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

March 27, 2018
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › 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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Creamy Vegan Turmeric Corn Soup

March 12, 2018
Written by Anupy Singla

Healing Spices › Soup › Turmeric › Vegan ›

Creamy Vegan Turmeric Corn Soup FOR ME, HEALTHY ISN'T ENOUGH - IT HAS TO BE DELICIOUS, TOO! My preteen actually made this recipe herself just to get more of it. It truly is that yummy. I used the healing spice, turmeric in here, which you know you should eat, but some of you may still not quite know how to get it into your days more regularly.  The key with this healthy anti-inflammatory of a spice? Mix it with a fat and black pepper. The fat can be obtained through dairy (i.e. the recent rage of turmeric milk), it can be through oil or through ghee (clarified...

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Eggless Egg Salad with Black Salt and Turmeric

October 09, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

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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Creamy, Spiced Mac and 'Cheese'

February 02, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Cashew Cream › Pasta › Spices › Turmeric › Vegan › Vegetables ›

Creamy, Spiced Mac and 'Cheese' 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 ›

20 Easy Ways to Eat More Turmeric 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 ›

Protein-Rich Aloo Gobi, Healthier and Delicious 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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Tukri Pakora, Baked Veggie Squares

October 18, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

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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Haldi Achaar: Quick, Easy Pickled Turmeric

May 10, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

Healing Spices › Spice Blends › Turmeric ›

Haldi Achaar: Quick, Easy Pickled Turmeric No doubt, the hottest spice these days is Turmeric. Warm, earthy, bold in flavor. Healthy for you. But how do you actually eat it? And why should you really?  Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. In the most basic sense, think of how you feel when you wake up with a sore throat. It hurts to swallow. The tissue in your throat is swollen.  The curcumin in turmeric helps fight the infection and inflammation.  A very easy way to get fresh turmeric into your day? Pickle it!  You can find fresh turmeric now in many specialty grocers. In Chicago, I head to...

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