Onion Sambar

Onion Sambar | Vengaya Sambar

-+*It’s almost a given that you cannot go to a Tamil home without being invited to stay for a meal. Tamilians love to feed as much as they love to eat, and when we go to Chennai on our visits back to India it is not unusual for us to have two lunches, two dinners,…

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Azuki Bean Dip

In My Kitchen, February 2014

-+*February, like all cold months, is when my kitchen sees a lot of me. Perhaps because it’s the warmest, coziest place in the house. Perhaps because there’s never a better time to bake bread, one of my favorite things to do. I love my beans and lentils and this February, in my kitchen, I have…

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Healthy Potato Skins

Healthy Potato Skins

-+*Yeah, I know. Only a vegan would think of making a healthy snack for Superb Owl (Hey, I’m a Colbert fan and I like his version better). But just because we are about to watch a bunch of brawny men brawl it out for a trophy doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be watching out for our…

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Slow cooker black-eyed peas stew

Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas Stew, Fat-Free

-+*After cooking up all of that flavorful vegetable stock this week, I couldn’t wait to use it. But the last thing I wanted to do was spend an hour in the kitchen cooking because, well, sometimes there just are better things to do.  So I did what I do when I want a great-tasting meal…

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vegetable stock

The Best Vegetable Stock Recipe

-+*Is there a vegan cook out there who doesn’t have a horror story about working hard to exorcise some recipe of meat, only to end up with a pale and ghastly version of the original? Because let’s face it– great vegan cooking is not easy work. You need to put that creative muscle through a…

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french onion tart

French Onion Tart, Gluten-Free

-+*It’s the weekend guys, and I don’t know about you but I feel good. Ecstatic, even, although it’s not like I’ve got anything special planned out. But how great is the very thought of two full days crammed with nothing other than endless possibilities of having fun? And here’s one way to have that fun and…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Rosemary

-+*I am one of those people who love Brussels sprouts. Yeah, one of those. A little weird, a little health-obsessed, a little, well, weird. But what’s not to love about these little green nuggets?  They look super cute, as if someone had cast a spell on a head of cabbage and shrunk it. They taste…

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venn pongal avial


-+*A short post today to wish a very happy Pongal to all the readers of Holy Cow!, and especially my Tamil readers, friends and family. The Tamil harvest festival — a Thanksgiving of sorts– is determined by the Hindu calendar and this year it falls on January 14. Pongal’s always especially welcome because it brings…

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Bean Gumbo

Vegan Gumbo, Fat-Free and Gluten-Free

-+*When I was a child, a young woman with a huge straw basket balanced over her head would make the rounds of my neighborhood every week or so. She would knock on doors, peddling fresh fish that her husband had just hauled in that morning from the sea that hugs Bombay’s shoreline. Everyone simply called…

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Gluten-free pasta puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca, Gluten-Free

-+*I am not a big fan of tomato-based pasta sauces, but there is one — just one– dish that makes me feel like I’ve died and gone to Italian food heaven: Pasta Puttanesca. Perhaps that’s largely because the tomato flavor in Pasta Puttanesca is not overriding. Instead, it has the olives and the capers and…

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fat-free vegan crockpot chili

Fat-Free Crock Pot Chili

-+*It’s been a while since I had a giveaway for you, largely because I’ve been simply too busy to take on and fulfill commitments. But I am thrilled to announce today a cookbook giveaway that’s just perfect to ring in the New Year, resolutions and all: Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live cookbook. Dr. Fuhrman,…

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vegetable kurma

Vegetable Korma

-+*My cat Pie does not want me to write this post for you. No, really, I am not kidding. In the time that I put down these first few words for my Vegetable Korma post, she has prised my fingers off the keyboard with her little head at least a half dozen times, insisting that…

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Sweet Potato Skins

Sweet Potato Skins with Indian Spices

-+*These Sweet Potato Skins have a delicious Indian twist to them. They have in them a touch of garam masala, the warmth of ginger and garlic, and a luscious drizzle of cinnamon cashew cream that goes on at the very end. Perfect, if you’ve been looking for a side-dish to serve up this Thanksgiving that’s…

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Pumpkin and Brown Rice Pudding, vegan and gluten-free recipe

Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding

-+*My Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding is a super-fun way to sneak “healthy” into your Thanksgiving dessert. But wait, let’s not start with healthy. Let’s start with delicious because that’s what this dish is– absolutely, mindblowingly delicious. So delicious in fact that you might have a hard time sharing it. And as for the healthy part–…

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