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LOVE Soup with Pistachio Dukkah

February 14 2019 Green Kitchen Stories 

LOVE Soup with Pistachio Dukkah Hey there! We haven’t posted for a while because we wanted to get our new site ready (soon there!!!). But we got tired of waiting and felt like making a little food contribution on V-day so we cooked a red soup with cute and tasty toppings on. Unfortunately our kids rated this soup as “One of the worst soups they have ever eaten!” so that was kind of a bummer. But don’t listen to them. Your Valentine’s date hopefully has better taste than our kids. Because this is a good and simple little number with creamy cauliflower and potatoes, earthy beetroots and tasty spices. We serve it with sauerkraut and a generous drizzle of pistachio dukkah on top. So, happy Valentine’s Day. Cook this soup for someone you like. Make sure to top it with lots of dukkah. And don’t let your kids try it. We also made giant dino kale chips by brushing whole dino kale leaves with oil and salt and roasting them on 150°C /­­ 300°F for 20 min or until crisp. Peace, Love and Beetroots! /­­Lul Beet & Cauliflower Soup Serves 4-6 This is a vegan soup but you could add a little cream or plant based cream if you want to make it extra round and creamy (maybe our kids would have liked it more then ;) 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion 1 garlic clove 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 head (500 g /­­1 lb) cauliflower, cut into florets and stem chopped 4 (300 g /­­ 10 oz) beetroots, peeled and chopped 2 potatoes vegetable stock or water, to cover 1 tsp sea salt lemon juice, to taste Heat oil in a saucepan and stir-fry onion, garlic, fennel seeds and cumin seeds until fragrant and golden. Add cauliflower florets and the chopped stem, beetroots, water and salt and cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Use a stick blender to blend the soup smooth. Taste and adjust the flavours, adding in a little lemon for acidity and a splash of cream if you prefer. Serve in bowls topped with a drizzle of olive oil, fermented sauerkraut and Pistachio Dukkah Spice Blend. Pistacchio & Hazelnut Dukkah Spice Blend 4 tbsp pistachio nuts 4 tbsp hazelnuts 2 tbsp coriander seeds 2 tbsp cumin seeds 2 tbsp fennel seeds 4 tbsp sesame seeds 2 tsp nigella seeds 1 tsp sea salt Place pistachio nuts and hazelnuts on a dry frying pan and gently roast on low to medium heat for 3 minutes. Transfer to a pestle and mortar or a food processor. Now add coriander, cumin, fennel and sesame seeds to the pan and gently roast for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then transfer to the nuts and add nigella seeds and sea salt as well.  Bash it up in a pestle and mortar or pulse a few times in the food processor, we´re looking for a nice crunchy texture, not a powder. Store in an airtight glass.

Vegan Tofu Amritsari Masala – Tofu in Smoky Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

February 5 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Tofu Amritsari Masala – Tofu in Smoky Spicy Tomato Cream SauceTofu Amritsari Masala. This Amritsari Sauce uses toasted cayenne and spices to make a smoky spicy creamy tomato sauce. Add chickpeas, veggies or veggie meats for variation. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe. Can be Soyfree, Nutfree.  Jump to Recipe Amritsar is a town in the state of Punjab and the cuisine from this city has certain twists to the usual sauces and dishes. This Amritsari sauce which is often served with chikin is a fabulous base for veggies, tofu or chickpeas. The sauce is a creamy onion tomato sauce like the makhani sauce. The spicing is a bit different.  Cayenne and paprika (or kashmiri chili) is roasted/­­fried well in the beginning(there might be sneezing!), then cumin and coriander and mixed and roasted. The temperature of the pan and oil matter here so that the spices dont burn, but do roast well. Then the onion, garlic and ginger is added and cooked to golden with the smoked spices. A Blended tomato cashew sauce is then added and simmered to make a creamy smoky spicy sauce! Add the baked tofu or some chickpeas or roasted veggies and simmer for a few mins.  This sauce can easily get pretty hot. So use less heat (cayenne, smoked paprika and sub the hot green chile with mild or bell pepper) to preference. If you fry the cayenne in hotter oil, it will also burn out some of the heat. Lets get sneezing!Continue reading: Vegan Tofu Amritsari Masala – Tofu in Smoky Spicy Tomato Cream SauceThe post Vegan Tofu Amritsari Masala – Tofu in Smoky Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mango Salsa (Fresh Mango Salad)

February 3 2019 Manjula's kitchen 

Mango Salsa (Fresh Mango Salad) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Mango Salsa (Fresh Mango Salad) Who doesn’t enjoy chips & salsa? This simple and colorful mango salsa is super easy to make! Its sweet, spicy and absolutely delicious. Serve this fresh mango salsa with chips or with a plate of tacos. You can even serve this as a fresh salad which will compliment a variety of meals!   - 1 ripe mango (peeled and cut into small cubes) - 1/­­4 cup red bell pepper (cut into small cubes) - 1/­­2 cup cucumber (peeled and cut into small pieces) - 1 Tbsp jalapeno (seeded and minced) - 1/­­4 cup fresh cilantro (finely chopped) - 1 Tbsp lime juice - 1/­­4 tsp cumin seed powder - 1/­­4 tsp salt (adjust to taste) -  In a serving bowl, combine mango, bell pepper, cucumber, cilantro and jalape?o. Drizzle with salt, cumin powder and lime juice, mix well. For best flavor, let the salsa rest for about 10 minutes. Notes: Mango salsa also can be served as salad and will compliment any meal. I enjoy Mango Salsa with Puries, and side of Mexican Rice. The post Mango Salsa (Fresh Mango Salad) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Spicy Tomato Queso Dip

February 1 2019 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Spicy Tomato Queso Dip Just in time for the Super Bowl, here is one of my all-time favorite dips: Spicy Tomato Queso Dip (photo by Melissa Chapman) from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker. I usually make this in a smaller (1 to 2 quart) slow cooker, but its an easy recipe to double or triple for a crowd and make it in a 3 to 4 quart slow cooker. In addition to being a great dip, its also great in nachos, a vegan Philly Cheesesteak, burritos, and even as the cheese sauce in mac and cheese. Spicy Tomato Queso Dip This is a quick and delicious dip that assembles easily. It also lends itself to variations such as the addition of crumbled vegan chorizo or cooked black beans. This recipe is from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson (C) 2012. Slow cooker size: 1 1/­­2 quart Cooking Time: 2 hours on Low One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained 1/­­2 cup nutritional yeast 3 tablespoons oat flour 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/­­2 teaspoon chili powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1 cup nondairy milk 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Puree the tomatoes in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients, except the nondairy milk and lemon juice, and blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a lightly oiled 1 1/­­2 quart slow cooker. Stir in the nondairy milk until well incorporated. Cover and set the cooker on Low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours, or until the mixture is thick and hot. If the mixture isnt thickening after 2 hours, turn it up to High, remove the lid, and cook uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes longer. When ready to serve, spoon about 1/­­3 cup of the queso into a small bowl, stir in the lemon juice, then stir back into the slow cooker. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Makes about 2 cups The post Spicy Tomato Queso Dip appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Spicy Dark Chocolate Chili Bowl

January 28 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe contains heart healthy beans and avocado as well as a variety of anti-inflammatory spices. This recipe comes to us from Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN . Bonnie says: “What I love about this recipe is that you dont really have to follow it exactly -- you can use your favorite ingredients. Im a recipe rebel so Im always improvising and swapping ingredients.” Serves 6 - For the chili - 1 medium onion, chopped - 5 cloves garlic, minced - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 1 teaspoon cumin - 1 teaspoon turmeric - 1 teaspoon chili powder - 1/­­8 teaspoon cinnamon - 1/­­4 teaspoon red pepper flakes - 1/­­4 cup dark chocolate chips - 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes - 2 cans (16 ounces) kidney beans in chili sauce   - Toppings - 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, shredded - 1/­­2 cup corn kernels, cooked - 1/­­2 each red, yellow and orange bell peppers, chopped - 1/­­2 avocado, chopped - 1/­­2 cup crushed multigrain tortilla chips - To taste salt and pepper   Directions: In a large frying pan, cook onion and garlic in oil for approximately 5 minutes. Add cumin, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes, beans, chocolate chips. Stir together well. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Place chili in bowl, and sprinkle one row each of cheese, corn kernels, peppers, avocado, and tortilla chips on top of chili.   Note: Serving suggestions -- place chili over brown or wild rice and then add toppings. Sauté bell peppers, if preferred. The post Spicy Dark Chocolate Chili Bowl appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Dal Pakwan Chaat

January 5 2019 Manjula's kitchen 

Dal Pakwan Chaat (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Dal Pakwan Chaat This recipe is a little twist to an authentic breakfast delicacy in Sindhi homes. This style of serving makes this dish perfect for a gathering. I was inspired to do this recipe from when this was served to me in Jaipur while I was visiting my daughter-in-law family. For Pakwan - 1 cup all-purpose flour (maida, plain flour) - 1/­­4 cup fine sooji (samolina) - 2 Tbsp oil - 1/­­4 tsp salt - 1/­­4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) For Dal - 3/­­4 cup chana dal (bengal gram) - 2 Tbsp oil - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1 Tbsp ginger chopped - 1 green chili chopped - 1/­­4 tsp black pepper - 1/­­4 tsp garam masala - 1/­­2 tsp mango powder (amchoor) For Garnishing - 1/­­4 cup tamarind chutney (check the recipe on my web site) - 1/­­2 cup cucumber chopped in small pieces Pakwan, Crispy This Puries -  Crisp Puries known as Pakwan: Mix flour, sooji, salt, cumin seeds, and oil. Add enough water to make firm dough. Knead the dough well. Set the dough aside and let it sit for at least 15 minutes or longer. - Divide the dough in 10 equal parts, Roll the dough into about 5-inch diameter. If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin or rolling surface, put couple of drops of oil on the rolling pin and a couple of drops of oil on the surface. - Prick the rolled dough all over with a fork. This will limit puries from puffing and make them crisp. Cut them in 6 pieces giving them in triangle shape. - Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The frying pan should have at about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should sizzle and come up slowly. - Fry few triangles at time not crowding them. Fry until both sides are a light golden-brown. Transfer triangles over paper towel, it will absorb the extra oil. For Dal -  Wash and soak chana dal for at least 2 hours in 3 cups of water. - Drain the water, heat the oil in pressure cooker over medium heat, when oil is moderately hot add cumin seeds. As seeds crack add dal, 2 cups of water, salt, turmeric, green chili, and ginger, close the cooker and cook over medium high heat. - As the pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. - Dal should be soft well-cooked but not mushy. Add black pepper, mango powder and garam masala, mix it well. Dal should be thick in consistency. Serving Suggestion -  Serve pakwan with hot dal with drizzle of tamarind chutney, topping with cucumber. Cucumber gives them nice crunch. Notes:  After the triangle chips cool to room temperature they should be crisp. Chips can be stored in airtight container for 1 month. The post Dal Pakwan Chaat appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegan Shakshuka

December 20 2018 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Vegan Shakshuka If youre looking for something different to wake up your taste buds, this vegan shakshuka may be just the ticket. Tofu replaces poached eggs in this spicy dish that originated in Tunisia. It’s great for brunch or a light supper.  I like to serve it with a side of oven-fried potatoes and a salad. Chopped cooked artichoke hearts are a good addition to the zesty sauce and are a good foil for the spicy heat. If you prefer less heat, you can reduce the amount of harissa, red pepper flakes, and/­­or jalapeno.  Serve with warm crusty Italian bread or pita bread. This is one of the 25 all-new recipes featured in One-Dish Vegan (Revised and Expanded edition).   Vegan Shakshuka Makes 4 servings   12 ounces firm tofu, drained 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric 1/­­4 teaspoon Indian black salt (kala namak), optional Salt and ground black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 jalape?o chile, seeded and minced 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast 2 teaspoons harissa paste or 1/­­2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 teaspoon Za’atar spices or 1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano Chopped parsley or cilantro, as garnish Crusty Italian bread or warm pita bread, to serve 1/­­2 cup vegan unsweetened yogurt   Cut the block of tofu into four 1/­­2-inch thick slices, and then use a cookie cutter to cut the slices into 4-inch rounds.  Save the tofu scraps to use in a scramble or other recipe. Rub kala namak (if using) on the surface of the the tofu rounds. Rub the turmeric in a 1 1/­­2 -inch circle in the center of each tofu round. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes to soften. Add the garlic, bell pepper, and chile and cook until tender, 5 minutes. Stir in the smoked paprika, cumin, tomato paste, harissa, sugar, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Cook, stirring, until slightly saucy, about 4 minutes, mashing any large pieces of tomato. Reduce the heat to low, season with salt and pepper to taste, and simmer for 10 minutes. Arrange the tofu rounds on top of the sauce, pressing down so just the centers show and the rest of the tofu is submerged in the sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes longer to thicken the sauce and heat the tofu. To serve, sprinkle Za’atar spices and garnish with fresh parsley.  Serve with toasted crusty bread or baguette or pita bread and yogurt, if using.   The post Vegan Shakshuka appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Quick and Easy Hummus

December 3 2018 Meatless Monday 

Sure, you can pick up hummus in any grocery store these days, but nothing beats the flavor of homemade! And it couldnt be simpler to make, plus making it at home allows you to customize the flavor. This recipe comes to us from USA Pulses.   Serves 8 - 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed - 1 clove garlic, - 1/­­4 cup olive oil - 2 tbsp lemon juice - 2 tbsp tahini - 1 tsp ground cumin - 3/­­4 tsp salt - sprinkle of paprika   In a food processor, puree the chickpeas (save out a few to sprinkle on top) and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/­­4 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining chickpeas and paprika before serving. The post Quick and Easy Hummus appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Paneer

November 26 2018 Manjula's kitchen 

Grilled Paneer (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Grilled Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese Appetizer) Grilled Paneer makes for a great appetizer that compliments any main course dish. Grilled paneer is quick and easy to put together, making it the perfect party appetizer. I will be preparing this appetizer a lot this holiday season because it is perfect to serve at get together and bring to potlucks. - 1 1/­­2 cup paneer (cubed in 1 square and 1/­­2 thick) - 1/­­2 cup bell pepper (cubed, yellow and green to give the color) - 1/­­2 cup cherry tomatoes - 2 tsp oil - 1 Tbsp green chili (finely chopped, optional) - 2 Tbsp cilantro (finely chopped, hara dhania) - 1 tsp fresh lemon juice Spice Mix - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp black salt - 1/­­2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder - 1/­­8 tsp black pepper - 1/­­8 tsp red chili powder -  Mix the spice mix and keep aside. you can make this spice mix in a large quantity and keep it ready to go whenever you need it. - Heat heavy flat frying pan on low medium heat, add the oil in to warm frying pan. Spread the paneer cubes dont over lap them. Grill the paneer from both sides, this should take about 2 minutes. Take them out from frying pan. - Use the same pan and grill the bell pepper, for about 2 minutes stirring occasionally, bell pepper will have some brown spots. Take them out from frying pan. - Use the same pan and grill the tomatoes for about 1-2 minutes, tomatoes will have some blisters. Take them out from frying pan. - In a bowl toss the paneer with spice mix, use the spice mix about in half the quantity, adjust for you taste, cilantro, green chili and lemon juice. - Serve the grilled paneer with side of bell pepper and tomatoes and sprinkle little spice mix over bell pepper and tomatoes. - A healthy and delicious appetizer is ready to serve. Note: This spice mix known as chaat masala can also be used to spice up any food. It especially tastes good when it is sprinkled over sliced cucumber and tomato or over pakoras. You can make the chaat masala in a larger quantity and keep it ready to go whenever you need it. The post Grilled Paneer appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes with Spaghetti Squash

November 12 2018 Meatless Monday 

Rather than traditional buns, these sloppy joes are served with spaghetti squash for a plant-based twist. And this hearty meatless meal is super simple to prepare - just toss protein-packed green lentils along with everything else in a slow cooker and turn it on! This recipe comes to us from our friends at USA Pulses. Serves 4 - 1 1/­­4 cups uncooked green lentils, rinsed and drained - 1 white onion, finely diced - 1 red pepper, finely diced - 1 carrot, thinly sliced (carrot is optional) - 3 cloves garlic minced - 1 1/­­2 tbsp chili powder, - 1 tsp cumin - 1/­­2 tsp onion powder - 1/­­4 tsp cayenne pepper - 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz) - 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz) - 1 1/­­2 cups water plus more if necessary - 2 tbsp organic ketchup - 1 tsp yellow mustard - 1 tsp gluten free soy sauce - 1 spaghetti squash, washed - salt and pepper to taste   In a large slow cooker, add in all ingredients except spaghetti squash. Stir to combine. Cut the washed spaghetti squash in half around the middle and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash halves face down in the slow cooker right on top of the lentils. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until squash is tender and lentils are cooked completely. If the lentils seem dry in any way, just stir in some water until it reaches a nice thick, consistency. Remove spaghetti squash and shred inside with a fork. Divide among bowls and add lentil sloppy joe topping. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. The post Vegetarian Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes with Spaghetti Squash appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Ginger Coconut Rice

November 5 2018 VegKitchen 

Ginger Coconut Rice This simple brown rice side dish is embellished with coconut milk, garlic, and ginger. It goes well with bean dishes and vegetable curries. Do try using brown Basmati or an exotic rice blend for a more aromatic and visually appealing dish. Photos by Rachael Braun. Serves: 6 2 cups water 15-to 16-ounce can light coconut milk 1 1/­­2 cups brown, brown Basmati, or exotic rice blend 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, or to taste 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin, to taste 1/­­2 teaspoon curry powder 1/­­4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 scallions, thinly sliced 1 cup steamed frozen green peas, optional Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Combine the water and coconut milk in a large saucepan and bring to a rapid simmer. Stir in the rice, garlic, ginger, cumin, and curry. Lower the heat, Cover, and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. If the rice isn’t done to your liking, add 1/­­2 cup more water and simmer until absorbed. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cilantro, scallions, and optional green peas. Season with salt and pepper and serve. For more ways to use brown rice, explore Classic […] The article Ginger Coconut Rice appeared first on VegKitchen.

Tawa Pulao Mumbai Style (Pav Bhaji Pulao)

October 27 2018 Manjula's kitchen 

Tawa Pulao Mumbai Style (Pav Bhaji Pulao) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Tawa Pulao Mumbai Style, Pav Bhaji Pulao Tawa Pulao is a popular street dish of Mumbai that is very similar in style to Pav Bhaji. The secret behind this flavorful Tawa Pulao is that its mixture of spices that creates the perfect balance of flavors. The recipe incorporates vegetables that are still crunchy and not mushy like Pav Bhaji. This is a one dish meal and also a good lunch box meal. - 3 cup plain rice (cooked) - 2 cup tomatoes (chopped) - 1 cup potatoes (cubed into small pieces) - 1 cup cauliflower floret (in small pieces) - 1/­­2 cup green peas (I am using frozen peas) - 1/­­4 cup carrots (cubed into small pieces) - 1 Tbsp ginger (thinly sliced) - 1 Tbsp green chili (cut into small pieces) - 3 Tbsp oil - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­2 tsp red chili powder - 1/­­4 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1-1/­­2 tsp salt - 1-1/­­2 Tbsp fennel seed powder (saunf) - 2 tsp garam masala - 1 Tbsp lemon juice - 1/­­4 cup cilantro (chopped, hara dhania) -  Boil the vegetables, potatoes, cauliflower, carrot, green peas in 2 cups of waters till they are tender not mushy. Drain the water and set aside. - Heat the oil in a wide flat frying pan, on medium heat, oil should be moderately hot add cumin seeds, as cumin seeds crack add tomatoes, and cook till they are very soft and tender. - Add all the spices except garam masala, add turmeric, red chili powder, and fennel seeds, ginger, green chili, and salt mix it well. - Add the vegetables mix it and let it cook for few minutes. - Add the cooked rice mix it well, if it looks dry add little water and mix it very gently and let it cook for few minutes, keep stirring. - Turn of the heat add garam masala, cilantro and lemon juice, stir gently making sure rice and vegetables are coated with spices evenly.  Notes: I said I am making Pav Bhaji Pulao, then where is Pav Bhaji masala, fennel seed powder and garam masala together makes a Pav Bhaji Masala. Most of the time I add garam masala in the end, I dont like to add the garam masala in beginning and cook with. When you add garam masala in the end it gives batter taste and aroma.  I like to serve Tawa Pulao with yogurt. This recipe is so convenient that you can even use left over rice to make it. The post Tawa Pulao Mumbai Style (Pav Bhaji Pulao) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Baked Vegetable Idli

October 21 2018 Manjula's kitchen 

Baked Vegetable Idli (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Baked Vegetable Idli Baked vegetable Idli makes for a healthy and delicious appetizer or side dish. They are very eye-catching and great to present at a gathering for guests to pop into their mouth. They are the perfect addition to any menu because they are so easy to make. Idlies have a unique texture because they are soft but also slightly crisp on the bottom. Baked vegetable idli are best served with coconut chutney if served as an appetizer or with sambar if served with the main meal. - 1 cup coarse sooji (semolina) - 1/­­2 cup yogurt (dahi, curd) - 1/­­2 cup bell pepper (finely chopped, capsicum, I am using green and yellow for color) - 1 green chili (finely chopped) - 1 piece ginger (finely grated) - 2 Tbsp cilantro (chopped, hara dhania) - 1 cup water (as needed) - 1 tsp ENO (fruit salt) - 1 tsp salt For Seasoning - 1 Tbsp oil - 1/­­4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­4 tsp mustard seeds (rai) -  Preheat the oven at 350 degrees (F). - Seasoning: heat the oil moderately in a saucepan. Add mustard and cumin seeds, as the seeds crack turn off the heat and set aside. - I am using mini cupcake tray, will make 24 idli, oil it and set aside. - Mix sooji, salt, yogurt, and water (as needed) to make a pancake-like batter. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. - Add the vegetables bell pepper, carrots, ginger, green chili, and cilantro. Add the seasoning and mix. The batter thickens as the semolina absorbs the water. At this point, add a little more water if it is too thick. - Add Eno Fruit Salt to the batter and mix well. The mixture will begin foaming. Immediately begin pouring into the cupcake tray. Place the tray in oven. - Bake the idlies for five minutes, then lay over the aluminum foil. Bake it again for 15 minutes. Idlies should be lightly brown from the sides. - Cool for few minutes before removing each individual idli. They should come out easily and not stick to the tray. The idlis should be spongy, and light golden color from the sides and bottom. Notes:  First, I baked the idlies without covering, then after 5 minutes I covered the Idlies, if you dont cover Idlies, they will be dry and will lose the softness and texture. you can prepare Idlies 2-3 days in advance, after they cool of refrigerate them in air tight container. Before serving heat the Idlies in microwave for about two minutes. Idlies will be soft. Baked vegetable idli are best served with coconut chutney if served as an appetizer or with sambar if served with the main meal. The post Baked Vegetable Idli appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Gobi Pakoras (Crispy Cauliflower Fritters)

October 13 2018 Manjula's kitchen 

Gobi Pakoras (Crispy Cauliflower Fritters) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Gobi Pakoras (Crispy Cauliflower Fritters) Gobi Pakoras or Crispy Cauliflower fritters are a mouthwatering appetizer. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these pakoras are addicting! These work as a tasty pairing with your afternoon tea or a spicy delicious snack before any meal. - 3 cup cauliflower florets (cut into about 1 inch florets) - 1/­­3 cup besan (gram flour ) - 3 Tbsp corn starch (arrow root) - 2 tsp coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­4 tsp red chili powder - 1/­­8 tsp baking soda - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1 tsp ginger paste - 1 green chili (finely chopped) - 2 Tbsp cilantro (finely chopped, hara dhania) -  Boil the cauliflowers, add just enough water to cover the cauliflowers. After water comes to boil, cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Turn off the heat and drain the water. Let cauliflowers come to room temperature. Cauliflower should be just little tender, not soft. - In a bowl mix all the ingredients together, besan, corn starch, coriander powder, cumin seeds, red chili powder, salt, baking soda, ginger, green chili and cilantro. Mix it well. - Sprinkle the dry mix over cauliflower, gently mix it coating all the cauliflower with spices, add water little at a time as needed, I used about 1/­­4 cup of water. - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put little batter in the oil. The batter should raise to the top but not change color right away. - Drop the cauliflower slowly in the oil making sure dont overlap them. - Fry the cauliflowers until they turn golden brown, turning them occasionally. This should take about 6-8 minutes. - When they are golden brown, take them out with a slotted spoon. Place them on a paper towel to absorb the extra oil.   Note: We are not making a batter, use just enough water to coat the cauliflower florets evenly with spice mix. If you fry them on high heat Pakoras will not be crispy and if they are fried on very low heat Pakoras will be greasy. They especially taste delicious when they are served with Tamarind Chutney and hot cup of tea. They are also easy and quick to make. Surprise your guests and treat them with these mouthwatering crispy gobi pakoras. You will also like to see the recipe for Paneer Pakora and Chai. Enjoy! The post Gobi Pakoras (Crispy Cauliflower Fritters) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan

January 29 2019 Manjula's kitchen 

Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan Bagara Baingan is a popular Hyderabadi dish. It is made with small eggplants that are cooked in a rich masala curry. Hyderabadi baingan is the perfect dish to serve to guests with a sophisticated palette because of the mixture of nutty spices. - 12 small Indian Eggplant (if they are not available, use Japanese eggplant and slice them in long 8 long pieces) - 2 Tbsp oil (to stir fry the eggplants) For Spice Mix - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­4 tsp fenugreek seeds (mathi) - 1 Tbsp coriander seeds (sabut dhania) - 10 cashews crushed (kaju) - 1 Tbsp sesame seeds (til) - 2 Tbsp coconut powder (gola) For Gravy - 2 Tbsp oil - 1/­­2 tsp black mustard seeds (rai) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1/­­2 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1 tsp red chili powder - 1 tsp sugar - 1-1/­­2 tsp salt - 1 Tbsp tamarind paste - 2 tomatoes (cut them in small pieces will make 1-1/­­2 cup puree) - 1 tsp chopped ginger - 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish -  Make a slit into eggplants, but not cutting them into half. If you are using Japanese eggplant slice them in 8 long pieces. - Heat the oil in flat frying pan over low medium heat and stir-fry eggplant rotating occasionally till they are tender not mushy. Set them aside. - For the spice mix take all the ingredients, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds, cashews, sesame seeds, coconut powder and grind them in fine powder. Set aside. - Blend tomatoes and ginger together to make into fine puree. Set aside. - Heat the flat frying pan over low medium heat, I am using the same pan I stir fry the eggplants. When oil is moderately hot add the mustard seeds as they crack turn off the heat. Add all the spices asafetida, turmeric, red chili powder and dry spice mix stir for about 2 minutes, all the spices should be roasted. - Add tomato puree, sugar, salt and about 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste. Stir fry the gravy until mix become little thick and start leaving the oil from sides. Add 1/­­2 cup of water and bring it boil. - Add the eggplant spreading in the frying pan, stir gently cover the pan lower the heat to low and let it simmer for about 7-8 minutes stirring occasionally. -  Eggplant should be soft and tender not mushy and coated well with the spices. Adjust the gravy thickness to your choice. Add the cilantro stir gently. The post Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Baked Aloo Gobi Vegan Recipe Indian Spiced Potato Cauliflower

January 23 2019 Vegan Richa 

Baked Aloo Gobi Vegan Recipe Indian Spiced Potato CauliflowerBaked Aloo Gobi – Indian Spiced Potato Cauliflower Side. Tips for the Best Aloo Gobi Subzi that bakes perfectly. 10 Mins Active. Toss with spices, put it to bake, and done! No Standing around, no Mushy Cauliflower! Same Amazing Indian flavor and excellent texture. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe.  Jump to Recipe Aloo Gobi is the quintessential part of an Indian spread. Spiced, perfectly cooked bites of potato and cauliflower, often served along with dals, curries. Aloo gobi is made almost exactly the same way at my mom’s since forever. No one wants to mess with perfection! The recipe, process or spices vary by region, family. The everyday home cooked version is usually a dryish seasoned veggies. Not all Indian dishes(even if they are called curries) have a sauce. Restaurants often will make it into a curried/­­saucy dish that can be a meal served with flatbread.  My family recipe is a Punjabi recipe with spices such as cumin seeds, coriander, turmeric and loads of ginger and garlic. The skillet version posted way since when is made every few weeks. I’ve changed it up slightly and I also started baking it. The process is much easier and needs less active time, as you don’t need to be in standing the kitchen. Also the baked aloo gobi turns out fabulously flavored, perfectly cooked and no mushy Cauliflower! Aloo Gobi in my house has got to be dry evenly spiced side without a sauce. Its wet enough from the moisture in the veggies. Just a few ingredients and gorgeous golden veggies is what we are aiming for.  You can change up the spices to preference. For less roasted crisp, just use a smaller baking dish so they are spread almost double layer. Believe me, you wont go back to the skillet or Instant pot for aloo gobi once you try this baked version!Continue reading: Baked Aloo Gobi Vegan Recipe Indian Spiced Potato CauliflowerThe post Baked Aloo Gobi Vegan Recipe Indian Spiced Potato Cauliflower appeared first on Vegan Richa.

The Epic Travel Salad

January 4 2019 My New Roots 

The Epic Travel Salad   When I saw the number, I couldnt believe it: 29 hours. It was undoubtedly going to be one of the longest travel days of my life. Ive been to Bali twice before, but always from Copenhagen, which is about half the distance from Toronto. I almost gave it a second thought since spending that amount of time sitting upright just felt like it might end me, but the retreats were booked, and there was no backing out! I knew what would get me through, and that was food. Lots and lots of delicious, nourishing, consciously-created food. I always always make a point of preparing meals for traveling, since eating mini, microwaved mystery munch seriously kills my vibe. Plus, the amount of calories in one of those airplane trays is barely enough to get me through one romcom and you know that Im watching at least five in a row. When youre about to face any length of time on an airplane, there are a few things to take into consideration. First, fill your snack pack with foods that are hydrating: cucumbers, romaine, bell peppers, carrots, apples, oranges, celery, berries, grapes, and melon. Depending on where youre traveling to, it can help to have the fruits and veggies already prepared or sliced, since some countries wont let you bring in whole fruits and veg, but they will let you bring them in if they look ready to eat. It sounds nonsensical, but it works! I love having huge vegetable salads with lentils and /­­ or whole grains to keep me full too, since I have a tendency to stress-eat when Im in transit and will totally mow down a bag of chips if theyre put in front of me (okay, sometimes I also eat those chips, and that is okay too, but I notice that it always prolongs my jetlag). For other filling munchies, I like my almond flour cookies, nuts like pistachios or walnuts, and granola – especially crossing so many timezones, which requires breakfast-y things. Veggie sticks are also nice, light fare that keep my crunch cravings under control.     As you can see from the photo, I bring my food in reusable containers, use washable wooden cutlery and a straw, all of which are convenient to have once Im at my destination to use for my own cooking and storage. I also always have my 800-ml water bottle with me when I travel. Ive mentioned it in previous posts, but it begs repeating: jetlag is exacerbated by dehydration, and drinking about half a liter (16 oz.) per hour of flight will make such an immense difference, you may never experience jetlag again. I used to suffer terribly from exhaustion for days post-travel (which really ruined my trip when it was a short one), and now its no big deal. I arrive, wait until a mildly appropriate time to go to bed, and wake up feeling about as normal as one could hope to. Yes, youll have to make friends with the flight attendants, since they are the keepers of the water, but go visit them at the back of the plane every so often for a refill, treat them like humans, and youd be amazed at how accommodating and helpful they are. Make sure you fill your bottle before landing as well, since you never know how long it will take for you to get through customs, baggage claim and the taxi line. It always pays to have hydration close at hand. Avoid the plane food if you can, since it is overly salted and often has added sugar. Our taste buds are actually less receptive at high altitudes, due to low air pressure, low humidity, and high levels of white noise. Yup - that is an actual thing. The way our brains interpret flavour signals is impaired, therefore, things taste different, so airlines pump up the levels of salt and sugar in their food to make them taste the way they would at ground level. If you ate that travel-sized chicken or pasta at your dining room table youd be surprised at how exaggerated the flavours were.     Why is this the most epic travel salad? Because its got All. The. Things. Rich, hearty beets, protein-rich and satiating lentils, so its filling, but its not going to leave you feeling stuffed. And because of that whole flavours-being-less-powerful-at-high-altitudes thing, I endeavoured to add as many potent tastes as possible. Lemon, pomegranate, parsley, cumin seeds, and olives are like flavour fireworks that you can safely ignite at 30,000 feet. There is a Middle Eastern vibe going on for sure, and the multitude of textures tick every single box. You dont want your mouth getting bored while youre hurtling through the sky, and this combination will ensure that each bite is a surprise party. Olives that come without their pits are often mushy and less flavourful, so I always opt to remove them myself, or leave them in until I eat them. The problem with leaving the pits in the olives in this situation, is finding a place to put them on your teeny table real estate (the airsick bag is a great option, just sayin...and yes, Ive really thought of everything). If you do want to remove them beforehand, its easiest to do so by smashing the olive with the flat side of a knife blade, then simply pulling the pit out. You can roughly chop the olives from there. If you dont have any black lentils, Du Puy or French lentils work just as well, with green and brown lentils as a passable fallback. I dont dig these types of lentils in salads since they tend to be water-y and dilute the flavour of the dressing, but if it keeps you from making a special trip to the store, by all means just use them. And normally I wouldnt include alliums in a plane salad since your neighbours might give you the stink eye when you pop open your lunch box, but Ive tempered their potency by pickling them ever-so-slightly. This is done in the same container that youre going to put your salad in, preceded by mixing up the dressing right in there too. Easy peasy! I guess I should mention that this salad is not just delicious on a plane - its also fabulous enjoyed at ground level. Perfect for road trips, picnics, school or office lunches, just make sure you make it the day before so that all the ingredients are cool. If you travel with this salad on the warm side, it could spoil in transit.     Maybe its a bit strange to have a travel salad as the first post of the year, but Im a bit tired of the whole new year, new you rant. People expect me to talk about cleansing or detoxing in January, and although Im all for reflecting and re-evaluating ones lifestyle choices, Im a bit bored of the narrative saying that the first day of the new year is the time to atone for all our dietary sins. Why do we need a specific day to act as a reason to start treat ourselves well? If there a New Years resolution to pull out of this post, it should be to resolve to make yourself delicious food when you go anywhere. Avoid the overpriced convenience food, no matter how healthy it is, since nothing sold in a package will ever compare to the freshness, or high-vibrational energy of food youve lovingly prepared for yourself. Case closed! If you’d like more travel food recipes, tips, and inspiration, check out my two previous articles here and here.       Print recipe     The Epic Travel Salad Makes enough for 2-3 meals Ingredients: 3/­­4 cup /­­ 170g dry black /­­ beluga lentils, soaked overnight if possible 2 1/­­2 pounds /­­ 1200g beets 1 shallot, sliced into rings 1/­­2 tsp. fine sea salt zest and juice of 1 large organic lemon 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp. cumin seeds 1/­­3 cup /­­ 60g pumpkin seeds 1 tsp. honey (vegans sub with maple syrup) 3 Tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil heaping 1/­­2 cup /­­ 80g pomegranate seeds heaping 1/­­2 cup /­­ 100g olives, with pits 1 cup /­­ 25g parsley 1/­­2 tsp. flaky salt, or more to taste 1 small head romaine lettuce Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F /­­ 200°C. Place whole beets (with the skin on) on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for around 45-60 minutes, until you can easily insert a sharp knife into the center (baking time depends on the size of your beets). Remove from oven, let cool completely, then slip the skins off. Slice into bite-sized batons. 2. While the beets are roasting, cook the lentils. Drain and rinse well (if youve soaked them overnight), and place them in a pot, cover with plenty of fresh water, and bring them to a boil. Reduce to simmer, place a lid on the pot, and cook until tender (about 15-20 minutes if youve soaked them, a little longer if you havent). Salt the lentils a few minutes before theyre done - if you salt them at the beginning of cooking, the skins will be tough and theyll take longer to soften. Drain and rinse lightly. Set aside. 3. While the lentils are cooking, prepare the dressing. Slice the shallot into very thin rings, then place them in the container that youre going to use to store the salad. Add the salt and combine them well. Wait about 2 minutes, then add the lemon zest, juice and apple cider vinegar (these ingredients will lightly pickle the shallots, plus act a as a base for your dressing). 4. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the cumin seeds until fragrant, set aside to cool. Without washing the pan, toast the pumpkin seeds until fragrant and popping, then set aside to cool. 5. Back to the dressing: whisk in the honey and olive oil. Add the prepared beets, lentils, pomegranate seeds, olives, parsley, toasted cumin seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaky salt. Fold to thoroughly combine. Taste and add more salt if necessary (remember that the ingredients will absorb some salt while marinating, and that it will taste milder in the air). 6. You can either chop the romaine lettuce up and place it on top of the salad (dont mix it in - it will get totally mushy), or you can leave the head whole and peel off the leaves and use them as little salad boats. If youre going for the latter, wrap the washed head in beeswax cloth to keep it fresh. The Wild Heart High Spirit Retreats are starting tomorrow, and I cannot wait to embrace each of the women who have traveled from every corner of the earth to join us here in Bali. We are going to eat the most delicious food, practice yoga, dance, laugh, learn, and celebrate the joy of being alive together! We have one space left for the second week, so if youre interested in joining us in tropical paradise, please visit our site for more information. Peace and blessings for an abundant, healthy, vibrant year ahead. Thank you for being here. I love you. xo, Sarah B The post The Epic Travel Salad appeared first on My New Roots.

Authentic Moroccan Carrot Salad

December 10 2018 Meatless Monday 

This delicious way to serve carrots may be new to you, but carrot salad seasoned with fresh cilantro, garlic and aromatic spices has long been a tradition in Morocco. Pair this side dish with your next Meatless Monday meal to liven up the meal! This recipe comes to us from Safa of Moroccan Zest. Serves 4 -  1/­­2 pound carrots cut in slices -  1/­­2 lemon juice - 1 tbsp chopped parsley - 1 tbsp chopped coriander - 1 tbsp olive oil - 1/­­2 tsp of cumin - 1 clove garlic -  1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp of sweet paprika   Fill a saucepan with water, add salt and put on medium heat Add carrot slices and cook for 15 to 30 minutes until the carrots are tender Drain the carrots and leave aside In a pan, fry the garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 2 minutes in low heat Add the rest of the ingredients (spices, coriander, parsley, and lemon juice) and cook for 2 minutes while mixing. Add the carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. Let the Moroccan carrots salad a little bit cool down. It is best served tepid or cold. The post Authentic Moroccan Carrot Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Palak (Spinach) Puri

December 3 2018 Manjula's kitchen 

Palak (Spinach) Puri (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Palak Puri, Spinach Puri Palak (Spinach) Puri is a whole wheat fried bread made with many different flavors. Adding the spinach with a few spices makes the Puri very yummy and healthy. These puris can be served with any meal and add a nice green color to any menu. You can also serve them with afternoon tea or even pack them up for a lunch box meal. - 1 cup whole wheat flour - 1/­­4 cup besan (gram flour) - 2 cup spinach leaves (remove all the stems) - 1 green chili - 1/­­2 inch ginger - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1 Tbsp oil Also need oil to fry -  Blend the spinach, ginger and green chili with about 1/­­4 cup of water, use more if needed. - In a bowl mix with whole wheat flour all the ingredient except spinach besan, cumin seeds, asafetida, salt, and oil, mix it well. - Add the spinach paste to the flour mix and form into a firm and pliable dough add water as needed. Grease your palm and knead the dough. Cover the dough and let it sit for 10 minutes or more. - Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and roll them into smooth balls. Lightly oil the surface you want to roll the puries. Roll them into about six-inch circle. - Heat at least one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. To check if oil is ready drop a small piece of dough into the oil this should come up without changing the color. - Place one puri at a time in the frying pan and press it with a skimmer. The puris should puff up slowly. Turn the puris over. Puries should be light golden color both sides. -  Take the puris out and place them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Repeat the process for remaining puries. Try this menu for next get together with using Palak Puri, Cabbage Kofta, Aloo Gobhi, Boondi Ka Raita, Jeera Rice. The post Palak (Spinach) Puri appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Yellow Split Pea Coconut Breakfast Porridge

November 12 2018 Meatless Monday 

Pulses are eaten for breakfast in many cultures around the world, but its rare to see peas on a breakfast menu in the U.S. This recipe will change that! Savory split yellow peas are paired with rich coconut milk for a satisfying porridge that makes for a great way to start your day. This recipe comes to us from our friends at USA Pulses. Serves 5 - 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (optional) - 1 white or yellow onion, diced - 2 large or 4 small carrots, peeled and diced - 2 teaspoons grated or minced ginger (or 1/­­2 teaspoon ground ginger) - 1 teaspoon turmeric - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon coriander - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 1 1/­­2 cups yellow split peas - 4 cups water - 1/­­2 cup coconut milk (canned, not boxed) - 1 tablespoon lime juice   Heat the coconut oil in a Dutch oven or a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Add the mustard seeds, if using, and allow them to cook until they start to pop. Stir in the onion and carrots. Saute the vegetables for 8-10 minutes, or until they’re very soft and the onions are clear, adding a tablespoon or two of water if the vegetables start to stick. Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Add the split peas and water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 35-40 minutes, or until the split peas are tender. Check the split peas a few times to stir them and make sure they’re not sticking to the bottom of the pot; if they’re very thick, stir in a half cup of water. Once the split peas are very tender, stir in the coconut milk and lime juice. Check seasoning and adjust salt, pepper, lime juice, and turmeric to taste. Serve with rice and toppings of choice. Leftover porridge will keep for up to 6 days in an airtight container in the fridge. The post Yellow Split Pea Coconut Breakfast Porridge appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Plant-Based Meal Plan Mini: Black Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Harissa

November 7 2018 Golubka Kitchen 

Plant-Based Meal Plan Mini: Black Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Harissa We finally pulled together another meal plan! This ‘mini’ is very simple, seasonally-inspired, and will leave you with a bunch of nourishing food for the week. Everything starts out with a pot of black beans, a batch of roasted sweet potatoes, and a jar of homemade harissa (so easy to make, and such a flavor bomb ingredient!), which will then make their way into three interconnected savory meals and one snack. Ready? Menu - Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup - No-Huevos Rancheros - Curried Cauliflower Rice and Beans - Harissa Black Bean Dip *all recipes are vegan and gluten-free, see the recipes for serving sizes Shopping List (Print) Bring this list with you when you go food shopping, its got all the ingredients youll need for the recipes in this meal plan mini. All the items are separated by category, to make the shopping easier and more efficient. Take the time to look over this list beforehand and cross out any items you already have. The hope here is that you own some of the pantry staples, spices, and maybe even some of the produce required, which will help minimize the list. Add whatever other ingredients you’ll need for the week here, if doing shopping for the whole week. Produce - 1 large head of garlic - 3 medium sweet potatoes - 3 large yellow onions - 1 large carrot - 2-4 celery ribs - 1 bunch kale (2 packed cups) - 3 limes - 2 lemons - 1 large bunch of cilantro - 2-3 avocados - 1/­­2 lb crimini mushrooms - 1 small head of red cabbage - 1 large head of cauliflower Bulk - 4 cups black beans - 2 cups Basmati rice - 3 large prunes Spices - black pepper - curry powder (1 tablespoon) - bay leaves - 8 dried chipotle chilis - whole caraway seeds - whole coriander seeds - whole cumin seeds - harissa paste – if not making your own Staples - neutral coconut oil or avocado oil - red wine vinegar - sea salt - tahini - kombu (optional) - balsamic vinegar (optional) Other - corn tortillas or other tortillas of choice - 8 sun-dried tomatoes Basic Prep 1) Cook the Black Beans Pot of Black Beans   Print Ingredients 4 cups black beans 2-3 garlic cloves - smashed 2-3 bay leaves 1 sheet of kombu (optional) sea salt Instructions Soak the beans overnight or up to 24 hours in plenty of purified water with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Drain and rinse the beans. Place them in a large soup pot with plenty of purified water (about 10 cups). Add the garlic cloves, bay leaves and kombu, if using. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Taste for doneness. If the beans are not completely soft and buttery inside, continue to cook until fully done. Salt at the last 10 minutes. Drain, saving the cooking liquid. Discard the bay leaves and kombu, if using. 3.5.3226   2) Cook the Rice Pot of Basmati Rice   Print Ingredients 2 cups basmati rice Instructions Cook 2 cups of basmati rice according to the instructions on the package (if your rice came in a package). Or cook the rice according the this method, or any other rice cooking method you prefer, like in a rice cooker, etc. You should end up with about 5-6 cups of cooked rice. 3.5.3226   3) Roast the Sweet Potatoes Roasted Sweet Potatoes   Print Ingredients 3 medium sweet potatoes avocado oil or other neutral oil of choice sea salt freshly ground black pepper Instructions Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Prepare 2 parchment paper-covered baking trays. Peel and cube two of the sweet potatoes and place them on the trays. Sprinkle with avocado oil, salt and pepper, toss to cover and spread into a single layer. Leave the third sweet potato whole, just scrub it and prick with a fork, and place on one of the baking trays. Roast the sweet potatoes for 20-30 minutes, until the cubed ones are soft and browned in places. Toss at half time. The whole sweet potato will take a little longer to bake. Cook it until its easily pierced with a knife. Store the potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 3.5.3226   4) Make the Harissa (you can also buy harissa paste) Harissa   Print Adapted from Vibrant Food Serves: about 1 cup Ingredients 8 dried chipotle chilis 8 sun-dried tomatoes 1 tablespoon whole caraway seeds 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds 1 large garlic clove - minced ¼ cup olive oil juice from ½ lemon 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon sea salt Instructions Place the chipotle chilis and sun dried tomatoes in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover the bowl and let soften for about 30 minutes. Toast the caraway, coriander, and cumin seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes, stirring regularly. Grind the seeds using a spice grinder, dedicated coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle. Drain the chilis and sun-dried tomatoes. Remove the seeds and stems from the chilis (wear gloves to protect your hands if sensitive to spice). Place the chilis and sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor, add the toasted and ground spices, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and salt. Process into a slightly chunky paste. Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 1 month. 3.5.3226   Recipes This soup is cozy and incredibly quick to put together once you’ve done all the prep. It gets its rich, earthy flavor from the black bean broth and harissa. Roasted sweet potatoes bring more depth and nourishment to the table, and kale provides a dose of dark leafy green magic. Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons neutral coconut oil or avocado oil 1 large yellow onion - chopped 1 large carrot - sliced 2-4 celery ribs - sliced thin 3 large prunes - chopped sea salt 3 garlic cloves - minced 3 cups cooked beans (from above) 3 teaspoons harissa or more to taste (from above) 5-6 cups black bean broth (from above) 2 cups packed chopped kale leaves 2 cups roasted sweet potatoes (from above) splash of balsamic vinegar (optional) juice of 1 lime cilantro - for garnish Instructions Warm the oil in a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and prunes, and sauté for 8 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Add salt and garlic, stir around for 1 minute. Add the beans, harissa and black bean broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes, until all the vegetables are completely cooked. Add the kale, sweet potatoes, splash of balsamic vinegar, if using, and more black bean broth, if needed. Bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the lime juice. Taste for salt and spice and adjust if needed. Serve over the prepped rice, garnished with cilantro. This soup freezes very well. 3.5.3226   This huevos rancheros-inspired dish utilizes crimini mushrooms, together with the already prepped black beans, sweet potatoes, and harissa, to make a delicious topping for warm tortillas. Everything comes together in a flash, and it’s a meal that can be easily eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. No-Huevos Rancheros   Print Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons neutral coconut oil or avocado oil 1 large yellow onion - chopped sea salt ½ lb crimini mushrooms - sliced 1½ cups cooked black beans (from above) harissa - to taste (from above) roasted sweet potatoes (from above) corn tortillas or other tortillas of choice - warmed or charred avocado - sliced or cubed shredded red cabbage - for garnish lime - for serving cilantro leaves - for garnish Instructions Warm the oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the onion and salt and sauté for 7 minutes, until translucent. Add mushrooms and sauté for 8-10 minutes, until all the liquid released by the mushrooms evaporates. Add the beans, harissa, and prepped sweet potatoes (amount to taste), and stir to incorporate and warm everything through. Serve the mushrooms and beans over tortillas, topped avocado, shredded red cabbage, a squeeze of lime, and cilantro. 3.5.3226   This re-imagined rice and beans recipe gets its bright flavor from the addition of curry, which is always great at providing a shortcut to flavor. It’s also full of cruciferous goodness from cauliflower, a little zing from lime, and some serious freshness from the essential topping of cilantro. Curried Cauliflower Rice And Beans   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons neutral coconut oil or avocado oil 1 large yellow onion - chopped 1 large cauliflower - chopped into small florets sea salt 5 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon curry powder, or more to taste 3 cups cooked black beans (from above) 3 cups cooked basmati rice (from above) juice of 1 lime cilantro - to garnish Instructions Warm the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, cauliflower and salt, and sauté for about 15-20 minutes, until the cauliflower is soft. Splash some water in the pan if things begin to stick. Add garlic and curry powder, and stir around for 1 minute. Add the beans and rice, and stir to mix everything together until warmed through. Pour the lime juice over top and stir to incorporate. Serve, garnished with cilantro. 3.5.3226   A flavorful dip is a great thing to have on hand at all times. It saves the day during snacking emergencies, but can also be spread on sandwiches and dolloped into bowls. Homemade dips are usually cheaper, healthier, and more flavorful than store-bought ones, and they’re easy to make. All of that is definitely the case with this black bean dip, which is made with the remaining, prep day black beans and whole baked sweet potato. If you happen to have any chipotle in adobo, those are a great addition to this dip as well. Harissa Black Bean Dip   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients the rest of the cooked black beans (from above, about 4 cups) 1 whole roasted sweet potato (from above) - peeled ¼ cup tahini juice from 1 lemon harissa (from above) - to taste sea salt black bean broth (from above) - for thinning, if needed Instructions Combine the beans, sweet potato, tahini, lemon juice, harissa, and sea salt to taste in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add some black bean broth if necessary to thin the dip out. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Serve, garnished with more harissa, toasted sesame seeds, and a drizzle of good olive oil. This dip freezes well if you end up with leftovers. 3.5.3226 You might also like... 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Flavored Popcorn Recipes and Ideas

October 29 2018 VegKitchen 

Flavored Popcorn Recipes and Ideas Here are flavoring ideas for embellishing freshly made popcorn. These recipes make enough to flavor a 10-cup batch (from about 1/­­2 cup kernels). If you air-pop or use fat-free microwave popcorn, you might like to drizzle 2 tablespoons or so of melted Earth Balance or coconut oil into the popcorn just before adding the seasonings. My favorite way to pop corn is in an Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper like the one made by Jacob Bromwell. Very low-tech, but it seems to bring out the best flavor from the popcorn. I like to start with 2 tablespoons or so safflower or organic virgin coconut oil per 1/­­2 cup of kernels. Savory flavorings Add salt to these mixes, or not, as preferred, and increase or decrease the amount of seasonings suggested here to your taste. CHILI-SPICED POPCORN: Combine 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/­­2 teaspoon paprika, and 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cumin. Sprinkle over hot popcorn and toss well. PIZZA-FLAVORED POPCORN: Combine 1 teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning, 2 teaspoons tomato powder, and 1/­­4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes. HERB-AND-SPICE POPCORN: Simply sprinkle hot popcorn with a teaspoon or two of your favorite seasoning blend, like Mrs. Dash or Spike. NUTRITIONAL YEAST AND/­­OR […] The article Flavored Popcorn Recipes and Ideas appeared first on VegKitchen.

Vegan Chili Verde

October 23 2018 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Vegan Chili VerdeChili is always a cold weather favorite, and this vegan Chili Verde from One-Dish Vegan is a fun twist on the classic dish. Fresh tomatillos look like small green tomatoes in papery husks, and they have a slightly tart flavor. If fresh ones are unavailable, use the canned variety. Salsa verde, a green salsa, is available in most supermarkets. I use less chili powder than usual in this recipe to try to retain as much of the green color of the chili as possible. If you prefer additional chili powder, add it according to taste. When Lori Maffei tested the recipe, we discussed how nice it would be to have white chili powder and--guess what? -- she found some online! I havent tried it yet, but it sounds intriguing.   Chili Verde Fresh tomatillos look like small green tomatoes in papery husks, and they have a slightly tart flavor. If fresh ones are unavailable, use the canned variety. Salsa verde, a green salsa, is available in most supermarkets. I use less chili powder than usual in this recipe to try to retain as much of the green color of the chili as possible. If you prefer additional chili powder, add it according to taste. When Lori Maffei tested the recipe, we discussed how nice it would be to have white chili powder and--guess what? -- she found some online! I havent tried it yet, but it sounds intriguing. - 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil or 1/­­4 cup (60 ml) water - 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped - 3 garlic cloves, minced - 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped - 1 medium-size zucchini, chopped - 1 or 2 jalape?o chiles, seeded and minced - 1 1/­­2 cups (198 g) husked and chopped tomatillos, or 1 can (14 ounces, or 395 g) of tomatillos, drained and chopped - 1 cup (256 g) salsa verde - 1 to 2 tablespoons (8 to 15 g) chili powder - 1 teaspoon dried oregano - 1 teaspoon ground cumin - Salt and freshly ground black pepper - 1 1/­­2 cups (355 ml) vegetable broth or water, plus more if needed - 3 cups (531 g) cooked Great Northern or other white beans or 2 cans (15.5 ounces, or 440 g each) of Great Northern or other white beans, rinsed and drained - 1 ripe Hass avocado, for serving -  1/­­4 cup chopped fresh (4 g) cilantro or (15 g) Italian parsley, for serving - Heat the olive oil or water in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, zucchini, and jalape?os. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatillos, salsa verde, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. - Add the broth and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes. Add more broth if the chili becomes too thick. - Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. When ready to serve, pit, peel, and dice the avocado. Top each serving with avocado and cilantro and serve hot. From One-Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson (C) 2018 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Used with permission. The post Vegan Chili Verde appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Self-Care Interview Series: Sana Javeri Kadri

October 20 2018 Golubka Kitchen 

Self-Care Interview Series: Sana Javeri Kadri Sana on the left Sana Javeri Kadri is the founder of Diaspora Co., a radically different spice collective dedicated to equity, sustainable agriculture, and decolonization. We’ve been fortunate to try Diaspora’s heirloom, organic, single-origin turmeric powder, and let’s just say it’s going to be very hard to go back to enjoying any other powdered turmeric ever again. Sana lives between Mumbai and Oakland, California. Routine -- Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free? I crave routine and am most productive when Im following a routine. However, Im unable to do deep thinking work or larger creative work in the middle of a hectic routine, so I like to keep at least one day of the week wide open for creative projects and giving myself the time and space I need to create something important. -- What do your mornings look like? If they differ from day to day, describe your ideal morning. I have been trying really hard to wake up, spend as little time on my phone as possible and then make myself a nourishing drink and most importantly, make myself some breakfast. One of my worst habits is to wake up, get on my phone, start responding to emails and then quickly get changed for work and dive straight into a full workday without taking any time to nourish myself or check in with my body. It means that by 1pm Im starving, cranky and already tired for the day. The life changing power of breakfast is something Im still learning… -- Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well? My girlfriend and I try not to spend too much time on our phones before bed, or looking at a screen. She recently introduced a 20 mins of reading before bed practice that were trying to stick to, its my favorite way to wind down and Im committing to not responding to work emails at 10:45pm, even if its 11:15am in Mumbai and my team there is just getting fired up. Work in progress. -- Do you have any kind of mindfulness practice?  My therapist guides me into mindfulness during our sessions every week because I often come in feeling stressed, frantic and a bit fragile. Shes always able to help me get back in touch with my body and begin to feel grounded again. At her urging, I handle all my stressful work calls or emails sitting outside in the sunshine, ideally with my bare feet in the ground. This practice of grounding has been particularly helpful to me in the past few months of managing a stressful season. I also recently downloaded the Headspace app, and just the five minutes everyday of meditation has made a huge difference to me. Sustenance -- Describe your typical or ideal meal for each of these: Breakfast – In Oakland – Bread srsly gluten free sourdough, crispy fried egg cooked in ghee topped with smoked paprika, turmeric and salt, sliced avocado or smoky pinto beans or sliced tomatoes or any veggie leftovers I can wrangle from the fridge, maybe a slice of bacon if Im wanting some extra fat. In Mumbai – a loaded crispy veggie dosa. Either way, I love hot and savory breakfast. The cold and sweet breakfast tradition isnt common in India so, cereal and granola with milk culture is something I find very odd about the United States. Lunch – Leftovers express. My girlfriend and I both work long hours, so our saving grace is prepping large meals a couple times a week and then subsisting on leftovers. Gluten-free pasta with canned early girls (I can 80 lb every summer so that we never have to buy store bought tomato sauce) with every vegetable in the fridge/­­our imperfect produce box and ground beef is a family classic. Rosie is always joking that my stomach doubles when it comes to pasta and shrinks for everything else. Shes not wrong. Snack – My favorite snack is stovetop popcorn. Growing up in Mumbai we never had a microwave, it was my parents most loathed kitchen appliance. So now Im following that tradition of never owning a microwave. My favorite stovetop popcorn is popped in ghee and then topped with nutritional yeast, turmeric, and salt. Its perfect. Dinner - My perfect dinner is khichdi (spiced rice and lentils cooked in ghee and heavy on the ginger, turmeric and cumin), thick full fat yogurt, masala okra, a little bit of pickle (Brooklyn Delhi achaars are divine) and a side of spicy amaranth battered fish. -- Do you do caffeine and in what form? If not, what is your drink of choice in the morning? I used to do caffeine, in a delicious ghee, turmeric, cardamom and coconut sugar concoction, but over time Ive stopped being able to handle it. It started to make my stomach hurt and made me anxious. So I now drink either matcha with rice milk and date syrup, or hot chocolate with hemp oil, coconut sugar and adaptogens if Im needing the extra nourishment. Some days, if Ive slept enough and rested enough, I do better on just water and breakfast, no extra boost needed. -- Do you have a sweet tooth and do you take any measures to keep it in check? I had a notorious sweet tooth all the way until my early twenties – I couldnt be trusted with bars of chocolate and was known to sneak spoonfuls of cake first thing in the morning. However the older Ive gotten (Im still technically in the early twenties), sweets just give me a sugar crash and make me feel sluggish. As an avid lover of food, Id rather eat plenty of things that make me feel fantastic, than the things that make me feel terrible. Both Rosie and I have been surprised and how quickly our respective sweet tooths have disappeared since we started living together, and how easily weve been able to cut out sugar from our life once we could verbalize how terrible it made us feel. -- Are there any particular supplements, herbs, or tinctures/­­tonics that you take regularly and find to be helpful with your energy level and general wellness? I swear by cannabis tinctures. Im not big on cannabis in other ways, but I find cannabis to be the only way to really deal with chronic pain. Ive also started using Super Good Hemps Turmeric Full Spectrum Hemp Oil in my morning drinks, and I find that it has similar effects. Exercise -- Do you exercise and do you have a particular exercise routine that you repeat weekly?  I used to weight lift and do Crossfit pretty intensely, but had a really awful injury in 2016. Since then, Ive really had to reframe my definition of exercise. Now, I consider it an extension of my healing process. Intense exercise just isnt possible for me in the same way, so I stick to swimming as often as I can (usually a couple times a week), doing Nike Training body weight workouts at home, and talking our dog for a long walk every evening. -- Do you find exercise to be pleasurable, torturous or perhaps a little of both? How do you put yourself in the right mindset in order to keep up with it? I love exercise and do best when Im outside and moving my body. Rosie and I try to take our pup Lilly out for a hike at least once a week, and we notice how much more present are with each other and our work when weve exercised.  That being said, Im also an incredibly competitive person, so reframing exercise to no longer be an intensely competitive thing has been very hard for me. I find it difficult to work up the enthusiasm to go on a leisurely swim, without a team to train with, or a competition to work towards. Switching off my producing strategy is my biggest challenge. Beauty -- What is your idea of beauty – external, internal or both? Both! It took me a long time to love my face, acknowledge that it was beautiful despite not looking like everything I saw on magazines and on billboards. But that acceptance and love for my external beauty definitely came from tending to, and growing confidence in my inner beauty. -- What is your skincare approach – face and body? I grew up using raw honey as a face cleanser, handmade ayurvedic soaps for my body, and a mom who never used makeup. So that has informed a lot of my skincare today. My skincare guru is 300% Abena, the founder of Hanahana Beauty, I use her shea butter exfoliating body bar and swear by it, and I use Abenas recipe for a rose water, tea tree oil and jojoba oil soaked cotton pad as a cleanser morning and night, and it has been a complete game changer for getting my glow back. Ive also been using Curology, which is a custom dermatologist service, that is super affordable and came highly recommended by friends. They prescribed me their night cream, which has really taken care of my breakouts and blackheads. Im not usually big on using chemicals on my skin but have found Curology to be a minimalist option that really works. -- Are there any foods, herbs or supplements you find to be helpful to your skin/­­hair/­­general glow? Cutting out sugar and gluten entirely is the most obvious one – I break out as soon as I am eating sugar, so its first to go. I also use a turmeric, honey, hemp oil and cornmeal face mask every couple weeks that always makes me feel radiant. My dentist has noticed and commented on the huge difference in my teeth that shes seen since I stopped drinking coffee – theyre whiter than ever before and need much less cleaning, which for me is reason enough to skip the coffee. -- Do you have any beauty tips/­­tricks you’ve found to be especially useful throughout the years? Abenas DIY rose water, jojoba oil and tea tree oil cotton pads! I used to be a ardent fan of Thayers Rose Witch Hazel Toner but in my experience with skincare – once you go DIY, its impossible to go back :) That being said – I will admit to being a Glossier believer, I didnt use makeup until I discovered Glossier concealer and highlighter. Its so easy and lazy but it works so wonderfully. Stress, Etc. -- Do you practice any consistent routines in order to avoid stress?  Taking our pup out for a long walk by the water is a really grounding activity for me. I have no idea how I managed my stress before she moved in with us. -- If stress cannot be avoided, what are your ways of dealing with it? Honestly Im a spokesperson for not really managing my stress well. My partner often comes home to a fuming, off the hook Sana and it takes significant chatting, massaging and cuddling to work me out of the state that I can get into if Im very stressed.  Im an extrovert and a peoples person so being around people that I love is my best coping mechanism. That being said – I have to be careful not to emotionally dump onto my loved ones, just because theyre willing to be there for me. Ive definitely been guilty of that in the past. -- What measures do you take when you sense a cold/­­general feeling of being under the weather coming on? The first one is to make sure I get a really good nights sleep, and make sure Im not drinking alcohol, eating dairy or any processed food. Usually, managing my sleep and diet is the easiest way to kick a cold before it hits. If the cold cant be stopped, I usually start by accepting that my bodys way of asking for rest is by getting sick, and its important to just honor that and completely rest. Then – turmeric, ginger, honey tea all day long.  -- Do you strive to maintain a healthy work/­­life balance or do those things overlap for you? What is your approach? Ive been trying really hard to take weekends off, and any weekend that I succeed at that- the balance feels so much better. Honestly, as a young business owner, the hustle is so glamorized and romanticized. Youre told that now is your time to grind, and to get further in your career. Whilst this is true, Id also argue that now is the time to establish healthy boundaries and habits in your life so you learn how to maximize your productivity and your potential. Any day that I work a 16 hour day (which is too often), I know that I am not focusing on the bigger picture, and am actually sacrificing my long term goals as a business owner. Remembering that, and focusing on working more effectively, rather than working more, has been a huge step towards achieving healthier work life balance. Motivation -- Describe the actions you take or mindset you try to tap into in order to stay on track with your self-care practice and being nice to yourself? Therapy. Every week, no matter what. That perspective and process is something Im deeply committed to. Therapy rarely feels easy, but it is always in service of myself and my larger goals, so its the easiest way to feel on track. -- What do you consider to be the single most important change youve made to your routine or lifestyle in terms of wellness? Eating based on how it makes me feel, not how it sounds or tastes. As soon as I focused on how it made me feel, my taste buds changed, I lost weight, my skin issues cleared and I became a very healthy person, with remarkable ease. I know how obnoxious that sounds, Im sorry. -- How do you deal with periods characterized by a lack of inspiration or procrastination? I fly home to India. I know this is incredibly privileged, and a bit excessive, but shuffling back and forth between two continents constantly gives me a broader perspective, and somehow – the psychology of taking an international flight is an incredibly cathartic and productive experience for me. I almost always come back from my trips to India with fresh eyes, new vision and a bigger picture. Thats true for all travel, in my opinion. -- A book/­­movie/­­class that influenced your view of self-nourishment or self-care. The fundamental line of Crossfit – eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. has influenced my self nourishment beyond any book or movie. I may not be a competitive Crossfit athlete any more but eating to nourish my body is so much more fulfilling than eating to nourish my cravings. Knowledge --  What was your path to starting Diaspora Co.? You can read a lot more about that here, but long story short – Ive been working in the food industry since I moved to the United States in 2012 and I quickly noticed that whilst the farm to table movement felt at its zenith in the Bay Area, it only applied to certain things. Spices and imported foods were somehow excluded from those quality standards. The idea for a new kind of import export company formed in November 2016, and in February 2017 I quit my job and embarked on seven months of research visiting farms, research institutions and markets across India. Diaspora Co. was formally launched as a direct trade sustainable food company with our first offering of turmeric in August 2017. Its been a total rollercoaster since then. --  Can you tell us about the kind of turmeric you sell and how it differs from most turmeric one can buy at a store today? Im biased, but Im also overly honest so I dont think it would be an exaggeration to say that we sell the worlds best turmeric. Historically, there hasnt ever been a quality standard for how to define the highest quality, beyond arguments and branding largely based in exoticism and the colonizer/­­savior mindset. It is the freshest, as in it was harvested in 2018 and is milled every 3 months, versus powders that can be up to five years old and still on a grocery store shelf, stale as ever. It is the most potent variety of turmeric out there, with a tested 4.7% curcumin content. It is a fragrant and exceptional heirloom rhizome variety that compares to other turmeric powders out there as an heirloom summer tomato would to a grocery store store tomato grown for storage not flavor. Finally, it is organically farmed in a spice agriculture landscape where pesticide overuse and residue is notorious. Phew! --  Can you tell us about your decision to pay your turmeric producer really well and about owning the fact that your product costs more because of this? I think part of our work is that what the industry considers paying our producer really well, we consider basic human dignity of paying a living wage and for the price of sustainability, flavor and honest work. If we didnt pay our partner farmers the prices that we do, they wouldnt have the power or the incentive to produce at the standard that they do. To me, this big word decolonizing really just means how are you going to empower the people around you who have historically been stripped of their power? Paying our farmers well is actually the easiest embodiment of our decolonizing mission. As for owning our higher prices – we simply couldnt exist without charging what we do. And ultimately, were dedicating to riding the fine line between being affordable to the home cook and being a leader of sustainability and supply chains and therefore being regarded as a luxury product. I have to believe that we can do both. Turmeric latte blends or turmeric centered businesses that dont want to pay our prices or wholesale from us because theyd like to continue to exploit their sources and maintain their ridiculously high margins, Im in this for the long game and their reckoning will come. It always does. Apologies if I sound cold and jaded, business is vicious and Ive had to steel parts of myself to tolerate it all. --  What are some of your favorite ways to use Diaspora Co. turmeric? Honestly, turmeric was so woven into the fabric of my childhood that it was invisible to me. We cooked with it, made beauty treatments with it, and we used it to mark life and death. So even now, my favorite way to use turmeric is still in simple Indian vegetable dishes – lightly cooked okra tossed in cumin, turmeric and salt is the definition of comfort for me, or a coconut milk turmeric chicken broth with squash and long beans. Comforting, vegetable heavy home cooking is how I innately know how to use turmeric. Lattes just arent for me. --  We love your photos! How did you become a photographer? When I was 14 and going through a really tough phase at school (bullying, puberty, the patriarchy et all), my parents taught me how to use their DSLR. Ive used photography as the lens through which I make sense of and connect with the world ever since. When my academic pursuits turned to food and agriculture in college, my lens turned to it too. In so many ways, I recognize that I was never particularly talented or the best or the brightest, I was always just a really solid worker, and entirely self motivated, and that meant that once I started photographing, I just never stopped, and now here we are. Fun and Inspiration -- What is something you are particularly excited about at the moment? Ive found that balancing my role as a business owner with my role as a photographer is what gives me the most joy professionally. So I have a couple exciting photo shoots planned for the coming months that will be a welcome respite to the chaos of holiday e-commerce. That, and I havent seen my girlfriend and pup in almost a month since Ive been in India and I miss them terribly, so very excited to come home to my two favorite living beings. -- What do you do to unwind or treat yourself? Were so lucky to live in Oakland, where eating out is an incredible experience, especially at a time where women chefs are absolutely excelling in their field. So eating delicious meals by our favorite local women chefs is my favorite treat – Cosecha Cafe (Mexican), Nyum Bai (Cambodian), Champa Garden (Laotian) and 20th Century Cafe (Eastern European) to name a few.  -- A book to feed the soul:  I just finished reading Yvon Chounards Let My People Go Surfing and its been so deeply inspiring to me. -- Is there anyone you would like to hear from next in this interview series? Akwaeke Emezi, they are my favorite writer, a member of this third culture/­­diaspora/­­immigrant excellence interweb community and has navigated their self care so beautifully and visibly through the years. Id love to learn more from them. Photos by Sana Javeri Kadri, Sophie Peoples, Assad Keval /­­/­­ This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links You might also like... 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Vegan Aubergine Polpette - Three Ways

October 12 2018 Green Kitchen Stories 

Vegan Aubergine Polpette - Three Ways Our first thought was to do a classic Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatball dish with this polpette recipe, but then we decided that it was too expected. So here is instead another spin on our one makes three-series. Where we use one staple food in three different recipes. We really love this series because it reflects so much how we actually eat. It’s not always an entirely new meal every day but more of a flow where the same components are repeated with new pairings. These polpette or vegan meatballs are perfect for this. They are good on their own - tender and very flavorful. And they are also insanely versatile, rolled into a wrap, tangled into pasta, paired with a spicy tomato sauce and hummus or tossed in a crunchy vegan take on a caesar salad. Vegan Aubergine Polpette Makes around 40 balls 2 medium sized aubergines 2 red onions 4 tbsp olive oil 100 g /­­ 1 cup almond flour 120 g /­­ 1 cup cooked lentils 4 tbsp pickled capers, drained and finely chopped 2 tbsp raisins zest from 1 lemon 15 leaves basil leaves salt Preheat the oven to 200°C  /­­ 400°F. Peel and chop the onion finely and chop the aubergine into small dices. Stir fry both in a large skillet with the oil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very soft. When soft, add to a food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Pulse a few times to mix everything together. You want a very chunky sticky texture but dont pulse too much or youll end up with a mushy mixture. Remove the knife blades and shape 30-40 small balls with your hands. Place them on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake for 25 minutes. Store in the fridge or freeze them. Scroll down for three ways to serve them. Hummus with spicy tomato sauce, polpette and cucumber salad 1 batch vegan aubergine polpette (see recipe above) 1 batch Hummus, see this recipe or store-bought hummus Spicy tomato sauce Serves 4 1 tbsp olive oil 1 red onion 1 garlic clove 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp harissa paste (or 1 red chili) 2 x 400 g tins tomatoes 1/­­2 tsp sea salt, to taste Heat the oil in a large sauce pan on medium heat. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic and add them to the sauce pan  together with the spices. Let sauté for a few minutes until soft not browned and then add  the tomatoes and salt. Let cook for at least 20 minutes, until rich and fragrant. It will become sweeter and rounder in flavour the longer you leave it on. Store the sauce you are not using tonight in glass bottles in the fridge. Cucumber salad 1/­­2 cucumber 2 tsp olive oil 1/­­2 lemon, juice + zest 1 pinch sea salt 1 small handful fresh dill Finely dice the cucumber and place in a bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice and zest, salt and dill and toss to combine. Arrange the hummus in shallow bowls and make a well in the middle. Place a couple of spoonfuls tomato sauce in the well, add a few aubergine polpette and a few spoonfuls cucumber sallad. Vegan Wrap with Polpette, Ajvar and Krauts Serves 4 4 wrap breads /­­ tortilla breads, gluten free or whole grain 4 lettuce leaves 4 cavalo nero or kale, stems removed 1 cup cooked white quinoa 4 tbsp ajvar dressing 1/­­2 cucumber, cut into sticks 4 tbsp sauerkraut (see recipe here) 1 batch aubergine polpette (see recipe above) Place one lettuce leave and one kale leave on each tortilla bread, then place 2-3 tbsp quinoa in the middle, a dollop ajvar, cucumber slices, sauerkraut and top with a couple of aubergine polpette. Fold the top and bottom edges over the filling. Roll the whole tortilla from left to right to wrap in the filling. Roll some parchment paper around them and tie with a string to hold them together. Vegan Ceasar Salad with Polpette Serves 4 1 head Cosmopolitan lettuce 1 batch aubergine polpette (see recipe above) 2 avocados, stone/­­peel removed and sliced 2 small apples, cored and sliced 2 tbsp sunflower seeds, toasted Dressing 1/­­2 cup /­­ 125 ml cold pressed neutral oil (organic rapeseed) 1/­­2 cup /­­ 125 ml soy milk, unsweetened 2-3 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp dijon mustard 1 tbsp pickled capers, drained 1 large pinch salt Add all dressing ingredients to a tall glas or blender cup. Mix with a stick blender on high speed for about 15 seconds or until you have a creamy white dressing. Taste and adjust the flavours to your preference. Add more oil and blend again if you like it thicker. Tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp vegan mayo dressing and toss to cover. Then transfer to a serving platter and arrange avocado slices, apple slices and aubergine polpette and last, scatter over toasted sunflower seeds.


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