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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!

How To Make Split Mung Dal Spicy – Tadka Dal

Indian legumes/lentils are best source of plant protein for vegans/vegetarians.  This staple dish from India is easy to make with little planning.

It is not only satisfying but heart healthy and very low in glycemic index. I am sure you will enjoy this recipe as I do.

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Split Mung dal Tadka

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup split mung Dal
  • 3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander-cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp hing asafetida
  • 2 tbsp  canola oil or ghee/unsalted butter
  • 1 medium tomato chopped finely
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 chili seeded /diced
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 small piece of ginger crushed/chopped
  • Few curry leaves optional
  • Few red whole chili
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • chopped cilantro to garnish

How to prepare:

1. Wash Dal thoroughly three or four times till the water, upon rinsing the dal remains clear. Soak the Dal for an hour.
2. Add water to the Dal and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and let it cook
for 10-15 minutes.
3. In a separate pan heat the oil over medium high heat. Add cumin seeds, add onion and garlic,tomatoes and all the spices.
4. Saute it for couple of  minutes s. Add salt and lemon juice. Let it cook for another 4-5 minutes until the flavors mingle and sauce thickens.
Garnish it with cilantro. Enjoy dal over the a bed of steamed rice. Dals can be great as a soup with a wedges of  flat bread.

Tips:

Dal is sometimes made with whole beans or lentils, or dried peas  popularly known as legumes.  The texture  of dal can be adjusted to your preference, and made quite thin and soupy or very thick like almost pate’  spread.

Basic spices makes any lentil and legumes taste it very good. It provides nutrition quick fix , easy to make and
plus it provides complex carbohydrates. Enjoy! Feel free to let me know How Your dal turnout!

Silken Tofu pudding

 

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Silken Tofu Pudding

I love my Indian rice pudding which is made with cow’s milk. I was in impression that pudding without the cow’s milk will be no pudding at all.

To my surprise  when my friend Debbie served  me with silken tofu pudding I could not believe that it is vegan pudding! It is extremely simple to make.

Prep time :10 minutes        Serves :3      Very easy     Vegan    Gluten Free

Ingredients:

  • 1 Block firm or extra firm silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar /Agave nectar/maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp of turmeric for color
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries

How to prepare:

1. Drain the water from tofu.

2. Blend in food processor silken tofu, lemon juice, sugar and turmeric till smooth. Serve in individual dishes and chill in refrigerator for two hours.

3. Garnish with berries.

Is this real ? Velvety smooth taste of pudding? Try it and Let me know in your comments!

Split Chick Pea With Coconut Chutney

Split Chick pea with coconut chutney

Originally this recipe is from south India. This chutney is popular with dosa, idli and mendu vada and many more dishes. In South India  where coconut is very easily available and very refreshing to taste.

I am huge fan of this special chutney because it incorporates fiber, nutrition and protein. It has all the key ingredients to make this perfect healthy recipe!

 Prep time : 15 minutes       Serves :4         Very easy    Vegan,  Gluten free

Ingredients:

1/2 cup channa dal or ready roasted channa dal /Dalia
1 cup grated coconut
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh piece ginger
1 fresh chili
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 small bunch cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin seeds

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split chickpea/coconut chutney

  • For tempering;
  • 1/2 tsp. udad dal
  • 1/2 mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. oil for garnish
  • Red whole chili optional
  • Few curry leaves

How to make:

1.Roast dal over medium heat for about 4 minutes till golden brown. Add 2 cup water. Soak for 2 hours.

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Roasting channa dal

2. Mix the entire ingredient in a blender. Add water if needed. Blend it for 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer into a bowl.

 For Tempering:

  1.  Heat the oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds and urad dal in hot oil. It will start to pop up. Add chili and curry leaves.(optional)
  2. Garnish the mixture with hot oil.
  3. Enjoy with your dosa and Idli!
  4. How do you like the taste? Let me know in your comments!

Sugar Free Date Rolls

 

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Date Bars

Yummy Sugar Free Date Rolls

It is always a challenge to eat well-balanced snacks all the time.  This snack provides a great way to incorporate fiber high in protein and it is sugar-free.

Variations can be numerous and good thing about this recipe that you can never go wrong!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup mixed nut finely chopped unsalted
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

How to prepare:

1. Place dates in a heavy-duty pan on a medium heat let dates melt.  Dates will turn like soft paste. OR this step can be done in food processor.

2. Chop nuts finely in food processor. Add dates and coconut flakes.

3. For variations chocolate chips, cranberries, raisins, peanut butter can be added according to your choice. Almond and cashew butter is also a good choice!

4. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.  Take teaspoon dough into hands and roll them into balls or logs.  Roll them into flaky coconuts.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

Enjoy as treat guilt free or as dessert!  This can be done in advance and it stays fresh for upto two weeks in airtight container.

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coconut flakes on date roll

 

Cauliflower, potatoes, peas Curry/ subji

Quick and Easy vegan Cauliflower, potatoes Curry/Subji

This  Indian traditional  recipe is full of fiber and infused with cumin, turmeric and chili flavors.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cup washed and cut cauliflower florets small
  • 1 cup washed and cut potatoes cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1/2 cup washed and cut tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala optional
  • 2 pc cinnamon sticks optional
  • 2-3 cloves optional
  • cilantro to garnish
cauliflower,peas and potatoes in a wok
  • How to prepare
    1. In a microwave boil cut cubed potatoes for 2-3 minutes with little water. Set aside.
    2. In a wok on medium heat  add oil.  Add cinnamon sticks,cloves, mustard  and cumin seeds.
    3. Once it sizzles add cauliflower and stir.
    4. Drain water, add potatoes, peas and stir gently upside down.
    5. Add salt, turmeric, chili flakes , coriander and cumin powder.  If you prefer more heat sprinkle garam masala sparingly. Stir  gently making sure spice and vegetables blends evenly.  Cover and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
    6. Add tomatoes or fold in tomatoes,
    7. Add cut tomatoes stir and cover. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
    8. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice various dals or rotis.

Enjoy the flavor! How did you like the dish let me know in your comments!

How to Make Bajra Ki Roti (the old Fashion way)

Healthy Grains: Millet Roti

Bajka ki Roti - Final Finish

Recently when I was visiting Tampa, Florida I had a experience of watching hands on “How to Make Bajra – (Black millet) Roti old fashioned way.”

Healthy, Gluten Free, and Vegan!

Millet roti is healthy, gluten free, and vegan. Millet is easily digestible and contains many beneficial nutrients. It is packed with protein and high amounts of fiber.

I make all different kinds of rotis at my home. Usually I make whole wheat rotis (watch Video of How to Make Roti). Since all grains are healthy for you I thought this specialty Bajra Ki Roti will be interesting for my readers. It is also called pearl millet. It is naturally a gluten free grain making it more palatable for gluten intolerance.

Home maker Tarlika Patel is a great chef and has master the art of making Bajra Ki Roti. She use her hands to flatten each roti and her pan is not non-stick but a clay pan. Best part of her cooking is each roti puffs up – which is why she is so talented.

Here is a step by step recipe of how you can make Bajra Ki Roti like Tarlika.

Prep time: 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bajra/pearl millet flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour omit wheat flour for Gluten free
  • 1 cup warm water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp clear butter or ghee or vegan spread

How to Make:

1. Take two cups of flour in a flat pan.

Mixing

2. Add wheat flour. Omit to make Gluten free.
3. Add salt.
4. Add warm water as needed to make a dough.
5. Divide dough into equal portions.

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Roti making with hands

6. She uses her hands to flatten the rotis  between her palms.
7. As you can see this is clay skillet she is using to cook the rotis.

8. Heat the clay skillet on high heat.

9. Gently place flatten roti on hot skillet or griddle.

Turn Bajka Ki Roti Upside down

Roti on a Clay Skillet

10. watch it carefully so it does not get burnt. Once coked flip it upside down.

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Roti upside down

11. Let it cook on other side.

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Puff up Millet Roti

12. Slowly it will puff up.
13. Apply clear butter or ghee or vegan spread of your choice

Serve it with onion subji and best it goes with garlic chutney.

Enjoy and Special Thanks to Tarlika  Patel for sharing this amazing healthy recipe with us!

Tips: Millet roti is easy to make for us too. All we have to do instead of hands only we can use Saran wrap to roll roti.

Non stick skillet can be used to cook roti on the stove top.

Zat pat Aloo Subji

Zat Pat Aloo is a recipe by my friend Padma Reddy. I enjoyed watching her making it. I am sure you will like it.

potato subji

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Tasty Potato Subji

Aloo aka means potato subji is very popular all over India.

Basic recipe is same with some minor variations. In Gujarati language its called Batata nu shaak

Potato subji is always favorite among children and adult alike. It goes with Khichdi, rice dishes and different kind of rotis as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 Tsp each ground coriander and cumin powder each
  • 1 Tsp ginger paste
  • 1 Tbsp Yogurt optional
  • 1 Tsp Garam masala
  • 2 Tbsp fresh finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

How to Prepare


1. Peel potatoes and immerse into the water so it does not tarnish.

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2. Cut onion as you wish into pieces.

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cut potatoes

3. Cut potatoes into cubes.

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saute onion and potatoes

4. In a wok on a medium high heat add oil of your choice. Add onions and potatoes and saute them till golden brown. It can take 5-7 minutes to to saute’ them.

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Zatpat aloo

5. Add Ginger paste and salt. Mix with spatula very well. Cover and let it cook in steam for few minutes till potatoes are little soft and tender.

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Spices

6. Add red pepper, turmeric, coriander and cumin powder and tomatoes and  mix it well. Add 1 cup of water. Cover and let it cook more.

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Aloo subji

7. Add yogurt, garam masala and few cilantro leaves. Stir, Cover.

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Batata Nu Shaak

8. Potato subji is ready for you. Enjoy it with warm tortillas or rice, its equally palatable.

Serve potatoes warm.

Tips

Yogurt and garam masala goes together. If you like mild flavor omit garam masala.

For vegan I highly recommend not to add yogurt. This potatoes dish is flavorful at any time .

Does your dish look this colorful? Let me know in your comments!

How did you make this dish? I would love to hear your recipes and happy to post it on my blog.

 

Vegan Cole Slaw

Vegan Cole slaw

cabbage,bell pepper

Vegan Cole Slaw

 RAW FOOD:  INDIAN COLE SLAW

Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables. It is full of vitamins and anti oxidants.

This is a simple quick recipe of cabbage you will sure to love.

Ingredients:

1/4 small head of green cabbage

1 fresh green Serrano chiles, seeded

1/4 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into thin strips

1 tbsp of dry peanuts crushed

2 tbsp of fresh cilantro chopped finely

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp lime juice

2 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric

cabbage, cilantro, bell pepper

 

 How to prepare:

1. Place the half cabbage on cutting board. Remove the core and tough rib from the cabbage.

2. Slice as thin as possible and place it in a large bowl.

3. Slice the chiles and red bell pepper into thin strips.

4. Add them into a bowl.

5. Add salt, lime juice, cilantro and ground peanuts powder.

 

6. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium high heat. Add mustard seeds and let it pop about 30 seconds.

7. Remove the skillet from heat and add turmeric.

 

 

8. Pour the heated oil over the mixture of cabbage. It is a good idea to wipe clean the oil from skillet with little cabbage shreds.

9. Mix the cabbage evenly so it coats every shred with mustard and oil.

This Nutty, citrus flavor slaw is ideal as salad course or as an accompaniment to traditional meal.

Tips;

Carrots, red cabbage can be added at any time.

Have you tried any other way Cabbage salad , let me know in your comments!