Puri Bhaji

Poori Bhaji

Poori Bhaji(puri bhaji) is about as delicious as Indian food gets: and by that I mean pick-your-fingernails-with-your-teeth-to-devour-every-last-crumb delicious. This is pure comfort food: the kind that gets made at every festive occasion in an Indian kitchen, no matter where in the world that kitchen is. The kind that kids carry to picnic lunches, the oil…

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Itty-Bitty Cupcake Bites For Halloween– And A Ghost Story

I am not a big believer in the supernatural but there was this one time, on a cold, dark February evening, when my rooted-in-reality self turned a wee bit agnostic. I was walking out of the Maryland statehouse in Annapolis. The legislative session was on and getting longer by the day with delegates and senators…

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Multigrain Bread

Multigrain Wholegrain Bread: Hearty and Easy

Here’s a bread I make almost every weekend so we can have something nutritious to snack on when hunger hits. My multigrain, wholegrain bread is not just divinely healthy, it’s also one of the best breads you’ll ever taste– guaranteed. What’s more, it is totally versatile. It works beautifully for sandwiches, makes the crunchiest toast…

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Sweet Potato Quiche with Caramelized Onions

Sweet Potato Quiche

Spring is time to go yard-saleing. It’s one of the reasons I most look forward to this time of year. Much as I hate going to shops, I admit there’s a gorgeously vicarious joy in going into other people’s homes and rummaging through their stuff — even if it’s stuff they’ve decided they don’t want…

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Almond Biscotti

Orange Walnut Biscotti

I love dunkin’– cookies, chaklis, even toast. Any sweet or savory crispy snack just tastes better to me when I can take it for a quick swim in a cup of coffee, tea, or soymilk.So you can imagine how I must love biscotti, those elegant, finger-like, crunchy Italian cookies that were just made for dunking….

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Banana-Oat Scones, a gluten-free, vegan recipe

Jaggery Dosa and Barley-Oat Scones

It is possible to have your scone, or your jaggery dosa, and eat it too. And today I’m going to show you how. My Jaggery Dosa is a traditional South Indian snack, and it’s one of the easiest treats to throw together on a busy afternoon. Jaggery Dosa is quite healthy by itself, made as…

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Coconut Muffins with an Orange Glaze

I don’t have a terribly sweet tooth (although I know that doesn’t sound right to those of you who’ve followed this blog for a while and been witness to the vegan baked goodies and Indian sweets I’ve posted here). But it is the truth– I’d pick a savory snack over a sweet one any day. For breakfast, though,…

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Orange Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

I am not usually sentimental about ringing out an old year and ringing in a new one. After all, for most of us the new year is nothing more than a continuation of the same old same old except, of course, at birthdays when you get to add a whole extra digit to your age– and…

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Crescent Rolls

I dream of soft, fluffy rolls fresh from the oven that I can tear open with my fingers, watch as the smoke dissipates right before my eyes, slather with a dab of vegan butter and raspberry jelly, and then take a huge bite of…now doesn’t that sound like heaven? And after making these crescent rolls I definitely was in heaven. Because not…

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Peas Carrot Subzi

Peas-Carrot Subzi with Missi Roti

A reader had asked me (a while back, I admit) if I knew the recipe for a subzi he once tasted in Rajasthan. Gordon described it as an “amazing dry curry made with wonderful red carrots and green peas” that, he added, was very simple but so flavorful. I will confess I am not an expert…

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Pumpkin Pie

I went traditional for Thanksgiving this year with a Pumpkin Pie. Of course, it was not all that traditional since it was completely eggless and dairy-free. Plus it tasted blissfully good and it was cruelty-free and it rounded out Thanksgiving at my house quite nicely, thank you. I used tofu as an egg substitute in…

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies Invade My Cookie Jar!

I was thrilled to get a review copy of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar because I’ve been a long-time fan of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. In fact, it was Moskowitz’s and Romero’s fool-proof recipes that helped me convince Desi– who is a bit of…

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Apple Cake

Apple Cake With Caramel-Pecan Glaze

Channel-surfing for a cooking show this morning, I caught Christopher Kimball, the pompous and intensely annoying host of America’s Test Kitchen, deriding vegetarian food and a tofu dessert he ate somewhere. “It is terrible,” he and another cook went in unison, talking about chocolate mousse made with tofu. Now maybe the particular mousse these people…

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