Gluten-free Multigrain Rolls, vegan

Gluten-Free Multigrain Rolls

I set out to make some gluten-free rolls and then, because I couldn’t help myself, I decided to make them multigrain too. And just like that these adorable little Multigrain and Gluten-Free Cloverleaf Rolls were born. Eating a variety of grains every day is one of the best things you can do for your body…

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Vegan Mujadara

One-Pot Mujadara with Leeks and Kale

Mujadara, a Lebanese medley of onions, rice and lentils, is delicious proof that the simplest of recipes can sometimes be the most satisfying and flavorful. I came across a recipe for a one-pot version of this already easy-to-make dish in the New York Times while looking for dinner inspiration the other night. I was captivated….

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Bean Stew

Mushroom and Bean Stew with Rosemary

As the weather cools down here in my corner of the world, my belly starts craving some hearty comfort food. Like this steaming pot of stew. I wanted to make a mushroom stew and came across this recipe which sounded perfect because it included beans. I started and then the devil in me started to…

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Besan Kaju Halwa

Besan Cashew Halwa

In India, right now, ’tis the season to be holy. Everyone’s just winding down from a birthday bash for Ganesh the elephant-headed god, Dussehra’s already at the doorstep, and Diwali will be here before you know it. All of this festival fever is accompanied by, quite naturally, a whole lot of food. A lot of…

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Fruit Nut Barfi

Fruit and Nut Burfi, an Indian-Style Fudge

Desi has a monster sweet tooth and I try as much as possible to keep it happy with homemade goodies like this Fruit and Nut Burfi. Made with no added sugar and with the wholesome goodness of dry fruits and nuts, this is a treat that’s not just delicious but also as healthy as a…

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Mango Waffles, vegan and gluten-free

Mango Waffles, Gluten-Free

Here’s a decadent weekend-morning recipe that will not hug your waistline for eternity: gluten-free Mango Waffles. When I make gluten-free baked goods, I stay away from those readymade flour mixes that tend to make the end product gummy. Mixes, in my opinion, also have a rather strong flavor that doesn’t always work with baked goods…

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Kale Crepes

Kale Crepes, Gluten-Free

These gluten-free Kale Crepes are delicious, protein-rich eats perfect for a weekend brunch or a weekday dinner.I always have some organic baby kale sitting in the refrigerator that I can throw handfuls of into salads, smoothies, pestos, and even curries. This time, as I pondered a quick dinner I could put together for Desi and…

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Arbi Paratha

Arbi Paratha, a Gluten-Free Indian Flatbread

Every month, for the last year or so, Opie — and we– have been making a trip to an acupuncturist in Northern Virginia. Opie has had osteoarthritis since he was just four. He is now pushing 11 and as he ages we are trying to ensure that he remains healthy, pain-free, and mobile. I was…

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Vegan and gluten-free, these quinoa crepes are a dressed-up version of the South Indian Dosa

Quinoa Crepes with Cilantro Hummus

I like practical food. Food that’s easy to make, easy to brown-bag, and that doesn’t take you on a trip to the market each time you decide to make a meal. Because truth is that even those of us who love to cook usually don’t have hours to spend each day in the kitchen stirring…

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Dhabay ki Dal

Dhabay ki Daal

Dhabas are north India’s greasy spoons– tiny roadside shacks that dot highways and mostly cater to weary truckers who pull in for a hearty, hot meal before heading over to the petrol pump (as gas stations are known in India) next door. Outside each dhaba are rows of charpoys, small Indian cots, where the truckers…

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Kashmiri Rogan Josh, a Vegan Version

There are few dishes that evoke the tempestuous passion of the land they spring from as perfectly as Rogan Josh does. Rogan Josh, which roughly translates to “red heat,” is a classic meat dish from the belly of Kashmir, an exquisite land infused with both sublime romance and turbulent tragedy. When I was growing up in…

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Quinoa and Bean Burger

Quinoa and Bean Burger: Great-to-Grill Vegan Recipes

Most of my grilling happens with vegetables because nearly any veggie can be transformed into smoky deliciousness with a simple turn on the grate. Think mushrooms, eggplant, bell peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and even broccoli. But to get the summer really going, I need a good, hearty burger I can sink my teeth…

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Vegan Quinoa Biryani

Vegan Quinoa Biryani

A biryani may be the ultimate indulgence, food-wise, but truth is that it can also be transformed into a super-healthy– and decadently delicious– weeknight dish. All you need to work that magic is your imagination. My Quinoa Biryani with Kala Chana has all the flavor of a traditional biryani because it has the same spices…

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Gluten-free vegan pancakes

Gluten-Free Multigrain Pancakes

It’s not easy to be vegan and discuss weight gain. Vegans, we are told unequivocally by all the experts in the field of plant-based nutrition, don’t gain weight. And if they do, it’s because they are doing something wrong. They are eating too much junk. Or they are eating too much. Period. It makes those…

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