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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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Slow Cooker Kala Chana: Punjabi Black Chickpeas

August 17, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry › Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › 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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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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Masala Hash Brown Potatoes in Coconut Oil

June 27, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Recipes › Vegan ›

Imagine waking up to this over the weekend. Your family will love you for it. Potatoes pair really well with Indian spices, so putting them together in these delicious hash brown potatoes makes perfect sense to the mind and the taste buds. Be prepared to hear 'seconds, please!' Here's what you'll need:  From the top left, that's oil (I love using coconut), spices, a heavy caste iron or non-stick pan, onions, and potatoes. I used my Le Creuset Balti, part of the Cuisines of the World Line, which I love and which I had the opportunity to demo for them in...

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Jazz Up Summer Grilling With a Strawberry Chutney

June 05, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Chutney › Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Recipes › Vegan ›

It's no secret that it's strawberry season. Everyone is talking and writing about these luscious nuggets of sweetness. Of course, they are delicious just like the shot above - but is there anything else you can do with them? YES. Make them into a delicious chutney - a condiment that will not only have your guests raving - but may just be the talk of your summer table.  But, first - what exactly is chutney? Think of relish or salsa multiplied by a thousand. Chutneys are India's answer to both condiments and then some. In Indian cuisine we love layering...

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Sambhar: Vegan, Vegetarian South Indian Stew

April 30, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Dal › Gluten Free › Recipes › South Indian › Vegan ›

It's bordering on Farmers' Market season. Sure, that means beautiful produce. But, if you are like me, it also means a few of those well-intentioned impulse purchases going to waste. Think of this amazing stew as a way to collect all the little veggies you meant to eat and putting them to good use.  Although I grew up eating North Indian food in my home, I also ate a ton of South Indian food made by friends from Tamil Nadu and other areas of South India. My absolute favorite was homemade Sambhar and a fermented rice-lentil crepe called dosa. Here's...

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