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Sweet Saffron Diwali Rice

October 17, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Happy Diwali. Based on a lunar calendar, our Hindu festival of lights is coming early this year - October 19th! But, not to worry. We are ready for it.  Diwali marks the Hindu new year and is all about letting light enter your heart, forgiving past grudges, out with the old and in with the new. One key symbol is the diya - small tea lights that we light and set up all over our home to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the purveyor of wealth into our homes.   I still remember the years spent celebrating Diwali in India. What an...

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Eggless Egg Salad with Black Salt and Turmeric

October 09, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Spices › Turmeric › Vegan ›

I have been making this mock egg salad since I tried it at the Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple in Hawaii. I was a graduate student at the East West Center there and loved visiting the temple for their food - delicious, plant-based Indian.  The secret to a delicious eggless egg salad? Crunch. Color. Eggy Taste. In this recipe, the crunch is from onion, celery, and carrots. Try other fun adds like chopped watercress or jicama.  The color is important. It gets its yellow hue from turmeric powder.  Eggy taste without the egg? You need some kala namak, or Indian...

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You say Kabobs; I say Meatless Meatballs

September 09, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Recipes › Vegan › Vegetables ›

This idea grew out of frustration. While my husband loves my version of lamb kabobs - I needed something for me. As most of you know already, I am more of a plant-based eater. But, I'll never sacrifice flavor. It has to be delicious - and typically has to be a dish that will satisfy even my omnivore of a husband. The answer? These beautifully scrumptious meatballs based on the kabob recipe in my third book, Indian For Everyone. If you have my cookbook already, check out page 87 and follow along.* The first step was developing a 'meat-ier' platform...

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Indian Street Food: Summer Salads

August 10, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Masala › Salads › Snacks › Vegan › Vegetables ›

I've obsessed over Indian street food since I was a young girl visiting my family in India with my parents and younger brother.  Merely talking about the tartness, the crunchiness, the complexity of the spices makes my mouth start to water. These 'salads', as I like to explain to those less familiar with Indian cuisine, are small plates often referred to as 'chaat'.  Imagine a cat leaning into a bowl of milk and licking it up with her pink slip of a tongue. We would call that motion in Hindi, chaatna. In essence, licking the milk up, or when it refers to...

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Black Bean Soup with Cumin and Roasted Jalapeno

May 31, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Beans › Legumes › Soup › Vegetables › Vegetarian ›

Years of trying have not helped my endeavors to make the perfect pot of black bean soup. But, the other day I was determined to give it another shot. After all, these beans are incredibly healthy for you. A one-cup serving of cooked black beans provides (in daily recommended values): 227 calories. 15 grams protein. 15 grams fiber. Stats that even my omnivore of a husband cannot ignore.  So, I thought about it all day and then got busy. I wanted to roast the peppers and corn. Super easy to do, and adds another layer of flavor.  I also thought about...

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Hyderabadi Vegetarian Biryani with Tart Dried Cherries

March 16, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Baked Tofu › Biryani › Paneer › Spices › Thanksgiving › Vegetables › Vegetarian ›

Hyderabad is the capital of two states in Southern India and is known as a center for India's pearl and diamond trade. And, biryani. Hyderabadi Biryani is known throughout India and beyond, made special by the mix of spices including mace, dried fruit, and nuts.  Traditionally, there are two ways to cook this one-pot meal. One is to place your raw, marinated meat and other ingredients in a clay pot and seal it - opening only when perfectly cooked (this takes some serious practice). The other is to cook your ingredients partially and then put them together to finish up...

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Kala Chana with Punjabi Masala

February 27, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Beans › Kala Chana › Punjabi Masala › Vegan › Vegetables ›

This past weekend demoing at the Whole Foods in Willowbrook, I showcased one of the best-kept Indian food secrets - kala chana, or black chickpeas, high in protein and meatier in texture than their white counterpart. Not one person knew what they were trying, but once they did, they were sold! Here's an easy recipe for kala chana made with my Punjabi Masala, which is just onion/ginger/garlic/turmeric ground down into a paste.  Kala Chana Chaat with Punjabi MasalaMakes 6 cups  2 cups dried kala chana, cleaned and washed½ onion, finely chopped2 – 3 Thai, serrano, or cayenne chiles, stems removed and...

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Twenty-Minute Moong Dal

February 22, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry › Dal › Punjabi Masala › Vegetables ›

As many of you know, I have spent the last 3 years working on making Indian food easier to find for all of you. One goal has been to get our products on mainstream grocery shelves. While the Indian food section in most stores is pretty diverse, I will argue that many (not all) products lack in one of two areas: health and taste.  Many taste like someone non-Indian approved them. And, many load up on oils, creams and do include food dyes. No, not all. But, many fall into this category.  With my products, we are creating a #HealthyIndian...

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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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