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.

You can also email me at MyVeganWorld[at]gmail.com. I read every message and I will reply sooner rather than later, but please keep in mind that sometimes it might be a couple of days before I can get back to you.

Here are a few links you might find useful:

Recipe Index featuring more than 600 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

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

Reader’s Digest



  1. Juliana deRosa says

    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 : )

  2. Malathi says

    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,


    • says

      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.

  3. Malathi says

    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)?

    • says

      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.

  4. says

    Hi Vaishali!

    I’m so happy to have found your blog! I live in Pennsylvania so not far from you :)

    My Dr has recently advised me on giving up eggs and gluten totally from my diet, so although I’m not totally a vegan I’m halfway there. I am a vegetarian no meat no fish, so I’m always looking for interesting food ideas, being Indian there’s always a lot of variety but I’m glad I found you!

    Thanks – Chandni

    • says

      Hi Chandni, welcome to Holy Cow! and happy you are here. Hope you will enjoy the recipes here, and feel free to ask if you have a request. Best. :)

  5. Reena says

    I just found your blog when I Googled recipes for sprouted mung beans. I became a vegetarian a year ago, a while after getting my dog, so I totally understand what a huge impact they have on our lives. I plan to transition to becoming a vegan so this will be a great place to get lots of recipes. Thank you for sharing.

    • says

      Hi Reena, welcome to the blog, and congrats on your journey into an animal-free lifestyle. Glad you think you’ll find the blog useful. Don’t forget to browse through archives for tons of Indian vegan recipes and sweets.

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