Savory Indian Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Cabbage | Saanna Polo

Crisp savory Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Veggies

Saanna Polo, a superhealthy Indian-style pancake packed with lentils, brown rice and veggies is a complete meal in itself. And if that sounds incredible to you, skip over and read the recipe. In Konkan along India's west coast, where my dad's family hails from, "polo" is local for dosa: a food … [Read more...]

Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara

Since I'm majoring in dals right now, I am trying to make the experience about as much fun as my waistline -- and Jay's tastebuds -- can handle. Therefore, this deceptively luscious Dal Bukhara. There are many stories woven around India's famous restaurant foods and how they originated, but Dal … [Read more...]

Masala Khakhra, a Crispy, Healthy Snack

Masala Khakhra

Remember New Year's Eve?  After seven head-numbing cocktails and looking enviously at everyone else in their slim-fit jeans, you promised yourself that starting tomorrow you were never going to look at another potato chip as long as you lived. For real. But now it's halfway through January, … [Read more...]

Chickpea Quinoa Burger

Chickpea Quinoa Burgers

Winter's perhaps not the most intuitive time for a burger, unless, of course, it happens to be a vegan burger. And when it's a hearty, juicy one like my Chickpea Quinoa Burger served over a whole wheat bun on a bed of sauteed greens, well, you're talking comfort food that will put a spring in your … [Read more...]

Amaranth Dal

Amaranth Dal

My Amaranth Dal is an  easy weeknight recipe that's bursting with health and flavor. Even better, it's kid-friendly. Or rather, my kid-friendly. You've probably eaten amaranth grain in cereals, but if you've never tried amaranth leaves before, you absolutely must. These are among the most widely … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes http://holycowvegan.net

It was a dark, stormy night in Savai Vere, Goa. The decaying Portuguese-era mansion on the hill was shrouded in grey clouds and sheets of rain, and the wind creeping in through the cracked stained-glass windows made eerie, whistling sounds. Chhaya, on a visit to see her cousin Sadu and his family in … [Read more...]

Quinoa Lentil Salad

Quinoa Lentil Salad

It was a busy Fourth of July weekend this year, but it was also a fun one. Desi and I took a day trip to one of our favorite places here in the Washington area, Harper's Ferry, a national park on the West Virginia border. Harper's Ferry is just an hour's drive from Washington but perhaps the fact … [Read more...]

Curried Lentil Hand Pies

Curried Lentil Hand Pie

These Curried Lentil Hand Pies, with their crispy, crackling, golden crust and creamy, meaty, spicy lentil filling, are all about healthy comfort. And if you thought that term was an oxymoron, well, you'd better think again. You know I'm always looking for easy recipes I can make on a weeknight … [Read more...]

Black Bean and Black Rice Veggie Burger

Black Bean Black Rice Veggie Burger

It's almost Memorial Day guys, and I don't know what you have planned for your cookout, but I have the perfect burger to slap on the grill and then sink my teeth into. My Black Bean and Black Rice Burger, aka Black Burger. Memorial Day is always a dramatic day around here in the nation's capital. … [Read more...]

Thai Noodles in a Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Noodles

So can you stomach meat produced in a lab? Humane meat, meat that did not come at the cost of an animal's life, meatless meat that tastes like meat but just isn't? If you've been alive in this century, you know that there are efforts afoot to produce meat from lab-cultured stem cells. And … [Read more...]