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Creamy, Spiced Mac and 'Cheese'

February 02, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Cashew Cream › Pasta › Spices › Turmeric › Vegan › Vegetables ›

The other night I was lusting over my girls' mac and cheese. It was the new hip organic kind out of the box. But, it was cheese. I've stayed away from dairy for over two decades now, well before it was hip to be vegan, plant-based, or whatever folks want to call themselves. I eat non-dairy because if I eat milk and cheese, my stomach starts to hurt. When I stopped eating it regularly I started to feel great, and the rest is history - I even wrote a book about it!  I'm human though, and I miss my creamy,...

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20 Easy Ways to Eat More Turmeric

January 27, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Cashew Cream › Recipes › Spices › Turmeric › Vegetables ›

I first saw a turmeric plant as a little girl visiting my grandmother's home in Chandigarh, India.  All of my cousins and I loved playing and climbing the lychee and mango trees in the back of our huge home in Sector 9. It was always a special time for me visiting from America - getting to pluck juicy, ripe lychees right off the stem and wander into our beloved gardner's patch of okra, eggplant, and turmeric.  Mali, as we would refer to him, would complain about the grassy plant overtaking his garden, and mumble under his breath as he cut away...

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Protein-Rich Aloo Gobi, Healthier and Delicious

January 14, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Cashew Cream › Cauliflower › Gluten Free › Recipes › Turmeric › Vegan › Vegetables ›

Traditionally, vegetarian Indian meals have at least three components: a vegetable sabzi (stir-fry), lentils, and rice or bread. The idea behind this theme? That the lentils afford a vegetarian protein to help nutritionally balance out the meal.  I don't know about you, but most days I'm lucky to just get dinner on the table. I'm not always able to make sure we have that protein component in our meals even if we still want to eat a vegetarian diet. Why, I'm on a mission to taste test non-traditional ingredients in my recipes. Ingredients like quinoa, cashew cream, edamame, are known outside the...

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Chile-Onion Quinoa Polenta Bake

December 16, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Polenta › Recipes › Vegan ›

     Polenta, to me, always represented a stomach ache. Because whenever I've eaten it out, it's made with dairy.        I love splurging as much as the next person, but eating too much of anything dairy is just tough on my system, forcing me to be largely dairy-free for over 2 decades. If you have my second book, Vegan India Cooking, you already know this about me.       It's why I love finding different ways to make things that we traditionally believe rely on cheese and cream to taste good. This recipe does the trick. I...

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Tukri Pakora, Baked Veggie Squares

October 18, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

ChickpeaFlour › Chutney › Kids Eat Healthy › Snacks › Turmeric › Vegan ›

My mother came up with the name for this snack. It's essentially a baked chickpea fritter or pakora cut up into little pieces - tukri in Hindi refers to little pieces. One of the key differences between this and a fried pakora is that most of the veggies are coarsely hand grated to give you a distinct texture rather than just chopped or sliced.  This recipe is in my second cookbook, Vegan Indian Cooking (page 104), but I got to thinking. Why limit myself to chickpea flour? I had Teff flour in the pantry and have always wanted to give it...

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Shakarkandi Paratha - Sweet Potato Indian Flat Bread

October 06, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

I've always had a love-hate relationship with Sweet Potatoes, shakarkandi in Hindi.  On the one hand, I know how good they are for us - high in beta-carotene and Vitamin A. On the other, they're intimidating to cook. Baking takes at least 45 minutes. Boiling means they are water logged and tasteless. I needed a better way. My go-to food bible, The World's Healthiest Foods by George Mateljan, had the solution. If you don't have this book, get it - every food is in here with basics on nutrition and optimal ways to cook and preserve nutrients along with delicious and easy recipes. ...

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Chaat Masala Indian Street Corn Rocks Your July 4th and Beyond

July 04, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

Healing Spices › Kids Eat Healthy › Snacks ›

Chaat Masala is one of those spices that if you know it, you can't get enough of it. But, what is it? Chaat in Hindi literally means to 'lick'. The thought is that something is so delicious that you want to lick your fingers clean. It's used in most North Indian street foods. Most vendors create their own unique blends, but most blends have a few common ingredients including kala namak (black salt), black pepper, and dried mango powder. The citrus taste element from dried mango powder gives you a lemony base and profile that pairs perfectly with corn. So, Get your...

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Haldi Achaar: Quick, Easy Pickled Turmeric

May 10, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

Healing Spices › Spice Blends › Turmeric ›

No doubt, the hottest spice these days is Turmeric. Warm, earthy, bold in flavor. Healthy for you. But how do you actually eat it? And why should you really?  Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. In the most basic sense, think of how you feel when you wake up with a sore throat. It hurts to swallow. The tissue in your throat is swollen.  The curcumin in turmeric helps fight the infection and inflammation.  A very easy way to get fresh turmeric into your day? Pickle it!  You can find fresh turmeric now in many specialty grocers. In Chicago, I head to...

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Indian Omelette; Spicy, Savory, Deliciousness

January 31, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

Eggs › Gluten Free › Recipes › Spice Blends ›

"So, what makes an Indian omelette?" asked C.  It was a fair question. We were standing in the buffet line at the Marriott in Racine, Wisconsin the morning of a soccer tournament for our girls watching someone making fresh omelettes to-order. And, as usual, I was bragging that no one can top an Indian version of the everyday omelette.  I'm still shocked it has yet to go mainstream in the American foodie world. It's hard to believe that something as amazing as this has been kept a secret all this time. The Mexican version of the omelette has been on...

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Chickpea-Quinoa Spiced Poora (Crepes); Healthy, Happy New Year!

December 31, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Snacks › Vegan ›

The perfect snack, wrap, bread. Naturally vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious, besan poora is a common breakfast item and snack food in North India. It is traditionally made from besan, or flour made from ground black chickpeas.  As we head into 2016 and aspire to eat healthier, I added some quinoa flour. With 4 grams of protein per 1/4 cup it's a fantastic way to boost protein in your family's diet without compromising flavor. It's an especially important component for the Indian community - where we eat largely vegetarian, but still want and need protein.  2 cups besan (chickpea flour) *1...

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