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    November 27, 2013 at 1:30am

    Hi! Love the site! Did you recently remove a recipe for vegan banana cake with peanut butter frosting? My husband is vegan and I kind of promised to make it for thanksgiving and I can’t find it on the site! We have made it before, for vegans and non, and everyone loves it!! Thank you, in advance, so much!

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      January 13, 2014 at 8:25pm

      Vaishali, I love this blog. I’m a first gen Indian-American and vegan for 3years. Found you when I googled vegan gajar halwa–my fav dessert. Thx for the recipes. Was browsing some comments (some are old) and had a couple comments.

      First, my dogs are vegan, mostly due to food allergies, but also because the crap in dog food is horrific. Worst quality meat, and usu made in china so risk of toxic kidney injury is a real fear. I buy a vegan dog food. I don’t work for them or anything, but they are a small company out of Cali, where the food is made, and they ship for free via FedEx. I won’t name them as this isn’t meant to be a sales pitch, but I figure if peeps are interested they can find the company with minimal Internet research.

      Second, I can’t believe some of the inane things people say about being vegan, such as plants feel pain etc. even if that we’re true, I usually ask how that is a logical argument for supporting animal cruelty. It’s like saying “it’s ok that I murder people because you rob them.”

      Third, for folks in India, it is definitely harder to be vegan. The PCRM has a kickstart India 21 day program with recipes and encouragement on being vegan. I also recommend looking at recipes for almond milk that can be made really easily at home (I prefer almond to soy milk in my tea).

      Finally, thanks again for such an upbeat and informative blog. I’ll probably bug you again when I go up to NoVa to visit my sister.

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        January 13, 2014 at 10:25pm

        Hi Priya, thanks for your lovely message. And for the information about vegan dog food. I have seen some dry vegan dog food brands at a small boutique pet store that’s near my home but never tried because I’ve been making all of Opie’s food and also his treats myself– not vegan, unfortunately, because he won’t eat it. Does this California company do dry food or wet or both?
        Agreed on the plants feeling pain argument– and I like your counter-argument. :)
        I am glad you recommend PCRM’s India Kickstart. I worked for PCRM many years — in communications — and worked on recipe development and all the media outreach for India Kickstart when we launched it. It was fun, and I think we came up with a really good product.
        Feel free to bug me anytime. :) Always happy to answer questions.

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    Jocelyn Graef

    November 27, 2013 at 7:22pm

    I wanted to thank you for this wonderful site! Each recipe looks more delicious than the last. I keep getting distracted – and now there is a banana cake with peanut butter frosting!? Are you kidding me?! Thank you, thank you. I am delirious.

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      November 27, 2013 at 10:17pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Jocelyn, and I am so happy you like the site. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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    Irene Muthe

    November 27, 2013 at 8:11pm

    How can I change my email address. I love your site and do not want to miss one meal! Thank you

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      November 27, 2013 at 10:14pm

      Hi Irene, You can enter your email in the Get New Recipes by Email box in the right sidebar. I will go ahead and add your email to it now. You will receive an email asking you to confirm the subscription which is completely free. Once you confirm you will start getting each new recipe as I post it.
      Hope that helps. Thanks for your lovely words, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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        November 27, 2013 at 10:19pm

        I think I totally misunderstood your email– I guess you are just wanting to add a new email and unsubscribe the old one you already have in the system? In that case can you just go ahead and enter your new email in the subscription box in the right sidebar and confirm the subscription. For the email you want to remove there should be an unsubscribe link in the email– typically it’s at the end. Hope that helps. Let me know if I still didn’t get it. :)

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    December 4, 2013 at 4:49pm

    thanks for the great article on cast iron pans in indian cooking. i wanted to purchase an enamaled cast iron casserole pan. will that work with indian food. i am also trying to stop using a non-stick and start using other products.


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      December 4, 2013 at 6:31pm

      Hi Anon, yes, you can definitely use a enameled cast iron pot for Indian foods. Happy cooking!

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    December 4, 2013 at 7:20pm

    Just to thank you for this blog – it’s a pleasure to receive it into my inbox, and every best wish to you

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    December 7, 2013 at 8:59pm

    Hi V, Love your site. I had a question from the Lotus Seed Curry…I’m assuming I could sub in pure cashew butter (just ground up raw cashews) for the cashew paste. In your recipe, you have 1/3 cashew + 1 cup water…do you recall just how much paste you ended up with? Thanks!!

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      December 7, 2013 at 10:27pm

      Hi Gilly, cashew paste is just cashews, no water, so it would be far more dense than a paste made with water and cashews. Just use 1/3rd cup of cashew paste mixed with a cup if water.

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        February 15, 2014 at 5:45pm

        Thanks for that! I’ve made this twice now and both times it’s turned out great!

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    December 23, 2013 at 4:45pm

    Hi Vaishali
    I love your blog!! I am going to try the masala recipes( esp goda masala). Thanks so much for all the recipes….

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      December 23, 2013 at 5:09pm

      Thanks, Mona, so happy you like the blog and plan to try the recipes. Happy cooking, and happy holidays to you.

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    Samanna Paramasivam

    December 26, 2013 at 6:48pm

    Hi Vaishali Periodically I check your site, read anything new ( I do like your writing) and Look at your food . we go to Treatment once a week, while a sweet woman process our co-pay we talk about food, this past two visits i had given your site to look for good vegan recipes, her young daughter is vegan. There is a catch,She is white,I am from Chennai so we don’t keep the same spices at home. In short I have given her some spices one time so that she can try at home. Americans buy garbanzo beans but not chenna dhal or the flour. If you ever made dhoklas one with garbanzo beans , It will also be a good part of Vaishali’s vegan barking . By the way maintaining spices and ingredients is a full time job. Wish you for Christmas and for new year 2014. Paramasivam

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      December 26, 2013 at 7:07pm

      Hi Paramasivam, thanks for your kind message. A dhokla with garbanzo beans sounds very doable, and I promise to try making– and posting– one soon. And you’re right– keeping up with spices and other Indian ingredients is a full-time job indeed, but an enjoyable one as I’m sure you’ll agree. :) Happy holidays to you too, and a great new year!

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    January 3, 2014 at 10:49am

    For the past few years I have been hesitant to make homemade bread, but you have completely changed that mindset for me. I recently made your Whole-Wheat French Bread and it was surprisingly easy to make and tasted amazing! I shared the bread with my co-workers who love it as well. Today I began my sourdough starter shown on your website and I look forward to trying new recipes!

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      January 4, 2014 at 2:29am

      Hi Valerie, so good to get your feedback– and so happy the bread worked for you. That french bread recipe is probably the one I make most in my kitchen. I think you’re going to have a lot of fun with the sourdough! :)

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    January 9, 2014 at 8:00pm

    Would love to get menu ideas from you for vegan kiddie lunch boxes! Love all your entries. Your Sheera and Pooran Podi post really took me back home :)

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      January 9, 2014 at 9:48pm

      Would love to post more kiddie lunch box ideas — stay tuned. So happy you liked the Puran poli post. Although fiction, that society and its residents were very much out of my childhood and I am happy it took you back home. :)

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    January 25, 2014 at 11:32am

    Hi there. Have just come across your site. I’d love to see recipes using no oil or oil replacers like apple sauce. A healthy diet shouldn’t include oils. Thanks

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      January 27, 2014 at 10:06pm

      Hi, thanks for the suggestions. I do have many fat-free and low-fat cooking and baking recipes in the archives, and I will continue to post more.

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    February 21, 2014 at 12:21am

    Thank you for a delicious recipe. I am pregnant and have lost appetite for lots of food. I was craving palak paneer but I have gluten and dairy allergies. I put in keyword search and appeared holy cow recipe. It was healthy and delicious. Instead of tofu I substituted chickpeas for protein and instead of almond milk and corn flour I just chopped up almonds and used a two spoons of frozen corn. Did the trick with more natural ingredient. I suppose it was more like a palak chickpea subji. Nonetheless, it’s great that’ve a health Indian god recipe sight. Great job starting site and sharing,

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      February 21, 2014 at 2:42am

      Hi Ripal, Welcome to the blog! Your chickpeas version of the Palak Tofu Paneer sounds delicious. So glad you tried it, and thanks for your kind words! Also, congratulations on the baby. :)

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    Sunitha Kasiraman

    February 21, 2014 at 10:47pm

    Hi Vaishali!

    I stumbled upon your website while looking for a vegan Aviyal recipe. I am a Tamilian and have been a vegetarian all my life. I recently switched to Veganism since I was already eating predominantly vegan foods. Just thought I’d make the jump and see how I feel. Physically, I feel great and seem to have a lot more energy.

    I’ve been trying out a lot of recipes but my husband, who is also a Tamilian, loves all the traditional foods. My kids are all over the place when it comes to foods that they like and agree on. So I find myself quickly becoming a short order cook. Thankfully they are all vegetarians and are willing to put up with my experiments. So far they have liked all the vegan recipes I’ve tried out. Cooking without ghee and milk is easy but yogurt is another story. So I am very excited to try out your Aviyal recipe. Also, I do have a sweet tooth and I was feeling a bit despondent that I’ll be missing out on all the Indian sweets. But now that I’ve found your website and all the delicious recipes for gajar halwa, etc., I can’t wait to try them all out.

    One quick question, I tried warming up some dates with almond milk for a vegan date cake recipe that I found on another website and found that the almond milk separated and looked most unappetizing. I saw that your gajar halwa recipe asked for the carrots to be cooked in the almond milk and was curious to see if you had any separation of the milk.

    Also wanted to mention that we have a couple of connections: I have two friends named Vaishali, both from Bombay, one of whom is my best friend! Also, I have a dog too (not vegan or even vegetarian) who we adore. I know you lost yours a couple of years ago. I am sorry for your loss. I dread the day when our Sparkie will leave us to go to Puppy Heaven. He is almost 13 and we can’t imagine a life without him.

    I hope you keep posting new recipes and I look forward to trying them all out. I will be making Aviyal (as an accompaniment to Adai) tonight and will let you know how it was received by the rest of my family :-)

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      February 21, 2014 at 11:05pm

      Hi Sunitha, lovely to hear from another vegan, and Tamilian. I’ve done a lot of veganizing of Tamil foods over the past few years because of my Tamilian hubby, Desi. Since you mentioned missing yogurt, you might want to check out my recipe for Curd Rice which I know every Tamilian adores– Desi loves the vegan version more than the traditional yogurt version. :) http://holycowvegan.net/2010/08/vegan-curd-rice-dahi-annam.html
      The almond milk can separate while making the halwa, but keep in mind that dairy milk also separates when you cook carrots in it. In the end, the liquid is all going to evaporate anyway and the solids will be left behind, so it doesn’t really matter.
      That Avial recipe is one of my and Desi’s favorites, so glad you are trying it out.
      And nice to know of our connections! Your Sparkie sounds adorable, and he is lucky to have a family that loves him so. My dogs have never been vegan or vegetarian either– it didn’t seem right to impose on them my food choices once I went vegan.
      Finally, welcome to the blog! I post regularly, so do come back. And there are a ton of Tamil recipes on the blog.
      Take care! :)

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    Sunitha Kasiraman

    February 21, 2014 at 11:10pm

    Oh! And I forgot to mention that I live in the DC metro area too! In Virginia.

    Thanks and I look forward to being in touch.

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    John Riley

    March 6, 2014 at 7:50pm

    Dear Vaishali: I am so glad I found this site! My daughter is vegan, and I am a sometimes vegetarian (and growing more). I have had a difficult time finding easy, good vegan recipes, and your site is just great! I have visited India (4x), and I am planning to move there for work in a few years. Regards, John

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      March 7, 2014 at 12:53am

      Hi John, thanks for your kind words! I hope you will try some of the recipes, and always feel free to ask if you have questions. Also great to meet an Indophile, and so wonderful you plan to go live there some day. I am counting the days till I can visit next! :)

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    bekti spicer

    March 26, 2014 at 2:13pm

    hi, i like the idea of making eggless cake when i run out egg at home or at work. my step kid is bugging me to make her a birthday cake so she can share it with her friends at school. the problem is, many kids here have allergy, so it has to be eggless, no nuts or its kind and gluten-free. i am still looking for easy cake recipe that fits all of that. so, if you come across such recipe, would you kindly share it in your blog? thank you so much. best regards from Australia. Bekti.

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    March 28, 2014 at 11:49pm

    Hi I live in north Carolina USA, originally from Cuba. I recently became vegan and I must say this page was a treasure to Find after all the research your recipes and info on substitutes and amazing ideas just blew My mind. I’m thrilled to Start cooking all this healthy vegan recipes and I truly thank you for helping others thru this page. thank u thank u thank u muah

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      March 29, 2014 at 12:41am

      Star, thanks for your lovely message. I am so glad you are finding the blog useful. Hope you try some of the recipes, and always feel free to ask questions. Hugs. :)

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