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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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Tukri Pakora, Baked Veggie Squares


October 18, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

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

Tukri Pakora, Baked Veggie Squares 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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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 Indian Street Corn Rocks Your July 4th and Beyond 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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Chickpea-Quinoa Spiced Poora (Crepes); Healthy, Happy New Year!


December 31, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Bread › Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Snacks › Vegan ›

Chickpea-Quinoa Spiced Poora (Crepes); Healthy, Happy New Year! 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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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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Chickpea-Quinoa Masala Sliders, Vegan and Gluten-Free


September 08, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Slow Cooker › StoveTop › 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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Slow Cooker Kala Chana: Punjabi Black Chickpeas


August 17, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry › Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Slow Cooker › Vegan ›

Not to worry if you've never heard of Kala Chana. Many non-Indian have not. For us Punjabis especially, though, black chickpeas hold a special place in our hearts. They are tiny, hearty, and give off a delicious aromatic broth that the more commonly found cousin, the white chickpea or garbanzo bean, just can't go up against. They are also slightly higher in protein and fiber than their white counterpart. For example, 1 cup of kala chana has about 15 grams of protein and 13 grams of dietary fiber.  Many folks just soak and boil them to add into snack foods and...

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Pav Bhaji Sliders With Spiced Cashew Cream Schmear


July 15, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Bread › 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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Chaat Masala Grilled Okra - Perfect For July 4th Weekend


June 30, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Meat › 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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