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DIY Tandoori Roasted Brussels Sprout Stalk - Indian Twist on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Recipes › Spice Blends › Thanksgiving › Vegan ›

DIY. So not my thing. Do-it- yourself projects give me hives - they assume the luxury of time. Life is way too busy and the house too messy right now to add another thing on my plate. But, when I spotted these Brussels Sprout stalks at my local Whole Foods in Lincoln Park - Chicago, I just had to buy them. I was going to make something out of this! But, what?  The first thing I noticed was how excited my girls were. They do eat Brussels Sprouts, but these were a whole new level of eating. They look FUN....

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Indo-Chinese Toasted Quinoa-Shredded Kale Fried Rice

October 16, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Indo-Chinese › Masala › Vegan ›

When visiting India, most folks immediately envision eating Indian food. I, on the other hand, think Chinese. Strange? Not really, if you know and understand the amazing tradition of Indo-Chinese cuisine.  The concept of Chinese prep with Indian spices is thought to stem from the small Chinese community living in Kolkata (Calcutta) in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.  Most of this now about 2,000 member community is of Hakka origin. Their cuisine is delicious and well celebrated in many parts of India and Asia, but the food now popular in India and known as Indo-Chinese cuisine has very little to...

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Chickpea-Quinoa Masala Sliders, Vegan and Gluten-Free

September 08, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Vegan ›

  Veggie burgers at home? Way too much work, right? Absolutely wrong. So utterly simple you'll kick yourself for not trying this sooner. I make mine from cooked chickpeas and help them bind with besan, or chickpea flour. This easily makes them vegan, gluten free, and super high in protein and fiber.  Chickpea-Quinoa Masala SlidersYield: about 27 patties (2 1/2 inches in diameter, 1/4 inch thick) 4 cups cooked chickpeas*2 cups cooked quinoa, preferably red2 cups grated uncooked sweet potato1/3 cup grated raw carrot1 cup grated white cabbage1 medium yellow or red onion, finely diced1 (2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and...

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Pav Bhaji Sliders With Spiced Cashew Cream Schmear

July 15, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Chutney › Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Recipes › Spice Blends › Vegan ›

Oh yes, I did! I took the Mumbai street food Pav Bhaji and made it completely comfortable on your dining table. If you're not familiar with this snack, pav means bread, while bhaji means vegetables. The story goes that street vendors came up with this popular combination as a lunch option for workers that wanted something lighter and faster than traditional Indian food.  Amongst my kids' friends, we call it veggie sloppy joes. When making these at home, serve them up on a large tray so guests can assemble themselves. Above, from left to right, you have Cilantro Green Apple Chutney, toasted...

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Grilled Chaat Long Peppers

July 06, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Masala › Recipes › Spice Blends › Vegan ›

Our #spiceoftheweek is #chaatmasala, and as I racked my brain to come up with more uses of our most amazing spice blend, these peppers came to mind. They are at one easy to prep - look beautiful on a plate, and are absolutely addictive. Here, I have used long peppers, which are all over markets at the moment. They are generally sweet, but if you don't mind extra heat, try this in a spicier pepper. Just make sure you tell your guests which is which!  Slice your peppers lengthwise (I used about a dozen) and clean out the inside carefully...

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Chaat Masala Grilled Okra - Perfect For July 4th Weekend

June 30, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Recipes › Spice Blends › Vegan ›

Chaat means so delicious that you want to lick your fingers clean, and why Indian small plates are called chaat. At once spicy, savory, and with hints of sweet notes, the dishes like papardi chaat, samosa chaat, and aloo chaat all make you want more and more and more. One of my favorite spots to try Indian chaat is Kamdar Plaza on Devon Ave. in Chicago. Tell them I sent you!  Most Indian street vendors put together their own spice blend, called chaat masala. It's used to give street foods a pop in flavor and extra punchiness. A few key spices are...

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Curry 101: Tikka Masala, Vegan, Vegetarian, or Chicken

July 25, 2014
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry › Masala › Recipes › Vegan ›

They're onto us! Publisher's Weekly, the trade magazine of the book world recently published their round up of cookbooks, and my new offering, 'Indian For Everyone' was included. (Heavy dose of jumping up and down and giggling uncontrollably involved.)  Better yet, my publisher released the numbers of my first two books - and boy have you all been buying books. I cannot thank you enough. The number is 100,000 and that's HUGE for me - still essentially the new kid on the block. Look for me in paragraph three below:  But, enough about me. You are here to learn how...

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Bhindi Masala: Anupy's Crackling Okra

July 11, 2014
Written by Anupy Singla

Masala › Recipes › Vegan ›

  If you think you hate okra. Not to worry. You are not alone. When my husband and I got married back in 1999, I was appalled to hear that he, too, hated my favorite vegetable, okra or bhindi. Hate may be a strong word. Let’s put it this way, he avoided it at all costs. I came to find out his non-love of this veggie had less to do with the veggie itself, and more to do with how he’d eaten it in the past. While my MIL is a great cook – her bhindi masala is just okay....

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July 4th Table: Roasted Chickpea-Quinoa Masala Salad

June 26, 2014
Written by Anupy Singla

Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Recipes › Vegan ›

Your July 4th table will never be the same. This amazing high-protein veggie salad will leave everyone - especially the omnivores - asking for more. It's nutritious - but in a way that I demand from all my food - it's delicious as well.  I want to thank Chef Jamie Oliver for the inspiration for this dish. He was showcasing a fresh California-style salad on his show filled with roasted everything and topped with cold avocado and crunchy greens. I started to think about it from an Indian point of view, and came up with this.  You will work -...

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Dump and Go Chana Masala in the Crock Pot: Vegan, Gluten-Free Yumminess!

May 06, 2014
Written by Anupy Singla

Masala › Recipes › Vegan ›

I am going to be brutally honest.       The best way to get on my bad side is to be pretentious. Maybe because most of the confident - successful - and talented individuals I have met and known in my lifetime have had one common quality: humility. This includes the late great Dizzy Gillespie, Rosa Parks, President Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Indian actors Shabana Azmi and Amitabh Bachchan.       I truly believe that once we become pretentious in our respective careers - we also lose the ability to listen and learn. I learn as much from watching and...

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