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Asian Noodle Bowl

 

 

A Power Bowl punch for lunch is a great idea.

Recently I’ve been trying out various “bowl recipes”, which is essentially real food in the easiest way: one simple bowl.

The great thing about this recipe is that you only need a few basic ingredients, and can just throw in whatever you have on hand.

I like to use leftover beans, but you can substitute those for any ingredients that you love.

This recipe is courtesy of Reena.

Asian Noodle Bowl Recipe:

Serves: 4; Level: Easy;  Total Time: 15 minutes

Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic and ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup onion cube
  • 1/2 cup cut carrot
  • 1 cup kale or spinach
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 vegetarian bouillon Knor brand
  • Salt and pepper to taste Less is better
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese Five spice
  • 1 cup Rice noodles
  • Few sticks of lemongrass tied

How To prepare:

  1. Cook rice noodles separately. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan heat the oil. Saute onion, garlic.and ginger.
  3. Add carrots, spinach and any other veggies you want.
  4. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  5. Add quinoa, vegetable bouillon, salt, pepper, soy sauce and Chinese Five Spice.
  6. Let it boil and cook for five to seven minutes.
  7. When its ready, add noodles into bowl and top with hot soup.
  8. Feel free to garnish with sprouts, crushed peanuts, spring onion and my favourite: cilantro.

Sautéed Tofu cubes are a great addition to this meal.

This soup tends to be on the watery side, so it is fun to slurp it up.

I enjoy this soup thoroughly and I think you will too!

I would love to know which are your favourite toppings to add to this soup!!

Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

Spiced Up Green Beans

Green Beans
Green Beans are an everyday staple in my household. We cook it almost once a week.  Green beans are also called Fansi Nu Shaak.

Cooking Difficulty Level:  Easy
Cooking Time: 20-25 Minutes
Recipe Type: Vegan

Ingredients:

2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans
2 Tablespoons Oil
1/2 Small Chopped Onion (optional)
1/4 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
2 Teaspoons Coriander & Cumin Powder
1 Teaspoon Ajwain
Pinch Asafoetida
Fresh Grated Coconut to garnish
Chopped Cilantro to garnish
Salt to taste
Washed & Cut Green Beans

How to prepare:

  1. Wash, trim, and chop green beans into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan with a lid.
  3. Add Ajwain, Asafoetida, and Green Beans.
  4. Add Salt, Turmeric, Coriander, and Cumin Powder.
  5. Stir well and cover.
  6. Reduce heat to low, mix well, and cook for 10 minutes until done.
  7. Garnish with Cilantro and Chopped Onion.
  8. Slivered Almonds and Shaved Coconut Flakes can also be used as garnish.
  9. An easy variation of this recipe would be to add small cut potatoes, chopped onions, or peas.
  10. It is ideal with Roti,  Rice and any kind of Dals.

Khichdi: A Versatile Rice Dish

Khichdi
Khichdi is a one skillet meal. It is one of the most popular comfort foods in India and even here in the US, khichadi is an ideal meal any time. After a long trip or a hectic weekend, Khichdi is a great Sunday night dinner.
Plain Khichadi is made with Dals only. To make it a larger meal, I add vegetables or whatever I have on hand in my refrigerator. There are many variations using different kinds of Dal and vegetables. But the most commonly used are potatoes, onions, eggplant, peas, and carrots.
This is the recipe of plain Khichdi. Using Shelled Mung Dal adds more fiber to the dish than regular polished Dal. This is the true authentic recipe for Khichdi, which is passed down from generation to generation and eaten with Potato Shaak or Subji.
Rice and Shelled Mung Dal



Cooking Difficulty Level: Easy
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Type: Vegan

Ingredients:

 1/2 Cup Rice
 1/2 Cup Split Mung Dal with Shells
 1/2 Tsp Cumin
 1/4 Tsp Turmeric
    1 Small Piece Grated Ginger
    1 Tsp Clear Butter or Ghee
(For Vegans, use Vegetable Oil)
Salt to taste

How to prepare:

  1. Wash rice and Dal. Soak for two hours.
  2. In a heavy sauce pan, add Rice, Dal, and 4 cups of water.
  3. Add salt, turmeric, cumin seeds, butter, and grated ginger.
  4. If desired, vegetables can be added now.
  5. Boil on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
  7. Stir occasionally until done.
Note: If you own a pressure cooker, it is very useful for recipes using rice and beans, like this one. I mix all the ingredients, including the vegetables and spices, in the morning so when I am come home from work, I can just turn on the stove for the pressure cooker.  It takes ten minutes and is ready to eat.
Khichdi goes very well with Kadhi and pickles, and it is often eaten with Potato Subji and Kachumber Salad.  I also like Patak’s Pickles, which are not too spicy and add flavor to the meal.  Papad is also very common with any rice dish.  It is a must, especially with Khichdi. Enjoy!

Sabudana Na Vada

Sabudana Na Vada
Sabudana is the Indian term for tapioca. Sabudana Na Vada is a dish traditionally eaten on days when a person is fasting from grains, since it uses potatoes and rice flour instead of wheat flour. However, it has been one of my favorite foods since childhood. They may have a high starch content, but they’re so incredibly tasty, it’s worth it.
Recently, I read an article in The New York Times about a famous place for Sabudana Na Vada near Mumbai, India. One small, local shopkeeper has perfected the recipe to the point that, so far, no one can duplicate it. I recently received some sabudana as a treat from my cousin’s mother and I loved them so much that I had to share the recipe with my readers.
For the most authentic experience, you can make this dish with Sago, a starch extracted from palm stems and most frequently sold in the form of pearls. In Africa, sago is eaten almost every day and in Brazil, I have tasted sago pancakes for breakfast.
If sago proves difficult to find, you can easily use tapioca, which is easy to find in any American grocery store.

Sabudana Na Vada

Cooking Difficulty Level: Medium
Cooking Time: One Hour

Ingredients:

1 Cup Sabudana or Sago Pearls
2 Medium Potatoes
1 Tsp Green Chili Paste
1 Tsp Grated Ginger
1 Tsp Sugar
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Cup Ground Peanuts
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
3 TBsp Rice Flour
Salt to taste
Frying Oil
Soaked Sabudana
Ready For Frying

How to Prepare:

  1. Cover Sabudana with water in a bowl and soak for one hour.
  2. After an hour, spread it on a towel so any excess water will drain.
  3. Boil potatoes and then mash them.
  4. Mix boiled potatoes, sabudana, ground peanuts, and spices.
  5. If the consistency is right, it will form a dough.  It should make almost 10-12 balls.  If it does not form into balls, pieces of bread can be added (but then it is not gluten free). You can also add a little rice flour.
  6. Roll the balls into rice flour and deep fry them in vegetable oil at medium heat.
  7. Enjoy!!!
Delicious with Green and Red Chutney

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Ridge Gourd (Loofah!) Chutney

 

Ridge Gourd Chutney
No meal with complete without chutney. It is a must-have condiment that is tantalizing to the taste buds and also packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Chutney tastes very good with meals or you can use it as a sandwich spread. Foodies will enjoy making this recipe as a novel addition for many dishes.
The Ridge Gourd is also known as a “loofah”–yes, the same loofah you use in the shower! When they aren’t all dried out, they’re similar to cucumbers, but more fibrous.
Peel of Ridge Gourd
Ridge Gourd Chutney

 

Ingredients:
3 Peels Ridge Gourds (fresh ones are always better)
1 Small Piece Ginger
1 Small Green Chili
2 TBsp Peanuts
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste (optional)
How to Prepare:
  1. Wash the peel of the Ridge Gourds thoroughly.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients and blend the mixture well in a blender.
  3. Enjoy!

Biryani –The Dish of Kings and Queens — Made in 30 Minutes!

Rice dishes are popular all over the world, especially in Asia where the rice is flavorful and aromatic. In India, Basmati Rice is famous for its long grain kernels. This recipe is made with basmati rice, but any kind will work as well. Pullav (also known as pilaf) is a dish available in all Indian restaurants. Biryani is known for being served to all the kings and queens because it has rich ingredients like nuts and saffron. This is my simple version of Biryani Made Easy.



Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Serves: 4-6
Recipe Type: Vegan, Gluten free
Difficulty Level: Easy

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp Oil or Clear Butter
1 Small Potato, cubed
1 Small Onion, cubed
1 Cup Cut Green Beans, Carrots, Peas, etc
1 Cup Cooked Navy/Black beans
2 Cups Uncooked Rice
Salt
Pepper
Lemon Juice
1 Stick Cinnamon
2 Cloves
To Taste Green Chili
To Taste Ginger
To Taste Garlic
2 pods Cardamom
2 Tbsp Cumin Powder
Garam Masala (optional)
Chopped Cilantro
Cashews (optional)
Raisins (optional)
Saffron (optional)

Directions: 

  1. Wash rice well and soak for one hour.
  2. Heat oil, then add spices and fry them.
  3. Add veggies and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Add drained navy beans, rice, and 6 cups of water. Stir and mix well.
  5. Stir frequently, bringing to a boil over high heat.  Then reduce the heat.
  6. Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Garnish with cashews, raisins, bell peppers, and/or onion rings.
  8. Enjoy!!!

Tips:  

  • This dish goes well with soup, curry, raita.
  • Bell peppers of different colors, cauliflower, and/or broccoli can be added for more vegetable options.

Healthy Vegan Puda/Pancakes

Healthy Vegan Pancake

Healthy Vegan Pancake

Vegan Vegetable Pancake

This recipe is a quick fix for my lunch and daily portion of protein.

Recently  I joined a LEAF program  in our community. I was very impressed with volunteers and their effort to help other people  to live healthy lifestyle by watching their food habits. They highly recommend vegan recipes.

Hence I was motivated to come up with my  vegan version of Beans- dals pancake which are fulfilling, refreshing, and tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup moong dal
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1/2 cup channa dal or besan
  • 1/2 cup matepa split beans
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small tomato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small ginger
  • 1 small chili pepper
  • 1 cup frozen spinach/kale
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp oil (to make crispy)

How to make vegetable pancake

1. Generously wash the rice, moomg dal, lentils, channa dal, and matepa split beans. Check for  stones in dals. Soak almost 4 hours in warm water in a deep bowl.

2. Grind  coarse all the soaked dals and spinach, onion,  chili pepper, garlic, ginger and tomatoes. Add salt, turmeric. Set aside. The consistency of the batter should be like pancake batter.

vegetable pancake batter

3. Drizzle a teaspoon of the oil into a medium size nonstick skillet heat over a medium heat. Halfway through (almost after 45 seconds), pour in a ladleful of batter and quickly spread it evenly so it is

about 6 inches in diameter. Caution should be taken not to overheat skillet.

puda on skillet

4. Let the pancake cook for 2-3 minutes till it turns opaque and loses its glossy looks. Turn the pancake over and cook the second side till it turns into golden brown color (usually about a minute).

5. Repeat steps 3-4 to make more pancakes. Serve warm with sweet and spicy sauces. Puda tastes great with cilantro and tamarin chutney.

Tips:

  •  Most popular variation is besan (chickpea flour) puda with onion, tomatoes, and chilis. Just whisk flour, add seasoning and spices and batter is ready.
  • Times to time for variation I add shredded cabbage ,carrots, zucchini or any other vegetable that you like.
  • Bob’s Red Mill makes a chickpea flour that is readily available in supermarkets, which saves hassle of soaking dals.
  • If you do not use all the batter, you can refrigerate it up to three days.
  • If you have made all the pancakes, you can reheat  them in the microwave, wrapped in slightly damp paper towels, for 30 seconds.

 

Cabbage/Carrot Puda

Cabbage/Carrot Puda

Chickpea Flour Puda

Chickpea Flour Puda

 

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How To Make Traditional Sweet Boondi

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Sweet Boondi

Traditional  Sweet Dish Boondi

Boondi  has a special imprint on each of  us, especially the immigrants from  India. This dessert is present at all the famous celebrations.

 

Boondi reminds me of our pilgrimage site in Palitana, India. After we returned from a three hour hike on a mountain (we are not supposed to eat while hiking), we were served  warm Boondi and Sev (crispy noodles ).  Needless to say, it was an amazingly tasty treat!  Today I am going to try to replicate that authentic taste. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, Jaya! 

Palitana Mountain

Palitana Mountain

Step by step guide to Make Boondi : Serves 6

Vegan, Gluten free, Jain

Ingredients

  • 2 cup besan /chick pea flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cup vegetable shortening or ghee for frying
  • 1/2 cup cashews or slivered almond
  • 1/2 cup raisins

For syrup

  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • yellow food color optional
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder

Utensils needed

  • Perforated sieve
  • Deep spoon
  • Frying Pan
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Ingredients for Boondi

For Boondi, a deep spoon and perforated sieve are needed.

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Sieve and deep spoon

How to Make Boondi

1. Combine besan/chick pea flour and water as needed in a bowl. Beat for two to three minutes until the batter becomes light and smooth.

2. Heat ghee or vegetable shortening in a deep frying pan. Hold a sieve four inch above the oil. With the deep spoon, pour the batter into the strainer. The batter will fall into the oil in the form fine drops of boondi. Fry for one minutes until the boondi turns golden brown. Repeat the steps with remaining batter.

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Frying boondi

3. In a pan add sugar , water, a few strands of saffron, cardamom powder, cashews, and raisins.

4. Cook for five minutes until sugar dissolves  and becomes a thick syrup.

5. Add boondi to the pan and keep stirring until it cools down.

6. Garnish and serve. YUM!

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Sweet Boondi

Bonus Tips:

  • Green and red color can be added to batter to make the pearls of boondi more decorative and presentable.
  • For salty variations, instead of syrup, sprinkle it with salt or red chili powder. Instead of cashews, spanish peanuts can be used.

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3 Step Homemade Soy Yogurt

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Organic Soy Yogurt

 

Homemade Soy Yogurt

My friend Debbie is a huge believer in plant-based foods. As a Vegan, she was missing probiotics in her diet.  When she found out about my blog she requested I make Pure soy yogurt at home. Supermarkets have many flavors, but add sugar to their soy yogurt, so for optimum healthiness, you should make it at home.

What You Need

2 cup  Organic unsweetened soy milk

1 count store bought organic soy yogurt plain( Whole Soy & Co)

1 Heavy pot or glass microwave container

whisk

 

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Three Easy Steps to Make yogurt:

1. Boil the milk either on the stove or in a microwave.

2. Let it cool down enough that that you can hold your finger in the milk for twenty seconds.

3. Add two heaping spoonfuls of soy yogurt to boiled milk.  Whisk evenly so yogurt mixes properly. Pour into individual jar with tight lid.

4. Let it sit undisturbed in regular oven with lights on for six to eight hours.

5. Once it sets, refrigerate for a few hours to make it firm.

Enjoy with fresh fruit.

How To Make Smoky Split Chickpea/Chana Dal

Chana dal is also known as bengal gram dal. Dals are the staples in Indian meals. It is very inexpensive and easy to cook once you get the hands on.

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Split chick pea dal

Dals is a easy way of infusing proteins, fiber and body building nutrients in vegetarian/vegan diets.

Cooking time 40 minutes   Easy Vegan  Gluten Free  Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup split chickpea/chana dal
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 pc dried red chilies/cayenne
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp oil/ghee optional
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  •  How to prepare:

1. Place the split chickpea in medium size sauce pan. Wash them thoroughly  3 or 4 times till water runs clear.  Add 4 cup water to the pan and let it boil over medium high heat. Scoop out and discard any foam as the peas come to a boil.

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Discard foam on top

2. Let the dal cook for 20 minutes  till it is tender to touch. Add salt.

3. Heat a skillet over a medium high heat. Add oil to the skillet. Add red chilies, coriander and cumin. Toast the spices shaking the skillet every few seconds, until the chilies are blacken and smell smoky hot and the seeds turn reddish brown and smell incredibly aromatic for 1 to 2 minutes.

 

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Roast spices

4. Transfer the spice mixture to a blender add tomato. Make it a puree to a smooth brown paste

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5. Add the tomato and spice mixture to the cooked peas. Increase the heat to medium high heat and let dal boil vigorously uncovered, stirring occasionally until the smoky flavors mingle and sauce thickens . It can take up to 10 minutes or more.

6. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with roti or rice it equally taste good.

Split chick peas can be cooked in different ways. Some of the varieties include split chick pea with coconut chutney , Healthy vegan puda/pancakes , Khandvi dahiwadi chick pea flour rolls to name a few.

Tips:

The yellow split peas that are available here is different from the ones in India. The ones in India are from a variety of garbanzo beans that have a dark brown skin. When a skin is removed and the grain split in half is called split chickpea chana dal.

I usually try to soak before cooking at least for an hour or two. So it speeds up the process while cooking.

It is Yummm and honestly healthy!

Enjoy!