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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Mushroom Achari Recipe

Mushroom Achari

-+*Baingan Achari is a mouthwatering side-dish that cashes in on the great Indian obsession with pickles. Indian pickles, called achar in north India, are quite different from the pickles we eat here in the United States. They are made with all sorts of vegetables– mango and lemon being the more popular choices– and they are…

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Gluten-free bread

Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

-+* I’ve been experimenting more with gluten-free baking, and today I wanted to share a foolproof recipe for a wheat-free sandwich bread. Vegan, of course. I bake a lot and I love baking breads most of all. But I had rarely baked a bread free of gluten, unless you count some Indian flatbreads like bhakris and…

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Sprouted Moong Chilla

-+*If you’ve eaten my Besan Chilla, an eggless, protein-rich “omelet” from northwest India, you will love my Sprouted Moong Chilla, an even more nutritious version made with– you guessed it– sprouted mung (or, as we Indians pronounce it, moong) beans. Sprouting beans, if you’ve never done it before, can be an intimidating idea. You are…

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Chickpea Stew with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Chickpea and Kale Stew with Indian Spices

-+*In winter, the body simply craves comfort: sweaters and blankets, fuzzy slippers, a crackling fireplace, and a bowl of hot, delicious stew to warm the tummy. My Chickpea and Kale Stew, simmered with Indian spices, does more than warm the tummy though. It delights your tastebuds with the eclectic flavors of toothy kale, succulent sweet…

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Vegan Mung and Rice Pudding With Coconut and Saffron

-+*Here’s a kheer (an Indian pudding) that my Konkani parents make for Makar Sankranti, a celebration in their part of India that falls on the same day as Pongal. The recipe is very similar to Sakkarai Pongal, except that my parents’ version has some coconut milk, a staple of the Konkan region where coconut trees…

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Mushroom Biryani

Mushroom Biryani

-+*The other day, as the fragrance of my easy and quick Mushroom Biryani filled the kitchen, I was back for a moment in my aunt’s kitchen in Bombay. Akka, my dad’s sister in whose Vile Parle home I spent many wonderful summers as a girl, was at the stove, frying up the onions for her…

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Bharli Vangi (Stuffed Eggplants)

-+*A warm hello after a long time to the readers of Holy Cow! I have missed chatting and cooking with you, and I for one am happy that this blog is alive once again. First, I want to thank all of you for the comforting messages, prayers and thoughts you sent our way after our…

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Aloo Posto

Aloo Posto

-+*August in Washington is a sly, mysterious month. You never know when the days will pour down with the furious heat of July, or simmer down to September’s mild temperatures. And then there’s the rain. You can go by for weeks without a drop, and then– all of a sudden– you are slammed by a…

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Chilli Tofu

Chilli Tofu

-+*I love it when I can find irony in the most unlikely places– like my Chilli Tofu. Chilli Tofu is based off an Indo-Chinese recipe called Chilli Paneer. This is a spicy, saucy blend of Indian spices and Chinese condiments, and the star, of course, is the paneer, an Indian cottage cheese that’s usually sold…

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