I need to look out for
    and what are the critical stages.
    Thanks a ton,


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      February 14, 2014 at 11:10pm

      Hi Malathi, I do think that the yeast could have been the problem– if the yeast was okay, there is no reason the bread would not rise. Perhaps the water you used to flower the yeast was too hot which could have killed the yeast? Or maybe you were working in really cold weather and might have needed to increase the rise time. This recipe always works for me. You might also want to watch the video I linked to in that recipe that shows how to knead the dough– there is a very specific technique for ciabatta.

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    February 14, 2014 at 11:29pm

    Thanks for the prompt reply! I used the Fleishmann packet active yeast and warm water , but used a wooden spatula to mix -not very efficient maybe
    (I need to buy a stand mixer, which brand would you recommend)?

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      February 15, 2014 at 1:00am

      You’d need to mix a lot with a spatula to have the same result, true.
      I use a Hamilton Beach stand mixer that I bought on sale about 15 years ago at a Target– paid 70 bucks for it, maybe, and it’s great with cookie and cake batters and works for most breads. Ciabatta is just fine in it because the dough is so wet, but some stiff doughs can make the bowl jump out of the stand. I haven’t used a KitchenAid but I am sure it’s more efficient, but for my money the Hamilton Beach works just fine.

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    February 15, 2014 at 1:08am

    Thanks Vaishali!
    I am sooooo glad I found your blog!

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