Cooking Difficulty Level: Easy Cooking Time: 15 Minutes (Plus 6 hours to refrigerate) Recently I made this vegan chocolate pie and served with aquafaba. No need to say everyone was in love at first bite. Ingredients:
1 Keebler 9″ Graham cracker pie crust ready made
Two Package Baker’s Semi-Sweet or
Sweet Chocolate Bar
One tsp Vanilla
one tsp maple syrup
12.3 Oz. Package
One 12.3 Ounce Silky Tofu NORI-NU silken firm tofu
White Chocolate & Raspberries to Garnish
Cool Whip Optional
How to Prepare:
In a glass bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave for one minute. Stir and add one minute till it melts.
Using an electric mixer, blend the vanilla ,maple syrup and tofu into the melted chocolate until smooth and creamy.
Let it set in a refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.
Garnish with raspberry and shaved white chocolate.
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.
In a heavy sauce pan, add Rice, Dal, and 4 cups of water.
Add salt, turmeric, cumin seeds, butter, and grated ginger.
If desired, vegetables can be added now.
Boil on medium heat for 10 minutes.
Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
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!
Summer is the season for ice cream. Last February, I toured New Zealand and I was surprised to find so many different flavors of ice cream. With so many choices available, I tried a new one every day. For those not familiar with lychees, they’re a fruit with fragrant perfume-like taste. Recently, my cousin treated me to this homemade ice cream. I cannot deny that it was delicious.
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
Sabudana or Sago Pearls
Green Chili Paste
Salt to taste
Ready For Frying
How to Prepare:
Cover Sabudana with water in a bowl and soak for one hour.
After an hour, spread it on a towel so any excess water will drain.
Boil potatoes and then mash them.
Mix boiled potatoes, sabudana, ground peanuts, and spices.
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.
Roll the balls into rice flour and deep fry them in vegetable oil at medium heat.
Papaya is easily available all over India and Thailand. One of my favorite salads is made with papaya. It is healthy, tasty, and adds exotic flavor to any meal. I’d like to share my version of the traditional Indian way of making papaya salad. It is low in fat, packed with antioxidants, and high in vitamins.
Cooking Difficulty Level: Easy
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Recipe Type: Vegan
Green Papaya (check freshness by denting
with fingernail–milk should ooze out)
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.
I love food so naturally I love to dine at fancy restaurants. There’s something so special about being served on white linen and I savor a fine cup of coffee with dessert. But there is one exception to my usual preference for fine dining: the falafel sandwiches served at a certain fast food restaurant around the corner.
For those of you not familiar with falafel, it is basically when you take fried balls made from chickpeas or fava beans and put them in a pita pocket (as you can see in the picture above).
My family is my fan club. My friends and my cousins favor falafel over any food item from India. It is bit time consuming but it’s all worth it.
I am sharing my recipe with you. I don’t know if it can be called authentic or not, but I enjoy it every time I make it.
1 Head of Lettuce (washed and chopped – can be mixed with romaine for extra nutrition)
1 Bunch Parsley
1-3 Green Chili Peppers (or Jalapeños)
1 Small Fresh Ginger
4-5 Cloves of Peeled Garlic
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
Wash lentil and chickpeas very thoroughly and check for stones.
How to Prepare:
Soak lentil and chickpeas for at least three hours in warm water.
Cut and chop parsley, green chili, ginger, and fresh garlic.
Add salt, cumin, coriander seeds, and red pepper flakes.
Grind all of ingredients together to make a batter.
Heat the oil on medium in a frying pan.
Make small balls from batter and us a teaspoon to drop them into hot oil.
Once fried, the falafel balls/patties are ready for the sandwich.
Sauce recipes below:
Green Tahini Sauce
1 Bunch Cilantro (washed & chopped)
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 Cup Cucumber (chopped garden or seedless)
1 Small Ginger and Chili (to your taste)
1 Cup Sour Cream or Drained Yogurt or Garlic Cucumber Dressing with Buttermilk (from store)
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
3-5 Cloves Garlic
Blend all ingredients together. Now your green sauce is ready for the Falafel sandwich.
Fresh Peeled Garlic
Red Hot Chili or Red Bell Pepper (for mild taste)
Salt to taste
Tomato Sauce Can
Red Pepper Flakes
Blend all ingredients together. Your red spicy or mild sauce is ready for you.
Pita pockets are very tasty and come in a variety of flavors. I either pop them in the toaster and or warm them at 200º in a toaster oven until till they puff up.
Usually I mix two different kind of lettuce: Romaine and head lettuce.
Top everything off with 3-4 washed and cubed tomatoes.
I am pretty sure you will enjoy this dish over and over again. I also enjoy Baba Ganoush, Hummus, and Parsley Salad with Tahini and Spicy Garlic Sauce. Because of my culinary curiosity, I always come home to my kitchen and make these things with my selected ingredients.