Tag Archives: Vegetarian/Vegan

Aloo Sabzi: Potatoes Cooked in Mustard Oil

potato curry, dry potato curry, bengali potato curry, bengali potatoes, potatoes cooked in mustard oil, potato sabzi

Dry Potato “Curry”: Aloo Sabzi

Sometimes the most ordinary of foods can be made extraordinary simply by pairing them with the right ingredients.  For this delicious potato dish, I took a lot of inspiration from my mother-in-law’s cooking and the tasty foods I ate while in West Bengal. Continue reading

I’m Still Alive!

Hello Everyone!  Long time, no blog post, eh?  Sorry about that.

For those of you who have left me comments or sent me wonderful, kind E-mails, thank you!  If I haven’t yet responded, I promise I haven’t forgotten.  I have a lot to go through, but I’ll respond to them all as soon as I can! :)

Now that winter is almost over (FINALLY!), I plan on spending some extra time cooking, experimenting and blogging!  I don’t know about you, but I really hate the winter.  It’s cold. It’s gloomy.  It makes me turn into a lazy, crabby lady.  RAWR!

Oh, and I’m on a diet.  Double RAWR! haha

My laziness aside, I have a few other things I wanted to share with you guys!

First, Dhokla!  I wanted to share a photo of this beautiful, Indian besan (chickpea flour) cake.  This particular dhokla won me a $100 bet with Piyush.  Silly husband should know better than to challenge me on anything cake related. Haha!

Look for the recipe coming soon!

besan cake, indian besan cake, dhokla, besan dhokla

Gujarati Dhokla

Second, our tickets are booked for India!  We’ll be leaving here on October 11, 2013 and will be spending 5 glorious weeks abroad.  I’m excited!  The planning isn’t entirely finished yet, but a trip to Darjeeling is definitely in the itinerary. After all, it is one of my favorite places on this Earth. Continue reading

Indian Snack Bars (Indian-Inspired Rice Krispie Treats)

khatta meetha snacks, bhel rice krispie bars, indian rice krispie bars, indian snack bars, indian tiffin ideas, indian snack with tea

Indian-Inspired Rice Krispie Bars

Traditional American rice krispie bars have always been one of my favorite snacks.  Especially if they’re of the peanut butter variety!  Some of my earliest memories center around the simple–yet delicious–rice krispie bar.  It’s true.  I remember stirring the pot of melting marshmallows on my grandmother’s stove-top while my aunt, Patty, supervised–well over 20 years ago! (Man, I’m getting old…)

My husband, being the picky guy he is, doesn’t love the simple rice krispie bar the way I do.  In fact, he flat-out dislikes them.  Crazy, I know.  Determined to make him love the sweet and crunchy snack-bar, I decided to make a version with flavors I knew he’d love.

Continue reading

Mini Vegetarian Korma Pies with Whipped Coconut Cream for National Pie Day!

Mini Korma Pies

Mini Korma Pies

I’ve had a lot of requests for this recipe, and I’m not really sure why I haven’t posted it. But hey, it’s never too late…right?

I created this recipe for a pie contest that was held way back in September.  Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but that’s okay.  You see, I made 300 little pies the night before because Piyush and I had to transport them to Minneapolis by early afternoon the next day.  Living a couple hours away from Minneapolis, I knew I wouldn’t have time to prep and travel the day of.   Continue reading

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala (Vegetarian)

paneer tikka curry, paneer curry, indian paneer curry, paneer tikka masala, vegetarian curry

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala

When I was cleaning out my freezer the other day I noticed I had a few (forgotten) packs of paneer.  Paneer, a fresh Indian cheese made with whole milk, is one of my all-time favorite ingredients.  It’s a great vegetarian (not dairy-free) source of protein and can be used in many different ways. Continue reading

Besan Chillas: Chickpea Flour Pancakes with Veggies & Shrimp (can be made vegan!)

**This recipe can easily be made Vegetarian or Vegan**

I mentioned, a few days ago, about using leftover Indian Spiced Shrimp (recipe HERE) to make my husband a special, savory Indian-inspired breakfast.  Now, if you don’t eat shrimp, are looking for a vegan option, or are hoping to find a gluten-free alternative to pancakes, this recipe is very flexible and will definitely suit your needs–and your taste-buds!

This recipe came about because I was craving carbs.  That’s the simple truth.  I wanted carbs, and I wanted them now.  More specifically, I wanted pancakes.  Big, fluffy pancakes.  But, because I’m trying to eat healthy and watch my waistline (a never ending battle!), I thought I’d replace regular flour with besan flour (flour made from ground chickpeas).

Chickpeas are healthy, right?  I am always so amazed by how many different things you can make with the humble chickpea!  I’ve made everything from Indian spiced hummus, to curries, to pies!  Yes, a pie made out of chickpeas!  A chai-flavored chickpea pie, to be exact.

bean pie

recipe not yet posted…sorry! It will be eventually. :)

I wanted to increase the protein and fiber in my pancake, so I added chopped left-over shrimp and vegetables.  It was settled, I knew what was for breakfast.  Even better, I had left-over garlic and coriander raita to slather on top!

Indian chickpea pancake, chickpea pancake, besan pancake, besan flour pancake, savory pancake, Indian pancake with raita

Besan Chilla…smothered in garlic and cilantro raita and sprinkled with chopped coriander

Continue reading