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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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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