Crisp savory Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Veggies

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

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 most of you are no doubt familiar with….

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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 Bukhara comes with a true…

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Chickpea Quinoa Burgers

Chickpea Quinoa Burger

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 step…

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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 cooked greens in Indian kitchens (called chaulai in north…

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Kala chana sundal

Kala Chana Quinoa Sundal

Navratri was always my favorite time of year, growing up, because it was the one time I was permitted to stay out late– even past midnight. Like most Indian festivals, Navratri — which literally translates to “nine nights” — has a religious significance, but like most religious festivals, you didn’t have to be religion-minded to join…

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Chana Makhani

Chana Makhani with Greens

This, I promise, is going to become your favorite way to eat greens. And chickpeas. Or greens and chickpeas. Because it’s quite simply, in a word, awesome. My Chana Makhani with Greens is a smooth, velvety curry of leafy greens with the perfect hint of spice and the luxurious creaminess of cashews. And into all…

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

Sprouted Bean and Brown Rice Dosa

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 which I…

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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…

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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

Dosa Spring Roll

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…

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Tofu Curry

Tofu Curry with Chickpeas and Summer Vegetables

I had been dreaming of making this Tofu Curry with Chickpeas and Summer Vegetables for so long, and now that I have, I am dreaming of the time I’ll make it again. Seriously, it’s that good. But first, how is your summer going? Is it sliding away too fast? One of the reasons I love summer is all…

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Misal

Misal, the Ultimate Bombay Street Food

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, crispy farsan (fried chickpea…

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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…

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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 spice…

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asparagus pakoras

Baked Asparagus Pakoras

Desi has a special relationship with asparagus. Every time we see it at the store, he wants to buy it. When I try to explain to him that the stalks don’t look fresh, or the price is too high, he pouts and sulks like a kid without candy. And that’s a true story. It’s easy…

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