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Savory Corn-Millet-Flax Cakes


March 02, 2020
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Recipes › Snacks › Vegan › Vegetarian ›

Savory Corn-Millet-Flax Cakes SPECIALTY FLOURS ARE EVERYWHERE IN INDIAN COOKING.  So, take advantage of them. Millet is especially interesting. It's an ancient gluten-free seed (sometimes referred to as a grain). One cup of cooked millet has about 207 calories, over 6 grams of protein, 2 grams of dietary fiber, and less than 2 grams of fat. It is also rich in minerals. You can cook the seed much like quinoa, or do as I have here, use the flour. Stop into an Indian grocer and you'll see all the amazing flours all stacked in one section. The original recipe for these cakes called for...

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Baked Pakora Nuggets


December 16, 2019
Written by Anupy Singla

Bread › Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Spices › Vegan › Vegetables › Vegetarian ›

Baked Pakora Nuggets WHO DOESN'T LOVE A PAKORA? Fried fritters made with chickpea flour, spices, and veggies. An elevated, gluten-free version of onion rings is how I like to describe a pakora to my non-Indian friends. With chutney, they are simply a dream. But, I’m not a huge fan of the fried aspect of making pakoras. Why I wanted to try something different by baking them. Those of you who have my book Vegan Indian Cooking will know that on page 104, I do give you a pan-baked version. But, that's cut into squares. Delicious, but I wanted to create a pakora that looked like...

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Instant Pot Palak Paneer


August 21, 2019
Written by Anupy Singla

Bread › Gluten Free › InstantPot › Masala › Recipes › Spices › Vegetarian ›

Instant Pot Palak Paneer As the granddaughter of a prominent landowner and farmer from the heart of Punjab, India, please do not refer to Saag as Palak. My family spent our years living in America viciously stringing vacation days together to visit my grandparents in the haweli where my father grew up. To even get to his childhood village, you have to drive your way through fields and fields of bright green and yellow-topped mustard green fields. I've been on a tractor in those same fields and can still smell that freshly-cut aroma from the tender stems. When cooked down with spices and some key ingredients,...

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Eggplant-Zucchini Quinoa Salad


July 21, 2019
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Recipes › Vegan › Vegetables › Vegetarian ›

Eggplant-Zucchini Quinoa Salad Bonjour de Leysin ... Hello from Leysin, a small Alpine village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. It's a tiny alcove at the eastern end of Lake Geneva. It's my second summer here bringing my girls for summer camp. They just love it and this summer, I decided to say an emphatic 'Yes!' when my girls' summer school program asked me to teach a few cooking classes. I needed something to help me get back to what's important, and renting an Airbnb in the mountains, spending time here cooking, shooting pictures, swimming, and learning French daily - completely alone...

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup with Tomatillo, Roasted Corn and Jalapeno


March 27, 2018
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Slow Cooker › Soup › Turmeric › Vegan › Vegetarian ›

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup with Tomatillo, Roasted Corn and Jalapeno I'VE PERFECTED MY BLACK BEAN SOUP. The recipe is for the updated version of my first book, The Indian Slow Cooker, which will be released this fall from Agate Publishing. I know that's still a few months away. So, for now, enjoy! Black Bean Soup with Tomatillo, Roasted Corn and Jalapeno SLOW COOKER SIZE: 5-QUART COOKING TIME: 6 HOURS ON HIGH YIELD: 16 CUPS 3 cups dried black beans, picked over, washed, and soaked at least 2 hours2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 teaspoons cumin seeds1 teaspoon turmeric powder2 teaspoons ground black pepper5 cloves garlic, minced1 medium onion, minced2 carrots, diced2 tomatillos, husks removed and...

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Slow Cooker Dal Makhani: Buttery Black Dal


March 14, 2018
Written by Anupy Singla

Dal › Gluten Free › Legumes › Recipes › Slow Cooker ›

Slow Cooker Dal Makhani: Buttery Black Dal The Indian Slow Cooker is getting better! My first cookbook released in 2010 through Evanston-based Agate Publishing. When my publisher suggested updating it, I had to say yes. After all, it's the book the started the #HealthyIndian revolution. It's largely based on my working immigrant mother's recipes. The very ones she raised our family on as she struggled to balance dinner and work daily without help in the house and in a foreign country.  There are several new recipes in the book. One is for Dal Makhani. I know you love eating it out, but how about making it at home...

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Toor Dal Rasam: South Indian Tomato and Tamarind Soup with Pigeon Peas


February 27, 2018
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Legumes › Recipes › Slow Cooker › Soup › South Indian › StoveTop › Vegan ›

Toor Dal Rasam: South Indian Tomato and Tamarind Soup with Pigeon Peas I'M FEELING FEVERISH .... No, it's not because of the chilly Chicago weather. I always get like this when I'm writing a cookbook. Why my entire family collectively groaned when I told them I'm updating my first book, The Indian Slow Cooker, for release this fall. All of you, however, should be smiling. Why? Because I will be sharing some recipes right here on my website. Some are new. Some are improvements on the old. All are ones you'll want to try.  This week's recipe is Rasam. I originally showcased a recipe for it on page 90 of my second book, Vegan...

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Eggless Egg Salad with Black Salt and Turmeric


October 09, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Bread › Gluten Free › Spices › Turmeric › Vegan ›

Eggless Egg Salad with Black Salt and Turmeric I have been making this mock egg salad since I tried it at a Hindu Temple when I was living 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, which is a healthy anti-inflammatory.  Eggy taste without the egg? You'll want some...

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You say Kabobs; I say Meatless Meatballs


September 09, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Meat › Recipes › Vegan › Vegetables ›

You say Kabobs; I say Meatless Meatballs 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 ›

Indian Street Food: Summer Salads 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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