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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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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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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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Cilantro Green Apple Chutney

August 06, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Chutney › Recipes › Vegan ›

May I confess? I've been bored with green chutney of late. I know! I know! Blasphemy. But, I've been making and eating mint-cilantro chutney for so many years that it's become a bit mundane.  Until this.  My dear friend Ami brought it over for one of our family potlucks. And, I have to say, I fell back in love with green chutney. The apples in this recipe just give you the perfect amount of sweet combined with tartness that will layer well on a spoonful of basmati rice, as a side to a samosa, or as an accompaniment to a...

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Cremini Mushroom Curry in Spiced Cashew Cream

July 21, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry › Gluten Free › Mushrooms › Recipes › Spice Blends › Vegan ›

Mushrooms. Yum. Add spices, cream, and some heat to them, and you'll have a curry on your hands that will be a weekly staple. It's at once decadent and healthy, especially if you substitute cashew cream for the typical dairy version. If you want to use cashew cream, you want to ideally soak your cashews overnight. You can still make it successfully without soaking, but if you take that extra step you'll have a creamier product, so plan ahead. While you can use any mushroom, I love using the cremini (or crimini), sometimes referred to as a 'baby portobello' or 'baby...

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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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