Caribbean Black Eyed Peas Stew

Caribbean Black Eyed Peas Stew

So I am up to my eyeballs in a dreadful, miserable, head-numbing cold that just refuses to go away. But it's exactly at times like these that I start dreaming of spicy, hot, steaming bowls of stew, like this Caribbean Black Eyed Peas Stew. I am a true fan of Caribbean cuisine. I could eat some … [Read more...]

Savory Indian Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Cabbage | Sanna Polo

Crisp savory Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Veggies

Sanna Polo, a superhealthy Indian-style pancake packed with lentils, brown rice and veggies is a complete meal in itself. And if that sounds incredible to you, skip over and read the recipe. In Konkan along India's west coast, where my dad's family hails from, "polo" is local for dosa: a food … [Read more...]

Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara

Since I'm majoring in dals right now, I am trying to make the experience about as much fun as my waistline -- and Jay's tastebuds -- can handle. Therefore, this deceptively luscious Dal Bukhara. There are many stories woven around India's famous restaurant foods and how they originated, but Dal … [Read more...]

Chickpea Quinoa Burger

Chickpea Quinoa Burgers

Winter's perhaps not the most intuitive time for a burger, unless, of course, it happens to be a vegan burger. And when it's a hearty, juicy one like my Chickpea Quinoa Burger served over a whole wheat bun on a bed of sauteed greens, well, you're talking comfort food that will put a spring in your … [Read more...]

Amaranth Dal

Amaranth Dal

My Amaranth Dal is an  easy weeknight recipe that's bursting with health and flavor. Even better, it's kid-friendly. Or rather, my kid-friendly. You've probably eaten amaranth grain in cereals, but if you've never tried amaranth leaves before, you absolutely must. These are among the most widely … [Read more...]

Sprouted Bean and Brown Rice Dosa

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

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 … [Read more...]

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 that … [Read more...]

Dosa Spring Roll

Dosa Spring Roll, a crispy dosa encasing a Chinese filling. Fusion food at its classic best. http://holycowvegan.net/2014/08/dosa-spring-roll.html

I have been on a bit of a roll lately, what with my last recipe for Kati Rolls and now this one, but then who can resist a rotund wrap packed with delicious stuffing? Clearly, not me. A Dosa Spring Roll is an ingenious Indo-Chinese invention. So clever, in fact, that when you first hear of it you … [Read more...]

Misal, the Ultimate Bombay Street Food

Misal

There's no way to actually describe a Misal to you other than to say, you must eat this. You must, you must, you must. Misal is -- like most of Bombay's hallowed street foods -- an explosion of flavors and textures. It's a spicy curry of sprouted beans topped with raw onions, boiled potatoes, … [Read more...]

Quinoa Lentil Salad

Quinoa Lentil Salad

It was a busy Fourth of July weekend this year, but it was also a fun one. Desi and I took a day trip to one of our favorite places here in the Washington area, Harper's Ferry, a national park on the West Virginia border. Harper's Ferry is just an hour's drive from Washington but perhaps the fact … [Read more...]

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Here's an easy recipe that is perfect for weekdays or weekends, as an appetizer or an entree. It's packed with protein, incredibly good for you, and -- icing on the cake -- it's fat-free. Plus, it has a delicious Indian twist to it. My Stuffed Bell Peppers with biryani masala.Biryani masala is a … [Read more...]