Vegan Palak Paneer

Vegan Palak Paneer | South Indian Lemon Rice

-+*Palak Paneer is a popular North Indian dish that is on the vegetarian menu of just about every Indian restaurant. But for those of us who are vegans, this rich and spicy spinach-based dish comes with a catch – the cubes of deep-fried Paneer, or Indian cheese, puts it on our list of can’t-haves. Enter…

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Masoor Dal

Masoor Dal

-+*Masoor Dal with Toasted Spices, which I’m sharing today, is one of my favorite dishes. For a number of reasons: the lentils taste great and cook easily, making them perfect for busy evenings when you have little time to throw together a meal that’s both nourishing and delicious. What’s more, like all beans and lentils, they…

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Coconut Rice,

South Indian Coconut Rice

-+*Whenever Desi and I would visit Madras, we almost always got swept up by relatives into a tour of various temples, including Sholingar and Thirupathi. Both Desi and I are not temple-goers, and my in-laws, I think, were hoping that those whirlwind tours, packed with as many deities as possible, would make up for all…

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Cabbage Kootu

Cabbage Kootu

-+*My husband, Desi, was born and raised in Madras (or Chennai, although he insists on calling it Madras still) in a very traditional family. But when we got married, his parents and six siblings were more than welcoming to the new daughter-in-law even though she had short hair, didn’t wear saris and didn’t speak a…

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Hummus

-+*This hummus recipe comes at the request of my wonderful friend, Rita. Hummus is one of those superfoods that makes it quite easy to eat vegan, eat healthy, and eat delicious, all at the same time. Combined with pita bread it makes a perfect protein, and the chickpeas (garbanzo beans) have loads of fiber, iron,…

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pumpkin soup

Golden Winter Squash Soup

-+*Lazy, comfortable Sunday evenings often put me into a soup mood. A creamy soup mood. When I first became vegan, I stayed away from recipes that called for the addition of cream. But eventually, I started experimenting with coconut milk (Whole Foods has a great store-brand light coconut milk) and nut milks. The results were…

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Potato Soup with Greens

-+*There is nothing better on a cold, snowy night than a hearty bowl of hot soup. Yesterday, the Washington area was hit by a heavier-than-expected snowfall and by late evening everything looked picture-postcard perfect. Of course, it took me 45 minutes instead of 15 to drive home from work, but that’s another story. Desi spent…

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