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Vegan Gluten free Pumpkin Muffins

September 20 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Pumpkin MuffinsStart the fall baking with these hearty Vegan Gluten free Pumpkin Muffins! Soft, satisfying muffins with oats, almond flour, pumpkin, spices and a pecan streusel. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Jump to Recipe Fall baking has begun! Days are getting shorter, and colder and the light angles are getting sharper, I am sniffling every other day (send some turmeric miso soup!) and Pumpkin puree cans have been stacked. These hearty breakfast muffins are handy to have around for snacking. They are all things fall with pumpkin, spices and satisfying with the oats and almond in them. These muffins are gluten-free with almond and oat flours and a bit of starch. The streusel has some flour, pecans and cinnamon. Add an icing for extra moisture and serve there warm with some vegan butter. You can also bake the batter in a brownie pan for hearty breakfast bars. Add more streusel and bake until a toothpick from the center comes out clean. For regular flour muffins, try these pumpkin cream cheese stuffed muffins. Lets get baking!Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Pumpkin MuffinsThe post Vegan Gluten free Pumpkin Muffins appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Margherita Pizza With Cashew Mozzarella

September 17 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Margherita Pizza With Cashew MozzarellaHomemade Vegan Margherita Pizza Recipe. 20 Minute Pizza crust, 5 minute Pizza sauce and a creamy cashew mozzarella cheese sauce. Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Gluten-free and nut-free options.  Jump to Recipe Sometimes you just want a ridiculously good pizza and the pizza restaurants are too far away, have shut down, or offer sub par vegan experience. Then you just go to the kitchen and whip up a super fresh delicious margherita pizza with gooey cashew cheese, all made from scratch. You can speed up the process by either making the components ahead of time or using store bought options. With a store bought pizza sauce, this pizza comes together in 20-30 mins and then you have to wait and fight over the fresh slices. The recipe is easily doubled! The pizza dough (its my easy 20 minute pizza dough) doesn’t need much kneading. Just bring the dough together and let it rise for 15 mins, then shape it using some flour. This dough is shaped easily as it does not have much gluten development (which develops with longer kneading) and hence is not the stretchy traditional pizza dough, so no struggling to roll it out! The pizza sauce is a few ingredients.  The cashew mozzarella cheese sauce is the sauce from my Mushroom Quesadilla. Just blend, and simmer to thicken, and use. No chill time to let it set. The final result we want is a cheesy melty topping, So keep the state as thick saucy to begin with! problem solved. This pizza and the mozzarella is adapted from my margherita from Everyday Kitchen book. The mozzarella recipe in the book can be set into slices, or balls or whatever and used wherever. Lets make this version for your pizza fix.Continue reading: Vegan Margherita Pizza With Cashew MozzarellaThe post Vegan Margherita Pizza With Cashew Mozzarella appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gluten free Tahini Oatmeal Cookies

September 14 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Tahini Oatmeal CookiesThese 1 Bowl Tahini Oatmeal Cookies have no refined sugar and oil and come together within minutes. No eggs, Vegan, Glutenfree, Nutfree, Soyfree Tahini Oat Cookie Recipe.  Jump to Recipe Simple Oatmeal Cookies are a favorite snack in my house especially in cooler weather. Some nut butter, or sun butter, oats, flour and done. In this variation, I use tahini for the fat and volume. Tahini makes these a salty, sweet, and interesting cookie. Tahini adds a fabulous buttery texture to the cookies without needing any added oil. It also adds a slight bitter profile. Add some dried fruitraisins, chocolate chips or other additions, add some spices of choice. Add an icing,make this cookie your own. If you like tahini, you will also love my Chocolate tahini flourless cookies! What is Tahini? Tahini is just blended up toasted hulled sesame seeds. The seeds are blended/­processed until smooth and fluffy sesame seed butter. The flavor and texture of tahini varies significantly with brand. Tahini adds a nutty, slightly bitter (but pleasing bitter) profile wherever you use it. However, depending on the brand, it might add a lot more bitter. This bitter especially will show up in sweet things like this cookie. For best results use a brand that you generally like the flavor of. I like Soom and Whole foods brand.Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Tahini Oatmeal CookiesThe post Vegan Gluten free Tahini Oatmeal Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

20 Vegan Fall Soups and Stews to Warm You Up

September 11 2019 Vegan Richa 

20 Vegan Fall Soups and Stews to Warm You Up20 Vegan Soups and Stews to Make this fall These vegan soups and stews are perfect to keep you and your family warm this fall. Many of the recipes are gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free or have options. There are a few Instant Pot recipes too, the recipes include both Instant Pot and stove top instructions.Continue reading: 20 Vegan Fall Soups and Stews to Warm You UpThe post 20 Vegan Fall Soups and Stews to Warm You Up appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)

September 5 2019 Vegan Richa 

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)Vegan Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal! 7 Ingredient Warm Spiced Banana Baked Oatmeal for breakfast or snack. Refined Oil-free. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Can be nut-free.  Jump to Recipe You all know how I dislike mushy oatmeal. I’ve started making baked oatmeal instead, as the texture is much more pleasing, the flavors much more vibrant and it can be served warm or cold! This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal is almost a healthy banana bread with all the good stuff. Serve it with whipped coconut cream or vegan butter and some maple. Use very ripe bananas for the best result. This lightly sweet Banana oatmeal is perfect to make on any day. It takes 10 mins to put together and just 7 ingredients, and has no added Oil! You can add in dried fruit, seeds and nuts of choice. You can also make it ahead, mix and keep overnight and bake in the morning for a Warm Banana bread-y spiced delicious oatmeal!Continue reading: Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)The post Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Vegan) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Difference between Besan and Chickpea Flour (Garbanzo Bean flour)

August 29 2019 Vegan Richa 

Difference between Besan and Chickpea Flour (Garbanzo Bean flour)Besan and Chickpea flour are Not the same. Besan or gram flour is a flour of chana dal or split brown chickpeas. Chickpea flour or garbanzo flour is ground up white chickpeas. Similar flavors, but not the same flour. Read below for differences and where to use which flour. Besan or gram flour is a flour of chana dal or split brown chickpeas. Chickpea flour or garbanzo flour is ground up white chickpeas. Both have similar flavor and behavior but enough difference that a substitution can sometimes mess up a recipe. Pictured above, the top bowl has chickpea flour which is lighter, coarse and fluffy. Bottom bowl has Besan which is finer, smoother and hence more compact. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BESAN AND CHICKPEA FLOUR? Besan and chickpea flour are not the same. Indian Besan, is the flour of brown chickpeas or chana dal (split brown chickpeas), or sometimes a mix of split chickpeas and split peas. It is a flour of a type chickpeas, so it can be labeled as chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is the flour of white chickpeas and is labelled as chickpea flour or garbanzo flour. Besan is usually much finer ground and needs much less water than chickpea flour. Chickpea flour if a coarse flour usually will need more water to make same consistency batter. On usage it will also yield a dryer result. They taste slightly different. Sometimes, you have to take these differences into account, when substituting one for the other in a recipe. In some recipes, subs work out just fine, while others need adjusting. They both taste a bit bitter when raw, so they are not a good candidate in raw flour recipes such as edible cookie dough. More Pictures of pulses, legumes and their names on this Page. As you can see from the pictures, Chana Dal is basically brown chickpeas that have been split and skin removed. This chana dal is made into a flour for besan. When the besan is of brown chickpeas with the skin, then that kala chana besan has a darker hue and earthier flavor. This besan is not used as commonly as regular chana dal besan.Continue reading: Difference between Besan and Chickpea Flour (Garbanzo Bean flour)The post Difference between Besan and Chickpea Flour (Garbanzo Bean flour) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Sesame Noodles with Lemongrass Tempeh Crumbles

August 23 2019 Vegan Richa 

Sesame Noodles with Lemongrass Tempeh CrumblesSesame Noodles with Lemongrass Tempeh Crumbles. Tempeh is marinated then roasted to make a delicious savory crumble which is served over quick noodles dressed in sesame oil and soy sauce. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Jump to Recipe I had some noodles and tempeh to use up and that’s how this quick stir fry came about. Tempeh is marinated in ginger, garlic, soy sauce, lemon grass and sesame oil. Then cooked until it is golden. The noodles are tossed with sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce and some garlic and sriracha and warmed, then served with the delicious tempeh crumbles. Add some blanched broccoli, or roasted veggies to the stir fry. Add in some peanut or almond butter to the noodles for creamy noodles. Use tofu or chickpeas! Loads of options. See soy-free option in notes. Lets make this!Continue reading: Sesame Noodles with Lemongrass Tempeh CrumblesThe post Sesame Noodles with Lemongrass Tempeh Crumbles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Blueberry Muffins with Streusel

August 17 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Blueberry Muffins with StreuselEasy Vegan Blueberry Muffins with Streusel. These Blueberry Streusel Muffins are soft , tall, and berrylicious. The batter needs just 1 Bowl. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Can be made without nuts, Gluten-free option.  Jump to Recipe Fresh blueberries, Soft tall muffins and a simple streusel. Simple, and perfect. These classic blueberry muffins have all the things you want in a muffin. A super tall rise, because who likes muffins that dont rise enough or fall after baking! Just the right amount of berries, and a streusel that brings it all together. The streusel keeps the muffins moist by reducing the moisture loss from the top. The flour tossed fresh berries stay right in place and don’t sink to the bottom. Some lime zest brightens up the flavor! If you make these, do let me know how they turned out!Continue reading: Vegan Blueberry Muffins with StreuselThe post Vegan Blueberry Muffins with Streusel appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato Dressing

August 11 2019 Vegan Richa 

Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato DressingRoasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato Dressing. Creamy Sun-dried tomato dressing with roasted veggies, spring greens, apples and pepitas. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free Recipe. Easily made nut-free  Jump to Recipe Its time for roasting some abundant veggies and piling them over seasonal greens with seasonal fruits and dressing with a creamy sun dried tomato dressing! The sun dried tomato dressing is just a few ingredients and works amazingly over roasted cauliflower and broccoli. It also works great in sandwiches, wraps and bowls. The veggies are roasted with fresh herbs, salt and pepper and served over a bed of greens, apples and pepitas. Change up the veggies, hrebs, toppings and fruit for variation! Lets make this Easy Salad. Continue reading: Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato DressingThe post Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sun dried Tomato Dressing appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cookie Dough Bites

August 5 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cookie Dough Bites7 Ingredient Vegan Cookie Dough Bites! these chocolate chip cookie dough balls have no grain, gluten and no added oil. Can be made without the sugar. Vegan Paleo Gluten-free Grain-free Recipe.   Jump to Recipe Its summer, long days, that means longer times outside. And between all the activity, we need fun snacks that taste like cookie dough (right!) and are energy bites as well. These nutty fudgy balls are just that. Full of all the good stuff, just a few ingredients and taste like healthy chocolate chip cookie dough! Cashews and coconut are processed to make a nice neutral base. Then dates, flavors are added in. and some chocolate chips of course! You can drizzle some melted chocolate on them for additional chocolate or roll in seeds.Continue reading: Vegan Cookie Dough BitesThe post Vegan Cookie Dough Bites appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Recipe

July 29 2019 Vegan Richa 

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower RecipeThis Sticky Sesame Cauliflower is a crowd pleaser! Cauliflower is battered and baked , then coated in sticky spicy sesame sauce and baked again. Serve as is or with rice or in lettuce cups. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Refined sugar free Recipe  Jump to Recipe When you need some sticky sweet tangy delicious sauced something, cauliflower fits right in. Cauliflower florets are tossed in a rice flour and starch batter and baked to crisp. The sticky sesame sauce uses sesame oil, garlic, ginger, soy/­­tamari, vinegar, maple syrup and some sriracha for heat for a addictive flavor profile. Brush this sticky sauce on the baked cauliflower and serve, or bake again for more sticky crispy cauliflower! Serve it over rice, by itself or in lettuce wraps! I use sesame oil in the batter and the sauce for extra sesame flavor profile. For additional protein, add in some firm tofu, seitan or soycurls with the cauliflower. Lets make this!Continue reading: Sticky Sesame Cauliflower RecipeThe post Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Easy Vegan Waffles 1 Bowl

July 23 2019 Vegan Richa 

Easy Vegan Waffles 1 BowlEasy Vegan Waffles! Crispy, Delicious, waffles for Everyday Breakfast. 1 Bowl, Freezer friendly. Serve with fruits and  favorite toppings. Vegan Waffle Recipe. Soy-free Nut-free option  Jump to Recipe Sometimes you just need some good waffles to start the day! Simple everyday waffles that you can dress as you like. These easy waffles are a breeze to put together. They can also be adjusted to preferred crispyness and texture. I make a mix of flours and use that in the waffle recipe. You can play around with other flours of choice too. A direct completely gluten-free substitution doesn’t work in the recipe, I’ll have a gluten-free version posted separately with a gf blend and the process that makes crispy non dry non crumbly waffles. In this recipe, you can replace a quarter of the flour with an alternate flour(with or without gluten flour). Lets make some.Continue reading: Easy Vegan Waffles 1 BowlThe post Easy Vegan Waffles 1 Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Easy Vegan Pesto

July 17 2019 Vegan Richa 

Easy Vegan PestoEasy and Delicious Vegan Pesto. Use with pasta, salads, over pizza, over garlic bread, roasted veggies, sandwiches, lasagna, wraps! Nut-free option. Vegan gluten-free soy-free Recipe. Jump to Recipe When there is abundance of fresh herbs, dont let them sit and spoil. Make a flavorful and easy pesto and use or freeze! A good pesto adds refreshing flavor to a simple pasta meal. It can be used in other ways too. Add to roasted veggie sandwiches, Grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta salad, grilled flatbreads/­­pizza, serve with lasagna soup and what not! This easy pesto has just a few ingredients, fresh herbs, some nuts and seeds, flavors from salt, garlic lemon and cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast(which can easily be omitted). Just process in a food processor and done!Continue reading: Easy Vegan PestoThe post Easy Vegan Pesto appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chili Lime Roasted Veggies & Jackfruit with Jalapeno Cream Sauce

July 11 2019 Vegan Richa 

Chili Lime Roasted Veggies & Jackfruit with Jalapeno Cream SauceThis Chili Lime Roasted Veggie & Jackfruit Bowl with Jalapeno Cream Sauce has so much flavor! The veggies and jackfruit are roasted in 1 sheet pan and dressed with creamy jalapeno sauce. Add the veggies & Chili Lime Jackfruit to tacos or burritos! Vegan Gluten-free Soyfree Recipe. Nutfree option.  Jump to Recipe Its Bowl Season! Today’s bowl is a mix of textures and flavors and is hearty, spicy and delicious! Veggies are tossed in homemade taco seasoning and lime zest. Jackfruit is coated tomato paste and taco spice. Peppers and are seasoned with lime, salt and pepper and everything is spread in one pan to roast. The veggies and jackfruit are super flavorful and can be served as a bowl, over salad, or in tacos and wraps. Wait there’s more. The easy creamy tangy jalapeno cream sauce! Dress these Taco seasoned veggies in my from scratch jalapeno cream sauce, to take them to the next level. Don’t be discouraged by the list of ingredients. Many are repeated spices, taco spice, salt and lime. The cream sauce can be made ahead. Once all the veggies are prepped, just mix them with the spices, spread and bake. Jackfruit with the crispy edges, Cauliflower which we all already know works so well with taco spice, peppers add fajita flavor. Lets get to it!Continue reading: Chili Lime Roasted Veggies & Jackfruit with Jalapeno Cream SauceThe post Chili Lime Roasted Veggies & Jackfruit with Jalapeno Cream Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

45 Best Tofu Recipes to Try! Stir-fries, Marinated, Curries, Sandwiches & More

July 8 2019 Vegan Richa 

45 Best Tofu Recipes to Try! Stir-fries, Marinated, Curries, Sandwiches & More45 Best Tofu Recipes to Try. Stir-fries, Marinated and Baked, Curries, Pasta, Crispy Breaded Tofu, Sandwiches & More. No Bland tofu! Gluten-free Options. Delicious Vegan Tofu Recipes. Tofu is an interesting ingredient. In the initial years when we transitioned to eating vegan, I used to dislike tofu. That was probably because of the tofu I tried in restaurants which was bland or just fried and added to things. No marination, no spices or herbs. Then, I started cooking with it myself and the challenge was to see if would like tofu. Challenge accepted and then some. Try my Indian butter tofu, Orange Tofu, Cajun Baked Tofu, lemon asparagus pasta, Chili garlic baked tofuTofu in Amritsari sauce and then try the rest of the recipes as well. What is Tofu? Tofu is basically bean curd. It is made by curdling soy milk (milk from soybeans) and then pressing the resulting curds into blocks. The process is similar to making cheese curds from dairy milk. During transition, I didn’t particularly eat much Tofu or miss eating it. There were plenty of beans, lentils and legumes in our diet. Tofu is easily more available in restaurants and when travelling, so its a good protein to get to like. And that’s what happened when I started to prepare it in various ways. If you are avoiding soy, you can use other protein subs in most of these recipes, such as chickpea tofu, cooked chickpeas or beans, roasted veggies, seitan, meat subs etc. Most recipes have the alternatives mentioned to make them soyfree when possible.Continue reading: 45 Best Tofu Recipes to Try! Stir-fries, Marinated, Curries, Sandwiches & MoreThe post 45 Best Tofu Recipes to Try! Stir-fries, Marinated, Curries, Sandwiches & More appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Blueberry Cobbler No Oil

July 1 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Blueberry Cobbler No OilEasy Vegan Blueberry Cobbler. No Added Oil in this crisp buttery berry cobbler. Gluten-free option. Plant Based Summer Dessert, can be made ahead and versatile. Use blackberries, mixed berries and peaches and other summer fruit. Vegan Soyfree Oilfree Recipe. Can be made nutfree and Glutenfree. Jump to Recipe This Blueberry cobbler is the perfect way to use up all those plump summer berries! Just a few ingredients and 15 mins active time! The lemony blueberries topped with a crisp biscuity top and served with some whipped coconut cream. So Dreamy! Toss the blueberries with lemon juice and zest and some coconut sugar or other sweetener, in a baking dish or iron skillet. Make your biscuit topping with the flour, almond flour, baking powder and coconut milk, no butter needed. Drop spoonfuls on the blueberry mixture. Bake and done! This cobbler is delicious warm or cold. Serve with your favorite vegan ice cream or whipped coconut cream.Continue reading: Vegan Blueberry Cobbler No OilThe post Vegan Blueberry Cobbler No Oil appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Rolls Grainfree No Yeast

June 25 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Rolls Grainfree No YeastAmazing Fluffy Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Rolls. These Grain free Cinnamon Rolls use almond flour and have no yeast, so no rising time. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. No added yeast Jump to Recipe It is time to make some cinnamon rolls! That need just 1 Bowl and are free of gluten, grain, and yeast! Gluten-free + Vegan Baking is always tricky. There are many flours and flour combinations and each add different textures, flavors and behavior to the final dish. Gluten free flours also tend to dry really quickly, so using them in directly in a regular flour recipe doesnt always work. Methods and recipes can completely change with gluten or grain free baking. For these cinnamon rolls, I use almond flour and coconut flour with a bit of starch. Starch is the binder and the coconut flour keeps the dough dry enough to help make it easier to roll.  The delicate dough is steamed rather than baked. Baking will dry them out into crispier rolls with biscuity edges. These rolls are not going to be as chewy and fluffy as a regular flour roll, but are fluffy enough when made right. The almond flour adds it owns flavor. These rolls are best served fresh right out of the steamer, when they are at their fluffiest and freshest flavor. If you make these, let me know how they turned out! See below for the need for each ingredient and substitution options.Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Rolls Grainfree No YeastThe post Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Rolls Grainfree No Yeast appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cauliflower Pea Curry – Gobi Matar

June 22 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cauliflower Pea Curry – Gobi MatarVegan Cauliflower Pea Curry – 1 Pot Gobi Matar masala. This cauliflower peas curry gets baked in the oven. Creamy roasted flavors without standing around roasting the sauce. Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Soyfree Recipe. Add some cooked chickpeas to make a meal. Jump to Recipe   I like hands-off meals at times and this baked Cauliflower Curry is just that Once you have the sauce blended, mix it with veggies and put it to bake and forget it.  The sauce bakes to a nice roasted creamyness and is great with a variety of veggies and beans. Cauliflower is baked for a few mins with cumin seeds and garlic. You want to bake just enough time to cook the garlic to golden. Baking too long will burn the garlic. This time will also roast the cumin seeds taking away the raw flavor. The sauce is then blended with all the ingredients in a blender. Add to the baking dish, add peas or chickpeas and bake until the veggies are cooked to preference. Garnish and serve with flatbread or grains. Easy, Quick and Delicious!Continue reading: Vegan Cauliflower Pea Curry – Gobi MatarThe post Vegan Cauliflower Pea Curry – Gobi Matar appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gyros with Mushrooms and Tzatziki

June 13 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gyros with Mushrooms and TzatzikiVegan Gyros with Mushrooms and Tzatziki. Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Mushroom Gyro “meat” and 5 Minute Vegan Tzatziki. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Can be Gluten-free. Jump to Recipe Wraps and Bowls are my choice of food in Summer and these refreshing Gyros fit right in! Mushrooms are cooked with just 4 ingredients, some vegan worcestershire sauce, shawarma blend, garlic and onion. Once caramelized, they make a flavorful filling for the wraps. Add toppings of choice such as sliced onion, cucumber, tomato and some lettuce or greens. The Tzatziki takes just 5 mins and a few ingredients. Tofu, Garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, salt , dill and cucumber, process and done! Warm up the pita breads, fill up and serve. See Recipe notes to make without tofu. You can also make a bowl with toasted pita bread and the filling and toppings and tzatziki to dress. Add other dressings such as hummus. There is no added oil in the filling and the tzatziki and the recipe will be oilfree if you use oilfree flatbreads. The gyro filling is easy and so delicious with my homemade shawarma blend. You can also use seitan, soycurls or jackfruit to make the filling. Lets make a big batch of these gyros!Continue reading: Vegan Gyros with Mushrooms and TzatzikiThe post Vegan Gyros with Mushrooms and Tzatziki appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Spaghetti with toasted garlic breadcrumbs and blistered cauliflower

June 7 2019 Vegan Richa 

Spaghetti with toasted garlic breadcrumbs and blistered cauliflowerEasy Spaghetti with toasted garlic breadcrumbs and blistered cauliflower. 30 Min Vegan Pasta Meal with toasted breadcrumbs and roasted cauliflower. Vegan Nutfree Soyfree Recipe Jump to Recipe I had been eyeing Mario batali’s toasted breadcrumb spaghetti when I first happened upon it. The toasty garlic and breadcrumb idea was intriguing. I changed up the process to toast the breadcrumbs and garlic together. The flavor of the mix is enhanced with some lemon zest and pepper instead of cheese. The dish gets rounded up with some blistered cauliflower that enhances the toastyness and balances the garlic and parsley. I use fresh bread for breadcrumbs in this dish as the breadcrumbs are tastier, less dry and absorb a lot more flavor. Be generous with the garlic, breadcrumbs, toasting time and parsley or other favorite fresh herb! Lets make it.Continue reading: Spaghetti with toasted garlic breadcrumbs and blistered cauliflowerThe post Spaghetti with toasted garlic breadcrumbs and blistered cauliflower appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Breakfast Burrito Recipe With Tofu Scramble, Spiced Potatoes

June 1 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Breakfast Burrito Recipe With Tofu Scramble, Spiced PotatoesVegan Breakfast Burrito with 5 Ingredient Tofu Scramble, Breakfast potatoes, chickpea pancake, tomatoes, pepitas and salsa! 25 Gm Protein. High protein breakfast burrito or tacos. Nutfree Recipe. Can be Gluten-free, Soyfree. Jump to Recipe Hubbs has been hiking again and he always wants some hand held, savory, mouthful, delicious and high protein breakfast or snack to carry with him. I started making burritos with leftovers and tofu scramble for him. One day I added some chilla (chickpea omelet) in the wraps too and he loved it. This wrap is Satisfying, fresh, lots of flavors and textures, savory and protein! You can build up this burrito however you like. Add or remove a component to preference. I build it up with a simple tofu scramble, some breakfast potatoes or roasted veggies, chickpea pancake that adds more protein, some pepitas, fresh crunchy veggies and a dressing. Its a scramble, veggie, omelet, crunch and dressing burrito. You can also serve these ingredients in a breakfast taco format! Lets make a bunch of these burritos. See recipe notes to make this without soy and gluten.Continue reading: Vegan Breakfast Burrito Recipe With Tofu Scramble, Spiced PotatoesThe post Vegan Breakfast Burrito Recipe With Tofu Scramble, Spiced Potatoes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Curried Tofu Banh Mi Vegan Recipe

May 29 2019 Vegan Richa 

Curried Tofu Banh Mi Vegan RecipeThis Curried Tofu Banh Mi is Delicious, refreshing and comes together within 30 mins. Easy Vegan Banh Mi Sandwich with coconut curry sauce! Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Can be glutenfree. Jump to Recipe Start the Summer with this refreshing Banh mi Sandwich! Baguette or bread, pickled veggies, seared tofu with curry spices, coconut curry sauce, all made from scratch! assembled as you like and served. What is Banh Mi ? A banh mi sandwich is Vietnamese snack sandwich with many textures and flavors, spicy, sweet, herby, tangy and a mouthful. there are many variations of banh mi with various proteins, marinades and such. A common banh mi consists of a baguette filled with pickled carrots, cucumber, radish/­­daikon, cilantro, mayo/­­other creamy dressing, and a protein. I use tofu for my protein and marinate it with curry spices and coconut cream. Instead of mayo, I use a creamy coconut curry sauce. You can use vegan mayo and veggies and herbs that you have. Lets make this amazing Tofu Banh Mi!Continue reading: Curried Tofu Banh Mi Vegan RecipeThe post Curried Tofu Banh Mi Vegan Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pizza Rolls Recipe

May 23 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pizza Rolls RecipeVegan Pizza Rolls. Easy Pizza dough stuffed with herbed Mushroom tomato filling, rolled, sliced and baked. Delicious snack or appetizer! Vegan Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe You know whats more fun that pizza, soft pizza rolls! A simple pizza dough flavored with herbs, filled with a mushroom tomato stuffing, rolled, sliced and baked for a flavorful, fun appetizer! These rolls can be prepped ahead and are freezer friendly. You can also make them into Pizza pockets. Divide the dough into 4 portions, add the filling and vegan cheese such as vegan mozzarella, or use my mozzarella sauce from the portobello burgers. Seal and bake for 20 to 25 mins. Serve with marinara.Continue reading: Vegan Pizza Rolls RecipeThe post Vegan Pizza Rolls Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Portobello Mushroom Burger

May 16 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Portobello Mushroom BurgerVegan Portobello Mushroom Burger. Portobello marinated and stuffed with vegan mozzarella, then breaded to make Crispy Portobello Sandwiches! Top with more vegan mozzarella cream, fresh herbs. Vegan Recipe. Nutfree Gluten-free options Jump to Recipe I’ve been wanting to convert this marinated portobellos with garlic sauce into a hand held burger thing for a while. with some crispy breading action. so here goes! The mushrooms are marinated in a delicious balsamic soy marinade, then baked until al dente. They are then stuffed with an easy cashew mozzarella cream and coated liberally with breadcrumbs. Then baked to golden perfection. Now if you can wait at this point, then assemble the burger, else these portobellos are ready to devour with some extra mozzarella cream and fresh basil or herbs! so good. This looks like a long recipe with the many components, but you can make the mozzarella cream ahead and then its just baking and serving. You can also use other cheese sauce of choice here. and Serve the mushrooms however you like, bunless, or over a bowl or with mashed potatoes or over spaghetti with marinara! Lets get to it!Continue reading: Vegan Portobello Mushroom BurgerThe post Vegan Portobello Mushroom Burger appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Golden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai Latte

May 10 2019 Vegan Richa 

Golden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai LatteGolden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai Latte. Golden Milk Mix + Chai Spice is a perfect start to the morning. This mix is caffeine-free, great for gifting, and use in curries, dals, stews, with veggies. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe I’ve been trying to change up my morning Chai to be caffeine free. Don’t ask me how that is going (it is hard!). I’ve been reducing the masala Chai and subbing a portion of it other options. This cup of this Turmeric Chai works the best. The warm spiced drink feels cozy and the refreshing spices remind me of the brewed spiced masala chai. Success! My favorite Indian Chai spice mix gets a makeover with the addition of Turmeric and some optional saffron. This potent and flavorful mix makes amazing golden chai latte, minus the chai(tea, caffeine). Mix up this golden chai mix, change up the amounts of spices to preference. Boil in a small amount of non dairy milk then add some frothed non dairy milk and done! You can add a tea bag to it for tea, serve it cold over ice or make a golden ice cream shake or smoothie! You can also use this mix in dals, veggie stir and curries! Try it in my peanut butter chickpea curry, lentil soup, and aloo gobi. Lets make some!Continue reading: Golden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai LatteThe post Golden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai Latte appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

May 3 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut SauceEasy Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce. Rice paper Fresh Rolls with Marinated Tofu and Peanut Dipping Sauce. Gluten-free Recipe. Can be Nutfree with Sunbutter or Sweet Chili sauce.  Jump to Recipe These refreshing fresh rolls are perfect for the warm weather. Tofu is marinated in a simple marinade, noodles are cooked and tossed with some peanut sauce, veggies are sliced or julienned, the fresh herbs such as mint and cilantro, chopped up, rice paper wrappers assembled and then stuff and roll. Change it up by changing the marinade, add in a fruit, change up the dipping sauce to my sweet chili sauce.Continue reading: Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut SauceThe post Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Chickpea Rice Soup

April 27 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chickpea Rice SoupComforting and Healing Vegan Chickpea Rice Soup with Veggies. A glutenfree variation of Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup. Easy 1 Pot 30 minute meal. Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Soyfree option Jump to Recipe Spring sometimes brings sniffles and a warm comforting brothy soup is what gets me through it! This Chickpea Rice soup is the answer to the chikin noodle soup that cures all.  Garlic and veggies cooked to golden, then herbs, flavors and broth simmered with cooked chickpeas and rice! Use noodles, vegan chikin subs for variation. This Soup is delicious, healing and satisfying. It needs 1 Pot and less than 30 minutes! Change up the herbs to preference. Add more veggies for a hearty soup.Continue reading: Vegan Chickpea Rice SoupThe post Vegan Chickpea Rice Soup appeared first on Vegan Richa.

20 Vegan Pasta Recipes

April 21 2019 Vegan Richa 

20 Vegan Pasta Recipes20 Vegan Pasta Recipes! Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Farfalle, Ziti with Sauces like Bolognese, Alfredo, Lemon Cream, rose sauce, pesto, cheese sauce and more. Gluten-free, soy-free Nut-free Options for these Vegan Pasta dinners. Pastas make for a great meal option whether its a quick weeknight fix or for entertaining. Simple sauces mixed with cooked pasta or elaborate layers and toppings. There’s so much more than just red sauce! Here are 20 fun and delicious options to try. But is Pasta Vegan? Most dried pasta is actually accidentally vegan as its just semolina or wheat. Some brands might have additives and non vegan additions. Make sure to read the ingredients to confirm. Fresh pasta is more likely to have eggs and other ingredients. Lets get to the recipes.Continue reading: 20 Vegan Pasta RecipesThe post 20 Vegan Pasta Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Tempeh Cauliflower Potato Tamarind Curry

April 16 2019 Vegan Richa 

Tempeh Cauliflower Potato Tamarind CurryTempeh Cauliflower Potato Tamarind Curry. South Indian Coconut and tamarind curry with veggies.Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Recipe. Can be Soyfree.  Jump to Recipe My aim with the blog is to introduce flavorful new ways to add more plant focused meals to our and your repertoire. That means making some Indian cooking simpler and more approachable. Some of these options are home meals or regional recipes that are mostly never found in Indian restaurants. Exhibit a this Tofu Amritsari Masala which keeps getting made so many times, Exhibit b Black eyed Pea Brown Rice Peanut Pulao which has amazing flavor and texture. There are several recipes in my drafts too, that I have to edit and schedule intermittently. Sometimes they take a back seat in favor of the more popular options. The sauce today is inspired from South Indian style Tamarind Chiken Curry. I use Tempeh for the Protein and added potatoes and cauliflower because I had to use them up and all work really well in the sauce. You can make this soyfree with more of the veggies, some cooked chickpeas/­­beans/­­lentils or chickpea tofu. As with some regional Indian cooking, sometimes the ingredient list is longer as they use whole and ground spices in combination to create their own flavor. The sauces and curries in many regional Indian cuisines are not just sauce base + garam masala. The flavor gets built up with various spices and ingredients. For this sauce, the dry whole spices such as coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek and black pepper are toasted and then ground and blended with tomato. The mixture is then added to golden onions and simmered to make a deep flavored sauce. Add veggies or tempeh or anything else and simmer to infuse the veggies with the flavor. Garnish with lemon and Serve with rice or flatbread.Continue reading: Tempeh Cauliflower Potato Tamarind CurryThe post Tempeh Cauliflower Potato Tamarind Curry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Chickpea Brownies

April 13 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chickpea BrowniesVegan Chickpea Brownies. Grain free Brownies with chickpeas and nut butter or seed butter. These Vegan Gluten free Brownies Can be made without nuts. Fudgy Healthy No Added Oil, No Added refined sugar Jump to Recipe I am always playing around with beans and lentils in desserts And the successful results show up on the blog! You all have been loving my lentil brownies and this Chickpea Cookie Pie. In this version, I use chickpeas for a fudgy delicious brownie! These Vegan Chickpea Brownies need a few ingredients, cooked chickpeas, nut butter or seed butter, chocolate in various forms (melted, chips and cocoa powder), vanilla, almond flour and baking powder. They are also grain-free!, have no added refined oil or added refined sugar. There might be sugar, oil in the chocolate chips depending on which you choose to use. There are brands that use just cocoa butter and are unsweetened or sweetened with stevia. These Brownies are smoother(no bean skin!), fudgyier and tastier than bean brownies and use less sugar and fat than regular brownies. Everything gets added to a food processor to process to a smooth stiff batter, which is spread in a brownie pan and baked. Serve these warm with vegan ice cream!Continue reading: Vegan Chickpea BrowniesThe post Vegan Chickpea Brownies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta – 30 mins

April 7 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta – 30 minsVegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta – 30 mins! Creamy Lemon Alfredo style sauce with tofu with fettuccine and pan roasted garlic asparagus and more lemon. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Can be Glutenfree. 17 gm of protein Jump to Recipe Asparagus is abundant and in season. Fresh, crisp and Delicious and this lemon asparagus pasta celebrates it perfectly! It comes together in 30 minutes and has this luscious delicious zesty cream sauce. The sauce uses tofu and non dairymilk and herbs for the sauce, See below for soyfree option. Tofu makes the sauce so fluffy creamy! Lemon in various forms at various stages of the sauce, lemon juice and zest in the blended sauce, zest and slices while simmering, makes this incredibly delicious! Hubbs couldnt believe it was tofu! and 2 serves went down within minutes. This Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta is all things Spring. Lemony, Creamy, filled with asparagus and makes a great weeknight meal! Lets cook.Continue reading: Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta – 30 minsThe post Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta – 30 mins appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Shikanji Nimbu Pani – Indian Lemonade

April 2 2019 Vegan Richa 

Shikanji Nimbu Pani – Indian LemonadeShikanji or Nimbu Pani is a spiced drink similar to lemonade. It needs just 7 ingredients and is a refreshing drink for summer. Indian Lemonade or limeade spiced with cumin and kala namak. Vegan Recipe Jump to Recipe It is finally getting warm out here and Shikanji is starting to make an appearance! This Indian Limeade has Just 7 Ingredients, is Zesty, and so refreshing. A hint of spices such as cumin and kala namak (yes that egg flavored Indian sulphur salt!) add a fabulous flavor to this drinkLime is the choice of citrus but lemon makes a great shikanji too. Make sure to make a large pitcher worth as everyone will fight over it!Continue reading: Shikanji Nimbu Pani – Indian LemonadeThe post Shikanji Nimbu Pani – Indian Lemonade appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cajun Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Chimichurri Sauce

March 26 2019 Vegan Richa 

Cajun Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Chimichurri SauceVegan Cajun Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Chimichurri Sauce. 30 Mins, super Flavorful. Slice into thick slices or just chop into florets to make this delicious Cajun Cauliflower. Serve with chimichurri or a cooling dressing. Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe I’ve wanted to make just the Cajun cauliflower since I posted the now very popular Garlic pasta with roasted cajun cauliflowerCreamy Pasta with smoky spicy cauliflower makes a fabulous weekday meal! I make my own cajun blend so I can control the flavor and heat and it works out wonderfully over cauliflower.  For crispier cauliflower, add some breadcrumbs to the spice mix and then toss. Adjust the heat of the cajun seasoning by reducing cayenne, pepper flakes, black pepper and using more of sweet paprika. Serve these Cajun Caulilfower “steaks” with some cooked grains or beans in a bowl with some hearty crunchy greens or lettuce to make a meal. Lets bake!Continue reading: Cajun Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Chimichurri SauceThe post Cajun Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Chimichurri Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 23 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesThese Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are melt in your mouth, delicious and hearty cookies. They need 1 Bowl, just 8 Ingredients and are ready within 30 Minutes. Easily made Gluten-free. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe There’s something about Peanut butter, chocolate chips and oats in a cookie. Its nutty, hearty with the oats and chocolate because well chocolate. These cookies are a cross between my almond butter oatmeal cookies and sunbutter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. These need just 1 Bowl and 8 Ingredients! No vegan butter or oil, no refined sugar, no whipping or electric mixer needed! Add spices of choice for variation, add some toasted nuts and seeds to make these into Breakfast Or Snack Cookies. These Cookies have no added refined sugar (if you use sugar free chocolate or dried fruit like raisins, currants, blueberries or cranberries) and No added oil (depends on your nut butter). Before it gets too hot to bake, lets make these super Easy and Super Delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!   For a nutfree version try my sunbutter Oatmeal cookies. These cookies can easily be made without gluten, use certified gf oats and a gf blend. Continue reading: Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesThe post Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Lasagna

March 19 2019 Vegan Richa 

Creamy Vegan Mushroom LasagnaEasy Creamy Vegan Mushroom Lasagna. Marinated and baked Portobello mushrooms, creamy garlic sauce, spinach and lasagna sheets layered to make a hearty portobello lasagna. Vegan Recipe, Can be Gluten-free Nut-free Jump to Recipe Its been a while since I changed up my lasagna. You all love the Baked Portabella mushrooms with garlic sauce, so I put them in a lasagna! Mushrooms are marinated in a garlic, balsamic, soy marinade then baked, Meanwhile blend the garlic sauce and keep ready. Assemble the rest of the ingredients. Then start layering! Garlic white sauce, noodles, mushrooms, sauce, noodles, a layer of spinach and tofu ricotta, noodles and repeat. Top with vegan parmesan or vegan cheese and bake. Once baked, drizzle olive oil on top and add fresh herbs, slice and serve.  For a quick meal, you can bake the portobello mushrooms until done, heat the garlic sauce to thicken then toss cooked pasta (fettuccine or penne) and fold in half of the sliced mushrooms and serve the rest on the side. Fold in some baby spinach when the sauce is simmering. Continue reading: Creamy Vegan Mushroom LasagnaThe post Creamy Vegan Mushroom Lasagna appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Nashville Hot Cauliflower Bites

March 12 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Nashville Hot Cauliflower BitesVegan Nashville Hot Cauliflower Bites. These Nashville Style Hot Cauliflower wings are flavorful, hot and Delicious! Serve with vegan ranch or other dips. Add to wraps or bowls. Vegan Nutfree Soyfree Recipe. Glutenfree option  Jump to Recipe Weekend fare some days for events, potlucks these days is some gardein strips with various hot sauces. One of those times, I made this nashville style peppery hot sauce that hubbs loved. I mean gone in 10 seconds kind of loved. So I decided to use it with some crispy Cauliflower! Cauliflower florets get tossed in a simple batter. No dipping each floret one by one! Just dump into the bowl and toss to coat, then spread the florets in baking dish and bake. Then toss in the sauce and bake again. The Nashville sauce is HOT! It doesn’t feel that hot when you start eating the cauliflower, but just wait for 5 mins. Boom! You can adjust the overall sauce to be less hot, add more tang(vinegar), some more oil, garlic and sweet paprika instead. Serve with cooling dips such as vegan ranch. You can also add these bites to tacos, wraps or bowls! Continue reading: Vegan Nashville Hot Cauliflower BitesThe post Vegan Nashville Hot Cauliflower Bites appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gluten free Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting

March 6 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Vanilla Cake with Chocolate FrostingVegan Gluten free Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting. Soft and delicious vanilla cakes sweetened with dates. 1 Bowl Cake. No Egg, No gums Gluten free Vegan Recipe. Can be refined sugar free. Jump to Recipe I have had Gluten-free vanilla cake in my to do list for a long while. Gluten-free baking is tricky and gluten free vegan baking is even more. But finally We have a soft amazing Vanilla Cake! The cake uses almond, oat and rice flours and uses mainly dates for sweetening. The cakes can be made refined sugar free easily. Make the 2 cakes and frost separately or layer for a great gluten free birthday cake. Use a vegan butter cream frosting and sprinkles. or this chocolate frosting and add sprinkles or shaved chocolate. You can also bake the batter into one 8 by 8 inch brownie pan and add the frosting of choice.  This Gluten free Vanilla Cake is eggless, dairyfree, gum-free, Needs 1 Bowl, and is Soft, Delicious, and freat for snacking or using for layer cakes. For regular flour vanilla cake, use this cake to bake into 1 or 2 pans. If you make this cake, do let me know how it turned out!Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Vanilla Cake with Chocolate FrostingThe post Vegan Gluten free Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting appeared first on Vegan Richa.

65 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners

March 1 2019 Vegan Richa 

65 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners65 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners! Easy 1 Pot Meals, soups, stir fries, curries, burgers, pizza, Tacos, breakfast and dessert to get you started on your journey. Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree options Transitioning into and maintaining a vegan diet can have its challenges in the beginning. It can get overwhelming at times to replace some loved meals, try new ingredients, flavors and textures. Here are a few choice recipes from the blog to help you out! Many are 1 Bowl, 30 Minute easy recipes, some longer depending on your cooking experience. There are quick Pastas, Veggie bakes, Soups, Curries, Stir fries, noodles, Bowls, there are Burgers, tacos, pizza. Also breakfast- sweet and savory, and some desserts to please everyone. There’s something for everyone, many different flavors, cooking styles, ingredients, options.  Lets keep those plans we made in Jan to eat well rolling along. Do let me know in the comments about which recipes you found easy and accessible. Looking for something specific, check my Recipe index. Also check out my cookbooks for even more options and inspiration(available everywhere in the world and often also in libraries). Continue reading: 65 Easy Vegan Recipes for BeginnersThe post 65 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Recipe

February 21 2019 Vegan Richa 

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice RecipeLemony Turmeric Cauliflower Rice. Easy Side with any meal. 1 Pot 15 Min Lemon Cauliflower Rice with mustard seeds and garlic. Vegan Glutenfree Grainfree Nutfree Recipe  Jump to Recipe  You all love this Turmeric Lemon rice as a side not just with Indian Meals, but with other meals as well. I decided to lighten it up with cauliflower rice and the result is this light, fluffy, golden, gorgeous, vibrant, lemony Turmeric Cauliflower Rice! Grate the cauliflower using the many methods listed below, Lightly cook with turmeric, lemon and spices. Fluff and done! You might have a hard time keeping some for the actual meal. You have to try this Fluffy Vibrant Golden Cauliflower Rice! Continue reading: Turmeric Cauliflower Rice RecipeThe post Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Lentil Soup – Instant Pot or Saucepan

February 18 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Lentil Soup – Instant Pot or Saucepan1 Pot Vegan Lentil Soup made in Instant Pot or Saucepan. This Easy Lentil Vegetable Soup is warming, comforting and so filling. 30 Minute Freezer friendly, Everyday Ingredients. Gluten-free, Soyfree, Nutfree Recipe.  Jump to Recipe Lentil soups in various forms are pretty much a staple in the house. Whats not to love! A Comforting Bowl of delicious brothy or creamy, veggies and lentils that are cooked just perfect.  Soups make a great 1 Pot meal with any veggies added in. Adjust the cooking time based on lentils used (there are various types of lentils! which might need a few minutes less or more cooking time) and make it brothy/­­stewy, or creamy by blending some of the soup or adding some coconut milk. Simple spices such as cumin, curry powder(which you can change up or omit), garlic and tomatoes adding amazing flavor to the broth, with a good helping black pepper to add warmth and amazing flavor. So much deliciousness in a bowl! Use other spices and herbs for variations. See tips below to make the best lentil soup every time!!Continue reading: Vegan Lentil Soup – Instant Pot or SaucepanThe post Vegan Lentil Soup – Instant Pot or Saucepan appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes

February 11 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cinnamon Streusel PancakesThese Vegan Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes are a perfect treat for Valentines or a special day. A delicious fluffy vanilla pancake topped with a cinnamon streusel for coffee cake pancake. Use cookie cutters to make a pancake tower. No Bake Cinnamon Streusel Cake! Vegan Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Glutenfree Option  Jump to Recipe   We all love a decadent breakfast once in a while and these Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes are just perfect for that! These tall soft pancakes are a cinnamon streusel cake/­­coffee cake in pancake form! If you make them using cookie cutters, then they are almost a Cinnamon streusel cake, no baking needed and ready within 25 mins!  The batter is a simple vanilla cake batter that is cooked in a skillet. Sprinkle some streusel on one side, flip, cook and serve. I use Cookie cutters to make cake tower like my popular No Bake Chocolate Cake for 2- Chocolate Pancake tower (so decadent and ready in 20 mins!). You can make regular pancakes with the batter as well. Drizzle with maple, icing or top with some cream cheese frosting or whipped coconut cream and fruits!Continue reading: Vegan Cinnamon Streusel PancakesThe post Vegan Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

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 MasalaTofu in Smoky Spicy Tomato Cream SauceThe post Vegan Tofu Amritsari MasalaTofu in Smoky Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

20 Drool-worthy Vegan Taco Recipes!

February 2 2019 Vegan Richa 

20 Drool-worthy Vegan Taco Recipes!20 Drool-Worthy Vegan Taco Recipes with Beans, Lentils, Cauliflower, Veggies, Jackfruit, Mushrooms, squash. Spicy, Smoky, Tangy, Crispy, many flavors! Glutenfree Soyfree Options. No Fake Meats! Its Taco Saturday! Everyone needs some amazing Tacos in their repertoire. Theres more to Vegan Tacos than just beans! Different legumes, chickpeas, lentils, or veggies, squashes, Cauliflower, some nuts, mushrooms or jackfruit! Simple spices or varied flavors, smoky sauces, tangy dressings, fusion spices! Lots of options.  Tacos are often loved by everyone including kids, they are flexible to preference, versatile with the many fillings, sauces and flavors and can be made pretty quickly. Here are 20 Vegan Taco Recipes to try out for the next Taco party!Continue reading: 20 Drool-worthy Vegan Taco Recipes!The post 20 Drool-worthy Vegan Taco Recipes! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Sweet Potato Bread 1 Bowl

January 27 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Sweet Potato Bread 1 BowlVegan Sweet Potato Bread with Cranberries or other berries of choice. Easy 1 Bowl Loaf with winter spices. Use pumpkin for variation. Nutfree Soyfree Recipe  Jump to Recipe This Sweet Potato Cranberry Bread makes for a hearty snack or breakfast. It is full of winter spice, moist and delicious just like my Pumpkin loaf. It needs just 1 Bowl. Add berries of choice or add some chopped dates or some chocolate chips. the batter can be easily baked into muffins. Freeze to have a slice available whenever needed!  Add a streusel or icing for a cake! Use pumpkin or butternut puree for variation. Lets make some!Continue reading: Vegan Sweet Potato Bread 1 BowlThe post Vegan Sweet Potato Bread 1 Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Gluten free Cauliflower Flatbread – Grainfree

January 19 2019 Vegan Richa 

Gluten free Cauliflower Flatbread – GrainfreeGluten-free Cauliflower flatbread. This 7 Ingredient Gluten free flatbread is also grain-free, nut-free and soy-free. It is soft and great for tacos and wraps. Add herbs of choice. Vegan Yeastfree Recipe Jump to Recipe  Every once in a while I try gluten free flatbread options from stores, to see if they work out well to have around when entertaining. And pretty much every time I am disappointed. So here we are with a homemade option that is pliable, soft doesn’t have 20 ingredients and is versatile! This cauliflower flatbread has just 7 ingredients! Some steamed cauliflower, Psyllium, chickpea flour, tapioca starch, salt and herbs! It comes together quickly, is easy to roll out, and is super soft and pliable.   These grain-free and nut-free(yes no almonds!), flatbreads can be made ahead and stored, so that you don’t have to stand in the kitchen to serve them fresh. Just warm up when needed. Use other veggie mash for variation. Try them!Continue reading: Gluten free Cauliflower FlatbreadGrainfreeThe post Gluten free Cauliflower FlatbreadGrainfree appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower + Tips for Roasting Veggies

January 12 2019 Vegan Richa 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower + Tips for Roasting VeggiesRoasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower with fresh herbs and black pepper. Tips on how to roast veggies that are perfectly crisp, vibrant, flavorful, not-dry or chewy. Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Soyfree Recipe  Jump to Recipe Roasted Veggies make a great addition to any bowl, a side to a meal or just a light meal by themselves! There is more to roasting than just tossing in oil, salt and pepper. Roasted vegetables can turn out bland, overly roasted with chewy edges, under roasted, can get crinkly/­­dry and not enjoyable.  This is how I roast veggies like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. I use a stoneware baking dish. This allows for even heat distribution and less charring chewyness. Cover the dish for some portion of the bake time. This reduces the moisture loss during baking which is especially helpful when using less oil or no oil. Moisture loss can dry out the veggies making them feel dry and chewy. Fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme, minced garlic and freshly ground black pepper, large pepper flakes preferably, and a good amount adds just the perfect flavor! Serve with just some lemon juice + pepper or gravy or my garlic sauce.  More tips below on how to roast these veggies for the perfect crisp as well as keeping them vibrant and hearty. If you try this recipe, do let me know how it worked out. Got more tips for roasting? do share!Continue reading: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower + Tips for Roasting VeggiesThe post Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower + Tips for Roasting Veggies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Snickerdoodle Bars – Cinnamon Bars

January 9 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Snickerdoodle Bars – Cinnamon BarsThese Vegan Snickerdoodle Bars need 1 Bowl and 30 mins. Easy Snickerdoodle cookie bars short bread like, cinnamony and delicious. Vegan Cinnamon Bars Glutenfree option. Jump to Recipe   These Cinnamony bites are great for when you need a lightly sweet snack. Shortbread like cookie bars topped with cinnamon and sugar. The bars need just 1 Bowl and come together within minutes. I added some candied ginger to the dough which you can omit if you like.  Bake, slice and done. You can bake the dough into cookies as well. Roll in cinnamon sugar, flatten and bake. Glutenfree and no oil options in the Recipe notes. Lets make these melt in your mouth burst of cinnamon bars. Continue reading: Vegan Snickerdoodle Bars – Cinnamon BarsThe post Vegan Snickerdoodle Bars – Cinnamon Bars appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Sesame Garlic Broccoli Recipe

January 3 2019 Vegan Richa 

Sesame Garlic Broccoli RecipeThis Sesame Garlic Broccoli needs just 6 ingredients. It is vibrant with blanched broccoli and delicious with a simple dressing of garlic roasted with sesame oil. A perfect side. Vegan glutenfree nutfree recipe.  Jump to Recipe If you like broccoli, you will LOVE this simple 6 ingredient garlicky broccoli. Broccoli is blanched then mixed with slowly roasted garlic + sesame oil dressing. The key to amazing flavor is just the right golden brown garlic. Cook it over low heat so it doesn’t burn. Add some crisped tofu and more soy sauce to make a meal! Broccoli is one of those vegetables that divides the house. There are some that absolutely adore it in any shape and form, and some (read me) that need it generally chopped up in some format with loads of flavor. I used to not like broccoli, then I made dishes like broccoli fritters and broccoli veggie balls and slowly appreciated the vegetable. Chop the broccoli smaller or larger for this recipe. The Garlic sesame flavor works amazingly well here. Continue reading: Sesame Garlic Broccoli RecipeThe post Sesame Garlic Broccoli Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Homemade Garam Masala Spice Blend Recipe

January 1 2019 Vegan Richa 

Homemade Garam Masala Spice Blend RecipeThis quick Garam Masala spice blend takes 2 mins to make at home with everyday spices. Use it in Indian dishes, with roasted veggies, in soups, stews, cookies and more. Jump to Recipe Garam means hot and Masala in this context means a blend of spices. The spice blend itself is not generally hot. It has black pepper but no cayenne or chili powders. It can however feel hot once you eat some because of the pepper and cloves. The spices together will warm you up from the inside.  Garam masala recipes vary by family recipes, regions, states within India and of course personal preference. There are several regional versions of the spice blend and they have their own names like kashmiri garam masala, goda masala, sambhar powder etc.  This is the basic garam masala to use in Indian curries, stir fries, veggie dishes, dals and more. I have the traditional whole garam masala mix on the blog here. The whole masala stays fresh for much longer. I grind a portion of it and use it for a month or 2 and then grind more. For smaller quantity spice blend, use this quick recipe with ground everyday spices.  Use it in Butter Tofu , Cauliflower Tikka Masala,  Masala Pot Pie, lentil sweet potato dal curry. And many more Indian dishes! or add to soups, stews, to veggies to roast, cookies, yes cookies work too.  Curry powder is not the same as garam masala. Get the recipe and Read more about it here.Continue reading: Homemade Garam Masala Spice Blend RecipeThe post Homemade Garam Masala Spice Blend Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Best Vegan Recipes 2018 from VeganRicha.com

December 31 2018 Vegan Richa 

Best Vegan Recipes 2018 from VeganRicha.comBest Vegan Recipes 2018 from VeganRicha.com . Popular Recipes from the year with a few of my favorites and also some recipes that have been consistently loved from the archives! Glutenfree Soyfree options Its a wrap! 2018 has been an year of ups and downs, in health, blogging, life and everything. My digestion issues meant I was eating less of legumes and you probably noticed that slight shift on the blog from a whole lotta chickpeas to more of mushrooms and tofu. I do make a lot of legume based meals, but with from scratch cooked beans rather than canned and also eat it only on the day they are cooked (no leftovers for me). So a lot of meals get out to the neighborhood! (if you are in seattle main area and would like some, ping me on fb. I don’t deliver, you pick)   Blogging is now pretty competitive with all the amazing new blogs with great photography and content. The competitiveness of it as a business can get to one. My plan for 2019 is to continue to do what I love, i.e. develop amazing recipes, and then delegate and find help for the rest. There will always be people who can do things better in some ways, and stressing about it gets me nowhere. So lets just create and eat amazing food!  What I also learnt is that you the readers have various interests when it comes to food. Quick recipes obviously always work. There are tons of those already out there, some on the blog and books too. And even though a good portion of my recipes use a few more ingredients and a few more steps, you choose to trust them and love the results! I am incredibly thankful that you do! Thank you for the support and love this year. Here is to many more! Wish you all a very Happy 2019! Here are the popular recipes from the year with a few of my favorites that were not as popular and also some recipes that have been consistently loved from the archives! What did you try from the blog this year that you were not sure about but turned out amazing? Let me know in the comments.Continue reading: Best Vegan Recipes 2018 from VeganRicha.comThe post Best Vegan Recipes 2018 from VeganRicha.com appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Kadai Chole/Chana – Spiced Chickpeas and Potatoes

December 29 2018 Vegan Richa 

Kadai Chole/Chana – Spiced Chickpeas and PotatoesKadai Chole is a delicious Chickpea curry generally made in an Indian wok. 1 Pot 30 min Spiced Chickpeas and Potatoes. Simple Indian sauce paired here with potatoes. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe.   Jump to Recipe  Kadai is a wok like vessel often used to make quick Indian stir fries or dryish curries. There are various types of Kadais and ways of cooking in it. Kadai spicing is also its own category and you might find kadai masala(kadai spice blend).  For this chickpea curry, its a simple tomato ginger garlic sauce spiced with whole and ground spices cooked over high heat. Then simmered with cooked chickpeas and veggies. The sauce can be made more saucy/­­curry with water or dryer by simmering longer. Kadai dishes are often paired with good amounts of raw onion, green chili and lemon juice for garnish. Serve with flatbreads or rice/­­grains. Use the dryer version in wraps!  You can use other other cooked beans here such as black eyed peas, brown chickpeas, or kidney beans and other veggies of choice. Lets make some kadai Chana masala! Continue reading: Kadai Chole/­­Chana – Spiced Chickpeas and PotatoesThe post Kadai Chole/­­Chana – Spiced Chickpeas and Potatoes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

DIY Homemade Spice Mixes for Gifts

December 22 2018 Vegan Richa 

DIY Homemade Spice Mixes for GiftsHomemade Spice Mixes for Gifts! Fresh spice blends take the meal from eh to wow. Gift these homemade mixes like garam masala, curry powder, cajun spice, pumpkin pie spice and more. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe You all sometimes double up on the spices in some of my spiced up meals, curries, recipes. There are some blends such as ones with more herbs and flavors, that work well to double for the flavor impact, while there are others like my garam masala, that I often use half of that what I list in my recipes or others. This probably happens because my blends are generally quite fresh and hence very potent. They often have a lot of flavor payoff! And using huge amounts can spoil the overall balance of flavors on the recipe.  Fresh Spice blends that have fresh and vibrant flavors make great gifts for foodies and cooks. They take the meals from ok to Wow! You can use these spices in various ways. Some examples are listed with each. Store in an airtight glass container away from sunlight and heat and they will be fresh for a few months.  Let’s make some homemade Spice mixes!Continue reading: DIY Homemade Spice Mixes for GiftsThe post DIY Homemade Spice Mixes for Gifts appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Date Caramel Maple Pecan Granola Gluten-free

December 18 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Date Caramel Maple Pecan Granola Gluten-freeThis Date Caramel Maple Pecan Granola is a lightly sweet Superfood granola. Pecans, Oats, coconut, pumpkin and chia seeds and dried blueberries tossed in date caramel and baked to perfection. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Recipe. Can be nutfree.  Jump to Recipe It is the season! To make big batches of warm spiced, delicious granola! This Granola uses a mix of dates and maple to sweeten and pecans to add their buttery flavor. The overall profile is caramel like without any refined sugar! Whenever I’ve tried store bought granola, it usually ends up being a bit too sweet. So this is just the right sweet for me. You can adjust based on your preference. Add a bit more sweetener or add more dried fruit if you like.  The granola takes a few minutes to put together. It can be made oil-free and also nut-free. Use a combination of seeds instead of the pecans. Continue reading: Vegan Date Caramel Maple Pecan Granola Gluten-freeThe post Vegan Date Caramel Maple Pecan Granola Gluten-free appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Mac and Cheese Powder – Cheese Mix Recipe

December 15 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Mac and Cheese Powder – Cheese Mix RecipeThis Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese Powder is perfect to whip up mac and cheese within minutes when needed. It also makes a great gift! Add flavors and herbs for variations. Soyfree Vegan Mac and Cheese Mix Recipe. Glutenfree Nutfree Option.  Jump to Recipe  You know when you need some mac and cheese fix super quickly and without having to think much about what to add when and how much! Or a Creamy Cheese Sauce to dip some veggies, This mix comes in handy! Just mix or blend with non dairy milk, simmer and done. Add cooked pasta, sauteed veggies or salsa for a dip! Saute some onion, garlic and veggies such as mushrooms to  the cheese sauce for variation. Add some flavors such as chipotle pepper or cajun or garam masala. Play away! You can use the mix to make a fabulous cheese sauce to dress roasted veggies or bowls or use as a dip! You can also make a casserole with it. Add more herbs of choice. Lots of options!Continue reading: Vegan Mac and Cheese Powder – Cheese Mix RecipeThe post Vegan Mac and Cheese Powder – Cheese Mix Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Gingerbread Spice Mix Recipe

December 12 2018 Vegan Richa 

Gingerbread Spice Mix RecipeHow to make your own Gingerbread Spice Mix. Easy gingerbread spice with everyday ingredients. Use in gingerbread cake, gingerbread cookies, latte and more. Great for gifting. Vegan Glutenfree  Jump to Recipe  Make this Easy gingerbread spice mix at home ! The spice mix is great for gifting and can be used in gingerbread cake, gingerbread cookies, biscotti, latte and more. What do you use gingerbread spices in?Continue reading: Gingerbread Spice Mix RecipeThe post Gingerbread Spice Mix Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Best Gift Ideas for Vegans this Holiday

December 9 2018 Vegan Richa 

Best Gift Ideas for Vegans this Holiday Here are some great gift ideas for vegans for this holiday season- Books, Clothes, Kitchen appliances, Activities. There is something here for everyone!  Books: Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen    200+ Reviews, 180 of them are 5 Stars!Continue reading: Best Gift Ideas for Vegans this HolidayThe post Best Gift Ideas for Vegans this Holiday appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chocolate Tahini Cookies Grainfree Oilfree

December 7 2018 Vegan Richa 

Chocolate Tahini Cookies Grainfree Oilfree1 Bowl Chocolate Tahini Cookies. Amazing Texture and flavor in these Easy Cookies. 8 Ingredients. 20 Mins. Vegan Oilfree Glutenfree Grainfree Nutfree Recipe  Jump to Recipe These Tahini cookies will blow your mind. Crumbly, chocolately, shortbread like chocolate cookies. Tahini is sesame seed paste which has a pleasing light bitter flavor profile. When baked, it adds amazing cookie like texture. These cookies which are mostly just tahini, have this melt in your mouth texture and unique flavor profile. The flavor can be intriguing and you need to try it!.  These Cookies need 1 Bowl, 8 Ingredients, No nuts, No gluten or grains or oil and are Melt in your mouth chocolatey and surprising. Everyone who tried these commented about not knowing what that flavor was but could not stop eating them! Let me know if you can stop:)Continue reading: Chocolate Tahini Cookies Grainfree OilfreeThe post Chocolate Tahini Cookies Grainfree Oilfree appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Spice Cake – Applesauce Spice Cake

December 1 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Spice Cake – Applesauce Spice CakeVegan Spice Cake. 1 Bowl Super Moist Spiced Cake with tons of winter spice flavor and Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Glutenfree option.  Jump to Recipe  Holiday Baking Alert! This Moist Spice cake is all things delicious. Everyday Ingredients like Applesauce, cinnamon, ginger spices, flour, optional grated apple, some dried fruit such as dates and done. This spice Cake needs 1 Bowl and needs minutes to put together. The cake is super delicious on its own. Top it with nuts or a streusel. The Spices develop even more flavor a day later. Use whichever spices you have. Add a vegan cream cheese frosting if you like. Make it into muffins or a loaf!Continue reading: Vegan Spice CakeApplesauce Spice CakeThe post Vegan Spice CakeApplesauce Spice Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Potato Cauliflower Patties Vegan Recipe

November 25 2018 Vegan Richa 

Potato Cauliflower Patties Vegan RecipePotato Cauliflower Patties Vegan Recipe. Easy Cauliflower croquettes, pan fried or Baked. Use up leftover Mashed Potatoes /­­ Veggies. Soyfree Nutfree.  30 mins! Can be glutenfree.   Jump to Recipe   Got leftover mashed potatoes or other mashed veggies? Make these Veggie Patties! These patties are easy and come together quickly. Prep your mashed potatoes. Lightly cook the grated cauliflower and carrots on a skillet. Combine with the mashed potatoes and herbs. Shape and bake or pan-fry! These croquettes can be served with ketchup, chutney or gravy.  I use a cookie cuter to shape these into small sturdy patties. Shape as you like. Lets make some delicious veggie patties.Continue reading: Potato Cauliflower Patties Vegan RecipeThe post Potato Cauliflower Patties Vegan Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Oil-free Vegan Biscuits 1 Bowl

November 20 2018 Vegan Richa 

Oil-free Vegan Biscuits 1 BowlOil-free Vegan Biscuits. These flaky savory herbed biscuits dont use any oil or butter! 7 Ingredients, 1 Bowl, 30 Mins. Soft inside and an amazing crumb. Vegan Soyfree Nutfree low fat Biscuit Recipe. GF option   Jump to Recipe  Biscuits are a must side with gravy or other toppings for large holiday meals. They can be buttery and flaky without all the butter or even vegan butter! After making my no oil pumpkin scones, I used the similar process for these biscuits! Chilled coconut cream and sweet potato mash or regular potato mash replace the butter, Mix it all in until the flour is like breadcrumbs. Then add your vegan buttermilk and done.  These Amazing Biscuits need 1 Bowl, 7 Ingredients, take just 15 mins of active time, and use simple methods. You can freeze the shaped biscuits to bake later to get warm biscuits when wanted!.Continue reading: Oil-free Vegan Biscuits 1 BowlThe post Oil-free Vegan Biscuits 1 Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Sweet Potato Rolls – Soft Herb Dinner Rolls

November 15 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Sweet Potato Rolls – Soft Herb Dinner RollsVegan Sweet Potato Rolls – Soft Herb Dinner Rolls. 7 Ingredients, Freezer friendly. 1 Bowl, No Added sugar, almost No Knead. Melt in your mouth sweet potato bread rolls. Vegan Soyfree Nutfree Palm Oil-free Recipe   Jump to Recipe  These Super Soft dinner rolls are what fresh bread dreams are made of. There is a triple moisture action going on here. Yeast rising slowly with just a bit of flour, the sweet potato, and then another rise. All of these together allow for amazing moisture retention in the bread. And to top it all, you don’t even need to knead it much! Just mix to bring everything together into a somewhat dough and everything will work out! You can use pumpkin puree, butternut puree or mashed potatoes(thin them slightly with non dairy milk to a pumpkin puree consistency), in these rolls. Super versatile and delicious as is. For sweeter rolls, omit the herbs and add some sugar/­­sweetener. These are lightly herbed and lightly savory just like regular dinner rolls.  These rolls need just 7 Ingredients, 1 Bowl, are almost no knead, have No Added Sugar, and can be made without Oil! Continue reading: Vegan Sweet Potato Rolls – Soft Herb Dinner RollsThe post Vegan Sweet Potato Rolls – Soft Herb Dinner Rolls appeared first on Vegan Richa.

40 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides – Glutenfree Soyfree Options

November 10 2018 Vegan Richa 

40 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides – Glutenfree Soyfree Options40 vegan thanksgiving sides. Easy Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta, Soups, Stuffing, Baked Mac, Biscuits and more. Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Options Plan ahead with these popular and loved Vegan Thanksgiving Sides and Soups! For Mains, see this Thanksgiving Mains collection, For Desserts see here. Many of these recipes are gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free or have options. Many of the pasta dishes can be made gluten-free with glutenfree pasta.. There are several Instant Pot recipes too (the recipes have both Instant Pot and Stove top instructions.)Continue reading: 40 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides – Glutenfree Soyfree OptionsThe post 40 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides – Glutenfree Soyfree Options appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Instant Pot Vegan Enchilada Soup – Stovetop Option

November 2 2018 Vegan Richa 

Instant Pot Vegan Enchilada Soup – Stovetop OptionInstant Pot Vegan Enchilada Soup with Quinoa, walnuts, mushrooms. Pressure Cooker Bean-free Vegan Quinoa Chili with Homemade enchilada seasoning. Saucepan Option. Vegan  Glutenfree Recipe. Soyfree Nutfree Oilfree option.  Jump to Recipe  The cold weather calls for bowls full of comforting soups and sometimes I like them to be bean-free. You know age and all ;). Enter this Quinoa Walnut Veggie soup! Quinoa, mushrooms, walnuts, optional soy curls or beans/­­lentils all go into a pressure cooker with some enchilada seasoning, which is a dry enchilada sauce mix with various spices and chilies. Add some broth and done! The quinoa and walnut add amazing texture to this thick soup more like a enchilada filling. If you add a bit more broth and some cooked beans, it makes a great Quinoa chili! Serve with toppings of choice. This savory, warming, flavorful bowl is a perfect quick weeknight meal. Saucepan instructions in the notes. Can be made without walnuts. Lets make some!!Continue reading: Instant Pot Vegan Enchilada Soup – Stovetop OptionThe post Instant Pot Vegan Enchilada Soup – Stovetop Option appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Baked Whole Roasted Cauliflower

October 30 2018 Vegan Richa 

Baked Whole Roasted CauliflowerThis Baked Whole Roasted Cauliflower is marinated in flavorful herbs and spices and baked to perfection to make a fabulous Holiday table option. Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree. Can be soyfree. Jump to Recipe  You all have loved making and serving my Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Makhani Sauce (Indian Butter Sauce) many times!. It will forever be a favorite of mine too. The luscious sauce makes a thick coating on the cauliflower and adds a ton of flavor which is perfect for the Holiday season.  This roasted cauliflower uses a marinade with holiday herbs such as sage, thyme, oregano. I add some spices that add a meaty flavor profile inspired from my Baharat blend. Together the flavors come together amazingly in this delicious marinade. Use the marinade over a whole cauliflower, or toss cauliflower florets and bake, or marinate some tofu or other veggies. You have to try it! There’s so much amazing flavor, you might want to make another batch of the marinade, simmer with some broth as serve as gravy. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any Holiday. See Recipe notes for make ahead. Continue reading: Baked Whole Roasted CauliflowerThe post Baked Whole Roasted Cauliflower appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Instant Pot Red Lentil Butternut Squash Curry

October 27 2018 Vegan Richa 

Instant Pot Red Lentil Butternut Squash CurryInstant Pot Red Lentil Butternut Squash Curry. This Warming lentil butternut or pumpkin curry is creamy and comforting. 1 Pot, 30 Min make in a Pressure cooker or Saucepan. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free nut-free Recipe.  Jump to Recipe  The weather is getting cooler (read pretty cold) out here and every day we feel like we need a bowl of hot, warming comforting soup or stew. This butternut squash and red lentil curry works out perfectly for every meal.  The spices are sauteed with onion and garlic, then just put the lentils and butternut all in a pressure cooker or saucepan with some coconut milk and broth. Cook and done. This dal soup takes 1 Pot and less than 30 minutes either way. Serve as is garnished with some toasted nuts or with a side of fresh bread or flatbread. Continue reading: Instant Pot Red Lentil Butternut Squash CurryThe post Instant Pot Red Lentil Butternut Squash Curry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Bake

October 21 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese BakeVegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Bake. Easy Creamy Pumpkin Sauce with pasta, topped with crisp sage and breadcrumbs. Use butternut or other squash puree for variation. Vegan Soyfree Recipe Nutfree option.  Jump to Recipe  This Pumpkin Mac Bake is all things fall! Some sage is crisped with olive oil. The cheese sauce is pumpkin or butternut squash puree + sage + creamy and cheesy components all blended up. Cooked pasta is tossed with the luscious sauce then topped with breadcrumbs and more sage. Bake to golden and done! This mac and cheese incorporates components from my popular Pumpkin Sage pasta. Its Easy, takes just 15 mins to put together and is flexible to your flavor and texture preference. Can be made without nuts. Adjust the sauce based on preference. Add more or less pumpkin, more non dairy milk and pumpkin for more sauce and so on. Lets make this gorgeous fall meal. Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese BakeThe post Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Bake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Sheet Pan fajitas Dinner with Chipotle Garlic Sauce – Tacos or Bowl

October 16 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Sheet Pan fajitas Dinner with Chipotle Garlic Sauce – Tacos or BowlSheet Pan Fajitas. Tacos with Fajita Veggies with Chipotle Fajita Sauce. 1 Pan Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe  Jump to Recipe  I have been loving Sheet Pan Meals that get baked up in 1 Pan and that can be served in a bowl, as wraps or tacos. These Fajita Veggies are perfect to bake in one pan and serve in a bowl, tacos or wraps.  The spicy and delicious Chipotle pepper marinade is quick to put together, then toss in with the veggies, spread and bake. Add some of the marinade to beans and bake those with the veggies too.  Layer however you like in tacos or a bowl. Add some crunchy lettuce or greens, avocado and lime juice or salsa. Perfect! Lets make this Sheet Pan Fajita Dinner.Continue reading: Vegan Sheet Pan fajitas Dinner with Chipotle Garlic Sauce – Tacos or BowlThe post Vegan Sheet Pan fajitas Dinner with Chipotle Garlic Sauce – Tacos or Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

October 10 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed DonutsVegan Lemon Poppy seed Donuts. Easy Baked Lemon Doughnuts ready in 30 mins. Vegan Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Gluten-free option.   Jump to Recipe These donuts are soft, zesty, lemony! and beautiful with a sprinkling of poppy seeds! The batter needs just 1 Bowl, 15 Mins active time, then a wait to bake and cool, Make a double batch and freeze for quick snacking. Use chia seeds for variation.  The batter is similar to my lemon cake batter with poppy seeds mixed in. Pour into donut pan or lined mini muffin pan. Bake until golden. Dress with simple lemon sugar icing or vegan cream cheese frosting or just toss in some sugar and done. So Delicious!Continue reading: Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed DonutsThe post Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Truffles

October 4 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie TrufflesVegan Pumpkin Pie Truffles or No Bake Pumpkin Donut Holes. 7 Ingredient No oil, No Refined Sugar. These fudgy bites are perfect for fall. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Recipe  Jump to Recipe Fudgy Bites, that taste like Pumpkin Pie in a fudge form! hell yes! 7 Ingredients, No Bake, No oil, No Refined Sugar! And ready in 15 mins. It cannot get easier and tastier than this! Pumpkin puree gets heated with maple syrup to thicken slightly, then mixed with almond and coconut flours, as much pumpkin pie spice as you like, then rolled in a mix of cinnamon and coconut sugar. Bliss. Make a double batch! You can also make your own pumpkin pie spice, or use store bought or use just cinnamon, or other spice blends like chai.Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Pie TrufflesThe post Vegan Pumpkin Pie Truffles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Blondies

September 28 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin BlondiesVegan Pumpkin Blondies! Easy Nut Butter Pumpkin Blondies with Pecans and chocolate chips. No Added oil. Nutfree Gluten-free option These Pumpkin Blondies are loaded with pumpkin, nut butter and pumpkin pie spice. They need 1 Bowl, and just 10 mins to put together. There is no added oil in these. Use dates or dried fruit instead of chocolate chips to keep them entirely oilfree..  These bars are also freezer friendly. Add some pumpkin seeds and chia seeds to make these into a breakfast bar. Or bake the dough into cookies (add extra chocolate chips!). Versatile and Delicious.Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin BlondiesThe post Vegan Pumpkin Blondies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Cookies – Oilfree

September 24 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Cookies – OilfreeVegan Cinnamon Roll Cookies. Shhortbread like cookie dough dusted with cinnamon sugar, rolled, sliced and baked for cinnamon roll bites. Refined Oil-free Vegan Recipe.  Cinnamon Rolls, but in a cookie form with shortbread dough, rolled up with cinnamon sugar filling = Addictive!   These cinnamony bites are a perfect treat for fall or the holidays. No added oil in these cookies! The nut butter and nut flour makes them a sturdy shortbread like cookie, which is crisp and soft with a cinnamon sugar filling. Add an icing if you like. Change up the spice to pumpkin pie spice. These cookies are Easy, delicious and a favorite of everyone.  Continue reading: Vegan Cinnamon Roll CookiesOilfreeThe post Vegan Cinnamon Roll CookiesOilfree appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala

September 19 2018 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cauliflower Tikka MasalaVegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Instant Pot Tikka Masala Sauce. Flavorful Weekday Dinner. Freezer Friendly. Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree option The Tikka Masala Sauce that we made in the earlier post goes amazingly with almost anything. Most veggies, tofu, tempeh, seitan, vegan chikin, chickpeas, lentils, soycurls or just use as a dressing over a bowl. Easy, luscious, so flavorful! The sauce is made in the Instant Pot before adding anything else to it, so that just the sauce can be cooked for a longer time. This helps roast the ingredients under pressure for that deep flavor profile. If you add veggies, they will become overcook in the time needed for the sauce. You can pressure cook other ingredients such as tempeh, seitan, soy curls or chickpeas with the uncooked sauce ingredients. Just add them to the sauce before closing the lid,  With Cauliflower I prefer to bake it and then simmer in the cooked sauce for a few mins for best results. To cook it in the instant pot, pressure cook for just 1 minute at low pressure with the already cooked sauce or just Simmer with cooked sauce on the stove top/­­IP for 10-12 mins or until cauliflower is cooked to preference.  Try it both ways to decide which you prefer, Add some chickpeas in for added protein. Lets make this!Continue reading: Vegan Cauliflower Tikka MasalaThe post Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Curry Fried Rice – 1 Pot 20 Mins

September 13 2018 Vegan Richa 

Curry Fried Rice – 1 Pot 20 MinsThis Curry Fried Rice is packed full of flavor. Easy to make and gluten free. Use other cooked grains, spice blends for variation.  1 Pot 20 Mins. A perfect golden fried rice side or a light meal. Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe.  Jump to Recipe Versions of this Curry fried rice are often light dinners on the weekend. Use up any leftover cooked rice or grains, any leftover veggies in the fridge. Spice up the veggies, add the rice and toss well. Garnish and done. Add some baked tofu or chickpeas for a hearty meal, or serve as a side with curries and stir fries.  This golden fried rice is Easy, Delicious, versatile and quick. Use spice blends such as curry powder, garam masala, jamaican curry blend, cajun, berbere and baharat (all of these can be found in my Everyday Kitchen book).  Lets make this!Continue reading: Curry Fried Rice – 1 Pot 20 MinsThe post Curry Fried Rice – 1 Pot 20 Mins appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Instant Pot Mushroom Tetrazzini

September 6 2018 Vegan Richa 

Instant Pot Mushroom TetrazziniInstant Pot Mushroom Tetrazzini Simple Creamy Comforting Spaghetti Pasta dinner with simple pantry ingredients. 1 Pot Tetrazzini. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Can be nutfree, Glutenfree, Oilfree.  Jump to Recipe   Simple Creamy Comforting Pasta dinner with simple pantry ingredients. Ready within minutes! The sauce is like bechamel sauce with a roux. I use cashew cream for a cheesy creamy thickness. Usually you would cook the noodles separately, cook the mushrooms, veggies or meat, then mix the lot, top with cheese and breadcrumbs and bake. That’s a lot of dishes and time! This tetrazzini gets made in the Instant pot Pressure Cooker. Saute the mushrooms, then roast the flour for a roux, add broth and noodles and close the lid. Meanwhile, prep your garnishes and dinner is ready. I like to add toasted breadcrumb topping to the dish as the texture and flavor makes it feel like it is a baked dish that has hours put into it :). You can use any other toppings of choice,some vegan parm, vegan cheese (add when hot so it melts), fresh herbs, black pepper or pepper flakes.  I have not tried gf pasta in Instant Pot. Use stove top method for gluten-free. Easily nutfree, oilfreeContinue reading: Instant Pot Mushroom TetrazziniThe post Instant Pot Mushroom Tetrazzini appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chickpea Flour Frittata – Eggless Vegan Frittata

September 1 2018 Vegan Richa 

Chickpea Flour Frittata – Eggless Vegan FrittataChickpea Flour Frittata – Eggless Vegan Frittata Recipe. This Chickpea flour frittata is filling, easy and delicious. Use the batter to make pancakes, crepes, crustless quiche. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Recipe. Nutfree option Jump to Recipe     This filling, savory vegetable frittata from is made with chickpea flour, and vegetables and no Tofu! This batter is very versatile and pairs well with any vegetables or greens. The batter also makes quick pancakes to serve with a variety of sauces. Kala Namak (Indian sulphur salt) adds the eggy flavor to this frittata. If omitting the kala namak (or if you desire additional flavor), add 1/­­4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/­­4 teaspoon onion powder to the batter. This frittata can be made ahead and served cold. Serve it with some sriracha or your favorite sauce. This Recipe is from my book Vegan Richas Everyday Kitchen, which has several other savory breakfasts as well.Continue reading: Chickpea Flour Frittata – Eggless Vegan FrittataThe post Chickpea Flour Frittata – Eggless Vegan Frittata appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chickpeas in Coconut Onion Sauce – Manglorean Chana Gassi

January 6 2018 Vegan Richa 

Chickpeas in Coconut Onion Sauce – Manglorean Chana GassiChana Gassi /­­Ghassi – Mangalorean Coconut Onion sauce with Chickpeas. Simplified adaptation of Regional Indian Curry from Coastal Karnataka. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe I remember trying a version of Kori Gassi which is a popular chicken curry from Mangalorean cuisine (coastal region in Karnataka state) way back when. The Sauce is made with a few ingredients but packs an amazing complex flavor. This coconut onion sauce can be used with veggies and tofu as well. I use chickpeas with it and served it with tomato rice. Dried chickpeas that are soaked for a few hours and pressure cooked in a pressure cooker/­­Instant Pot. You can also make it in a saucepan, see recipe notes. The sauce cooks and caramelizes under pressure with the chickpeas, it it does not need to be pre-roasted. If however you are using cooked chickpeas or veggies, cook the sauce until the onion doesn’t smell raw, then add the veggies/­­chickpeas and simmer. Just when you thought we cant have more chickpea curries :). There are many sauces and curries across regional Indian cuisines that use various ingredients and spices very different from each other and often paired with meats, paneer or legumes. The different flavors, textures, spices all work equally beautifully with the different beans and pulses, seitan/­­chikin subs, and tofu. Its all about the sauce. Lets make this Mangalorean Chana Ghassi! Continue reading: Chickpeas in Coconut Onion Sauce – Manglorean Chana GassiThe post Chickpeas in Coconut Onion Sauce – Manglorean Chana Gassi appeared first on Vegan Richa.

17 Best Vegan Recipes 2017

December 31 2017 Vegan Richa 

17 Best Vegan Recipes 2017Best of 2017. Recipes and Posts that were popular this year. 17 Best Vegan Recipes 2017 from the blog. Garlic Sauce with Cajun Cauliflower, Scalloped Potatoes, Butter Tofu, Tiramisu Fudge Bars and more. Gluten-free options Its that time of the year again. The date is changing and I will be writing 2017 for a few weeks before it finally settles. Its been a busy year (The second book work pretty much took up more time than I had), but we did get a break now around the Holidays.  Recharging and chilling (in the cold and snow), and excited about 2018. 135 Posts in 2017! 130 new Recipes. 140 More in a New Book (Everyday Kitchen, Sept 2017). 150 in the first book(Indian Kitchen, May 2015).! 380 posts on Instagram. Cooking on Instagram Stories. Loads of recipe remakes from blog and both the books #veganricha #veganrichasindiankitchen #veganrichaseverydaykitchen ! 81 Videos on Youtube. Longer videos to come in 2018. 2018 will see more of similar flavorful food, some simple everyday recipes, some new cuisines and styles to try out new flavors and textures, some regional Indian fare (Indian sub-cuisines, so much more to learn!) with new ingredients, Instant Pot cooking, and more video types(narration, live etc). Have something you’d like me to try next year, let me know in the comments. What were your favorite posts from the blog? Here are the top 17 posts from 2017 in order of popularity.Continue reading: 17 Best Vegan Recipes 2017The post 17 Best Vegan Recipes 2017 appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Eggnog Pound Cake

December 26 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Eggnog Pound CakeAmazing Vegan Eggnog Pound Cake. This Eggnog cake has no eggs, or dairy, also doesn’t need premade eggnog, and is dense, pound cakey and full of winter flavor. Vegan Recipe.  Ah well, I am still playing catch up and we still have a week of baking and sharing desserts to go! Lets make this easy and delicious eggnog cake. This Vegan Eggnog Pound cake is dense but melt in the mouth, has flavor from nutmeg, cloves, nog spices and the eggy ness from chickpea flour custard (you have to try it!). You can bake the batter into a bundt, change up the spices for different flavor and use complimentary icing of choice. The cake doesnt need premade vegan eggnog, but you can use it if you have some for deeper nog flavor. This cake is soft, pound cakey, amazing and a great treat to serve after any meal. Continue reading: Vegan Eggnog Pound CakeThe post Vegan Eggnog Pound Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Everything Bagel Vegan Cheese Ball – 10 Minute

December 22 2017 Vegan Richa 

Everything Bagel Vegan Cheese Ball – 10 MinuteEverything bagel Seasoning Vegan Cheese Ball. No soaking, blending, straining needed! 10 minute vegan cheese ball. Gluten-free. Can be soy-free Cheesy Balls and dips are always popular at potlucks and events. But most recipes need a blender or processor, lots of wait time, straining and handling. You dont need to do any of that with this cheese ball. It takes just 5 minutes to put together, 35 mins to bake and its ready to serve! Put the almond flour, spices, flavor ingredients in a bowl, mix well to combine, knead for a minute to combine and bring together, done! Roll it in everything bagel seasoning or other spices or seeds /­­crushed nuts, and bake at low heat. Cool and serve with veggies and crackers. Easy as that. Perfect to start up the Holiday Dinner. Happy Holidays Everyone!Continue reading: Everything Bagel Vegan Cheese Ball – 10 MinuteThe post Everything Bagel Vegan Cheese Ball – 10 Minute appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gluten free Christmas Cake – Fruit Cake

December 18 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Christmas Cake – Fruit CakeVegan Gluten free Christmas Cake Fruit Cake full of nuts, dried fruits, candied ginger. Soft, Flavorful and great for gifting. Vegan Soyfree Recipe.  I am not sure why fruit cakes have a bad rap. They used to be a treat we would wait for around Christmas. Soft, Sweet, full of fun stuff for us kids I guess. Maybe we just lucked out with a fabulous bakery. I make versions of my Spelt spiced fruit cake if not baking a load of cookies every year. This version is adapted from spelt flour version. I use almond flour and rice flour to keep it gluten-free. The cake keeps well refrigerated for a few weeks if you use liquor or a week with orange juice. Serve as is or with a bourbon/­­rum glaze! Add nuts or seeds that you like, some dates, apricots, cherries. I also added some roasted sunflower seeds and chia seeds, so the cake is also great to snack on. Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Christmas CakeFruit CakeThe post Vegan Gluten free Christmas CakeFruit Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Potato Sweet Potato Latkes – Fritters

December 13 2017 Vegan Richa 

Potato Sweet Potato Latkes – FrittersEasy Vegan Latkes. Potato & Sweet Potato Latkes. Panfried crispy latke fritters for Hanukkah. Vegan Gluten-free soy-free Nut-free Recipe. 7 Ingredients. The year is slipping by. Just a few weeks to go before we hit 2018. Its been one hectic year so far. Book work, Chewie being sick (he is doing much better now, almost his normal demanding and barky self). And I have been playing catch up with posts on the blog.  Lets get to these simple latkes before the season passes us by. Potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes are shredded and mixed with starch, salt and pepper, then pan fried until crisp. You can also deep fry these latkes. The key is time and patience. Burnt potato does not taste good. Golden is bliss. Make thin latka and let them cook through. Serve with applesauce, vegan sour cream or other toppings of choice. Continuing with December deals and giveaways! See below.Continue reading: Potato Sweet Potato Latkes – FrittersThe post Potato Sweet Potato Latkes – Fritters appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Soy-free GF option

December 7 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Soy-free GF optionVegan Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham cracker style crust. Easy Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake to please everyone. Gluten-free with gluten free crust. Soy-free Recipe. I made this cheesecake over Thanksgiving and I think I have found my favorite holiday dessert. It is creamy, lightly tangy, pumpkiny, spicy and all things holiday, fall and dessert. Its lighter, creamier and spicier than a pumpkin pie and oh so good. This has just the right amount of pumpkin and the cheesecake flavor balance which I like much more.  Its a simple recipe. Blend the pumpkin with soaked cashews, non dairy yogurt sweetener and pumpkin pie spice. Bake to set, then chill  until ready to serve. Serve with whipped coconut cream, or vanilla ice cream or califlornia cabin (its a fabulous flavor from local Seattle vegan ice cream shop frankie and Jos). Make this cheesecake for a party or for yourself as you might not want to share! Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Soy-free GF optionThe post Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Soy-free GF option appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Glaze Oilfree

December 1 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Glaze OilfreeVegan Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Glaze. Oil-free. These Easy Scones use coconut cream instead of oil and make for a great breakfast with the pumpkin glaze. Vegan Recipe Last few weeks of the year and of pumpkin and squash. I have been playing catch up the blog posts since book release and hopefully will have a list of posts lined up by January rather than running to post every week. Though I get most of my ideas when I am super busy, so more good food coming up. I made these scones last week with coconut cream and no oil or butter, and they turned out fabulously. If you keep everything chilled, they turn out flaky and crisp and melt in your mouth. Pumpkin does add extra moisture, so they will soften eventually. These are best served right out of the oven. The glaze is a simple caramel-ish mix of pumpkin, coconut milk and sugar, all amply spiced with pumpkin pie spice. Simple ingredients and ready within minutes. Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Glaze OilfreeThe post Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Glaze Oilfree appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Roll Bread – Yeast-free

November 28 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Roll Bread – Yeast-freeVegan Gluten free Cinnamon Roll BreadYeast-free Gluten-free Grain-free Cinnamon bread Recipe. Soft, fluffy and amazing. Batter of Besan(chickpea flour) swirled with Cinnamon Sugar . Can be nut-free.  When you cannot roll the batter, you make it into a swirled bread! This Soft and delicious bread is gluten-free, yeast-free, grain-free, but not taste-free. Never taste-free! A fluffy besan (brown chickpea flour) batter, and cinnamon sugar swirled in and baked for perfect Cinnamony, fluffy bites to start the morning. Serve warm with a drizzle of icing or vegan butter. The batter for this Cinnamon Roll bread uses besan (brown chickpea flour) and uses citric acid to add air to the batter before baking. The principle of using citric acid in gluten-free baking is similar to aquafaba, To add air to the batter before baking. This method is used in Indian snacks and baking since decades. You can possible used whipped up aquafaba instead in this recipe. Whipping up aquafaba is not my cup of tea (too much noise and too long a process). Nor is the canned liquid. Hello changing metabolism. This recipe is far quicker, takes 15 seconds and easier! No elbow grease required, no 15 minutes of whipping, just mix in 5 strokes and done! Whats there to not like?Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Roll BreadYeast-freeThe post Vegan Gluten free Cinnamon Roll BreadYeast-free appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

November 23 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon SugarVegan Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar. Soft, Spiced, Amazing. Vegan Doughnuts. Pumpkin Cinnamon  sugar Donuts. Nut-free option. Gluten-free option One more before I head off to a small break. These easy Pumpkin donuts are quick to put together and bake up beautifully. Make the batter, get the family involved in squeezing it out into the doughnut pan. Bake, add toppings of choice! I use a simple cinnamon sugar topping. a pumpkin pie spiced glaze or Cream cheese glaze would work wonderfully as well.   If you haven’t already, get my book (which is currently 46% off on amazon, and 30% in uk), pick up the bonus recipe bundle with new recipes + videos. Check out my Thanksgiving lists for Mains and Desserts that use easy everyday ingredients. Have a wonderful holiday!Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon SugarThe post Vegan Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar appeared first on Vegan Richa.

18 Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

November 20 2017 Vegan Richa 

18 Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts18 Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts. Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Potato Pie Bars, Crumb Cakes, Chocolate Pie, Apple Cake, Crisp, Pecan Pie and more. Vegan Recipes Gluten-free options After the Portobello with garlic sauce or a shepherd’s pie, Try these Decadent Desserts or Snack portions for the Thanksgiving Weekend. Pies, Bars, Cakes, tarts and flan. Links for recipes below the pictures. Continue reading: 18 Vegan Thanksgiving DessertsThe post 18 Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gravy – 1 Pot Mushroom Free with Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

November 14 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gravy – 1 Pot Mushroom Free with Fluffy Mashed PotatoesFluffy Mashed Potatoes with Vegan Gravy – 1 Pot gravy- Mushroom Free. Can be Nut-free, soy-free. Serve over mashed potatoes, biscuits, thanksgiving loaf and more. Vegan Recipe.  There often are hundreds of versions of some popular dishes on the web. Sometimes I make elaborate versions of the simple ones or make some with my own twists. But then it is the holiday season and everyone needs a simple gravy recipe to serve over them fluffy tatoes. This is one of the ways I like my gravy. You can add mushrooms with the onions to the gravy for a mushroom variation. Use fresh herbs if possible for amazing flavor.  I cook my potatoes and garlic together in the Instant pot. Mash and whip, add some coconut milk and herbs of choice. Done! Potatoes can also be cooked in a saucepan. See post for options.  The gravy needs just 1 pot and comes together quickly. Change up the flavors to taste and pour over anything and everything!  Time to make some comfort food.Continue reading: Vegan Gravy – 1 Pot Mushroom Free with Fluffy Mashed PotatoesThe post Vegan Gravy – 1 Pot Mushroom Free with Fluffy Mashed Potatoes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cannellini and Lentil Jamaican Curry – 1 Pot

November 11 2017 Vegan Richa 

Cannellini and Lentil Jamaican Curry – 1 PotCannellini and Lentil Jamaican Curry. 1 Pot 30 Minutes. Easy Coconut Curry with Jamaican Curry spices and beans and red lentils. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe. 16+ gms of Protein.  This super flavorful curry came about when I wanted a hearty stew with lentils and chickpeas and of course spices. I was out of canned chickpeas (insert shocked emoji here) and lunch time was approaching in 30. I decided to shake off my urge to use berbere (seriously you need to make this blend), and used some of my Jamaican curry blend (new obsession begins).  This stew comes together very quickly. Just get everything out and ready to use. If you don’t have a Jamaican Blend, you can make your own. The onion caramelized, the spices cooked with it, then cook the lentils half way in a mix of coconut milk and water, add beans (add any cooked beans or chickpeas) and continue to simmer.  You can also add some veggies with the lentils. Add greens of choice, some lemon and cayenne and done. Serve as is, over rice, or with toasty bread. Amazing flavor and so satisfying! Continue reading: Cannellini and Lentil Jamaican Curry – 1 PotThe post Cannellini and Lentil Jamaican Curry – 1 Pot appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic Sauce

November 5 2017 Vegan Richa 

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic SauceGrilled Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic Sauce. Grilled or Baked Marinated Portabella Mushrooms served with creamy gravy. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe  These Grilled Portobellos come together quickly, and are super delicious with the garlic soy marinade. The Deep caramelized flavor works wonderfully with the garlic sauce and basil and makes for an impressive meal. Serve with a side salad, and some biscuits/­­mashed potatoes for serving more of the garlic gravy! T’is the season for getting together with friends and family, planning potluck meals and making the most of the short days! Well it gets harder for photography, but hey its a good opportunity to slow down too, and enjoy comforting meals like these by the fireplace.   What are your favorite comfort meals this month?Continue reading: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic SauceThe post Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

25 Vegan Fall Meals for a chilly day – 1 Pot Gluten-free options

October 31 2017 Vegan Richa 

25 Vegan Fall Meals for a chilly day – 1 Pot Gluten-free options25 Vegan Fall Meals for a chilly day! Seasonal Casseroles, Chilis, Gratin, Pot pies, Pasta, Soups, and Curries! Many are 1 Pot meals. Vegan Fall Recipes. Gluten-free Soy-free options. Is it cooling off where you live yet? Here are 25 meals to make on a chilly day. Squashes, chilis, gratins, pot pies, casseroles and curries. 25 Delicious Fall Vegetarian MealContinue reading: 25 Vegan Fall Meals for a chilly day – 1 Pot Gluten-free optionsThe post 25 Vegan Fall Meals for a chilly day – 1 Pot Gluten-free options appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Soft Pumpkin Ginger Snaps

October 25 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Soft Pumpkin Ginger SnapsPumpkin Ginger Snaps. Vegan Pumpkin Ginger Cookies with gingerbread spices and pumpkin. Soft Fudgy Cookies. Vegan Recipe. Gluten-free option These Ginger Cookies are soft, fudgy, blondie like with flavors from the Pumpkin, Ginger bread spices and molasses. They come together very quickly, are almost one bowl if you use a sifter. Even with 2 bowls used, you need to wash only 1. Pumpkin adds a softness to the cookies which bakes up to a fudgy cookie texture compared to the snappy crisp molasses cookies. Bake them longer for a more cookie like crumb and less for fudgier. Use spices of choice like ginger bread, pumpkin pie spice or chai spice. Add some candied ginger or orange, or chocolate chips or nuts for variation. I was hoping to edit an amazing roasted squash post for today, but the easier post won. We’ve all be sleep deprived because of Chewie’s cough. It seems to be letting up a little, so keeping our fingers crossed for our resident adopted fluffster.  Dang these are so good. Make a double batch! Crackly cookies also perfect for halloween!Continue reading: Vegan Soft Pumpkin Ginger SnapsThe post Vegan Soft Pumpkin Ginger Snaps appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan 7 Cup Burfi – Chickpea flour and Coconut Fudge

October 19 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan 7 Cup Burfi – Chickpea flour and Coconut FudgeVegan 7 Cup Burfi – 6 Ingredient Diwali Sweet with Chickpea flour and Coconut veganized with almond milk and oil. Easy Traditional Indian Sweet 7 cup cake for Diwali or other festivals. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Nut-free option So here’s the deal. This recipe is called 7 cup Cake/­­ Burfi. It has a common (non vegan) recipe that uses 7 cup total ingredients..1 cup besan, 1 cup coconut (shredded), 1 cup milk. 1 cup ghee (clarified butter) and 3 cups sugar with a bit of variation here and there in the amounts , added cashews etc. Yes you read that right. I mean, there is no way these things (with vegan subs) together are not going to make a delicious result.  Those amounts are way out there for me. I use vegan butter for the vegan version and much less of it and less of the sugar as well. The fudge also works well with organic safflower or other neutral oil. Chickpea flour is roasted with a tbsp of oil,, then the coconut, sugar and milk are mixed in. The mixture is cooked to caramelize the sugar a bit. Cardamom adds the amazing flavor. These burfis are easier than many of the other burfis(I am looking at your mysore pak). Try these easy Sweet burfi bars with chickpea flour, cardamom, coconut and love. This week is all about the festive season in the house. Cooking up Indian food, snacks and desserts. It finally feels like Diwali! Continue reading: Vegan 7 Cup Burfi – Chickpea flour and Coconut FudgeThe post Vegan 7 Cup Burfi – Chickpea flour and Coconut Fudge appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie Bars

October 11 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie BarsVegan Sweet Potato Pie Bars. Spiced Sweet Potato Pie layered over cinnamony Snickerdoodle crust. Make this into a pie for decadent holiday dessert. Gluten-free option These sweet potato pie bars are easy and great for fall and holidays. They are a great snack or dessert. The crust is a simple cinnamony flour and sugar mix pressed together and prebaked. The crust reminds me of snickerdoodle cookies and works amazingly. The crust is topped with well spiced sweet potato puree. Maple syrup and coconut sugar make up the sweeteners.  These delicious vegan sweet potato pie bars can be served as is or with whipped coconut cream or ice cream. This recipe makes just the right amount to treat before the main event. Double it up and bake into a pie! These can be easily made with pumpkin or other squash puree. Do you like sweet potato or pumpkin in your pies and pie bars?Continue reading: Vegan Sweet Potato Pie BarsThe post Vegan Sweet Potato Pie Bars appeared first on Vegan Richa.

25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall

October 5 2017 Vegan Richa 

25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall. Pumpkin Crumb Cake, Bread, Muffins, Salad, Chili, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and More. Gluten-free soy-free options It’s all things Pumpkin in this round up! A comforting Pumpkin Sage Sauce pasta, 1 Bowl Pumpkin pie spice bread, pumpkin pie, Pumpkin coffee cake, pumpkin Pizza, chili and more. Are we ready for fall! If you haven’t already, get my Book with amazing recipes like these! What are your favorite ways to use pumpkin?Continue reading: 25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this FallThe post 25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cajun Tofu with Cilantro Lime Rice

September 29 2017 Vegan Richa 

Cajun Tofu with Cilantro Lime RiceCajun Tofu Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice. Baked Cajun Spiced Tofu, over greens, cilantro lime rice, and tomatoes. Easy Spicy Bowl. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Use Chickpea tofu to make soy-free. I go through these weeks where I will obsess about one particular spice blend or combination or play around with similar flavor profiles. This past few months have been about Cajun. Exhibit 1 Cajun Cauliflower over Garlic pasta, so Good!, exhibit 2 Cajun Spiced Sloppy lentils, oh my gosh! This week serve up this easy Cajun Tofu Bowl however you want it, but make some! The Tofu is rubbed up with Cajun spice blend and lime. Then baked to dry and infuse the tofu. Meanwhile, make the other bowl components like a refreshing cilantro lime rice. Add roasted veggie,  chopped up tomato/­­crunchy veggies or pico de gallo, some greens or lettuce. Slice the baked tofu and serve. You can use the cajun blend paste over chickpea tofu, chickpeas/­­beans or hearty vegetables as cauliflower, eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini and roast them until tender and use those in the bowl instead of tofu. Fall Comfort in a bowl.  The book work has kept be on my toes the past few weeks (its out, get your copy!) so I haven’t been cooking up much new stuff. Catch up on the book being reviewed on magazines and blogs here. There are many new recipes in the drafts, but they all need post edits and photos/­­video editing and I am trying to get back into the schedule of editing and scheduling today. I always end up cooking more for a break rather than edit. Wait maybe I need a vacation first! Continue reading: Cajun Tofu with Cilantro Lime RiceThe post Cajun Tofu with Cilantro Lime Rice appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Pesto Spaghetti with Vegan Meatballs (Chickpea Walnut balls)

September 22 2017 Vegan Richa 

Pesto Spaghetti with Vegan Meatballs (Chickpea Walnut balls)Amazing Pesto Spaghetti with Vegan Meatballs made with Chickpeas. Vegetarian Chickpea Walnut “meatballs” over pesto pasta. 24 gms of Protein per serve. Ready in 40 Minutes. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Can be Glutenfree. A good Spaghetti is what I need on weekdays to feel satiated and happy. Pasta cooked perfectly, tossed in pesto or marinara with these easy Chickpea Walnut “Meatballs” /­­ Balls.   The meal comes together quickly with some planning. Make the pesto ahead of time. Cook some onion and garlic, toss it in the processor with the ball ingredients, shape or scoop and bake. While they bake, cook the pasta. Toss, garnish, add the toasty warm balls and done. Premade pesto or tomato based sauce makes it a faster meal. Make a double batch of these chickpea balls to whip up a meatball sub sandwich, add to wraps or serve with dips. Whats your favorite way to serve these super delicious chickpea balls?Continue reading: Pesto Spaghetti with Vegan Meatballs (Chickpea Walnut balls)The post Pesto Spaghetti with Vegan Meatballs (Chickpea Walnut balls) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Pindi Chole – Chickpea Curry with Whole Spices

September 17 2017 Vegan Richa 

Pindi Chole – Chickpea Curry with Whole SpicesPindi Chole – Chickpea Curry with Whole Spices. Instant Pot or Saucepan. Chickpeas cooked with whole spices then added to a sauce with caramelized onions. Punjabi Chole Adapted from Rawalpindi style Chole. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Soy-free Recipe When you think there are enough chickpea curries to make, you realize you have to make one more! And that one has to be this Pindi Chole.  Chole means Chickpea Curry and Pindi came from the place (rawalpindi). Pindi Chole has various versions that have evolved over the years. Pindi Chole can be dryish chickpeas with just spices or spices + ginger+garlic, that make up the thick “curry”.  More saucy versions often use onion and other ingredients. This is an evolved recipe from cooking variations of these. Amazingly I hadn’t made these in a while, with all the various recipes I was developing for the book and blog. I would make these for when my parents visited, but they prefer less spiced food now and we stick to simple Dals and veggie sides. Dried Chickpeas are soaked, then cooked in a pressure cooker or saucepan with whole spices such as whole cinnamon stick, green and black cardamom and cloves. The sauce is made up of caramelizing onions, no tomatoes, which is combined with the chickpeas and simmered to make a very flavorful dish. Definitely try this with dried chickpeas. I do have an option to use canned chickpeas, but the flavor doesn’t infuse the chickpeas as much. Continue reading: Pindi Chole – Chickpea Curry with Whole SpicesThe post Pindi Chole – Chickpea Curry with Whole Spices appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Southwestern Tofu Scramble with Chickpea Tofu

September 11 2017 Vegan Richa 

Southwestern Tofu Scramble with Chickpea TofuSouthwestern Tofu Scramble with Chickpea Tofu. Scrambled Tofu without Soy tofu! Soy-free Breakfast Scramble with Black beans, Veggies, Sweet Potatoes, Spices, Chickpea flour Tofu. Double Protein Savory Vegan Breakfast. Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free.  Chickpea tofu, Black Beans, Sweet Potato, Taco Spice blend, whats not to like in this scramble to start the day!  This Scramble is satisfying, filling and flavorful. Make the chickpea tofu ahead of time for a quick stir fry into the scramble. Serve the scramble with toasts or as is. I usually use chimichurri on the toasts instead of butter. Avocado toast is also a great option.  The scramble is soy-free and nut-free. Serve over gluten-free bread or gluten-free wraps. Use  other veggies of choice. The scramble comes together in 20 minutes. Continue reading: Southwestern Tofu Scramble with Chickpea TofuThe post Southwestern Tofu Scramble with Chickpea Tofu appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cauliflower Gratin – Creamy, Spiced, No Bake

September 6 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cauliflower Gratin – Creamy, Spiced, No BakeVegan Cauliflower Gratin – Creamy, Spiced Cauliflower Casserole. No Bake Skillet Gratin or Bake with a garlic breadcrumb topping. Vegan Soy-free Recipe, Can be gluten-free and nut-free.  It is hot out here this week. It is also pretty ashy and humid with the many wildfires around (hope everyone is keeping safe) and difficult to heat up the house to bake. I made this gratin in a skillet for days like this and tested it out in the oven as well. The cream sauce is very versatile. I like Kashmiri garam masala(in my second book), Baharat(in my second book (Pre-order Now, starts shipping in 2 Weeks!!), Berbere or Jamaican Curry Blend in this cauliflower and the creamy sauce combination. You know me. Add spices of choice or just herbs. The gratin is sprinkled generously with toasty breadcrumbs which have garlic and pepper flakes for a smoky heat. This crunchy garlicky topping is a must! Amazing, Creamy and ready within 25 Minutes! Add other vegetables for variation.Continue reading: Vegan Cauliflower Gratin – Creamy, Spiced, No BakeThe post Vegan Cauliflower Gratin – Creamy, Spiced, No Bake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Lemon Cookies with Chia Seeds – 1 Bowl

September 1 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Lemon Cookies with Chia Seeds – 1 BowlVegan Lemon Cookies with Chia seeds. 1 Bowl, 7 Ingredients. Zesty, Bite size Soft cookies for snacking or weekend baking. Vegan Recipe. Easily Gluten-free, Nut-free We got a few days of break from the heat, so I baked these snack cookies! They are zesty, soft, melt in the mouth, citrusy, chewy from the chia seeds, easy and fun.  This summer, I have been craving lemon in muffin form, in chia pudding form, doughnut form (so good!) and pound cake. And of course a lot of Shikanji, which is Indian Lemonade or Limeade with lemon/­­lime juice, salt, sweetener, kala namak(Indian sulphur black salt), black pepper and cumin. The spiced lemonade is amazingly refreshing and also another use of kala namak.  These cookies also have a great lemony flavor. Make a double batch of these lemon cookies to snack on through the day. Lemon juice and lemon zest (or use lime juice and zest for lime cookies), coconut oil, some non dairy yogurt/­­applesauce, chia seeds and flour. 7 Main ingredients, 1 Bowl and ready within 30 minutes. Continue reading: Vegan Lemon Cookies with Chia Seeds – 1 BowlThe post Vegan Lemon Cookies with Chia Seeds – 1 Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Mushrooms. Nut-free

August 27 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Mushrooms. Nut-freeThe Best Vegan Mushroom Garlic Alfredo with no nuts. Garlicky, Creamy, Amazing Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo. Nut-free, Easily Gluten-free, soy-free. 21 gm of protein per serving! This Fettuccine Alfredo packs a flavor punch with the browned mushrooms, wine, herbs, and creamyness from cauliflower, potato and hemp seeds.  I have several nut-free alfredo options on the blog and this is an addition to the list. You can use Cauliflower Alfredo  Lasagna, Pumpkin seed Alfredo or my garlic sauce with the mushroom mixture too.  Mushrooms add an amazing flavor. They are cooked to caramelize with onions then simmered with wine and vegan worcestershire sauce. The alfredo is blended up and added to simmer with the browning mushrooms, so the sauce picks up that caramelized flavor. Delicious, Smooth and amazing. Garnish with fresh basil and pepper flakes and serve. Continue reading: Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Mushrooms. Nut-freeThe post Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Mushrooms. Nut-free appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Bell Pepper Nachos with Cauliflower Taco Meat & Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

August 21 2017 Vegan Richa 

Bell Pepper Nachos with Cauliflower Taco Meat & Vegan Nacho Cheese SauceVegan Bell Pepper Nachos with Cauliflower Taco Meat & 10 minute Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce. Veggie full Nachos! Soy-free Recipe. Can be Gluten-free Nut-free  Its still hot on most days in Seattle and baking gets postponed in favor of skillet cooking. Summer makes me crave lighter meals especially for dinner. They make be feel full enough and make it easier to catch a good sleep. These Nachos came about when I had a bumper of bell peppers and assorted veggies to use. But I was also craving some comfort food. So, comfort food Cheesy Nachos, veggified = These fabulous nachos! The peppers are cooked on a grill or skillet until golden brown. The cauliflower is shredded and lightly cooked with the taco spices. The nacho cheese sauce is super Easy, just mix everything and bring to boil to thicken. You will want to drizzle it over roasted veggies, tacos and everything! Use other premade toppings or make your own. Assemble in any format (nacho style, or fill up tacos or a bowl) and done! Add some spiced up black beans or add some walnuts to the cauliflower to amp up the protein.  Easy, Veggie-ful, flavorful and Comforting!Continue reading: Bell Pepper Nachos with Cauliflower Taco Meat & Vegan Nacho Cheese SauceThe post Bell Pepper Nachos with Cauliflower Taco Meat & Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

35 Kid Friendly Vegan Recipes

August 16 2017 Vegan Richa 

35 Kid Friendly Vegan RecipesKid Friendly Vegan Recipes . Everyday Easy Meals, Breakfast and Snacks to eat as a family. Hidden Veggies & Beans, Cheesy things, Choose your own toppings! Lots of Back to school lunches and meals.  Kids can be tough to feed at times. Let’s try and make it easier with this compilation of kid friendly vegan recipes! If you have a favorite from the blog that you all love, let me know in the comments!Continue reading: 35 Kid Friendly Vegan RecipesThe post 35 Kid Friendly Vegan Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

BBQ Sweet Potato Pizza

August 10 2017 Vegan Richa 

BBQ Sweet Potato PizzaBBQ Sweet Potato Pizza. Easy Summer Pizza with Sweet Potato, Corn, Jalapeno and Barbecue sauce. Grill or bake or make into a quesadilla. Vegan Nut-free Recipe. Soy-free Gluten-free option Sometimes you just need a simple veggie pizza with good drizzle of bbq sauce. My summer meals have been vegetable heavy with less beans. They just seem to feel better on the tummy. So this Pizza is just veggies.  The pizza uses my 20 Minute Pizza Crust and barbecue sauce tossed with some cooked sweet potato, corn, peppers, onions and jalapeno. The veggies are then sprinkled with my from scratch Barbecue seasoning(which needs to be used in many other ways). Many of the ingredients have a sweetish profile. I was wondering about that when I made this the first time but surprisingly that is what I wanted to eat. It also helped curb the sweet craving post lunch. Use your favorite bbq sauce, I like this Annie’s Smoky Maple bbq Sauce, or use my soy-free bbq sauce. Add other veggies like small florets of cauliflower or broccoli or some black beans or chickpeas tossed in the fabulous bbq seasoning.  Easy, flavorful and Summery! Continue reading: BBQ Sweet Potato PizzaThe post BBQ Sweet Potato Pizza appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cherry Blueberry Crisp – No Bake

August 7 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cherry Blueberry Crisp – No BakeEasy 1 Pot No Bake Cherry Blueberry Crisp. Seasonal Berries cooked to a compote and topped with Toasted Crisp Oat crumble. Serve with favorite ice cream. Vegan Berry Crisp Recipe. Can be gluten-free, nut-free. It has been hitting 90s this past week in the PNW. Who wants to bake in this heat! I made these stove top No Bake crisps the other day and they worked out amazingly. I generally use whichever berries I have on hand. For this post I used cherries and Wild blueberries.  The blueberries add an amazing color and flavor with the tangy cherries. Use any seasonal berries of choice. The crisp is Easily made gluten-free with oat flour or other gluten-free flour. You can also bake the mix for 30 to 40 minutes. Easy, Gorgeous and perfect to use up all the fruit. 1 Skillet and 30 Minutes to Berry Bliss. Continue reading: Vegan Cherry Blueberry Crisp – No BakeThe post Vegan Cherry Blueberry Crisp – No Bake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Instant Pot Eggplant Sambar Recipe – Indian Yellow Lentil Tamarind Dal

August 2 2017 Vegan Richa 

Instant Pot Eggplant Sambar Recipe – Indian Yellow Lentil Tamarind DalEggplant Sambar Recipe – Indian Yellow Lentil Tamarind Dal. Toor Dal Sambar with Eggplant or other seasonal veggies. Instant Pot or Saucepan Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe. Jump to Recipe         Print Recipe Sambar is a tangy tamarind based dal with its own spice blend called sambar powder. It has many versions based on the region and family recipes from states in Southern India. This flavorful soup has a different flavor profile from the usual North Indian Dals. Serve it over rice or cooked grains or as a soup. Toor dal (split pigeon peas) are usually the pulse of choice to make sambar.  Toor Dal or split pigeon pea can be labelled as yellow lentils or yellow split peas. These split peas are slightly smaller and duller than yellow split peas and also cook a bit faster. Get the non shiny version if you get them from the Indian store. You can also make this sambar with Moong dal or Red lentils or yellow split peas. Cooking time will be less with those lentils.  Tamarind makes things look brown but believe you me that sambar is amazingly tasty meal. It is sour, savory, mildly sweet, well spiced and great as a soup or as a side with steamed rice cakes (Idli), or flatbread or rice. Both Instant Pot and saucepan instructions below. Continue reading: Instant Pot Eggplant Sambar Recipe – Indian Yellow Lentil Tamarind DalThe post Instant Pot Eggplant Sambar Recipe – Indian Yellow Lentil Tamarind Dal appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cajun Spiced Smoky Vegan Sloppy Joes – Sloppy Lentils

July 30 2017 Vegan Richa 

Cajun Spiced Smoky Vegan Sloppy Joes – Sloppy LentilsSmoky Vegan Sloppy Joes with Cajun Spices. Easy Red Lentil Carrot Zucchini Sloppy mix. Serve between soft buns, dinner rolls, pita pockets or tacos. Vegan Nut-free Recipe. Soy free option. Easily Gluten-free.  Jump to Recipe      Print Recipe These sloppy joes are 1 Pot, easy and amazingly delicious. I use Red lentils in this recipe as they are less earthy than whole brown lentils and also cook faster. If you cook them in parallel the meal is ready within 30 minutes!   The sloppy lentils are also very versatile. Use them to make taquitos, tacos, wraps, fill up pita pockets, grilled quesadillas or sandwiches, or fill up baked potatoes for a taco baked potato and dress with salsa and vegan sour cream. Many options! For texture I use shredded zucchini and carrots that add volume and texture to the mix. You can also use some shredded sweet potato or other vegetables. Shredded veggies make a great filling for tacos or wraps, exhibit 1 (pulled Butternut tacos, I had forgotten how these were), shredded sweet potato or carrot bbq sandwiches. Flavors from paprika, loads of it, herbs and spices, tomato paste and sauces make this a deeply flavorful meal! The sandwiches get pretty sloppy, so I often serve these as wraps with fresh salsa or shredded cabbage or greens. The mix is great both warm and cold. The mix can also be served as a stew. Add some more water of broth and simmer. For a heartier meal, add in some crumbled tempeh with the lentils. Continue reading: Cajun Spiced Smoky Vegan Sloppy Joes – Sloppy LentilsThe post Cajun Spiced Smoky Vegan Sloppy Joes – Sloppy Lentils appeared first on Vegan Richa.

20 Vegan Instant Pot Recipes

July 24 2017 Vegan Richa 

20 Vegan Instant Pot Recipes20 Vegan Instant Pot Recipes with no fake meats, no soy, no dairy. Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipes to cook up as meals. Vegan Gluten-free Soyfree.  Instant Pot  is a 1 pot cooking appliance that can cook by pressure cooking, slow cooking, warming (yogurt or other fermentation), sauteing, steaming. It is programmable and has been getting popular in the last few years. I use Instant Pot whenever I need to pressure cook. I have been pressure cooking for many years as Indian food uses Pressure cooking for cooking the variety of beans and lentils used in the cuisine. Stive top cookers have been used in India for decades. Some of the old posts on the blog use a pressure cooker and are getting updated IP instructions over the next few months.  Instant Pot works out well to make 1 pot meals, set it and forget it and the meal is ready when needed, and works well for summer as it doesnt heat up the entire kitchen. Here are a few of the popular IP recipes from the blog. Almost all also have Saucepan cooking options. For more Recipes see the Instant Pot Category. What are your favorite Instant Pot meals for Summer?Continue reading: 20 Vegan Instant Pot RecipesThe post 20 Vegan Instant Pot Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cauliflower Sweet Potato Chickpea Tikka Wraps with Coconut Chutney

July 19 2017 Vegan Richa 

Cauliflower Sweet Potato Chickpea Tikka Wraps with Coconut ChutneyCauliflower Sweet Potato Chickpea Tikka Wraps with Quick Coconut Chutney. Coconut Chutney makes everything amazing! Easy Weekday Meal. Vegan Soy-free Nut-free Recipe. Can be gluten-free with gluten-free wraps or tacos. Summer meals are often are simplified versions of some Indian spreads that can be served in hand held form, like wraps, tacos, burritos, burgers etc. These tikka wraps fall perfectly there. The Veggie Tikka or Kebabs that would usually be skewered and grilled, are all put on one baking sheet to bake to crisp. The medley is then served over warm rotis or tortillas dressed in coconut chutney. This Coconut chutney is easy and addictive. You will want to put it over tacos, burgers and everything. Use seasonal vegetables of choice. Add some hearty greens to marinate and bake/­­grill. Serve these in tortillas or make a bowl with a generous drizzle of the coconut dressing. Don’t like coconut, use my Mint Cilantro Chutney instead. Make a huge helping of these tikka veggies as the marinade is super flavorful. Add the baked veggies to any other bowls this Summer.Continue reading: Cauliflower Sweet Potato Chickpea Tikka Wraps with Coconut ChutneyThe post Cauliflower Sweet Potato Chickpea Tikka Wraps with Coconut Chutney appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegetable Hakka Noodles – 1 Pot Indo Chinese Noodles

July 12 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegetable Hakka Noodles – 1 Pot Indo Chinese NoodlesEasy 1 Pot Vegetable Hakka Noodles. Indo Chinese Hakka Noodles with peppers, onions, cabbage, carrots and a simple sauce. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Can be gluten-free.  Indo Chinese food is a big category of its own in Indian cuisine. There are several dishes that make up the cuisine. The dishes are known for being heavily influenced by chinese dishes and then they are amped up with things like garlic, ginger, green chile, spices and more. These Hakka Noodles are a staple side that goes well with any of the Indo Chinese veggie mains like Manchurian(book 1), or a Chilli Tofu paneer.  To make this into a meal, add some baked tofu or some vegan meat subs marinated in soy sauce + minced ginger+ garlic. I like to make these with peppers, onion, cabbage and any other veggies that I have, and some greens. These noodles are super easy, 1 Pot, peppery and a great light weeknight meal. Continue reading: Vegetable Hakka Noodles – 1 Pot Indo Chinese NoodlesThe post Vegetable Hakka Noodles – 1 Pot Indo Chinese Noodles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Methi Malai Paneer Tofu – Tofu and Fenugreek/Greens in Creamy Sauce

July 6 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Methi Malai Paneer Tofu – Tofu and Fenugreek/Greens in Creamy SauceMethi Malai Paneer made vegan with Tofu and Cashews. Tofu and Fenugreek/­­Greens in Creamy Sauce. Easy Weeknight Restaurant style Indian entree. Serve over Naan or rice. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Soy-free Nut-free option. Methi Malai Matar (Fenugreek/­­Greens and peas in creamy white sauce), Methi malai paneer (fenugreek and Paneer cheese cubes in creamy sauce) are some Mughlai dishes you might find in some Indian restaurants. The dishes use malai or dairy cream and cheese or other dairy ingredients. Its like a spiced up Spinach dip, with lots of complex flavor! But this version is free of all that, tastes amazing, and comes together quickly as well. Fresh fenugreek leaves are a favorite to use in the dish when in season. If you find some then definitely use them fresh, else use dried fenugreek with greens of choice. Serve with hot garlic Naan or rice/­­grains or make a bowl with roasted veggies, add to wraps or on a pizza!. Dried fenugreek (kasuri methi) is available in Indian stores and online on amazon. Definitely get some, as I use it in many recipes, so it will not just get stored and expire :). Fenugreek has an amazing flavor profile, bitter but pleasing. You can use ground mustard + celery seed as a substitute when used in small quantities. Continue reading: Vegan Methi Malai Paneer TofuTofu and Fenugreek/­­Greens in Creamy SauceThe post Vegan Methi Malai Paneer TofuTofu and Fenugreek/­­Greens in Creamy Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Banana French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

June 30 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Banana French Toast with Caramelized BananasVegan Banana French Toast. Vegan French Toast with Caramelized bananas. Banana and non dairy milk make up the french toast batter. Cooked French toast is served with caramelized Bananas, maple and vegan butter. Vegan Nut-free Recipe.  This French toast is easy, amazing and delicious breakfast or snack. Hearty Bread is soaked in a batter of banana and nondairy milk, cooked to golden. Sliced banana is caramelized with coconut sugar and served over the warm french toast with maple and seasonal fruit. You want to use a rustic bread or a stale bread for best results. Regular sandwich bread can get too soggy. Check with a trial slice to see how long to soak the slice for the best results based on your bread and pan. Soak longer if the french toast is overly dry in the middle. Soak for just a second if the bread tends to absorb a lot of the batter and turns out soggy. You can also let the slices air dry for 15 minutes before using.  I like to use my home made wheat or white breads and not overly chewy sourdough from our local bakery to make these vegan french toasts.Continue reading: Vegan Banana French Toast with Caramelized BananasThe post Vegan Banana French Toast with Caramelized Bananas appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry with Cauliflower, Potato – Gobi Aloo Lobia

June 23 2017 Vegan Richa 

Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry with Cauliflower, Potato – Gobi Aloo LobiaThis Coconutty Black Eyed Pea stew with Cauliflower and Potatoes is hearty and delicious. Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry with vegetables. Saucepan Option. Gobi Aloo Lobia Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas Recipe. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free This simple Black eyed pea curry is perfect for a weekday dinner. Black Eyed Peas often get overlooked with the popularity of chickpeas. But these humble beans are smooth, delicious and cook much faster (and also cause less gaseous issues). This curry has simple spices and some coconut. Add vegetables of choice and put it in an Instant Pot, pressure cooker or saucepan and enjoy a hot flavorful curry over Naan, flatbread, or rice/­­grains. If you have sambhar masala blend, that goes really well in this stew. The dish is finished with a tempering of toasted cumin and curry leaves. You can leave the curry leaves out if you cannot find them and use cilantro instead. This Gobi Aloo Lobhia ( Chawli/­­Raungi) curry is easy, has a different flavor profile from the North Indian Black eyed Pea curry and is versatile. The toasty cumin and curry leaf tempering adds a fabulous finishing flavor to the dish. You can make the tempering in the IP itself and reserve some to use as garnish later. For variation use mustard seeds, Make it with other beans or chickpeas and play with the spices. Continue reading: Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry with Cauliflower, Potato – Gobi Aloo LobiaThe post Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry with Cauliflower, Potato – Gobi Aloo Lobia appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Avocado

June 17 2017 Vegan Richa 

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Arugula, AvocadoMediterranean Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Avocado and Lemon Oregano Olive oil dressing. Lemon Garlic Dressing brightens up this Summery Quinoa Salad. Perfect to make ahead and serve at Picnics. Vegan Gluten-free, Nut-free Soy-free Recipe. This Salad hits all the Summery notes. Crisp Arugula, juicy Cherry tomatoes, Avocado, fluffy Quinoa all dressed in a refreshing Lemon Garlic olive oil dressing. Simple ingredients, incredible together.  The salad comes together quickly and also stays crisp for upto 4 days. For longer life, keep the dressing separate. Add other ingredients such as chickpeas to make into a meal, cucumber, zucchini, other greems for variation. Continue reading: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Arugula, AvocadoThe post Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Avocado appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mango Curry Chickpeas

June 11 2017 Vegan Richa 

Mango Curry ChickpeasEasy 1 pot Mango Curry Chickpeas. This Mango Curry is creamy, mangoey and perfect when paired with chickpeas, vegetables or baked tofu. Easy and so flavorful. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe. Mango Curry with Tofu from my first Book has been one of the popular dishes that gets made again and again. I see it many times on Instagram. This is a lightly adapted version of that mango curry. This easy onion, spice and mango curry is simmered with chickpeas and served over rice, grains or with flatbread.  I use canned mango puree from the Indian store for curries as very ripe mangoes can be hard to come by.. The raw-ish or sour-ish flavor might affect the overall flavor balance. Right now with approaching Summer, certain types of mangoes are pretty ripe and they do well in this recipe. Use chickpeas, veggies, baked tofu, lentils, lentil balls, kofta balls or other beans in this sauce. Make this super quick and easy curry. And serve it over rice/­­quinoa, make a bowl with roasted veggies, fill up tacos for a summery fusion meal.  Garnish the tacos with cilantro chopped red onion, chopped tomato. Loads of flavor and all the pleasing notes of sweet, savory, mango, chickpeas and creamy!Continue reading: Mango Curry ChickpeasThe post Mango Curry Chickpeas appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Grillable Veggie Burger – Black Bean Sunflower Seed Burger

June 6 2017 Vegan Richa 

Grillable Veggie Burger – Black Bean Sunflower Seed BurgerGrillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Sunflower Seed Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option It is time to fire up the grill and flip some veggie burgers. These hearty burgers are made up of black beans, brown rice, sunflower seeds and amazing seasoning. You can grill or pan fry the patties. Veggie burgers can be overly squishy (too many beans, too much moisture), or too crumbly (not enough binding, big unmashed ingredients such as whole beans or large chunks of onions, peppers, veggies). Both these issues can be solved with vital wheat gluten in the patties. I don’t like the texture of the patty with vital wheat gluten, so in these burgers just the right balance of cooked grains, beans and some breadcrumbs work well to make a sturdy grillable patty. With any veggie burger, mash the ingredients well and pack them well for sturdier results.  Black beans work really well in these burgers. You can also use kidney beans. The toasted sunflower seeds make these hearty. Whole coriander seeds, smoked paprika and lemon add complex flavors. These patties are a must make.  See 35+ Veggie Burger options here, no fake meats! Which beans/­­lentils are your favorite in a veggie burger?Continue reading: Grillable Veggie Burger – Black Bean Sunflower Seed BurgerThe post Grillable Veggie Burger – Black Bean Sunflower Seed Burger appeared first on Vegan Richa.

20 Turmeric Recipes Vegan Glutenfree options

June 1 2017 Vegan Richa 

20 Turmeric Recipes Vegan Glutenfree options20 Recipes with Turmeric. Turmeric Cauliflower Rice, Turmeric Chocolate Marble Loaf, Golden Iced Tea, Turmeric Miso Soup, Turmeric brussels spouts and more. Vegan Gluten-free Turmeric Recipes. Soy-free options.  Turmeric is one of the common spices used in Indian food. We grew up eating food which had turmeric in most meals. Most Dals, curries, veggie sides have Turmeric added to them in small amounts. Some creamy white sauces, Indo- chinese food or snacks were exceptions.  Fresh turmeric is a bit more bitter than powder and can be an acquired flavor. Dried powdered turmeric root (turmeric powder) is more easily available than fresh turmeric root. Powdered turmeric in larger amounts can also add a bitter profile to the dish. The overall flavor might be pronounced for some, ok or undetectable for many. With the interest in Turmeric recently increasing because of many beneficial properties, I now experiment with Turmeric in other applications other than Indian food as well. Try a few of these to start on your Turmeric adventure. In a Sauce, soup, dals, with cauliflower rice, as Turmeric Lentil Fritters (pic above), in sushi roll, in muffins, cakes, Iced tea and more. Continue reading: 20 Turmeric Recipes Vegan Glutenfree optionsThe post 20 Turmeric Recipes Vegan Glutenfree options appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Potato Pesto Pizza with Basil Spinach Pesto, Garlic and Pepper

May 30 2017 Vegan Richa 

Potato Pesto Pizza with Basil Spinach Pesto, Garlic and PepperEasy Potato Pesto Pizza with Thin Crust. Basil Spinach Pesto makes for a refreshing Pizza base topping with thin potato slices, onion and garlic. Bake or make on the grill. Vegan Soyfree Recipe.  Its not really pizza season with the crazy heat, but this is one delicious Pizza you want to make come sun or rain. Thin crust, loads of fresh pesto, potatoes, onions or leek, thinly sliced garlic, loads of pepper. Delicious! Bake or grill it up if you’d rather not start up the oven. This flatbread Pizza works well with sliced potato or sweet potato and onions.  I use my 20 Minute Pizza Crust with Spelt flour for this flatbread pizza. The dough is rolled out into thin rustic crusts to make 2 medium size pizzas. I use a quick basil spinach cashew pesto as the base. Spread the pesto, sliced potato, onion and garlic. Add other toppings such as veggie crumbles or vegan sausage or artichokes. a Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and bake to make a crisp refreshing Summery Pizza. Continue reading: Potato Pesto Pizza with Basil Spinach Pesto, Garlic and PepperThe post Potato Pesto Pizza with Basil Spinach Pesto, Garlic and Pepper appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Rotimatic – Roti (Indian flatbread) Automated

May 28 2017 Vegan Richa 

Rotimatic – Roti (Indian flatbread) Automated This post is sponsored by Rotimatic. Rotis are an important part of an Indian home cooked meal in many regions in India. Freshly made flatbread served with the dals, veggie sides, and curries. Rotis are the carrier of all the amazing food. Rotis, also called Chapati, phulka, rotli, vary in terms of thickness and some additions to the dough. In general, the flatbreads served are made of whole wheat dough (called atta), they are rolled out into thin flatbreads that are cooked on a hot griddle or tava and puffed either on the tava or on the flame. Often the rotis will puff up fully to make a balloon filled with hot air.  Back home in India, Mom has her Roti making oiled out and scheduled perfectly so there were always fresh rotis during meals. She also had helpers to roll them out, cook and serve on occasion. In my house here, we generally end up eating premade rotis from the Indian store. The whole process of making a smooth dough, rolling the dough out and standing for the half hour to make them on a hot tava used to be just about achievable on some days before I had balance issues, and then it just wasn’t possible.  Rotimatic is a robot that kneads, rolls out, cooks and serves fresh rotis, Its a neat white box where you fill up the flour, water and oil containers and press a few buttons. A few minutes later, you get hot roti flatbreads!  And it obviously became a sensation when the prototype rolled out a few years back. Everyone wanted this machine to reduce the hours and effort spent everyday to make rotis. Continue reading: Rotimatic – Roti (Indian flatbread) AutomatedThe post Rotimatic – Roti (Indian flatbread) Automated appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Sunbutter Cookies. 1 Bowl

May 21 2017 Vegan Richa 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Sunbutter Cookies. 1 Bowl1 Bowl Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Sunbutter Cookies. Cinnamony Sunflower seed butter Oatmeal Cookies. These Soft Cookies come together really quickly and make a great snack or treat. Vegan Nut-free Recipe. Can be Gluten-free. 8 Ingredients These Fudgy Soft cookies are a favorite in my house these days. I got a jar of sunbutter to test out a few recipes for the book, to test nut-free options and list them with the recipes. The jar was still 3/­­4 full and was calling out to me.  I used my Almond butter oatmeal cookies as reference. These cookies come out thick, soft and are hearty cookies to snack or, for breakfast or dessert. Sunbutter can cause the cookies to have green centers as it reacts with baking soda. The lemon juice usually should neutralize it enough. But in case you do get green centers, that is normal and edible. You can see some dark green peaking through in some cookies in the pictures.  The cookies need just 1 Bowl.Continue reading: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Sunbutter Cookies. 1 BowlThe post Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Sunbutter Cookies. 1 Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Indian Spiced Buttermilk Drink Vegan Chaas Recipe

May 17 2017 Vegan Richa 

Indian Spiced Buttermilk Drink Vegan Chaas RecipeIndian Spiced Buttermilk Drink Chaas Recipe. Masala chaas. Savory Non Dairy Yogurt Drink with Mint, cumin and ice cubes. Indian Summer Beverage. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe We’ve all had some or the other type of lassi which is a sweet yogurt drink, where yogurt is blended with flavors (mango, rose, plain) and sugar/­­sweetener and some chilled water or ice. Lassis are a perfect summer drink. Chaas/­­ chaach /­­Mattha is an equally loved Indian Beverage for summer. Chaas is a savory spiced drink which is made with thin buttermilk. Chaas is great for the summer to hydrate as well as helps digestion.  Traditionally chaas is either made with the leftover water after making butter from cream, or from sour yogurt. This version uses almond milk yogurt to make a savory summer drink. A bit of lemon and kala namak adds some sourness. Refreshing and Summery. You can make your own non dairy yogurt at home. See Recipe notes.  South Indian version of Chaas called Neer Mor and it has cilantro, curry leaves, green chile that gets blended into the yogurt mixture. The serving is then garnished with a tempering of mustard seeds.  Try this Chaach with your favorite plain non dairy yogurt and let me know how it turned out!Continue reading: Indian Spiced Buttermilk Drink Vegan Chaas RecipeThe post Indian Spiced Buttermilk Drink Vegan Chaas Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Indian Butter Tofu Paneer – Tofu Butter Masala Recipe

May 13 2017 Vegan Richa 

Indian Butter Tofu Paneer – Tofu Butter Masala RecipeRestaurant Style Tofu Butter Masala Recipe – Easy Indian Butter Tofu “Paneer”. Dairy-free Tofu Paneer Butter Masala. Tofu is marinated and baked then simmered in tomato ginger cashew sauce. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe.   You have got to make this Butter Tofu! Butter Tofu, Butter Masala or butter curry or whatever you want to call it. Red butter sauce for everything. Butter masala sauce is a popular sauce used with meats, paneer cheese or vegetables in Indian restaurants (that have a mostly North Indian Menu). It can be called makhani sauce (translates to “buttery” sauce) or butter sauce. Each restaurant can have its own version of sauce. I generally use my makhani sauce to make butter masala with veggies, tofu,chickpeas or fake meat. That makhani sauce is a rich creamy general masala sauce that makes everything taste amazing. This butter sauce is a simpler and more restaurant like variation and can be used with veggies, chickpeas or any other additions. I use baked tofu to work as “paneer” to make a Butter Paneer. Serve with flatbread, rice, Roti or Vegan Naan. No Butter in this sauce. Feel free to use vegan butter instead of oil.Continue reading: Indian Butter Tofu Paneer – Tofu Butter Masala RecipeThe post Indian Butter Tofu Paneer – Tofu Butter Masala Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Veggie Lentil Dhansak Recipe – Instant Pot

May 9 2017 Vegan Richa 

Veggie Lentil Dhansak Recipe – Instant PotLentil Veggie Dhansak Recipe. Dal and vegetables cooked with spices. Parsi dhansak Recipe. Make this dal dhansak in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker or in a Saucepan. Serve over rice or flatbread or garlic bread. Vegan Gluten-free Soyfree Nut-free Indian Recipe. Dhansak /­­dansak /­­dhan saak is an Indian dish from the Parsi community. It has various regional adaptations. It combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine (cuisine of te state of Guajrat). Dhansak generally is made by cooking some meat with a mixture of lentils and vegetables, while the vegetarian version uses just lentils and veggies. Dhansak can be simply spiced to retain the flavors of the vegetables or lentils, or can be flavored with various spices. Dhansak is often served over caramelized onion rice (rice cooked with caramelized onions). This version is a simply spiced dhansak with a combination of lentils, vegetables and greens. Use any vegetables in this amazing dish. Flexible to your palate and a delicious 1 Pot meal. Make it in an Instant Pot or in a saucepan, but definitely make it! Continue reading: Veggie Lentil Dhansak Recipe – Instant PotThe post Veggie Lentil Dhansak Recipe – Instant Pot appeared first on Vegan Richa.

35 Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

May 5 2017 Vegan Richa 

35 Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch RecipesVegan Mother’s Day Recipes. 35 Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas.  Cinnamon Rolls, Pancakes, Frittata, Scrambles, Stuffed French Toasts, Muffins and more vegan breakfast brunch recipes for Mother’s Day. Gluten-free Options. My Mom will be visiting a few days after Mother’s Day. She has been a pillar of strength for the family since I remember. She always has boundless love to give. My nieces are visiting as well and they will be keeping the grandma (my mom) busy, entertained and very happy. Breakfast has been a favorite meal for mum. At my parents’ home in India, it is an elaborate affair starting with warm lemon water or juice (carrot + opo squash or bitter gourd), followed by seasonal fruits. Followed by some news (reading or tv), then some hot fresh savory breakfast with masala chai, followed by a few assorted raw nuts.  In my home here. things are governed by the varying schedules, but we almost always make time for a sit down breakfast served with hot masala chai with almond milk. I am looking forward to even more elaborate breakfasts, and lunches and dinners during mom’s visit week.  Here are a few options from the blog to cook up for Mother’s Day. Sweet or Savory or both. Happy Mothers Day to all Mums!Continue reading: 35 Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch RecipesThe post 35 Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Spanish Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower Broccoli Rice

April 30 2017 Vegan Richa 

Spanish Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower Broccoli RiceFlavorful Spanish Chickpea Stew with Cumin scented Cauliflower Broccoli Rice. Smoky tomatoey 30 Minute Spanish Chickpea Stew can be served over rice or grains or cauliflower or broccoli rice. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Grain-free Soy-free Recipe.  This Spanish Stew is smoky, tomatoey, 1 Pot and amazing and comes together really quickly. If you already have some rice to serve it over, then this is a One Pot meal and ready within 30 minutes! I serve the stew over rice, or cauliflower rice, or broccoli + cauliflower rice. Cauliflower and Broccoli are riced in a processor. They are flavored with toasted cumin, salt and lemon and steamed to make a fluffy al dente cooked mixture. The Stew uses onion and tomato base with bay leaves, paprika and oregano for flavor. Chickpeas and veggies are simmered for 10 to 15 minutes to develop flavor and served. Add in some baby greens towards to end. The stew gets tastier the longer it sits. Change up the beans or spices and make it your own.  Continue reading: Spanish Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower Broccoli RiceThe post Spanish Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower Broccoli Rice appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Turmeric Carrot Muffins with Chia & Coconut

April 23 2017 Vegan Richa 

Turmeric Carrot Muffins with Chia & CoconutTurmeric Carrot Muffins. These sunshine muffins have carrots, dry or fresh turmeric, fresh ginger and chia seeds. Coconut rounds up the flavor for a caramelized carrot ginger turmeric profile along with cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg. Add nuts to these Turmeric muffins. No added sugar or oil needed. Vegan Soyfree Nut-free Recipe. Gluten-free option.  These muffins are sunshine for the dreary mornings. Golden bites filled with chia, coconut, carrots and turmeric. The fresh sweet carrots when blended release their sweet juices and along with some maple syrup are enough sweetness for the muffin. Turmeric intensifies the color and adds its benefits in these easy muffins. Add cinnamon cashew frosting from my Carrot Cake Loaf to make decadent dessert or carrot cupcakes.  These carrot muffins can be made with fresh turmeric root or powdered turmeric. Turmeric and fresh ginger root add a burst of flavor. Coconut rounds up the flavor for a caramelized carrot ginger turmeric profile. Add nuts or dried fruit of choice. You can bake it into a loaf or make these gluten-free. See notes on the Recipe below. Continue reading: Turmeric Carrot Muffins with Chia & CoconutThe post Turmeric Carrot Muffins with Chia & Coconut appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Turmeric Lassi – Golden Yogurt Drink

April 20 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Turmeric Lassi – Golden Yogurt DrinkTurmeric Lassi – Golden Yogurt Drink. Lassi is a yogurt based drink served as a beverage in India. This version uses non dairy yogurt, turmeric, black pepper and ginger for a cooling Lassi. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Lassi is a favorite drink in many Indian (north Indian) homes during the hot months. It is starting to get sunny and warm finally in the Pacific Northwest, and evening tea is getting replaced by various lassis.  Lassi traditionally is made with fresh yogurt and chilled water. Yogurt, water, and sweetener are whisked with a Mathani (Indian whisk which works like an Immersion blender), until the mixture is very frothy. It is served in tall glasses with ice cubes. Flavors such as cardamom, saffron, chai masala, mint, ripe mango puree, rose water etc can be added. Probiotics, cooling and filling.  For this Turmeric Lassi, I use a regular blender and plain non dairy yogurt(I like almond milk yogurt). The yogurt is blended with turmeric, black pepper, ginger and frozen almond milk cubes. The resulting lassi has a texture between a smooth yogurt lassi and crushed ice shake. Add whatever flavors you like or blend with just non dairy milk for variations. Make the golden Lassi!Continue reading: Vegan Turmeric Lassi – Golden Yogurt DrinkThe post Vegan Turmeric Lassi – Golden Yogurt Drink appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake

April 15 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta BakeVegan Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake. Pasta, marinara sauce, Crispy Cauliflower slices coated in breadcrumbs and spices, and vegan mozzarella make a great Cauliflower Parmigiana. Soy-free Recipe. Can be gluten-free This Cauliflower Parmesan Bake you all has everything you want in the parmigiana, Crispy Cauliflower, tomatoey sauce and all the cheesyness.  The process is pretty short and straightforward. Bake the cauliflower slices to cook and roast them to al dente. Then top with some vegan mozzarella and herbed breadrumb mixture and place over the pasta mixture. Bake until hot and bubble and crispy. You can also bread the cauliflower and bake instead.  Make it whichever way. Serve with some rusty garlic bread. Continue reading: Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta BakeThe post Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Masala Fried Rice with Turmeric Onion Raita

April 8 2017 Vegan Richa 

Masala Fried Rice with Turmeric Onion RaitaIndian Spiced Masala Fried Rice with Turmeric Onion Raita. Use up the leftover rice or grains to make this quick spiced fried rice and serve with a simple warm Golden yogurt raita that is spiced with turmeric and mustard seeds. Ready in 30 Minutes! Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Indian Recipe This simple spiced rice works well for weekends or for quick weeknight meals. Use up the leftover rice or grains and the assorted vegetables in the fridge. I serve these with spiced turmeric raita. Raita is a kind of a dip made with yogurt which is salted and spiced with cumin or cayenne. Cucumber, onion, tomato or zucchini can be mixed into the yogurt for a fresh cool dip. For this raita, I added a tempering of mustard seeds and turmeric and thinly sliced onion. It tastes a bit like kadhi and is a warm version that works well in the still chilly weather.  For the Masala rice, chop up the veggies, toss in with spices like garam masala, and smoked paprika, ginger, garlic, and cook until just about done, fold in the rice or other grains, salt, lemon. Serve as a side with dals or curries or with this Golden yogurt dressing. Add some chickpeas with the veggies for heavier meal or serve with lentil or chickpea patties.  Make this with your favorite spices and let me know in the comments how it worked out!Continue reading: Masala Fried Rice with Turmeric Onion RaitaThe post Masala Fried Rice with Turmeric Onion Raita appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Best of the First Quarter 2017

April 3 2017 Vegan Richa 

Best of the First Quarter 2017 2017 Q1 is packed and done and I am ready for q2 to move on quickly so I can head into sunshine and some break. New Posts, Updates, Book work made up q1. I added some new categories like Instant Pot and One pot meals and tagged the Recipes that now have Videos. Posts on the blog will keep getting updated with the categories over the next few weeks. The coming few months like this first quarter, are going to be shuffling a lot of the Book 2 work and the blog work. You might see more lag times in responding to comments on social media. Ping me again on more responsive options as facebook or email.   Here are all the Recipes/­­Posts from the first quarter. If you make any of these, please do leave me a comment about how it turned out, how you served it, suggestions or changes if any that worked well. Your comments help me learn on the job!  What were your favorite recipes so far from 2017? What were a bit out of the comfort zone ?. I know I would do the General Tso’s Sandwih differently. For Easter Recipe, see here. Scroll below to read about what other things we are working on this year. Continue reading: Best of the First Quarter 2017The post Best of the First Quarter 2017 appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Hazelnut Brownies – No Bake Brownies Vegan Gluten-free

March 29 2017 Vegan Richa 

Hazelnut Brownies – No Bake Brownies Vegan Gluten-freeHazelnut Walnut Brownies – No Bake Brownies with dates, roasted hazelnuts and walnuts. Easy Fudgy No Bake Vegan Brownies. No Bake Nutella Brownies. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. These brownie bites are like nutella brownies, but no bake, no make the nutella and of course no palm oil or dairy like the usual nutella. Just 6 ingredients, toasted hazelnuts, walnuts, dates, cocoa and some maple. I top these with a creamy non dairy chocolate ganache. So good! Serve these with a simple vegan vanilla ice cream or some whipped coconut cream. and some date caramel. yum. These bars are easy, fudgy and perfect for the sweet snack attack! Make these and let me know how they turned out! You can use all walnuts and skip the toasting step to omit hazelnuts. Or use hazelnut butter or other toasted nut butter.  If you missed it, my next cookbook is now available to Preorder!! It has recipes like the blog, many cuisines and lots of easy meals. The book will have both US and metric system measures and Nutrition calculation as well, which I hope to eventually also add on the blog.  What are your dessert plans for today?Continue reading: Hazelnut Brownies – No Bake Brownies Vegan Gluten-freeThe post Hazelnut Brownies – No Bake Brownies Vegan Gluten-free appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen Cover Reveal & Pre-Order Links!

March 26 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen Cover Reveal & Pre-Order Links! Its OFFICIAL! I have another cookbook coming this fall (2017)! My Second book “Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen” is now listed everywhere where books are sold and can be Pre-Ordered. The book will be available in Print and Digital format. I am so Excited to get this collection of recipes to you!! Squeee! Pre-order Today to lock in lowest price till release date.  Amazon ||| Barnes & Noble ||| BAM! ||| iBooks ||| Chapter Indigo ||| Book Depository About the Book I follow simple rules when I am developing recipes for my blog. I strongly believe that Vegan food should be easy to make, taste good and be inclusive. This means I have a lot of allergy friendly variations and they taste equally good. This book is full of easy to make, delicious everyday recipes. Many of you also frequently request the blog recipes in print form. So in this book, there are a number of blog recipes that are popular, tried, and loved. Also, More than half the recipes in the book are all New Recipes exclusively created for this book. There are 8 Chapters of Meals (Asian, Thai, Burgers, Pizza, Bowls, Curries, Burgers, Casseroles ), 1 big chapter on Desserts, and Chapters on Sauces and DIY. Continue reading: Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen Cover Reveal & Pre-Order Links!The post Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen Cover Reveal & Pre-Order Links! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Red Lentil Tortilla Soup

March 23 2017 Vegan Richa 

Red Lentil Tortilla SoupEasy Tortilla Soup with Red lentils. 1 Pot 30 Minutes! Add veggies of choice, garnish with tortilla chips or avocado. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe.  This easy 1 pot tortilla soup has red lentils, peppers, tomato, veggies that you want and a few spices. Put everything in a saucepan and simmer until done. I like red lentils in this soup as they cook quicker and make for a lighter dinner. Beans can be an issue for some for dinner, and this works out perfectly. You can also add in some uncooked washed quinoa while simmering. Add veggies of choice and serve with garnishes of choice.  Few ingredients, 1 pot, filling and quick. whats your favorite addition to tortilla soups?Continue reading: Red Lentil Tortilla SoupThe post Red Lentil Tortilla Soup appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Sticky Ginger Sesame Tofu and Veggies

March 17 2017 Vegan Richa 

Sticky Ginger Sesame Tofu and VeggiesSticky Ginger Sesame Tofu and Veggie stir fry with vermicelli or maifun noodles. Easy weekday 30 Minute Dinner. Vegan Gluten-free nut-free Recipe. Use chickpeas or more veggies to make Tofu-free This bowl of amazing food can be ready to serve within 30 minutes. Sticky, gingery, sesame tofu stir fry.  Serve over rice/­­grains or vermicelli noodles! The sauce is simple and uses maple to sweeten. Crisp up the tofu, roast the veggies, add sauce ingredients, thicken and done. I served this over brown rice maifun. You can also use my general tso’s sauce to make this stir fry. Use whichever veggies you have. Use more veggies or chickpeas instead of tofu to make tofu-free. Add some crunch with bean sprouts or cucumbers. Serve hot for winters and warm cool in the summer. Easy, quick and Delicious. What are you cooking up this weekend?Continue reading: Sticky Ginger Sesame Tofu and VeggiesThe post Sticky Ginger Sesame Tofu and Veggies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Ziti with Chipotle Lentil Tomato Sauce

March 10 2017 Vegan Richa 

Ziti with Chipotle Lentil Tomato Sauce25 Minute Weeknight Pasta. Ziti with Chipotle Lentil Tomato Sauce. Smoky Chipotle and lentils in the pasta sauce make it a flavorful and filling meal. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Easily glutenfree with GF pasta. This weeknight Pasta is a breeze to put together. Cook the pasta of choice, simmer the sauce and lentils all together with herbs and a chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce(smoky and hot!). Toss and serve. You can add some seasonal veggies to this pasta like some garlic roasted asparagus, carrots, or roasted brussels. And yes that’s mint in the photos, it should be basil   Serve this with some gf garlic rolls or whole grain rolls.  and Definitely make a double batch! Whats your favorite weekday red sauce pasta?Continue reading: Ziti with Chipotle Lentil Tomato SauceThe post Ziti with Chipotle Lentil Tomato Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Spiced Cauliflower and Tofu in Green Masala Sauce

March 5 2017 Vegan Richa 

Spiced Cauliflower and Tofu in Green Masala SauceSpiced Cauliflower and Tofu in Green Masala Sauce. Baked Cauliflower and Tofu in green cilantro sauce. Hara Masala Gobi Tofu. he green masala sauce paste can be made ahead and stored. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Can be soy-free with chickpea tofu or chickpeas or beans or other veggies.  This is an easy green masala sauce that you can add many things to. In this recipe, the cauliflower and tofu are tossed in some spices and baked, added to the simmering sauce and served.  The flavors meld together and the baked roasted cauliflower and tofu are crisp and smoky.  The green masala sauce has cilantro and some spinach and is a flexible sauce. You can make it with all cilantro, or all spinach or other baby greens. If you hate fresh cilantro, you might like this well cooked cilantro sauce, or use mint + spinach instead. Add veggies of choice or chickpeas or beans. Loads of options.  Serve with Naan or other flatbread or over rice. Continue reading: Spiced Cauliflower and Tofu in Green Masala SauceThe post Spiced Cauliflower and Tofu in Green Masala Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls with Tanzhong starter

February 27 2017 Vegan Richa 

Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls with Tanzhong starterSoft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls. Moist and soft Whole wheat Rolls 100% Whole grain rolls with Tangzhong starter. Use as Wheat Buns for Burgers or Sliders. Vegan Whole Grain Dinner Rolls. Soy-free Palm Oil-free Recipe These rolls are 100% Whole grain and so soft and do not taste like cardboard or dirt! Based off my 100% Whole wheat bread, the rolls have additional help in moisture from the tangzhong (roux), Tangzong starter breads or milk breads are often the softest breads. Tangzhong along with the sponge are the secret to perfectly moist Whole Grain Rolls.  The flavor of these rolls is very dependent on the whole grain flour used. Often the flour goes rancid or is starting to go rancid depending on when the grains were processed. Breads with combination of whole and all purpose/­­white flour have a milder flavor. In all whole grain baked goods that are sweet or savory, the flavors take over the whole grain flavor and work well. In a bread that is just whole grain flour, water and yeast, the grain flavor comes through very strong. It is the least strong in freshly baked bread and gets stronger (bitter or rancid) as it sits. You can also use aquafaba for additional moisture in these. These rolls are best served fresh and warm.  These rolls can be made ahead (refrigerated or frozen, then thawed and baked). For soft Gluten-free dinner rolls, see these. I generally use some whole grain spelt with the wheat or a combination of regular whole wheat which is red wheat flour, and white whole wheat which is flour of winter white wheat. Combination flours help with the flavor and texture. It looks like a long process, but its mostly rest and rise time and bake time with just 15- 20 mins active.  Continue reading: Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls with Tanzhong starterThe post Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls with Tanzhong starter appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Instant Pot Masala Eggplant Curry

February 24 2017 Vegan Richa 

Instant Pot Masala Eggplant CurryInstant Pot Masala Eggplant Curry. Pressure cooked Indian Baghare baingan. Stuffed Baby Eggplant /­­ Brinjal Curry. Add chickpeas to make a meal. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Recipe . Easily made nut-free I make variations of stuffed baby eggplant using the traditional method of pan frying the eggplant, then stuffing it, and then cooking in the sauce. The frying or pan frying helps hold color and shape of the eggplant. But its a long process. And really its so delicious either way whether you do the frying method or this shorter pressure cooked version.  Make this pressure cooked version and dress it liberally with coconut and cilantro so no one will know how you made it and serve over rice or as a side with dals and flatbread. The stuffing a a mix of roasted whole spices, nuts, chickpea flour or besan, and some coconut. Omit the nuts and use more of chickpea flour and coconut for nut-free version.  The toasty mixture is ground up and blended with some ginger, garlic and lime juice to make a coarse paste. The eggplants are sliced across and filled with the paste. Place them in the Instant pot or pressure cooker, add water and done! Cook for 3 to 5 mins, natural release whenever ready to serve. Continue reading: Instant Pot Masala Eggplant CurryThe post Instant Pot Masala Eggplant Curry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Garlicky Korean Mac and Cheese with Gochujang

February 18 2017 Vegan Richa 

Garlicky Korean Mac and Cheese with GochujangSpicy Garlicky Korean Mac and Cheese with Gochujang. Use sriracha for variation. Vegan Recipe. Gluten-free with gluten-free pasta  There can’t be too many mac and cheese recipes right. This version has some gochujang (Korean condiment that is spicy, fermented and pungent). Gochujang makes an amazing glaze for tofu.  It also makes a great addition to a creamy sharp flavored mac and cheese. Add as much gochujang as you like, or use Asian Chile Sauce or Sriracha instead. Serve this mac with roasted veggies that are glazed in gochujang + soy sauce+ sugar or over some broccoli or with a lentil loaf with a sriracha maple glaze. I like this with a sprinkle of vegan parm and generous black pepper. A toasty breadcrumb topping with a mix of toasted bread crumbs, a clove of garlic minced and herbs of choice, works amazing as well.  Continue reading: Garlicky Korean Mac and Cheese with GochujangThe post Garlicky Korean Mac and Cheese with Gochujang appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Veg Kolhapuri Recipe – Veggies in Sesame Coconut Tomato Sauce

February 12 2017 Vegan Richa 

Veg Kolhapuri Recipe – Veggies in Sesame Coconut Tomato SauceVeg Kolhapuri Recipe – Veggies in Sesame Coconut Tomato Kolhapuri Sauce. Use up the leftover veggies in this flavorful sauce. Anything goes. Indian Version of Sloppy Veggie Sandwiches. Add cooked beans for added protein. Vegan Soy-free Nut-free Recipe. Gluten-free with gf buns or flatbread Kolhapuri cuisine is a regional cuisine from a town in the state of Maharashtra in India. The region has its own chilies and is know for hot, deep colored, spicy dishes and sauces. The cuisine has its own spice blend called kolhapuri masala which uses spices, coconut, fenugreek and chilies. I make a simplified version of the masala blend (hence not totally authentic). The masala blend works well with veggies, or added to curries/­­sauces and added to roasted veggies.  The veggies are boiled to al dente and combined with a sauce of blended onion, tomato and a roasted Kolhapuri Masala spice blend. The resulting dish is a delicious veggie curry that can be served as sloppy sandwiches. Serve these kolhapuri veggies with crackers, toasted dinner rolls, garlic bread or flatbread. This dish is somewhat like Pav bhaji, that is a veggie mash street food served with dinner rolls. Pav bhaji can be found in my cookbook. Both these dishes are excellent to use up all kinds of veggies. There is also a pressure cooker/­­ Instant Pot option in the recipe. Make some and let me know in the comments how you like it! Continue reading: Veg Kolhapuri Recipe – Veggies in Sesame Coconut Tomato SauceThe post Veg Kolhapuri Recipe – Veggies in Sesame Coconut Tomato Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Tofu Matar Masala – Tofu Peas in Blender Masala Sauce

February 6 2017 Vegan Richa 

Tofu Matar Masala – Tofu Peas in Blender Masala SauceTofu Matar MasalaTofu Peas in Blender Masala Sauce. Curried Tofu and peas with a roasted cumin tempering. Vegan Matar Paneer. Gluten-free Recipe. Use chickpeas, beans or veggies to make soy-free. This easy Tofu Matar Masala Comes together within 15 minutes if you have some blender bhuna masala sauce ready to use in the fridge or the freezer. Blend up the sauce with non dairy milk or some cashews or other nuts and water, bring to a boil with tofu and peas, or use veggies of choice. Finish off the curry with a toasty oil tempered cumin seeds and cilantro. Easy and so delicious.  No Masala sauce, no worries. Blend up the ingredients according to the masala sauce recipe and cook it for 20 to 25 mins, then use 4 tbsp of the sauce and proceed.  This dish is - Super easy - takes just 15-20 minutes - and is flexible! Add fresh or crisped tofu, add veggies of choice or chickpeas or beans. Garnish with spices of choice. The toasty cumins seeds adds a burst of flavor to this tofu matar masala. Toast the cumin seeds until they are fragrant and change color for best results.  Continue reading: Tofu Matar MasalaTofu Peas in Blender Masala SauceThe post Tofu Matar MasalaTofu Peas in Blender Masala Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Turmeric Miso Soup With Ginger, Garlic and Tofu

January 31 2017 Vegan Richa 

Turmeric Miso Soup With Ginger, Garlic and TofuTurmeric Miso Soup With Ginger, Garlic and Tofu. Kick that cold with this soothing, anti inflammatory, brothy soup. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Can be made soy-free I hit a cold bug this last weekend and wanted a bowl of soup that was hot, brothy, strong flavored. I decided to use elements from Mom’s tip for a cold – a peppery salty turmeric concoction to both gargle with and sip on, and the recent fave brothy miso soup to get the body ready to fight them bugs.  I went to the kitchen, chopped up stuff and kept adding to get the flavor I wanted. Ah. a bowl of goodness. And then trying to hold in the sneezes for a quick photo shoot.  The soup has liberal ginger, garlic, turmeric, miso and some shredded veggies. Add veggies of choice, some mushrooms and greens for variation. Make this healing soup your own. Amazingly simple and versatile. Between this soup and a sipping on my Golden Milk Spiced Latte, the cold seems to be on its way out.  Continue reading: Turmeric Miso Soup With Ginger, Garlic and TofuThe post Turmeric Miso Soup With Ginger, Garlic and Tofu appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Bhuna Masala Sauce – 30 minute 1 pot

January 25 2017 Vegan Richa 

Bhuna Masala Sauce – 30 minute 1 potEasy Bhuna Masala Sauce for Indian curries. 1 Pot 30 Minute Masala Sauce. Bhuna means roasted. Use this roasted masala simmer sauce for quick curries. Add non dairy milk or cashew cream or yogurt. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Vegan Masala Sauce to make 15 minute curries for weeknight dinners.  This Easy Masala Sauce is handy to keep around for quick meals. To make the sauce, just blend everything and cook down until well roasted. Store in the refrigerator or freeze. Bhuna means roasted. The sauce is cooked down to a concentrated form reducing 40 to 50 minute prep + cook time when you want to make a quick masala curry.  To use this masala sauce, blend 2 to 3 tbsp of the roasted sauce with 1 to 1.5 cup non dairy milk (for 2 to 3 serves). Add to a saucepan with veggies or crisped tofu. or add lentil/­­veggie balls after the sauce has simmered for a bit. Add salt to taste. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until veggies are cooked to preference. Taste and adjust salt and sweet and serve over rice or with flatbread. You can also blend it with water or broth for a thinner sauce, or with thin cashew cream or cashew milk for creamy curry or non dairy yogurt for a tikka masala-ish sauce. More ways to use it below.Continue reading: Bhuna Masala Sauce – 30 minute 1 potThe post Bhuna Masala Sauce – 30 minute 1 pot appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Boston Cream Pie Pudding

January 20 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Boston Cream Pie PuddingVegan Boston Cream Pie Pudding Parfaits. Creamy Almond flavored pudding layered with smooth chocolate. Serve as pudding cups or add other layers of vanilla wafers or vanilla sponge cake to make Parfaits. Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Can be made nut-free.  I loved the Boston Cream Pie Cake From Violet Sweet Shoppe when the shop was in Seattle. All the varieties of cakes and pies, consistent and delicious are harder to find now in this big city of Seattle, since they closed. So when I want some of that Boston cream pie, I make this pudding parfait.  Creamy, almondy, Chocolatey. Add a layer of vegan sponge cake for the pie cake version. Less work, and satisfies that sweet tooth.  Make the pudding with starch, almond extract and cashew milk. Melt some chocolate with some non dairy milk. Layer, garnish and serve. Quick and easy surprise for valentines day. Add some beet juice to the vanilla almond pudding for color. Top with granola or whipped coconut cream. Continue reading: Vegan Boston Cream Pie PuddingThe post Vegan Boston Cream Pie Pudding appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pizza Dip with Vegan Mozzarella Cream & Herbed Mushrooms

January 16 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pizza Dip with Vegan Mozzarella Cream & Herbed MushroomsVegan Pizza Dip. Easy Pizza Dip with sauteed mushrooms, olives, pizza sauce and from scratch vegan mozzarella cream sauce. Gluten-free Recipe. Can be soy-free. SuperBowl is just around the corner. Sadly Seahawks wont be there this year and Russell will be missed.  I whipped up this Pizza dip in the half time of the last game. At the end of the video, Chewie was barking away because of the high energy of the last quarter. He knows when his daddy is worked up. We ate half of the dip with the warmed up mini wheat pita breads and later used the rest to make pizza grilled sandwiches! Dip between 2 slices, with some other veggies and greens thrown in, grill and serve.  There are layers of Pizza sauce, sauteed herbed mushrooms and onions, vegan mozzarella style cream sauce, layered with some tomato slices, olives and finished with fresh basil and pepper flakes. The cream sauce has starches that thicken and do their starchy thing during the baking. When the dip is hot out of the oven, there is a cheesy stringy texture and flavor all mixed up with the pizza sauce and mushrooms and olives. All the mess that a pizza dip should be. Continue reading: Vegan Pizza Dip with Vegan Mozzarella Cream & Herbed MushroomsThe post Vegan Pizza Dip with Vegan Mozzarella Cream & Herbed Mushrooms appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Orange & Ginger

January 10 2017 Vegan Richa 

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Orange & GingerGolden Milk Chia Pudding. Turmeric Milk, spices and orange in this chia seed pudding makes an amazing breakfast. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Soy-free Recipe. This Chia Pudding is super easy and amazingly delicious. All the super foods chia seeds, turmeric, ginger. Filling and refreshing. The turmeric is mixed in after boiling it with coconut milk. Turmeric when cooked tastes better and less bitter. Warming the liquid also helps chia seed absorb faster and not get lumpy as they sit overnight. You can whisk in all the ingredients together without the extra step. Add spices and flavors of choice. I like to garnish these with candied ginger.  For a lemony zingy version, try my Lemon Curd Chia Pudding. Creamy, Zesty and all kinds of amazing.  Continue reading: Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Orange & GingerThe post Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Orange & Ginger appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Turmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Bowl with Tahini Dill Sauce

January 4 2017 Vegan Richa 

Turmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Bowl with Tahini Dill SauceTurmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Greens Bowl with Tahini Dill Sauce. Baked Seedy Golden Lentil fritters with greens, tomatoes and a tahini sauce make an easy Lunch bowl. Vegan Nut-free Soy-free Recipe. Easily Glutenfree. These seedy lentil fritters are amazingly easy. Cook the lentils with turmeric and spices, fold in some spinach or greens, add seeds like chia, flax, sesame or hemp or other of choice, chill, scoop into bite size fritters, bake and done. The lentils when cooked make a wet mixture, which bakes up perfectly into crisp on the outside Golden fritters, soft and flavorful on the inside. I use a cookie scoop to make the fritters as it takes just 5 minutes without any mess. Tahini dill sauce complements these fritters incredibly well. Some juicy tomatoes and baby greens make this bowl an amazing meal. I eat up those fritters right off the baking sheet with the dill sauce, they are so good! so you might want to double the recipe. You can also make wraps with these life a falafel wrap. Some crunchy lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, fritters and sauce in a warm pita bread.  If you make these. do let me know in the comments how you liked them. Continue reading: Turmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Bowl with Tahini Dill SauceThe post Turmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Bowl with Tahini Dill Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Black Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Hash

December 31 2016 Vegan Richa 

Black Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato HashBring in the new year with this plentiful 1 Pot Black eyed pea and Sweet Potato Hash with Harissa Spice. Ready in 20 minutes. Serve over toast with a creamy dressing or avocado. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. 2017 will be here in another day and we need some beans esp black eyed, sweet potato and spices! to bring it in. This sweet potato hash is super easy and comes together really quickly. Sweet potatoes are cooked with onion and garlic in a skillet, then simply spiced with harissa and smoked paprika, tossed with greens and cooked black eyed peas. Pretty, hearty and wonderful. Serve the hash as a side or over toast topped with sriracha or avocado, or make a buddha bowl with cooked grains like turmeric lemon rice and a dressing or lemon juice. So many ways to eat this amazing stir fry.  For all the black eyed pea prosperity and happiness, make this Deep Dish Lasagna Pizza with Black eyed Peas and Greens, Some Black Eyed Pea and Lentil soup, a grain-free Black eyed Pea and Potato Masala Pie stuffed with broccoli and cauliflower, or a hearty black eyed pea and Pumpkin Chard Chili. Be safe and happy this New Years eve! Continue reading: Black Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato HashThe post Black Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Hash appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Brown Chickpea Coconut Curry – Kadala Curry

December 27 2016 Vegan Richa 

Brown Chickpea Coconut Curry – Kadala CurryKadala Curry – Bengal Gram or Kala Chana Curry with Coconut and Spices. Brown Chickpea Coconut Curry from South India (Kerala). Serve with rice, appams, dosas or make a bowl with roasted veggies and grains. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Indian Recipe Brown Chickpeas – Kala Chana or Bengal Gram are the earthier nuttier cousin of white chickpeas. White Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans are generally more easily available. Brown Chickpeas have slowly started getting the shelf spots they deserve in many stores now. These beans are hardy and have high fibre, protein and iron content. These beans cook quickly when pressure cooked. If the beans are old, they will take a long time if cooking in a saucepan.  This Kadala Curry has brown chickpeas that have been cooked to tender in a Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot or Saucepan. The sauce uses onion, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, coconut and spices that would make a kerala garam masala(spice blend from the state of Kerala). The curry is finished with a mustard seed tempering and served with rice or flatbreads from the southern Indian region. I serve the curry as a soup by itself, or over rice or as a part of a bowl with veggie sides and sliced radishes or cucumbers. It has an amazing flavor profile. Do try it and let me know how you like it in the comments. Kala chana is also the bean which makes up Besan while the Garbanzo beans make chickpea flour. They are slightly different and behave differently depending on the use.  Continue reading: Brown Chickpea Coconut Curry – Kadala CurryThe post Brown Chickpea Coconut Curry – Kadala Curry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil. Palm Oil Free Recipe

December 21 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil. Palm Oil Free RecipeThe Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Palm oil-free! Gluten-free option. Easy Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies that are perfect for the holidays, bake sales and gifting. Perfectly Crisp and Soft. Vegan Nut-free Soy-free Palm oil-free Recipe.  Because one can never have enough Chocolate Chip Cookies and these are the best! Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies to wow everyone over. No palm oil or vegan butter or margarine in these.  These are amazing cookies that come out beautifully every time. Slightly crunchy, and soft in the middle. So amazingly good! Bake half a minute less for soft cookies and a minute longer for crunchier. Bake time depends on the oven, size of the cookie etc. These are a holiday treat! Also see video below.  I have tried these with coconut sugar (not more than 1/­­2 cup). The dough needs less flour to make a soft dough that will spread well. These cookies also benefit from chocolate chunks mixed in with the chips. The gooey big chunks right after baking will live in your dreams for a while. The original recipe for these cookies is by Somer McCowan. Try her aquafaba version here. You can possibly use thick aquafaba (4.5 tbsp) in this recipe as well. Let me know if that works out. I have also made these gluten-free, see the Recipe notes for gluten-free flour and other changes.  Continue reading: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil. Palm Oil Free RecipeThe post Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil. Palm Oil Free Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Ginger Tahini Cookies 1 Bowl

December 15 2016 Vegan Richa 

Ginger Tahini Cookies 1 BowlTahini Cookies with Candied Ginger and Gingerbread Spices. Easy Holiday Cookies. 1 Bowl Whole Wheat Crinkle Ginger Cookies. Add molasses or chocolate for variation. Vegan Nut-free Palm oil-free Recipe If you like tahini, you will love these Tahini cookies! Tahini + Ginger bread spices and Candied ginger make this a crinkly and delicious cookie. These cookies are soft when just baked and get more like a shortbread-y crumbly cookie as they cool. A bit crunchier than shortbread s they sit for longer. If you like softer cookies, bake a minute less and consume within the day. Store in a box for upto 3 days.   For a molasses ginger cookies, use 1 tbsp molasses + 1 tbsp oil instead of the 2 tbsp. Add other spices or chocolate chips for variation.  Make these simple 1 Bowl Tahini Cookies and dress in sugar, sprinkles, candied ginger, or drizzle some simple icing. Easily made glutenfree. See Recipe notes.   If you make these, do tag me on Instagram and leave comments here on the post about how they turned out! I love to hear from you.  Continue reading: Ginger Tahini Cookies 1 BowlThe post Ginger Tahini Cookies 1 Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Seedy Ginger Chocolate No Bake Granola Bars

December 12 2016 Vegan Richa 

Seedy Ginger Chocolate No Bake Granola BarsSuper Seedy Chocolate No Bake Granola Bars with candied ginger and gingerbread spices. Add some protein powder to make protein bars. These bars filled will nuts and seeds make a tasty snack. substitute nuts with more seeds to make them nut-free. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. I tend to eat small meals and eat often during the day. This leads to times when I want a snack instead of a veggie bean or other meal type thing. The snackage often includes more savory like a Sriracha Orange Peanut Granola or Indian Spiced Trail Mix. Other times its bars like this one which are mildly sweet and full of seeds and nuts. This super easy granola bar is what says it is. Super easy, seedy and amazing! Toasty, gingery, chocolatey and all kind of fun. The seeds are toasted to a golden. Oats are toasted as well. You can use other flaked grain as quinoa or rice flakes. Candied ginger chopped and added. Melt the chocolate and fold in. Shape, chill and done. Add other spices or none. Add some dried cranberries or candied orange peel instead of ginger. many possibilities!  If you make this or a variation, do tag me on IG or leave me a comment on this post. I love to hear about how it turned out. I get a lot of ideas from you all! Continue reading: Seedy Ginger Chocolate No Bake Granola BarsThe post Seedy Ginger Chocolate No Bake Granola Bars appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Minestrone – Veggies Pasta & White Bean Soup

December 5 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Minestrone – Veggies Pasta & White Bean SoupVegan Minestrone – White Bean Soup with Elbows, Veggies, Basil and vegan parmesan. Can be gluten-free, nut-free. Soy-free Vegan Dairy-free Recipe Winter greys were bringing me down, so I decided it was time to whip up my minestrone.  One pot, tomatoey bowl of goodness filled with veggies, beans and pasta. Use any beans or combination of beans and pasta of choice. Use up any leftover veggies. The soup inevitably becomes everything but the kitchen sink soup, except probably okra. No okra for me in soup. I like my minestrone less tomatoey. Some canned tomatoes work out great instead of paste. Add some tomato paste for a thicker soup or for flavor if needed. Garnish with basil and vegan parmesan. Serve with crusty bread, garlic rolls or crackers. It snowed a bit today in Seattle and my playlist is on holiday song repeats. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. Time to whip up cookies and gingerbread things. Continue reading: Vegan Minestrone – Veggies Pasta & White Bean SoupThe post Vegan Minestrone – Veggies Pasta & White Bean Soup appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cookie Dough Truffles

December 2 2016 Vegan Richa 

Cookie Dough TrufflesCookie Dough Truffles. Fudgy Cookie Dough balls coated in melted chocolate and topped with coarse sea salt or candied ginger, sprinkles or coconut. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe Cookie Dough = everything.  Even though you can possibly eat up all the cookie dough any time of the year, I reserve this treat for the holiday season. Super easy, sweet and customizable.  Add whatever toppings of choice like candied ginger, crushed candy cane, crushed ginger snaps, coconut, vegan sprinkles, add some spices to the dough and what not. A simple Cookie dough with maple and coconut sugar and oat and almond flour. Oat flour and almond flour make a good neutral and textured dough that I like over plain flour dough. But feel free to use other flours.  These truffles are based on my Cookie Dough Bars. You can shape this mixture into bars or other forms as well, if you can wait long enough that is. Most days, the dough goes from bowl to large spoon to mouth and 5 minutes later there is no trace of what was in the bowl.  Continue reading: Cookie Dough TrufflesThe post Cookie Dough Truffles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Fudgy Chocolate Cookies with Candied Ginger Gluten-free

November 27 2016 Vegan Richa 

Fudgy Chocolate Cookies with Candied Ginger. Flourless Dark Chocolate Ginger Cookies. Vegan Gluten-free Grain-free Refined oil-free Cookie Recipe. Refined sugar-free without the candied ginger.  These cookies are so fudgy, they are pretty much a brownie in cookie form. There is no added oil, no added sugar in these treats. Just some smooth almond butter, maple...  Continue reading » The post Fudgy Chocolate Cookies with Candied Ginger Gluten-free appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Lentil Rice Casserole with Chickpea Dumplings

November 22 2016 Vegan Richa 

Lentil Rice Casserole with Chickpea DumplingsLentil Rice Casserole with Indian spices baked with chickpea flour dumplings. Use veggies and lentils of choice. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe.  Casseroles work out well for when you want to put everything in a pot or pan and keep it ready to bake, bake an h our or so before the occassion and serve. This casserole is like a kitchari casserole with lentils, rice, spices and topped with a gluten-free dumpling made with chickpea flour.  Layer the lentils, spices, tomato slices and rice. Add water to cover. Store to bake later. or Bake for 50 minutes. Then top with dumpling batter and bake again. Cool for a minute and serve.Continue reading: Lentil Rice Casserole with Chickpea DumplingsThe post Lentil Rice Casserole with Chickpea Dumplings appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Rustic Crust

November 15 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Rustic CrustEasy Vegan Pumpkin Pie with a few ingredients and a rustic crust. Can be made gluten-free. So creamy and festive. Serve with whipped coconut cream or vanilla ice cream. Cashew-free. Can be made nut-free with a different crust. Vegan Baked Pie Recipe.  Festive = Pumpkin pie.  This pie has a creamy hearty filling with pumpkin puree, coconut cream, spices, maple syrup and starch. The crust of wheat, oat and almond flour is rustic, sturdy and can be used to make the pie as pumpkin pie bars. To make the bars, use a brownie pan. Prebake the crust lightly, add the filling and bake again until set. Chill for a few hours for best results.  Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Rustic CrustThe post Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Rustic Crust appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chana Dal Veggie Soup

November 9 2016 Vegan Richa 

Chana Dal Veggie SoupChana Dal Veggie Soup. Easy Split Pea Soup with turmeric, spices, carrots, cauliflower, butternut squash. 1 Pot, ready within 45 minutes. Use split chickpeas (Chana Dal) or other split peas or lentils. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe I was trying to write this post yesterday late afternoon when the day was going down in history of the world one way or the other. And it kept going and going. I cannot even imagine how this happened. But it did. I am so incredibly sorry.  Hubbs says, life has to go on and doing things we love is where to find healing. So here I am today, processing, cooking, breathing, appreciating what we have, and so so much more we can do.  This bowl of soup with warming spices, chana dal, carrots, cauliflower, butternut squash is easy and wonderful for fall. These colors and flavors are bringing my love to you. Continue reading: Chana Dal Veggie SoupThe post Chana Dal Veggie Soup appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Black Pepper Chickpeas

November 3 2016 Vegan Richa 

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Black Pepper ChickpeasCreamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Black Pepper Chickpeas. Elbows pasta in roasted red pepper sauce with crisp black pepper thyme Chickpeas and fresh Basil. Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Can be gluten-free with gluten-free pasta. Pastas are dinner savers on days when I need some comfort food. Easy, creamy, filling.  This pasta has a simple roasted red pepper sauce and pasta of choice. Topped with peppery herbed chickpeas and fresh basil, the flavors come together amazingly. Crisp up the chickpeas on a skillet or in an oven. Meanwhile cook the pasta, blend up the sauce, combine and bring to a boil. Add veggies if you like. Serve loads of pasta with a good helping of the chickpeas.  Continue reading: Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Black Pepper ChickpeasThe post Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Black Pepper Chickpeas appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Badam Burfi – Almond Fudge And Basundi

October 31 2016 Vegan Richa 

Badam Burfi – Almond Fudge And BasundiBadam Burfi – 5 min Almond fudge with Cardamom and Vegan Basundi – thickened milk with saffron and nuts. Basundi or Rabri with almond milk. Indian Vegan Sweets for Diwali. Vegan Dairy-free Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Its a 2 in one post today! I whipped up some new sweets for Diwali and wanted to post them all yesterday. But life is a bit busy as we are fostering a 6 month old bundle of energy (Peppen), who is available to adopt in the state of WA. He is incredibly cute, foxy, frisky, and also a lap dog, who loves to just be outside and go for walks.  This Badam Burfi is super quick. Warm up the vegan butter and maple syrup then mix in almond butter. Fold in sugar and almond flour to make a soft dough, pat onto parchment. Chill, slice and serve! I use finely granulated sugar in the burfi for texture. Burfis generally are very sweet as the cooking method (using loads of dairy products) often causes the sugar used to crystallize during cooking adding a slightly crunchy texture. Here no long cooking times, no dairy, and burfi ready within 5 minutes. Chill for another few to set, then slice. You can also drizzle chocolate on top to make Halloween Candy instead.  Continue reading: Badam Burfi – Almond Fudge And BasundiThe post Badam Burfi – Almond Fudge And Basundi appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Marbled Turmeric Pumpkin Chocolate Bread

October 26 2016 Vegan Richa 

Marbled Turmeric Pumpkin Chocolate BreadEasy Marbled Golden Pumpkin Chocolate Bread. Layers of Pumpkin Puree + Turmeric + Pumpkin spice, and Chocolate Cake. Vegan Soy-free Recipe It is National Pumpkin Day today. Whip up this beautiful and delicious marble Pumpkin Cake. This Pumpkin Chocolate Marbled bread is moist, spiced, amazing, lightly sweet and makes a great breakfast or snack. The wet ingredients are mixed in a bowl, the dry in another bowl and then folded into the wet. The batter is then divided into the 2 bowls. Add cocoa powder to one bowl. Add turmeric to the other or not. Layer as you wish and bake. Top with chocolate chips or a streusel or keep as is and frost later. A Pumpkin spice golden cashew frosting would work beautifully. For GF option, see this GF Pumpkin Bread.  This Golden Pumpkin Chocolate Bread is also a great treat for halloween! The tiger stripes and all. Continue reading: Marbled Turmeric Pumpkin Chocolate BreadThe post Marbled Turmeric Pumpkin Chocolate Bread appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Shepherds Pie with Chickpeas & Sweet Potato

October 19 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Shepherds Pie with Chickpeas & Sweet PotatoVegan Shepherds Pie with Chickpeas and Sweet Potato mash. Savory Brothy Veggies and Chickpeas, mashed potatoes, Crusted with breadcrumbs, garlic and herbs. 1 hour easy Vegetarian Shepherds Pie. Vegan Nut-free Soy-free Recipe. Can be gluten-free. Veggies, Chickpeas (or lentils), fresh herbs, herbed mashed sweet potato and a crusty garlic top. This savory pie just shot to the top in the running for the Vegan Thanksgiving entree.   Thanksgiving and potlucks around the holidays are a good time to whip up some savory filling meals. This Easy Casserole is filled with a veggie, herb, chickpea filling. Mashed sweet potato with vegan butter and thyme is layered over the filling. Breadcrumbs mixed with olive oil, minced garlic and rosemary finish the dish, to get a garlicky crusty top. Make this Vegan Shepherd’s Pie! I made individual servings, because everything is more fun in individual ramekins. Bake into ramekins or one baking pan. Use veggies of choice. Use cooked lentils instead of chickpeas for variation. Use potatoes, butternut squash for variation.  Gorgeous colors, savory flavors, warming, and delicious.  Continue reading: Vegan Shepherds Pie with Chickpeas & Sweet PotatoThe post Vegan Shepherds Pie with Chickpeas & Sweet Potato appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Toasted Coconut Balls – Toasted Coconut Ladoo

October 14 2016 Vegan Richa 

Toasted Coconut Balls – Toasted Coconut LadooToasted Coconut Balls – Toasted Coconut Cardamom Ladoo. 4 Ingredients! Ready in 20. Soft balls of coconut, coconut milk, cardamom and coconut sugar to celebrate the (Indian) festival season. Use other flavors of choice like vanilla, cardamom or lemon zest to make lemon coconut snowballs.  Just like Dals, there are many many variations of Ladoos (Sweet balls) depending on the region, family, festival and preference. These fudgy balls of coconut have just 4 ingredients. Shredded coconut, coconut milk, cardamom and sugar or sweetener of choice.  Toast the shredded coconut until nicely golden brown. Add coconut milk or coconut cream and cook for a minute. Add cardamom and sugar and continue to mix and cook until the liquid dries out. Cool, shape and serve! You can use dried shredded coconut or fresh shredded coconut for these Ladoos. Fresh shredded coconut can be found in Indian stores in the frozen section. Or if you can find a fresh coconut, shred your own (I kid, I never do that :)). The dried shredded coconut often is not fine. Pulse it a few times to reduce the shred size so that the coconut can absorb the liquid and flavor better and make less chewy ladoos. I use cardamom in these ladoos because I love fresh cardamom and this is a ladoo. Use other flavors such as a dash of vanilla extract, some lemon zest for some amazing zesty coconut balls.  Continue reading: Toasted Coconut Balls – Toasted Coconut LadooThe post Toasted Coconut Balls – Toasted Coconut Ladoo appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Baked Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

October 10 2016 Vegan Richa 

Baked Vegan Cheesecake RecipeEasy Vegan Cheesecake for 2. Baked Vegan Cheesecake Recipe with Cashews and non dairy yogurt. Dairy-free Individual Cheesecake Tarts. Soy-free Gluten-free Recipe.  Pin this for later.  One of the local vegan bakeries where I had first tried a baked vegan cheesecake, closed some years ago. I was hoping another one would crop up near downtown, but that did not happen. The nearest cheesecake is now some 7 miles away (with traffic back ups en route pretty much all the time), or some frozen options from the the grocery store, that aren’t a favorite. So I make my own individual portions around the holidays. Quick and easy. I like raw cheesecakes as well, but they are a bit different. These cheesecakes have a simple oat almond crust filled with cashew non dairy yogurt filling that bakes to a perfect tang, smooth and creamy cheesecake. Make these and hide the second tart for yourself for later! Takes just 20 minutes to put together. Serve with vegan ice cream or whipped non dairy cream.  Continue reading: Baked Vegan Cheesecake RecipeThe post Baked Vegan Cheesecake Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cannellini and Black Bean Chili Recipe

October 8 2016 Vegan Richa 

Cannellini and Black Bean Chili RecipeCannelline and Black Bean Chili Recipe. Make this Hot bowl of Chili with Black Beans and White Cannellini or Northern Beans, peppers, veggies for Fall. 1 Pot, ready in 30 minutes. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe.  Cooler weather brings on a craving for hot bowls of beany chili. This chili recipe is super flexible and works amazingly as a 1 pot meal. throw in whichever beans or lentils you have, add some veggies, tomato, tomato paste, spices and let them all simmer for a while. Serve with your favorite chili toppings, some garlic bread, flatbread or tortilla chips.  Lentil Kidney Bean Chili, warming Mushroom Chickpea Soup, filling African Peanut Lentil stew, and some flavorful brown rice and lentil soup.  Continue reading: Cannellini and Black Bean Chili RecipeThe post Cannellini and Black Bean Chili Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Besan Halwa – Chickpea flour Spoon fudge

October 3 2016 Vegan Richa 

Besan Halwa – Chickpea flour Spoon fudgeBesan Halwa is a fudgy Indian dessert made with chickpea flour or besan. Chickpea flour Spoon fudge with cardamom and nuts. Use other grain or bean or lentil flours for variation. Vegan Gluten-free Grain-free Dessert Recipe.  6 Ingredients, 15 minutes! Festive season began this weekend with Navratri celebrations, prep for Dussehra, KarwaChauth and then will be rounded up end of this month with Diwali. In India, this month would be more like December in the US, where everyone is generally in a festive spirit. People visit each other, there are potlucks and dinners. Lots of cooking and sweets, Dressing up and shopping. In the US, the spirit of these festivals is mellow. With each year, it is an extra effort to plan and celebrate some of the events. Probably because there is some competition with the October holidays and pumpkin :). But we always make some festival sweets and snacks for this festive Indian season, however busy the month.  Today’s amazing dessert is brought to you by chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is used in various ways in Indian cuisine. Be it a snack cornbread like cake, or savory pancake , or a sweet ladoo ball, a Burfi fudge, or to make a veggie soup, or many other ways. This dessert uses chickpea flour to make a thick custard, that cools to a halwa state. The whole cardamom seeds in the halwa make this one delectable spoon fudge.  Continue reading: Besan Halwa – Chickpea flour Spoon fudgeThe post Besan Halwa – Chickpea flour Spoon fudge appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Egg Drop Soup Recipe

September 28 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Egg Drop Soup RecipeVegan Egg Drop Soup. Eggless Egg drop soup with Jackfruit and Tofu. Soothing Chinese “egg” drop soup. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Pin this post for later.  I had my wisdom teeth removed many years back. I had 2 sessions of 2 teeth at a time, one under local and the other under conscious sedation. After both the events, the only food I ate for 5 to 7 days was some kind of soup. Brothy soups, thinned out Dal soups, pasta soups, pureed soups. By the end of the week I would be bugged with them and didn’t touch another soup for the whole month. Anywho, one of the soups that kept me satiated was egg drop soup. Vegan versions of the soup work out well with chopped up tofu, but the texture is not entirely there. I had some jackfruit leftover the other day while testing another recipe, and decided to give that a go. I shredded it in a processor and simmered it in the broth. The slightly chewy and stringy texture worked out amazingly in the soup. Thankfully, I have no more wisdom teeth to be removed, but hey there are always other dental issues, or just days when you want a bowl of hot brothy soup. Make this v-egg drop and let me know how it worked out for you! This egg drop soup has shredded Jackfruit and tofu for the egg. Kala namak adds the eggy flavor.  This soup gets tastier as it sits. A perfect fall comfort bowl to make again and again. Adjust the seasoning to your preference. Add shredded veggies or some corn to make it into a light dinner.  Continue reading: Vegan Egg Drop Soup RecipeThe post Vegan Egg Drop Soup Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Golden Sesame Balls

September 23 2016 Vegan Richa 

Golden Sesame BallsGolden Sesame Balls. Turmeric Toasted Sesame balls with Cinnamon and Cardamom. 5 Ingredient Sesame snack balls, or make them into bars or protein sesame bars. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Pin it for later These super simple balls are a great snack and a great way to add more daily turmeric. They are super easy to carry along and store. The sesame balls use just 5 ingredients. Toasty Sesame seeds, maple syrup, tahini, turmeric + spices/­­flavors, coconut flour.  Make these with just sesame seeds or sesame and other seeds. Sesame seeds are an acquired flavor, so mix other seeds or nuts. Pulse the larger seeds/­­nuts to a coarse meal before using. Toast them to preference, then mix in the tahini maple mixture. You can also sub the tahini with smooth nut butter. These balls also remind me of til ke ladoo which are usually made of sesame seeds and jaggery syrup. Use these as a laddoo sub at the next Indian festival.  Add flavors of choice to these snack balls. I use freshly crushed cardamom and ground cinnamon. Freshly crushed cardamom seeds and amazing and add a vibrant flavor to these balls. Use unflavored protein powder instead of coconut flour for a protein filled ball. Make some and let me know how you like them! Continue reading: Golden Sesame BallsThe post Golden Sesame Balls appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Corn Palak – Curried Corn and Greens & Looking for Recipe Testers!

September 21 2016 Vegan Richa 

Corn Palak – Curried Corn and Greens & Looking for Recipe Testers!Corn Palak. Curried corn and Greens. Seasonal greens, chard and spinach with corn and spices make for a quick side, taco filling or addition to a salad. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Pin it for later.  So I am still digging all the corn. Its easy, delicious and filling. It also is my sis’s favorite veggie :). Between my mom and sis, who were avoiding most of the brassicas (cauliflower, cabbage etc) and soy for their thyroid issues, finding new veggie dishes for meals without repeating peppers, some gourds/­­squashes, peas, carrots, etc initially felt like a challenge (I mean no Cauliflower!!). It actually worked out quite well for the month everyone was at my place. We ate Indian food almost every single day for breakfast, lunch, evening snack and dinner and everything was vegetable and legume heavy. As I always say, Indian food is a no brainer if you want to eat more veggies, more legumes, more plants in general. And super tasty! It comes at a price sometimes in terms of the spices and long processes used, but hey, we want to enjoy and love the food we eat. I mean literally look forward to eating some broccoli, greens, pulses, weird shaped bitter gourd (karela) and such. This super easy corn and greens side comes together really quickly. The whole coriander seeds add an amazing zesty fresh flavor. I served this with any dal but prefer some the brown dals like Dal makhani or Sabut masoor (Brown Lentil Dal). Serve with any lentil Dahl, rice or flatbread. Or fill up a taco and top with chopped cucumber salad and avocado. To read about how to apply for recipe testing for my second book, scroll to the end of this post. Continue reading: Corn Palak – Curried Corn and Greens & Looking for Recipe Testers!The post Corn Palak – Curried Corn and Greens & Looking for Recipe Testers! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Almond Poppy Seed Cake. Gluten free Cake

September 16 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Almond Poppy Seed Cake. Gluten free CakeVegan Almond Poppy Seed Cake. Gluten free Cake. Spongy Moist Cake with no Gum. Use as Sponge Cake without poppy seeds. Gluten-free Grain-free Oil-free Recipe. Pin this for later.  I have been trying to make a simple soft spongy cake that is gluten-free and vegan and works well in terms of texture and flavor. After trying some gluten-free blends on the market, making my own blends and such, I finally narrowed it to what I like the cake. The moisture and flavor from Almonds.  I made similar cakes with a combination flours with almond flour, oat and rice flours and that works out well too. The flavor though isn’t neutral enough for me. Also, that cake worked incredible well when it was steamed but was not as moist when baked, tough it works really well with a frosting to add some moisture back. When I saw Brandi’s only almond flour cake using aquafaba, I had bookmarked it to try it. Since I am not a fan of good amounts of applesauce or maple (also because I never have applesauce around when I need it), I played around making many versions. I have made variations of this cake, sometimes with some additional rice/­­oat flours, different wet ingredients and it comes out beautifully every which way. That is how I bake while testing, just putting things in the bowl and going by texture of the batter for simple and predictable recipes.   The Poppy seeds and almond extract add a phenomenal flavor. This recipe makes a 6 inch pan. I tend to make smaller sizes for gluten-free vegan baked goods. Things get moody quickly and smaller sizes just reduce the chances of getting gummy flats or stony hard pucks. If you bake gf vegan, you know what I am talking about :). Use an icing of choice, which isn’t really needed with the amazing flavor of this almond poppy seed cake.  Continue reading: Vegan Almond Poppy Seed Cake. Gluten free CakeThe post Vegan Almond Poppy Seed Cake. Gluten free Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Chilaquiles with Chickpeas

September 12 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chilaquiles with ChickpeasVegan Chilaquiles with spiced Chickpeas. Taco Spiced Chickpeas and crisped tortilla with easy red sauce make this 20 minute savory breakfast or brunch. Easy Chilaquiles Recipe. Nut-free, soy-free. can be gluten-free. Pin this for later A hearty savory breakfast is what gets me going for a productive day. When my family was visiting this summer, the menu would cycle between Pudla (chickpea flour pancakes), Chickpea flour scramble, Poha – Oats and Rice flakes hash, Upma – Cream of wheat savory porridge, Savory french toasts and South Indian tofu scramble from my book and Stuffed parathas (stuffed flatbreads).  I wanted to add some not so Indian savory options for breakfast which come together fairly quickly for a week day. And these Chilaquiles are just that. Cook some onions and veggies. Add chickpeas and taco spices and cook for a bit. Add tortilla chips or crisped tortilla, the easy 5 ingredient Red sauce, simmer and done. Serve with chopped onions, cilantro, lemon or some avocado/­­guacamole and vegan queso. Hearty and filling breakfast, brunch or lunch. At a glance it looks like lots of ingredients, but they are just spices. 7 main ingredients – Onion, garlic, carrot, Chickpeas, Taco spice or chili blend, tortilla and red sauce. And the Red sauce is 5 main ingredients tomato paste, water, some of the onion garlic mixture, chipotle pepper and cumin!Continue reading: Vegan Chilaquiles with ChickpeasThe post Vegan Chilaquiles with Chickpeas appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Hoisin Tofu Mushroom Stir Fry with from scratch Vegan Hoisin Sauce

September 7 2016 Vegan Richa 

Hoisin Tofu Mushroom Stir Fry with from scratch Vegan Hoisin SauceHoisin Tofu Mushroom Stir Fry with homemade Hoisin Sauce. Easy 30 minute Weeknight Meal with crisped Tofu, golden crimini mushrooms, broccoli, peppers in from scratch Hoisin sauce. Serve over cooked grains. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Pin it for later.  When I haven’t already planned dinner, quick stir fries save the day. Some veggies, crisped tofu or chickpeas, sauce combinations and done. For today’s recipe, the Tofu is pressed to remove excess moisture by wrapping in a kitchen towel for 10-15 minutes, while you prep and chop. Cube the Tofu and crisp it up in a bit of oil. Saute the mushrooms, add other veggies like broccoli and peppers. Add the sauce ingredients and crisped tofu. Bring to a boil and done.  Hoisin sauce is a thick pungent sauce used for stir fries or grilling or as a dipping sauce. There are many vegan hoisin sauce brands available in the market which can be used directly in this stir fry as well. Some of the brand sauces contain artificial food colors or other fillers. I make my own quick hoisin sauce mixture which takes just a few minutes to get the ingredients together.  Use this hoisin sauce to make this Cashew tofu Stir fry. Other easy meals to try Thai Basil Fried Rice, Lentils & Veggies in Thai Peanut Sauce , Chickpea-Tofu and Asparagus curry, and Chickpeas in Turmeric Peanut Butter curry. All quick and easy. Continue reading: Hoisin Tofu Mushroom Stir Fry with from scratch Vegan Hoisin SauceThe post Hoisin Tofu Mushroom Stir Fry with from scratch Vegan Hoisin Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chipotle Roasted Corn Avocado Toast

September 2 2016 Vegan Richa 

Chipotle Roasted Corn Avocado ToastChipotle Roasted Corn Avocado Toast. Summer corn roasted with Smoked Paprika, Chipotle and black pepper and layered over Avocado Toast. Vegan Avocado Recipe. Pin this post for later.  Avocado Toasts make an appearance in my house occasionally as a snack. Who doesn’t like avocado toast right. Smooth creamy Avocado on a slice of bread or bagel. A great snack for that hunger pang. This smoky corn topped Avocado toast is something you can serve for snack or breakfast. Or make these into appetizers like crostini.  Toast the corn. Add chipotle pepper, black pepper, salt and smoked paprika, toss with onions, cilantro and lemon juice. Top the avocado toast and done! I prefer using corn kernels and roasting them on a skillet rather than roasting the ear of corn. The spices get toasted and smoky that way and add an amazing flavor.  I am not ready to say bye to Summer yet. Gosh the temperature is already dropping and sun sets at 7! Send loads of sunshine my way. Continue reading: Chipotle Roasted Corn Avocado ToastThe post Chipotle Roasted Corn Avocado Toast appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Easy Vegan Falafel Burger

August 29 2016 Vegan Richa 

Easy Vegan Falafel BurgerEasy Vegan Falafel Burger. Chickpea patties with 5 minute tahini dressing, tomatoes, onions, pickles make for a filling and flavorful burger. Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Can be made gluten-free. Pin it for later. Everyone needs a falafel burger! A simple Chickpea burger with falafel flavors, tahini dressing, pickles, lettuce and other fixings.  This falafel burger uses cooked chickpeas, cumin, coriander, cardamom, parley, lemon and a binder and comes together within minutes. Pan fry until golden. Make the 5 minute Tahini dressing. Serve these between buns with a generous dressing or in a pita bread! Sesame seeds add an amazing flavor and crunch to the patties. Use breadcrumbs, or coarsely ground oats as binder. Make these flavorful soft moist falafel burger patties! Oh yes, if you use all cilantro instead of parsley, serve these with chutneys of choice. Also, serve 1 patty per burger. The stacking is for photo purposes only ;).Continue reading: Easy Vegan Falafel BurgerThe post Easy Vegan Falafel Burger appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gluten free Zucchini Bread Recipe

August 24 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Zucchini Bread RecipeVegan Gluten free Zucchini Bread Recipe. Moist, soft Zucchini Bread loaded with Oats, Chia seeds, Zucchini. Vegan Gluten-free gum-free Soy-free Recipe. Pin this post.  Gluten-free baking can be tricky and even more so when vegan. There is no egg to support the baked structure. So the onus of holding the structure falls on the starches gums, flax/­­chia/­­psyllium and other ingredients. GF baking also might not work well by changing a non gf recipe with a 1 on 1 substitution. Most often you will want to use a combination of flours and starches and also evaluate the recipe. Cupcakes and muffins are easier to substitute when using a premixed all purpose gluten-free blend, but with larger loafs, the loaf will fall or not cook through the center or end up gummy or overly crumbly and dry depending on the ingredients used. It takes many trials and lessons along the way to get to a good gluten-free baked quick bread.  For this Zucchini bread I use almond flour, whole oats and chia seeds to add that bulk and volume that will hold the bread structure. There are no gums in this bread. You can use 1/­­2 tsp xanthan for more rise of the loaf. This loaf is full of zucchini, is moist and makes an amazing breakfast bread.  Serve warmed with vegan butter or Glaze with your favorite glaze. The chia and zucchini are soaked for some time to allow the chia seeds to absorb some of the liquid and the zucchini to leak as much liquid as it can. This helps make the chia seeds less crunchy and the batter more predictable. Make this with any other shredded veggie or fruit. If you make it, tag me and let me know how it turned out!Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Zucchini Bread RecipeThe post Vegan Gluten free Zucchini Bread Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 10 2016 Vegan Richa 

Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip CookiesThese huge Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are Chewy just like regular cookies. These cookies need 1 Bowl, are grain-free, gluten-free, vegan and can be made nut-free. Loads of protein. Pin this post for later! Chewy, huge, full of chocolate is what I want in my chocolate chip cookie. And a twist of course, like this one. Cookies made with chickpea flour.   Chickpea flour has a distinct flavor profile and it gets more pronounced during baking. It can taste bitter or raw depending on how it is used. In this cookie, the molasses and maple balance that out into a nuttier profile. Loads of chocolate can only make it better.  I like these Chickpea flour cookies with the added almond flour, which adds more structure and texture to make them more like a regular chocolate chip cookie. You can use more chickpea flour to make these without almonds (nut-free). Add 1 tbsp more chickpea flour and add more later at step 4 before baking if the mixture is too loose.  I have made many batches of these cookies. Depending on the measurement, they spread out a bit more than pictured or can come out fatter. The mixture before refrigeration should be loose enough to be a stiff batter, and more a  stickish dough when refrigerated. Refrigerate overnight for best results. Bake, cool, devour!Continue reading: Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip CookiesThe post Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Kidney Bean Millet Beet Burger

August 5 2016 Vegan Richa 

Kidney Bean Millet Beet BurgerKidney Bean Millet Beet Burger. Veggie Burgers with Beet, beans and millet (or quinoa). Bake or pan fry and serve with vegan cheese and garnishes of choice. Vegan Burger patties. Soyfree, gluten-free patties. Pin this Recipe for later! Because we all need a Beet Veggie Burger this Summer! These Burgers have beet and millet which are cooked together saving time and pans. Add kidney beans, herbs, flavors, mash, mash, shape, bake and done! You can use already cooked millet or cooked quinoa and cooked/­­baked/­­canned beet as well. Add them to the bowl with the kidney beans or other beans of choice and add the spices of choice and bake or panfry. I like these baked with a vegan cheese melted over in the last few minutes of baking and served with lettuce, vegan mayo, and pickles/­­ jalapeno. All the Veggie burgers this Summer! Continue reading: Kidney Bean Millet Beet BurgerThe post Kidney Bean Millet Beet Burger appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Tabbouleh Pasta Salad

August 1 2016 Vegan Richa 

Tabbouleh Pasta SaladTabbouleh Pasta Salad.  Parsley, tomatoes, fusilli pasta dressed with olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon. Fresh Summer Salad. Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Can be made gluten-free with gf pasta. Pin this Recipe.  Tabbouleh or Tabouli  is a middle eastern salad made with tomatoes, onion, chopped parsley, mint, bulgur (or couscous)  olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. It is generally available in similar forms in middle eastern restaurants as a side or a part of the mezze.  This past week has been very hot in here in the PNW and I have been craving cold things to eat. I made this salad the other day with whole grain fussilli with the rest of the ingredients as a tabbouleh. Cook the pasta. Chop all the veggies and parley. Toss well with freshly sqeezed lemon juice, fresh extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Let chill for a few minutes and serve this hearty Summery Tabbouleh Pasta Salad. Continue reading: Tabbouleh Pasta SaladThe post Tabbouleh Pasta Salad appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Lo Mein with Soba Noodles

July 26 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Lo Mein with Soba NoodlesEasy Vegan Lo Mein with Soba Noodles. Ready in 20 minutes. Clean out the fridge Veggie Lo Mein Recipe with Soba Wheat Noodles. Use any noodles of choice. Vegan Nut-free Recipe. Easily made gluten-free with buckwheat or other gf noodles. Pin this post.  One pot meals that come together in a jiffy work out really well on a day you forget all about dinner and realize that you have 15 minutes to get things to the table. Technically, this is a 2 pot meal with the noodles boiling in one, and may take 20 to 25 mins. But hey, it is super easy, delicious and cleans out the fridge! Put your noodles in a large pot to boil and cook. Chop up the veggies. Cook the veggies to preference, add the sauce mixture and the noodles. Toss like a pro, or not and serve. Of course I add a green chile, black pepper and cayenne to amp up the heat. Black pepper adds a great flavor profile too. Adjust the heat to preference. This Veggie Lo mein makes a great light dinner or side. Add some crisped or baked tofu if you like. I use buckwheat wheat soba noodles which are quite filling. Use gluten-free noodles of choice to make this gf.  Continue reading: Vegan Lo Mein with Soba NoodlesThe post Vegan Lo Mein with Soba Noodles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Broccoli Zunka Recipe – Broccoli & Bell Pepper with Spices, Chickpea flour

July 20 2016 Vegan Richa 

Broccoli Zunka Recipe – Broccoli & Bell Pepper with Spices, Chickpea flourBroccoli Zunka Recipe – Broccoli & Bell Pepper with Spices, Chickpea flour. Broccoli Subzi Indian Veggie Side Recipe. Use spices of choice. Serve with Dals, or over Toast or in Tacos. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free. Pin this post.  By now we all know about my hide and seek relationship with broccoli. I am not a big fan so it needs to not be a huge tree in my food. So, I shred and stuff it in a flatbread, make it into a creamy slaw soup, make it into veggie balls, or into a burger patty and like broccoli in some ways. This is another great way to enjoy said vegetable. All spiced up and hidden in a toasty nutty chickpea flour coating (zunka)! The traditional Zunka recipe uses just chickpea flour or chickpea flour and peppers. Broccoli fits in really well in a zunka. It comes together easily and is a versatile and flavorful side.  The chickpea flour is toasted. Then the spices tempered in hot oil, broccoli and peppers and cooked to just about done, some spices are mixed into the chickpea flour and then added to the pan. A sprinkle of water ensures that everything sticks to all the veggies. Garnished with lemon and served hot. The dish feels somewhat like a chickpea flour scramble, but has a lot more veggies and less chickpea flour. Serve this delicious Broccoli Zunka with Dals or curries as a side, or fill up Tacos/­­Rotis,  serve over Toast (which is amazing) with slices radish or cucumber or as breakfast scramble. Continue reading: Broccoli Zunka Recipe – Broccoli & Bell Pepper with Spices, Chickpea flourThe post Broccoli Zunka Recipe – Broccoli & Bell Pepper with Spices, Chickpea flour appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mango Coconut Ladoo

July 15 2016 Vegan Richa 

Mango Coconut LadooMango Coconut Ladoo. Fudgy Mango balls made with Mango Puree, Coconut and almond meal. Vegan gluten-free recipe. Easy soy-free dessert or snack. Pin this post Because Mango and Summer! Well its techinically not as Summery here in the PNW. Lots of clouds, some rain, and lotsa sinus issues. (Maybe we should move down towards sunnier south). Anywho, mango always brightens my day!  These fudgy balls are super mangoey and a perfect treat. Add some ground nuts and seeds or protein powder to make them into a snack or add some more sweet for dessert. Use seeds to make nut-free. Mango, coconut and almond meal are cooked to thicken. Some coconut flour and starch thicken the mix further to a sticky dough that is shaped into balls. Shape the mixture into balls or pat into a bar to make burfis (mango coconut bars). Add flavors of choice like cardamom or vanilla. Make these Mango Coconut Ladoo Balls today! Continue reading: Mango Coconut LadooThe post Mango Coconut Ladoo appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Baked Vietnamese fries

July 8 2016 Vegan Richa 

Baked Vietnamese friesBaked Vietnamese fries. Baked Potato strips, loads of cilantro and basil, bean sprouts, nuts in sweet chile sauce, sriracha and vegan mayo! Banh mi Sandwich in fries form. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Pin this post.  Because what’s not to like in loaded Baked fries with sweet, sour, spicy, nutty, creamy flavors all in one! These Vietnamese style fries are topped with fresh cilantro, basil, scallions, bean sprouts, sweet spicy sauce, some cashew cream and toasty nuts. Use russet potatoes to make regular fries or sweet potatoes for Sweet potato fries.  Prep the sauces and toppings. Bake the fries, layer as you wish and serve. You can also add some crisped up tofu and toss it in the sweet sauce. Fill everything into wraps. Continue reading: Baked Vietnamese friesThe post Baked Vietnamese fries appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cardamom Cinnamon Turmeric Iced Tea

July 3 2016 Vegan Richa 

Cardamom Cinnamon Turmeric Iced TeaCardamom Cinnamon Turmeric Iced Tea. Spiced Iced tea like Thai Iced tea with turmeric coconut milk and Indian masala chai spices and ginger. Golden Milk Iced Tea. Iced Masala Tea.  Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Pin this post. What do you do when its too hot but you are craving some masala chai. Make Iced Masala Chai! And then since you are a blogger, you amp it up with turmeric milk to make Turmeric Iced Tea ;). This is a turmeric and spiced version inspired by a Thai Iced teaTurmeric is a warming and drying spice. Too much tastes bitter and also dries one up. Use to taste preference.  Bring your tea to a boil with the masala chai spices and fresh ginger. I use my Chai Masala Spice from my book. Cool and strain. Prepare your turmeric coconut milk. Or use plain coconut milk. Pour tea in a glass full of ice cubes. Pour some turmeric milk. Serve immediately.  Continue reading: Cardamom Cinnamon Turmeric Iced TeaThe post Cardamom Cinnamon Turmeric Iced Tea appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mango Mojito Recipe

June 26 2016 Vegan Richa 

Mango Mojito RecipeEasy Refreshing Mango Mojito Recipe. Make this mojito with or without the alcohol. Refreshing mint and lime and sweet Summery Mango make this a perfect drink for any outdoor event. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe. Pin this post.  It is finally getting hot around here enough to call for using those ice cubes from the freezer. And of course summer = mango, and pitchers of cold fun drinks!  This Mango Majoti is refreshing and great for quenching that thirst in the heat. Add alcohol or not. I often serve it without because the mango lime and mint tastes so amazing together. Use other fruit juice or purees instead of mango like pineapple, strawberries, lychee, any summer fruits. Some fresh lime, fresh mint, mango juice or puree, water or club soda if needed, loads of ice cubes. Yes! Continue reading: Mango Mojito RecipeThe post Mango Mojito Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Kachumber Salad – Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad Recipe

June 20 2016 Vegan Richa 

Kachumber Salad – Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad RecipeKachumber SaladCucumber Tomato Onion Salad Recipe. Kachumbar is a simple Chopped salad with onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and a salt, pepper/­­cayenne, lemon dressing. Serve as a side with Indian curries, or as a dip with chips, or over burgers. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Oil-free Recipe. Pin this post.  Kachumber is a simple fresh chopped salad with chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and a salt pepper lemon dressing. The chopped salad can also contain radish or carrots and the dressing can contain vinegar or yogurt. Serve as a side with Indian curries and dals, or as a dip with chips, or over burgers or add to a wrap, burrito, taco or to a bowl. The refreshing chopped salad is somewhat like pico de gallo. It uses salt, pepper, cayenne and lime/­­lemon as the dressing. Kachumber Salad adds a crunchy fresh, juicy, and cooling flavor and texture to the foods and works well with hot and spicy or other sharp flavors. Use it however you like. Make a big bowl of this salad for the BBQ party this Summer! The salad has many variations. Add some mint in. Add some cumin powder, chaat masala or kala namak, or add some non dairy yogurt to make a raita dip. This is a no oil side salad. Play away! Continue reading: Kachumber SaladCucumber Tomato Onion Salad RecipeThe post Kachumber SaladCucumber Tomato Onion Salad Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

30 Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes

June 15 2016 Vegan Richa 

30 Easy Vegan Dinner RecipesEasy Weeknight Vegan Dinner Recipes for quick and flavorful meals. 1 pot Peanut Sauce noodles, Pb Lentils, Bombay Potatoes, Orange Tofu and more. Gluten-free and Soy-free Options. Pin this post. It is finally getting a bit warmer. I want to spend less time in the kitchen heat but still crave filling, hot, and flavorful meals that are not salads. Here are some Weeknight meals that you can mostly whip up in 1 pot  and ready within 30 to 40 minutes with lesser active time.  What are your favorite Weeknight meals for Summer? Continue reading: 30 Easy Vegan Dinner RecipesThe post 30 Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Brownie Batter Orange Chia Shake

June 10 2016 Vegan Richa 

Brownie Batter Orange Chia ShakeBrownie Batter Orange Chia Shake. Zesty Chocolate Chia Smoothie to start the day or to snack on this summer. Blend chocolate chips, non dairy milk, chia with or without zest, chill and serve. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Recipe. Summer heat is starting to show up in the Pacific Northwest and that means I am going to try stay away from the stove and the oven to avoid a heatstroke. And make some smoothies and shakes every 2 hours!  This chocolatey smoothie has chocolate chips, cocoa powder, chia seeds to thicken, and a bit of zest. Chia seeds get blended into the shake to make a smooth very creamy and thick drink. Chia is an acquired flavor, so use flax or psyllium husk to thicken for variation, or omit it. Add some flour for a batter like flavor. This thick dreamy shake feels like a brownie that has been blended up. Serve with chocolate chips and vegan vanilla ice cream scoop.  Continue reading: Brownie Batter Orange Chia ShakeThe post Brownie Batter Orange Chia Shake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

One Bowl Vegan Mango Cupcakes

June 6 2016 Vegan Richa 

One Bowl Vegan Mango CupcakesOne Bowl Vegan Mango Cupcakes. Easy Mango Cupcake Recipe. Whisk up the dry ingredients. Add in mango puree and bake into cupcakes or Cake. Easy tropical cupcakes. Frost with frosting of choice. Vegan Recipe. Pin this post You know its getting warm when there are juicy ripe mangoes kept in large buckets outside the store. Use all that abundant mango to make these easy mango cupcakes! Whisk up all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Blend the puree with sugar and fold into the dry. Pour into muffin pan or a cake pan, bake, cool, frost or not and done. Add some nuts and mango chunks to make these into muffins. I use wheat and white flour combination for these cupcakes. For a stronger color, use all white wheat flour or all purpose flour and add a touch of turmeric. When ripe mangoes are not easily available, I use the mango puree that comes in a can for these. the canned puree doesnt have the stringy pulp and has a very deep orange color which makes the cupcakes pretty.Continue reading: One Bowl Vegan Mango CupcakesThe post One Bowl Vegan Mango Cupcakes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Lentil Brown Rice Soup

May 31 2016 Vegan Richa 

Lentil Brown Rice SoupLentil Brown Rice Soup. Easy 1 pot Lentil Rice Soup with Veggies, Spinach or greens of choice. 20 minutes active time then let everything simmer. Serve with crackers, papadum or grilled vegan cheese sandwiches. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Pin this post for later.  This easy Lentil and Brown Rice Soup is a filling meal with carrots, veggies, greens, and spices. Made in 1 pot and takes just 20 minutes active time.  Soak the lentils and rice. Roast up the whole spices, cook onion, ginger and garlic, add in the ground spices, some tomatoes, some veggies, then add in the drained lentils and rice, water, salt and simmer until ready. I used carrots, peppers and some of the broccoflower that was sitting in the fridge. The broccoflower or  Romanesco broccoli has an interesting flavor profile. Use any veggies of choice. Fold in some spinach or baby greens towards the end. Serve this hearty soup with peppery crackers or papadum, or some chopped grilled vegan cheese sandwich croutons.  Continue reading: Lentil Brown Rice SoupThe post Lentil Brown Rice Soup appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Lemon Blueberry Cake. Yogurt Pound Cake Loaf

May 24 2016 Vegan Richa 

Lemon Blueberry Cake. Yogurt Pound Cake LoafLemon Blueberry Cake. This zesty Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake is dense and full of flavor. Use other berries in this Vegan Pound Cake Recipe. Non Dairy Yogurt Pound Cake Loaf with lemon and blueberries. 15 min prep and done. Pin this recipe. These lemony slices make an amazing snack or breakfast.  Add more or less zest. Dress with a lemony glaze and each slice will be perfect for dessert too. The cake takes just 15 minutes to come together. Mix in all the wet ingredients along with the zest. Whisk all the dry. Mix both into a batter. fold in the blueberries that have been tossed in a bit of flour. Also add some blueberries on top. Bake, cool, slice and done. As with all flavorful loafs and cakes, the flavors get stronger with time. So the cake tastes and feels better the next day. Make a loaf and tag me on Instagram. Continue reading: Lemon Blueberry Cake. Yogurt Pound Cake LoafThe post Lemon Blueberry Cake. Yogurt Pound Cake Loaf appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Garam Masala Recipe And 1 Year Anniversary of VR’s Indian Kitchen!

May 19 2016 Vegan Richa 

Garam Masala Recipe And 1 Year Anniversary of VR’s Indian Kitchen!Homemade from scratch Garam Masala Recipe from my Book Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen. “Garam” means hot and “Masala” in this context means blend of spices. Garam Masala spice blend is often used in Indian dishes to make sauces and curries. Find out how to make your own, to Roast or not to roast, where to buy, is it curry powder, what bay leaves and all you wanted to know about Garam Masala. Vegan Recipe. Pin this post. Garam Masala. What is Garam Masala? “Garam” means hot and “Masala” in this context means a blend of spices. Contrary to the direct meaning, the spice blend itself is not generally hot. It has black pepper but no red chile. It can however feel hot once you eat some. The spices together will warm you up from the inside. The flavor of garam masala is complex and strong and can be used in other cuisines as well. Garam masala recipes vary by family recipes, regions, states within India and of course personal preference. Each restaurant also probably has their own version they prefer. Some similar spice blends have different names depending on the region as well. Kashmiri garam masala, Goda Masala, Rajasthani Garam masala etc. There there are other spice blends which are used for specific types of dishes like Pav bhaji masala (for snacks dishes), Sambhar masala(not garam masala but another spice blend used frequently in southern Indian dishes).  For the sake of simplicity, garam masala is a spice blend you would use to make a general Indian dish. Add it to veggies to make a veggie side, Add it to tomato based sauces to make a curry, add it to dals or chickpeas or beans and many more etc.  Speaking of spices, Its been 1 year since my book released, and what a roller coaster it has been. What started as niche book (Vegan and Indian) is working out so well for both categories and then some. #1 Best Seller in Indian all Year!! Good food wins! Thank you you all for cooking the recipes so well and loving the food. I am giving away 2 signed copies of my book on this post (US only). To Enter, leave me a comment about the recipe from the book or blog that you have made multiple times the past year. Ends May 25. Get your copy today in US and many other countries. Love the book? do leave reviews on amazon with your favorite recipes and experiences. Continue reading: Garam Masala Recipe And 1 Year Anniversary of VR’s Indian Kitchen!The post Garam Masala Recipe And 1 Year Anniversary of VR’s Indian Kitchen! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Bhindi Masala Recipe – Okra in Onion tomato Curry

May 18 2016 Vegan Richa 

Bhindi Masala Recipe – Okra in Onion tomato CurryBhindi Masala Recipe. Indian Okra Curry. Lightly spiced Okra in onion tomato curry. Restaurant style Masala Bhindi. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Indian Recipe. Pin this Recipe.  Okra is cooked in many ways in Indian cuisine. It usually is a veggie side served as a part of a meal, served with dals and curries. It can be served as simple side cooked with just onions, or cooked in a sauces like sesame peanut coconut (book page 71), tamarind coconut(kuzhambu), and many more. Here is another simple curried Okra or a basic bhindi masala. Add more spices or add some coconut milk for creamy curry.  I get Okra from the Indian store and they seem to always have a lot in stock. Get green and young okra and try it in one of these Indian recipes.  Continue reading: Bhindi Masala Recipe – Okra in Onion tomato CurryThe post Bhindi Masala Recipe – Okra in Onion tomato Curry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cranberry Blueberry Crumb Bars

May 16 2016 Vegan Richa 

Cranberry Blueberry Crumb BarsCranberry Blueberry Crumb Bars. Easy Blueberry Bars. Crumble bars with blueberry cranberry chia layer, shortbread and oat crumb topping. Vegan Recipe. Pin this post. These bars are a perfect snack. Lightly sweet, lightly sour filling on a shortbread kind of crust topped with the same crust crumb! I used cranberries and blueberries in these. Use any other berries or combination of berries like raspberries, strawberries, black berries. All those antioxidants. Add some almond slivers or seeds on top to make these more filling.  The crust is filled with oats and almonds, some vanilla and cinnamon. The berries are cooked until they break down, then layered on the crust. some of the crust is sprinkled on top. Baked and done. Crumbly, lightly sweet, with a tart sweet berry filling, few ingredients, uses 1 bowl and 1 pan. Continue reading: Cranberry Blueberry Crumb BarsThe post Cranberry Blueberry Crumb Bars appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Lentil Quinoa Meatloaf Burgers

May 11 2016 Vegan Richa 

Lentil Quinoa Meatloaf BurgersLentil Quinoa Meatloaf Burgers.  Lentil Quinoa Burger patties with spicy glaze. Easy “Meatloaf” Burgers. Serve as burgers with buns or as patties over a salad. Vegan Nut-free Recipe. Pin this post. Love my Lentil Quinoa Loaf! Then you will love these burgers. These fat and delicious patties make a hearty meal. Make a burger or serve in wraps or salads! Lentils and quinoa and amped up with cooked oniongarlic and veggies, spices, sauces and made into patties. Cook the patties on a skillet and the patty is ready in 6 minutes! Glaze, add toppings and serve. Change up the spices in the burgers and use middle eastern blend, or garam masala or taco spice. Change up the glaze to choice. We had these with regular tomato, onion, lettuce. and some with chopped cucumber, radish, onion, tomato, cilantro salad.  On another note, send loads of positive thoughts for Chewie, our adopted puffball.   Continue reading: Lentil Quinoa Meatloaf BurgersThe post Lentil Quinoa Meatloaf Burgers appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Enchiladas Recipe with Lentils and Black Beans

May 5 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Enchiladas Recipe with Lentils and Black BeansVegan Enchiladas Recipe. Easy Enchilada Recipe with Blender Enchilada Sauce, soft tortillas filled with black beans, spinach and lentils. Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Can be Gluten-free. Ready within 1 Hour. Pin this Recipe.  These Enchiladas! Filled with Lentil Black Bean Spinach mixture and covered in an easy Enchilada sauce, are amazing!    Cook some onions and garlic. Use half of the golden onions and garlic in the Blender enchilada sauce. Blend and set aside. simmer up the lentils, greens black beans with flavors of choice. Meanwhile prep your enchilada station. Pour some sauce in the baking pan. Fill up tortillas with the lentil bean mixture. Place in the pan and dress with the enchilada sauce. Put it in the oven, sip some mojito. Serve with toppings of choice.  The list of ingredients seems long, but most are the same spices and herbs added to the enchilada sauce and the filling. So once you have them all mise en place, everything comes together within the hour.  Make these or some tacos for Cinco De Mayo!Continue reading: Vegan Enchiladas Recipe with Lentils and Black BeansThe post Vegan Enchiladas Recipe with Lentils and Black Beans appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chickpeas in Turmeric Peanut Butter Curry

May 2 2016 Vegan Richa 

Chickpeas in Turmeric Peanut Butter CurryChickpeas in Turmeric Peanut Butter Curry. Easy Peanut or Almond Butter Curry with Summer veggies and Chickpeas. Serve over rice or cooked grains. Vegan Glutenfree Soy-free Recipe. Pin this post.  Peanut Butter sauce is a current favorite in the house. Its easy, the flavor profile is loved by everyone and is versatile. Change up the flavors with thai red curry paste, or soy sauce, or Indian spices and herbs, or african chile blend. Add veggies, tofu or beans or lentils of choice! This Easy Chickpea Curry uses the peanut butter or almond butter sauce with Indian spices, Turmeric, red bell pepper, carrots, summer squash. Blend onion garlic ginger and cook to roast. Fold in the spices and turmeric. Add the veggies, chickpeas, nut butter and broth and simmer until all the flavors come together. Garnish with cilantro or basil and a dash of lime. Curried Peanut butter Sauce + Turmeric = Sunshine. Make this golden chickpea curry and serve over rice or cooked grains of choice. Continue reading: Chickpeas in Turmeric Peanut Butter CurryThe post Chickpeas in Turmeric Peanut Butter Curry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mango Dal – Easy Toor Dal with Mango

April 26 2016 Vegan Richa 

Mango Dal – Easy Toor Dal with MangoIndian Mango Dal. Toor Dal with unripe or ripe mango and 6 ingredients. Easy 1 pot soup or side. Use other lentils or veggies for variation. Vegan Indian Dhal Recipe Gluten-free Soy-free. Pin this post.  The first few years of my childhood were spent living in a big joint family home (with extended family). That meant that there would be huge amounts of food made and the menu was dependent on the elders’s preferences, which always a Punjabi style spread with the works (bean curries, veggie sides, creamy sauces, all with complex set of spices, heat, cream etc – heavy vegetarian Indian food). The food was filling, which obviously it needed to be for the young men and women who were going to be working all day. Some days, we children would want some simple food and would sneak into one of our neighbor’s house to eat dal chawal. Yep, I remember wanting just plain toor dal and a light meal. It has this alluring flavor profile which is very different. This Toor dal (split Pigeon pea) recipe is just that, very simple and amazingly tasty. You can made the dal with or without the mango. Add other veggies or fruits if you like like apples or squash, use other lentils like red lentils(less cook time) or chana dal (longer cook time). Add the mango or veggie earlier if you like them cooked through. I slurped up most of the dal as soup and served the rest with some Bengali Veggies (recipe coming later this week). Continue reading: Mango Dal – Easy Toor Dal with MangoThe post Mango Dal – Easy Toor Dal with Mango appeared first on Vegan Richa.

45 Vegan Spring Recipes

April 23 2016 Vegan Richa 

45 Vegan Spring RecipesVegan Spring Recipes. Spring Dinners, Soups, Appetizers and Desserts with seasonal produce like Asparagus, Strawberries, Carrots, and more. Gluten-free Soy-free Options It’s amazingly springy out here these days. Juicy fresh spring produce in the market and flowers and pollen (ah-choo). Here are a bunch of recipes to try to incorporate the veggies and fruits in season.  Continue reading: 45 Vegan Spring RecipesThe post 45 Vegan Spring Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chickpea Flour Scramble

April 18 2016 Vegan Richa 

Chickpea Flour ScrambleEasy peppery Chickpea flour Scramble. Soy-free Breakfast Scramble. Make with lentil flour or lentil batter for variation. Vegan Gluten-free Soyfree Recipe. Pin this Recipe! Breakfast is the meal of the day where I want to eat a hearty almost meal, but there are always issues. Limited time, not wanting too heavy a meal like a real meal, but still substantial enough, and not a smoothie! Hah. We love savory breakfasts in my house, which range from Chickpea flour pancakes (Chilla), Oats hash, Tofu scrambles, Upma, frittata etc, to quick sandwiches with hummus and leftover veggies, or with panfried tofu + avocado+ tomato + cheese or creamy sauces (hollandaise , ranch), bean quesadillas or stuffed paratha flatbreads (Indian calzone).  Chickpea flour scrambles are another favorite which we make sometimes as an afterthought. I make a chickpea omelet with half the batter and then scramble up the next one, so we have both to share. This scramble is super easy. Cook up some veggies of choice. Add some spices if you wish. Blend up the chickpea flour batter and pour over the veggies. Cook for a few and scramble it up. You can also mix the cooked veggies into the batter and cook the batter on your pancake skillet to make an omelet. Break up the omelet when almost done for a scramble. Use other batters such as the lentil batter from this frittata for variation. You can also use chickpea flour tofu to make the scramble. Oh and I made a video of the recipe too. 

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Subzi with Turmeric, Cumin and Mustard Seeds

April 12 2016 Vegan Richa 

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Subzi with Turmeric, Cumin and Mustard SeedsPan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Subzi with Turmeric, Cumin and Mustard Seeds. Easy Spiced Brussels Sprouts. Serve in a bowl with Dal and Rice or as a side. Vegan gluten-free Soy-free Indian Recipe.  Here is another quick side to add to your bowl. Brussels Sprouts pan roasted with whole cumin and mustard seeds, turmeric and garam masala, then finished with sesame seeds, lemon and cilantro. The tempered spices add an amazing flavor profile to the sprouts. If you don’t have whole seeds, use ground spices. Add more os less sesame seeds. Add some fresh or dried coconut.  Brussels Sprouts is another one of those veggies where I want to do more with it other than roasting it in the oven. I’ve added it to curries and Dal, caramelized it with maple + spices and more. This version is a simple Brussels Sprouts Subzi (Indian dry veggie side), which is simply spiced but packs a ton of flavor. Serve as a part of your favorite buddha bowl, or Indian meal bowl with Dals or curries and Rice/­­ flatbread.  Whats your favorite way to serve up Brussels Sprouts?  Continue reading: Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Subzi with Turmeric, Cumin and Mustard SeedsThe post Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Subzi with Turmeric, Cumin and Mustard Seeds appeared first on Vegan Richa.

One Pot Peanut Sauce Noodles

April 7 2016 Vegan Richa 

One Pot Peanut Sauce NoodlesOne Pot Peanut sauce noodles or pasta, Ready in 20 minutes! Brown Rice Noodles, Veggies, Peanut or Almond Butter, spices, flavors, boil and done. Easy Quick Weeknight Dinner Recipe. Pin this Recipe.  On days when you just want some great tasting food within minutes of thinking about it, you make this Super Easy 1 Pot Peanut butter or Almond Butter Sauce Noodles and Veggies! Just chop things up, layer, cook and done.  I mean literally 12 minutes. Add water to your saucepan, add noodles, add veggies, nut butter (I usually use almond butter), flavors, bring to a boil, simmer for until the noodles are done. Garnish and serve! The noodles are somewhat soupy, which is how I love the dish as there is so much flavor in the sauce. The noodles absorb the sauce as they cool, so by the next day, there won’t be any.  Adjust the liquid and noodle quantities to preference. This recipe is oil-free if your nut butter has no oil. What’s your favorite one pot meal? Continue reading: One Pot Peanut Sauce NoodlesThe post One Pot Peanut Sauce Noodles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chickpea flour Tofu Recipe

April 3 2016 Vegan Richa 

Chickpea flour Tofu RecipeMake your own Chickpea flour Tofu. 10 min Non soy tofu made with Chickpea flour or Besan /­­ gram flour. Easy Homemade Burmese tofu. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe. Pin this post! Burmese (chickpea) tofu is made by cooking split pea flour or chickpea flour and water batter until it thickens and can set. One of the other methods is to soak the split chickpeas, blend and use that batter. I make my chickpea tofu with chickpea flour and with less liquid so it is a sturdier, and quick version of Burmese tofu. This recipe makes about 2.5 to 3 cups cubed tofu which can be stored for a few days refrigerated. The tofu can also be made with Chickpea flour (which is ground garbanzo beans (white chickpeas), pure besan /­­ gram flour (which is flour of brown chickpeas (kala chana) or split brown chickpeas (chana dal)), or mixed flour besan which can have 2 different types of chickpea /­­ split pea flour, or yellow split pea flour. Each of the flours need different amounts of liquid. Besan (gram flour) is also ground finer than white chickpea flour. Because of these differences, chickpea flour generally makes a thicker batter and needs more water to achieve the similar consistency as besan batter if the recipe was written with besan. Besan will need less liquid to make an equally sturdy tofu as Chickpea flour tofu. The tofu recipe below made with any of the flours, without adjusting the recipe will still be usable wherever needed. Depending on the flour used, the resulting tofu cubes might be soft or firm. Use less water for firmer and more water for softer chickpea tofu.  Chickpea flour is mixed with water to form a smooth batter. The batter thickens into a thick custard like consistency which sets and can be easily sliced. I use these properties of chickpea flour in many recipes, like this nut-free Nacho cheese slice, these chickpea flour pasta noodles and more.  This recipe is adapted from the sturdy and spiced chickpea tofu in my book. You can use it as a substitute for soy tofu in many recipes. It does well in curries, tossed in dressing, in wraps, salads, also makes a great morning scramble, or egg salad!, breaded tofu etc. It also sticks to the pan like regular tofu while stir frying, if your pan isnt good ;).  Continue reading: Chickpea flour Tofu RecipeThe post Chickpea flour Tofu Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Lentil Veggie Asparagus Frittata

March 29 2016 Vegan Richa 

Lentil Veggie Asparagus FrittataLentil Veggie Asparagus Frittata. Blended red lentils make the egg in this lentil frittata filled with Spring vegetables. Easy Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Pin this Recipe! Yes, that is not chickpea flour and not tofu! Just some good old red lentils (masoor dal).  Red Lentils are soaked for 15-20 mins. Then blended with water, spices, baking powder, kala namak. The veggies are cooked slightly with spices, then distributed in the pan. Then the lentil batter is spread on top. Bake and done! Chickpeas and chickpea flour are the in thing these days. They are easily available too. Often, I want to use other beans and lentils in the recipes but end up using chickpeas. Its because of the ease of availability and the familiarity of the readers. Red lentils are coming up right behind chickpeas. Easily available, super quick cooking, protein filled and delicious. Try this frittata with red lentils. You can also use the chickpea flour mixture from this Broccolini frittata, or use this lentil batter in the broccolini frittata for variation. Make this into a quiche by using a prebaked quiche crust. Add spices and blends of choice. Fold in some smoke coconut (coconut bacon). Get baking! Continue reading: Lentil Veggie Asparagus FrittataThe post Lentil Veggie Asparagus Frittata appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mango Sheera Recipe – Mango Semolina Pudding / Kesari / Halwa

March 23 2016 Vegan Richa 

Mango Sheera Recipe – Mango Semolina Pudding / Kesari / HalwaMango Sheera Recipe. Mango Kesari or Halwa. Semolina Mango Pudding . Vegan Indian Dessert. 20 minute 1 pan dessert with canned Mango puree. Can be made oil-free and gluten-free. Pin this Recipe.  Holi, the festival of colors is on March 24th. Holi has so many memories associated with it. All of us kids, siblings, cousins, second cousins (I think we were more than 25 tweens and teenagers), getting together and playing with wet and dry colors. One big tank would be filled with colored water to suck into our pichkari (water guns), which would be used to spray each other from head to toe in color. Though as kids we would never really remember why the festival is really celebrated. Holi is a Spring festival that ushers in Spring and tropical heat, longer days, more time for fun and work. Happy Holi to everyone who is celebrating! Catch up on some Bollywood Holi songs today.  Holi festival has its set of food (desserts, snacks and savory appetizers) associated with it. This mango sheera is a thick pudding or spoon fudge made with semolina and mango puree. I use canned Kesar mango puree in the recipe. Often the canned mango puree has some sugar, so you might or might not need additional sweetener. Fresh juicy mangoes in India are what dreams are made of. You haven’t really enjoyed a mango unless you have tasted the fresh ripe tropical mango varieties. Use fresh very ripe mango pureed, or from a can to make this dessert. Sheera has slight variations and different names depending on the region called Mango Kesari, or Mango halwa. Use other fruit puree for variation like pineapple to make Pineapple kesari, banana, or other sweet fruits.  Continue reading: Mango Sheera Recipe – Mango Semolina Pudding /­­ Kesari /­­ HalwaThe post Mango Sheera Recipe – Mango Semolina Pudding /­­ Kesari /­­ Halwa appeared first on Vegan Richa.

One Bowl Vegan Orange Cake

February 26 2016 Vegan Richa 

One Bowl Vegan Orange Cake Weekend calls for some cake sitting on the counter. And this citrusy 1 bowl orange cake makes it very easy to have some around. Esp when glazed with some boozy marmalade glaze! Right? We end up a bottle of orange juice or a orange something mix juice every now and then. Hubbs gets some, drinks it a few times and forgets about it. Sometimes he gets it just because there should be something to drink for visitors. And I tell him, we always have water or I can make lemonade. Why get the whole juice bottle, esp when both of us don’t really like it and since packaged juice is just.. that, packaged and questionable. I was brought up in the Orange city in India. Those juicy sweet fresh oranges now appear only in my dreams. The juice from those oranges, so fresh and sweet, also in my dreams. After decades of trying many different options, the sour juice just doesn’t cut it for me. So anywho, I use up the leftover orange juice in this cake. 1 bowl, easy, 8 main ingredients, vegan orange cake! What do you do with excess juice?Continue reading: One Bowl Vegan Orange CakeThe post One Bowl Vegan Orange Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Red Curry Green Beans – Pad Prik Khing Green Beans

February 22 2016 Vegan Richa 

Red Curry Green Beans – Pad Prik Khing Green Beans I have always loved the green beans with the hot phrik khing sauce from Thai restaurants. So I decided to make some myself. The traditional version uses a prik khing curry paste. Red curry paste is a close match and the flavors work out beautifully, and I also generally have red curry paste in my pantry.  These red curry green beans are easy and come together really quickly. Toss in some garlic, curry paste, kaffir lime leaves or lime zest, heat and let them cook until tender to preference. The cook time for green beans depends on the type of beans. The thinner beans cook faster, so cook until they are slightly crunchy but done. Add more curry paste and water/­­broth for saucier beans to serve over plain rice if needed. Serve with Peanut Sauce Fried Rice or other vegetable fried rice.  Continue reading: Red Curry Green Beans – Pad Prik Khing Green BeansThe post Red Curry Green Beans – Pad Prik Khing Green Beans appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Broccoli Chickpea Stuffed Flatbread – Broccoli Paratha Yeast-free

February 16 2016 Vegan Richa 

Broccoli Chickpea Stuffed Flatbread – Broccoli Paratha Yeast-free Stuffed Parathas used to be a favorite breakfast, lunch or evening snack when growing up. There was always some dough in the fridge, so it was matter of grating or mashing some veggies or other fillings, cooking them slightly if needed, and using as stuffing. Parathas are generally served with Indian pickles which commonly use raw mango, lime, chilies or vegetables preserved in an oil base with spices such as mustard seeds, fennel, fenugreek seeds,salt etc. These pickles are available in Indian stores or online. The stuffed flatbreads can also be used anywhere where you use flatbreads, as a side with curries or soups, or with a dip.  These Broccoli parathas have shredded broccoli and chickpeas with spices stuffed into a wheat dough. Use other cooked beans or lentils of choice and other spices of choice for many variations. The process of making the dough and rolling it out seems tedious, but it gets easy with practice. For a gluten-free paratha, see my book for the chia flatbread dough that works well for making stuffed flatbread or use this Sweet Potato gluten-free flatbread dough or use any chapati/­­roti dough of choice.  These flatbreads have the veggie stuffing inside them. You can also add the veggies directly in the dough while kneading like this Squash flatbread- Lauki Paratha. Do you like stuffed flatbreads? What is favorite stuffing?  Continue reading: Broccoli Chickpea Stuffed FlatbreadBroccoli Paratha Yeast-freeThe post Broccoli Chickpea Stuffed FlatbreadBroccoli Paratha Yeast-free appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cashew Tofu Stir Fry

February 9 2016 Vegan Richa 

Cashew Tofu Stir Fry When I started my first job after grad school, I was in a new much larger city, with many options for lunches and dinners, many cuisines and types of restaurants. In those pre-gan & pre balance issues days, I tried to be open to trying out the new cuisines and new foods. Many times I was left disappointed. Coming from a mainly vegetarian, fresh food lifestyle (grew up eating mostly all Indian food with loads of beans and veggies), the eggs, cheese, overly used dairy products, meats etc felt stale to me. I learnt to like some of them because those were the options available at that time to someone in a new country, culture. Things have changed since then. More than decade has gone by, and I seek out more vegetarian and vegan restaurants because the restaurants that are vegan or vegetarian tend to have this freshness in the flavors of everything. Like something as simple as Thai food with sauces and curries. I liked thai before, but love it much more now. The fresh non meaty curries, non eggy/­­fishy sauces pack such a pleasing flavor that it makes me love the veggies in it. That probably is another reason I have started liking Tofu. Thai dishes are also easily flexible to your own preference. Have you had any changes in flavor preferences lately? I love quick meals and this one is easy and quick to put together. It is my version of the Cashew delight or Cashew something from Thai restaurants. Toast the cashews, add the veggies and protein you like, add the sauces, cook for a few and serve.  Continue reading: Cashew Tofu Stir FryThe post Cashew Tofu Stir Fry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gluten free Banana Muffins

February 5 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten free Banana Muffins Mornings are a breeze if you have muffins like these sitting around. Lightly sweet, loaded with banana and chocolate chunks!  Add pecans for buttery pecan banana muffins or add walnuts or blueberries. These muffins are soft, moist and full of flavor. Add more sweetener if needed depending on the ripeness of your bananas. No soy, palm oil, gluten in these. Make these muffins!Continue reading: Vegan Gluten free Banana MuffinsThe post Vegan Gluten free Banana Muffins appeared first on Vegan Richa.

40 Vegan Super Bowl Recipes

February 1 2016 Vegan Richa 

40 Vegan Super Bowl Recipes Its almost the day for all the snacking! No Seahawks in the game this year, but hey Peyton vs Cam is bound to create some fireworks. Which team are you rooting for? A collection of Superbowl Apps, dips, Pizzas, Nachos, Tacos and more to plan for the day. All Vegan, Many are or can be made gluten-free and soy-free.  Continue reading: 40 Vegan Super Bowl RecipesThe post 40 Vegan Super Bowl Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Roasted Broccoli with Creamy Basil Dressing

January 25 2016 Vegan Richa 

Roasted Broccoli with Creamy Basil Dressing Here I am, back with a broccoli recipe. Some of you suggested roasting it, so we did. Broccoli is tossed in cayenne (because its cold outside), garlic, salt and oil and roasted until crisp. Served with a creamy basil cashew dressing, or serve with lemon juice + nutritional yeast. Hubbs really loved the basil cream and roasted broccoli. He finished up the entire serving! He definitely loves his broccoli. I love this dressing! and I like it with the broccoli (minus all the exclamation like hubbs), but I’d rather serve it with a spicy crispy cauliflower . Baby steps towards embracing the Broccoli. Continue reading: Roasted Broccoli with Creamy Basil DressingThe post Roasted Broccoli with Creamy Basil Dressing appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Broccoli Balls

January 18 2016 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Broccoli Balls I have been trying to incorporate more broccoli in my meals. Yes, yes, I have to admit that it isn’t a vegetable that makes me go yay. I mean I eat it, but am not excited about it as I am with Cauliflower. That is about to change this year with my challenge to make dishes with said nose wrinkling vegetable, that I will like to eat. Lets see how Okra fares this year.  These balls worked out well to get me to somewhat actually like eating broccoli. Broccoli is roasted to dry out the excess moisture, spices, almond meal, breadcrumbs and chia egg or flax egg are mixed in and rolled up into balls to bake until crisp. The spices get stronger as the baked balls sit and I like the stronger spice flavor. Some vegan cheese in the balls also helps the balls in texture and flavor.  Do you have an unexplained dislike for a certain vegetable or food? How do you get over that dislike?Continue reading: Vegan Broccoli BallsThe post Vegan Broccoli Balls appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Spicy Crispy Kung Pao Cauliflower

January 13 2016 Vegan Richa 

Spicy Crispy Kung Pao Cauliflower Sundays are shaping up for only one thing these days, Gameday! And all that excitement and 4 hours of tv calls for delicious finger food.  These crispy kung pao cauliflower bites are just that, crispy, spicy, juicy, hot, and super fun. Bake the cauliflower, make the kung pao sauce.  Arrange the cauliflower in one layer in a serving plate/­­bowl. Drizzle the sauce just before serving.  The dish can also be served with rice or other cooked grains. Double the sauce and serve over rice. The sauce can get hot depending on the chilies you use. Taste before drizzling over the cauliflower. If too hot, make another batch of the sauce without the chilies and mix. For a quick recipe, toss cauliflower in salt, cayenne and oil and bake until done and toss in the sauce. Serve with a jar of cold water. Whats your favorite spicy gameday food?Continue reading: Spicy Crispy Kung Pao CauliflowerThe post Spicy Crispy Kung Pao Cauliflower appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Easy Black Bean Burrito Bowl

January 6 2016 Vegan Richa 

Easy Black Bean Burrito Bowl This Chipotle style bean bowl is the kind of bowl that make me very happy. A good helping of spicy beans, roasted veggies, lettuce or greens, fresh salsa and guacamole is all is needed for a hearty lunch or dinner. Most of the work is chopping up the veggies if you have cooked beans. And easier if you have some salsa and guacamole on hand. Let the beans simmer on one side and the veggies grill on the other. Assemble as you like. It rarely gets assembled like these pictures. My bowl helping is a a big scoop of everything in any order, and in goes the fork.  Or make a carry out lunch. Pile up on a large 10 inch tortilla, roll into a burrito and carry along. Use other beans and salsas for variation. What’s in your burrito bowl! Continue reading: Easy Black Bean Burrito BowlThe post Easy Black Bean Burrito Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

15 Best Vegan Recipes 2015

January 1 2016 Vegan Richa 

15 Best Vegan Recipes 2015 Its been a fabulous 2015 celebrating lentils, beans, veggies! Onwards to 2016 and lots more delicious food! Pictured above Bombay Potatoes and Peas. Here are the most popular recipes from the blog from 2015. What were your favorites from the year! Continue reading: 15 Best Vegan Recipes 2015The post 15 Best Vegan Recipes 2015 appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas Peppers Broccoli

December 28 2015 Vegan Richa 

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas Peppers Broccoli Chickpeas and lentils work beautifully as a tofu or meat sub in flavorful Asian sauces. The spicy kung pao, the deep Teriyaki or a addictive sweet and sour sauce. Veggies and chickpeas in the sweet and sour sauce make it one hearty meal. The veggies get cooked over high heat, then simmered in a tangy and sweet sauce till it thickens. A good dash of black pepper and cayenne brings out the strong sweet and sour flavors even more.  2016 is almost here! What are your plans for  the next year? I haven’t thought of the food front yet. But some things we hope to do more of next year is research deeply on ethical and fair trade clothing and switch to using those options. We probably shop once or twice a year for some new additions that are really needed, and I would like to have the options ready for that time. Another thing we want to reduce is the amount of packaging and plastic. Though this might be difficult with the many shipments we get from Amazon. Each small object in one big box with loads of plastic packing.  Continue reading: Sweet and Sour Chickpeas Peppers BroccoliThe post Sweet and Sour Chickpeas Peppers Broccoli appeared first on Vegan Richa.

70 Vegan Holiday Recipes

December 21 2015 Vegan Richa 

70 Vegan Holiday Recipes Merry Christmas Happy Holidays and happy last few days of 2015! Thank you to each and every one of you for discovering the blog, coming along and cooking with me this year. Have a loved holiday season. Gluten-free (GF) and Soy-free (SF) options are marked.  Continue reading: 70 Vegan Holiday RecipesThe post 70 Vegan Holiday Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

1 Bowl Giant Molasses Cookies

December 16 2015 Vegan Richa 

1 Bowl Giant Molasses Cookies Because Giant and One Bowl! These crinkly chewy molasses cookies are easy and make perfect gifts. Who doesn’t want a 5 inch cookie!  Loads of molasses, loads of flavor. These cookies are chewy! If overbaked, the edges will be crunchy but the center will be chewy. Adjust baking time to preference (less bake time for more chewy, longer for crunchy). these cookies are palm oil free. For variation, add candied citrus/­­orange peel. Add other spices of choice. Add peppermint extract or crushed peppermint candy cane. For gluten-free version see these Gluten-free Ginger Molasses Cookies. Make these! What is your favorite Christmas cookie?Continue reading: 1 Bowl Giant Molasses CookiesThe post 1 Bowl Giant Molasses Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gingerbread Biscotti

December 11 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gingerbread Biscotti It is the time for ginger everything. These gingerbread biscotti are crunchy, mildly sweet, well spiced and fun to dunk in your favorite cup of tea of hot chocolate. I dunk these in our evening Masala Chai. Fancify the biscotti with melted white or dark chocolate drizzle or icing of choice. Or coat the ends in melted chocolate. These crisp biscotti cookies have cranberries, almonds and candied ginger. Use finely chopped nuts, ginger etc so that the biscotti are easier to slice. For a stronger molasses flavor, use 2 tbsp molasses and 2 tbsp nut butter. I use nut butter in these biscotti. They can be made completely oil-free. To make these without nuts, use seed butter or tahini or use 2 tbsp oil. The recipe can be easily doubled. Melt some vegan white or dark chocolate and drizzle it on the biscotti. Wrap and gift!Continue reading: Vegan Gingerbread BiscottiThe post Vegan Gingerbread Biscotti appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Peanut Sauce Fried Rice

December 8 2015 Vegan Richa 

Peanut Sauce Fried Rice Its a fridge clean up meal day. Get your veggies, cooked grains, toss them all up in a flavorful peanut sauce, serve! The days we want a flavorful meal but there is small amounts of veggies and things to finish up, we make up variations of this one pot fried rice. Use whichever ingredients you have to make the peanut butter/­­ almond butter sauce. That looks like a long list, but believe you me, it makes a sauce that packs a punch. Brown the veggies over high heat, add protein of choice and peanut /­­ almond sauce and bring to a boil, add rice or cooked grains, toss, serve with a dash of lemon.  We are still zonked up on limited sleep with Chewie going through a really bad cough. Thankfully his heart and lungs results came out ok. So its all about cough management so he can rest. Continue reading: Peanut Sauce Fried RiceThe post Peanut Sauce Fried Rice appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Lauki Paratha – Spiced Opo Squash / Zucchini Wheat Flatbread

December 3 2015 Vegan Richa 

Lauki Paratha – Spiced Opo Squash / Zucchini Wheat Flatbread Parathas are a favorite Breakfast, Snack or Side in my home. Paratha flatbreads can be made in many many ways. Plain, stuffed with veggies, veggies kneaded into the dough, different spices, different flours, many ways to roll them out and what not. This flatbread today is easy, has veggies kneaded into the dough and simple. Shred the squash, zucchini or other vegetable of choice. Add flour, tahini and spices, knead into a dough. Roll it out, cook and serve! Lauki or Opo Squash is a type of calabash squash. The squash, also called bottle gourd, is very juicy. It leaks a ton of moisture into whatever meal you use it in. Lauki is used in several forms in Indian food. It is shredded and added to flatbreads, cubed and added to dals and curries just like any other squash or potato, it is cubed and cooked with spices like potatoes for a veggie side.  This flatbread uses shredded Lauki with a few spices. I often use zucchini in this flatbread as well. Change up the squash, use other spice blends or herbs for many variations of this flatbread.  To make these gluten-free, use my recipe for Sweet Potato gluten-free flatbread. At step 2, mix the grated veggie with the flour and then make a dough. The squash should be finely shredded to make it easier to roll these out. Continue reading: Lauki Paratha – Spiced Opo Squash /­­ Zucchini Wheat FlatbreadThe post Lauki Paratha – Spiced Opo Squash /­­ Zucchini Wheat Flatbread appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Curry Leaf Pepper Chickpeas – Chickpeas in Coconut Pepper Curry Leaf Sauce

November 30 2015 Vegan Richa 

Curry Leaf Pepper Chickpeas – Chickpeas in Coconut Pepper Curry Leaf Sauce Another month almost done. I was hoping to wind down in November and December but that isn’t happening. There is always more work to be done than I can handle. Any which way, I have been saying No for a lot of stuff to get some overall slow down. Plus, I might have down days with the eye appointments, which will force a slowdown anyway.  Today is this flavorful and spicy chickpea curry with coconut, fresh curry leaves and black pepper. You can buy fresh curry leaves from Indian stores, or order them on Amazon. Keep them frozen in an airtight container. Use then directly frozen or fresh in this recipe or any recipe that calls for fresh curry leaves.   This South Indian inspired sauce is a popular sauce used with chicken or meat. I use chickpeas here instead. Use tofu, chikin sub, other beans and veggies for variation. Serve over rice, or flatbread or in a bowl with roasted veggies (sweet potato, carrots, cauliflower) and cooked grains of choice.  Continue reading: Curry Leaf Pepper ChickpeasChickpeas in Coconut Pepper Curry Leaf SauceThe post Curry Leaf Pepper ChickpeasChickpeas in Coconut Pepper Curry Leaf Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries

November 24 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries I try to provide gluten-free options on the blog whenever possible. Gluten-free vegan baking is difficult. It doesn’t always behave the way we expect it to behave and it turns out dry, gosh so dry! There have been many loaves of bread or baked things that I had to either trash or slice and bake into biscotti which no one wanted to eat. This one does not have that problem!  The pumpkin and banana hold the structure together and make this a very moist loaf and make this more of a Banana Pumpkin Bread. This bread also doesn’t need added gum. You can use a 1/­­2 tsp xanthan with the dry ingredients to help the crumb if you want. Use chocolate chips or dried fruit of choice for variation. For a regular wheat based loaf, see this 1 bowl Pumpkin Bread. Add cranberries for a festive breakfast loaf. I and the home are not gluten-free. So gluten-free baked goods have to be really good and close to their with gluten versions to really be liked. And that is what I always aim for. This loaf uses brown rice flour, almond flour, starch and oat flour. You can use any other flour which is similar to oat flour to sub oat flour if needed. I have not tried the loaf with any other starch. Arrowroot hasn’t worked well for me in the past. A blend of tapioca and corn might work, but I would recommend sticking to potato starch for the first try. Make this festive loaf with cranberries and walnuts/­­pecans and let me know how it turns out! Feedback helps future recipe development. Whether it turned out good, just ok, something didn’t work out or you did not like (taste, texture), suggestions, anything, leave me comments on the post or on social media.  Also check out my Vegan Gift Guide for ideas to gift this holiday season and an update on Projects and organizations supported by us.  And All the Thanksgiving meal, sides, brunch options here. Happy ThanksLiving!Continue reading: Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread with CranberriesThe post Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries appeared first on Vegan Richa.

2015 Vegan Gift Guide

November 23 2015 Vegan Richa 

2015 Vegan Gift Guide 2015 Vegan Gift Guide! These are things that I use or really like. None of these companies or authors are paying me anything except good cheer. Happy Holidays!! Let me know if you have some favorite gifts that I can add to this list.  Continue reading: 2015 Vegan Gift GuideThe post 2015 Vegan Gift Guide appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chickpea Veggie Loaf

November 20 2015 Vegan Richa 

Chickpea Veggie Loaf It seems to be the year of the chickpeas. This loaf is easy and quick prep if you have cooked/­canned chickpeas. It is inspired from my Lentil Quinoa Loaf. This is a great loaf for anyone who finds lentils too earthy.  Cook some veggies. Pulse the chickpeas and beans, add spices, shape and bake. You can also shape the mixture into fat balls or patties and bake. Use your favorite glaze or my spicy bbq sauce glaze. Serve with cranberry sauce or gravy, some mashed potatoes, other sides and the menu is done! I used up some leftover slices in tacos with guacamole and sprinkled with chipotle pepper. Pictured below with Spicy Cranberry Sauce and Butternut, Apple, Pecan, Cranberry Salad, coming shortly.  Continue reading: Chickpea Veggie LoafThe post Chickpea Veggie Loaf appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Spicy Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips

November 16 2015 Vegan Richa 

Spicy Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips For the longest while I disliked Tofu. I think it was because of the way it was prepared. Too bland, too fried or what not. After transitioning to a vegan diet, I was faced with a challenge to figure out how to make tofu on my own so I could like it. In general, I don’t necessarily need to eat Tofu at home. There are enough beans, lentils, veggie dishes that make up our meals. But when I eat out is when the options get limited by my dislike of tofu (and broccoli). I mean think of something like a saucy Thai Cashew delight minus both, it would just be cashews and onions. ha! So once I started cooking some at home, I warmed up to this silky gelly beany slab. We eat Tofu infrequently at home, but at least the warming up has helped me be open to trying more options at restaurants. My current favorite tofu dishes come from Wedgewood II Thai in Seattle (Capitol Hill).  Back to today’s recipe. This easy crisped up tofu needs just a few minutes of active time. Brush the marinade on the Tofu strips and let it sit for a while, then bread and grill. Serve as side or main with a side of salad or pilaf. Pictures below with a flavorful Butternut Squash Pilaf.  The ketchup, spices, soy sauce make a great marinade, which also acts like a sticky coat to keep all those breadcrumbs on. Continue reading: Spicy Crispy Breaded Tofu StripsThe post Spicy Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips appeared first on Vegan Richa.

1 Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Bread Recipe

November 11 2015 Vegan Richa 

1 Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Bread Recipe Easy One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf today before we start up with the Holiday Menu plans. Soft, full of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, hearty and delicious. 15 minutes and in the oven. Bake until done. The hardest part is waiting for the loaf to cool. The loaf tastes best after a few hours. This loaf is based off my 1 bowl pumpkin cream cheese muffins. Why change something when it works.  Add nuts of choice, dried fruit or chocolate chips to the batter. Top with nuts, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips or a streusel of choice! Serve with hot Pumpkin spice Caramel Latte or other hot drinks of choice. Use sweet potato or butternut squash puree for variation. Continue reading: 1 Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Bread RecipeThe post 1 Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Bread Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Garlic Flatbread Recipe No Yeast

November 9 2015 Vegan Richa 

Garlic Flatbread Recipe No Yeast Soft garlicky herb flatbreads make a great side with any meal, with soups, salads, dips, curries and more. This easy Garlic herb Flatbread has no yeast, doesn’t need hours to rest, and has a secret ingredient. Instead of non dairy yogurt, this flatbread uses aquafaba! Aquafaba is the liquid from a can of chickpeas or the viscous liquid remaining when you cook chickpeas at home. This viscous liquid has many uses like making eggless meringue, macarons, and used in many places instead of eggs/­­egg whites, as a binder for baking and more. Find out more about chickpea brine and all the amazing creations on Vegan Meringue Hits and Misses Facebook Group. For this flatbread, aquafaba adds moisture, binding and the fluffyness. Make the dough for the flatbread, roll it out, grill or cook then brush with the herbed garlic butter mixture, done! You can also make these flatbreads into Garlic Naan. Press the garlic and cilantro into the rolled out flatbread along with nigella seeds, and then cook. Easy and ready within minutes. No yeast, no waiting for a hour for the dough to sit and rise. To make this bread gluten-free, see the gluten-free blend used for gluten-free Naan in my book, or use a gluten-free blend with gum like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

Besan Burfi with Condensed Milk (Dairy-free) – Chickpea flour Fudge

November 5 2015 Vegan Richa 

Besan Burfi with Condensed Milk (Dairy-free) – Chickpea flour Fudge Indian Sweets have many many options of Burfis. Burfis can be fudge like or candy like bars that can be made from grains, bean flours, coconut, nuts, milk solids and more. Burfis in general depend on dairy for ghee (clarified butter) or milk (milk solids, milk powder, condensed milk etc). There are also options that are by default dairy-free. Every year I vegan-ize a few options for the Indian festivals.  This year we have a fudgy condensed milk Besan Burfi (Chickpea flour fudge) made dairy-free with a condensed non dairy milk! Just 5 main ingredients and ready in 25 minutes iif you roast the flour while the milk mixture thickens! There are many variations of Besan Burfis depending on family recipes and regions. They are also called other names (Burfi, Mysore Pak, Mohanthal) depending on the method, consistency etc. Besan (gram flour) or chickpea flour can be dry roasted, roasted in the fat, roasted with some other flours or with dairy. The burfi can use dry sugar, sugar syrup, sugar syrup added at a particular time, other sweet syrups based on jaggery or milk and on and on for different textures and flavor profiles. The resulting mixture can be shaped into Burfi bars or into round Ladoos. We know the common theme here, sweet + besan (pronounced bay-sun or bae-sun). Make some Indian or fusion sweets or savory snacks for Diwali and drop by your neighbors (preferably unannounced :)), and share some happy stories of the year! Happy Diwali! Continue reading: Besan Burfi with Condensed Milk (Dairy-free) – Chickpea flour FudgeThe post Besan Burfi with Condensed Milk (Dairy-free) – Chickpea flour Fudge appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mushroom Chickpea Soup with Veggies and Greens

November 2 2015 Vegan Richa 

Mushroom Chickpea Soup with Veggies and Greens It is getting chilly out some days and I have been craving peppery brothy soups for dinner. This is an easy soup in which you can add whatever you have in the fridge or pantry. Use any beans or lentils, some mushrooms and greens, veggies and some light peppery spices. Simmer and serve.  The garlic and ginger add a lot of flavor. Black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon and cumin add a deep complex profile to the warming flavorful broth. Add other veggies of choice. Add some cooked pasta for variation.   The next few weeks will be about trying to balance between 2 big events. Diwali on Nov 11 (that is so close!) and thanksgiving and then the rest of the holiday season. I found Diwali Bazaar on Amazon just today. I am off shopping for some Indian clothes and thinking of Diwali recipes for the week.Continue reading: Mushroom Chickpea Soup with Veggies and GreensThe post Mushroom Chickpea Soup with Veggies and Greens appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Sabut Masoor Ki Daal – Spiced Lentil Soup

October 30 2015 Vegan Richa 

Sabut Masoor Ki Daal – Spiced Lentil Soup Mom’s Dals always taste a bit different that mine. Even if we both make the exact same measurement recipe. This summer when Mom was visiting, I watched her like a hawk to figure out what gives. Mom always cooks with leisure and love. Everything will be cooked just the right amount that she likes, no hurry, no burning, simmered instead of high heat cooking and kept simple with just a few spices. So today I have a Lentil Dal (Sabut Masoor) recipe we both make almost the same way. This is Mom’s version that is cooked with leisure, each step gets as much attention and love and the lentils are cooked till they are soft and easily dissolve. Some of the lentils dissolve into the soup to make a thick creamy dal. Try this with brown lentils, Indian brown (whole red, Sabut Masoor) or other lentils. For Indian Dals, mushy lentils are the preferred dal consistency. Cook a few minutes less to preferred cooked lentil texture.  Serve as is like a soup or with flatbread or rice. Pictured with Gobi Aloo Mutter – Spiced Cauliflower Potatoes peas. Lentil Dals are comfort food for me. Warming, earthy, flavorful and filling. This is a simple flavorful Dal. Change up the spices for variation. Add some veggies in while cooking. Let me know if you try this easy Dal.  Continue reading: Sabut Masoor Ki Daal – Spiced Lentil SoupThe post Sabut Masoor Ki Daal – Spiced Lentil Soup appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Chipotle Corn Chowder – Cook The Pantry Book Giveaway

October 27 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chipotle Corn Chowder – Cook The Pantry Book Giveaway Robin Robertson’s new book Cook the Pantry: Vegan Pantry-to-Plate Recipes in 20 Minutes (or Less!) is now available to buy everywhere where books are sold.  Cook the Pantry shows you how to cook great meals with what’s in your pantry. Fast nutritious recipes using plant-based ingredients for easy delicious vegan recipes in 20 minutes or less. With recipes as Tuscan Chickpea Fritatta, Homestyle Hash Burgers, Banana Foster Dessert Nachos, Greek freekeh with white beans, Pinto bean nacho pie, Southwest Salmagundi, Minestrone soup, Suddenly sushi Salad, Paella, and Artichoke Muffaleta Po’Boys (pictured below), this book is full of quick options and ideas to use to create your own dishes.  I don’t know how Robin does it. I am exhausted with just one cookbook :). The publisher Vegan Heritage Press is giving away a copy of the book to one of the blog readers. See end of the post for instructions to enter.  Continue reading: Vegan Chipotle Corn Chowder – Cook The Pantry Book GiveawayThe post Vegan Chipotle Corn Chowder – Cook The Pantry Book Giveaway appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Yeast-free Sweet Potato Vegan Gluten free flatbread

October 23 2015 Vegan Richa 

Yeast-free Sweet Potato Vegan Gluten free flatbread After I posted easy and delicious savory Pumpkin rosemary flatbreads, many of you asked me for a gluten-free version, so here goes. These gf flatbreads are adapted from my Gluten-free Rotis from my cookbook. These flatbreads are easy to whip up, easy to roll out and do not break or tear! They are soft, not hard like crackers, and not dry like a board. They are yeast-free, gum-free, vegan and can be made grain-free with more chickpea flour instead of rice flour.  Use puree of sweet potato, pumpkin or other squash of choice. Use as tortillas, tacos, wraps or what not. Make larger flatbreads to make burritos. Yes, they fold all the way. Use other herbs or spics to use with other cuisines. Add cinnamon and sugar for sweeter flatbread. Add cumin seeds to use as a side Sweet Potato Roti with Indian curries and Dals. Make these vegan gluten free flatbreads. Continue reading: Yeast-free Sweet Potato Vegan Gluten free flatbreadThe post Yeast-free Sweet Potato Vegan Gluten free flatbread appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Cream Cheese Pound Cake

October 19 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Cream Cheese Pound Cake Pound cake slices from the neighboring coffee shop were often the to go snack or breakfast on the days I was in a hurry (when I was working a 9 to 5 job right out of school and not yet settled in). That seems like a lifetime ago. Seattle is quite a comfortable place as a vegan. There are generally enough options for everything. Pound cakes however have been rarely seen. I decided to make my own this season. This Easy Marbled Pound Cake today to celebrate the week that is my Birthday! I added vegan cream cheese to this one and it makes each slice just the right dense and fudgy.  Vegan cream cheese brands might have soy in some form and some additives that can add other flavors tot he cake. You can add more vanilla or spices to mask it if needed or a frosting. To make this soy-free, use kite hill almond cream cheese or use my soy-free mini pound cake recipe. Make the pound cake plain or marbled.  Continue reading: Vegan Cream Cheese Pound CakeThe post Vegan Cream Cheese Pound Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chickpea Pumpkin Veggie Pizza

October 14 2015 Vegan Richa 

Chickpea Pumpkin Veggie Pizza Continuing with the pumpkin season. Here is another easy pumpkin recipe to use up the pumpkin puree! Prep your pizza dough, mix herbs and spices in some chickpeas, mix herbs and spices in pumpkin puree, chop veggies for topping, layer, bake and done. GarNish with fresh herbs like basil or cilantro and vegan parmesan or vegan cheese of choice. You can also use other squash purees and other spice combinations. I like pumpkin because I generally have a little puree left from other uses from a can of pumpkin puree which gets used up here. I used my basic pizza dough that makes a soft rustic crust.  Whats your favorite way to use Pumpkin in Savory recipes? Continue reading: Chickpea Pumpkin Veggie PizzaThe post Chickpea Pumpkin Veggie Pizza appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Holiday Giveaway!!

October 11 2015 Vegan Richa 

Holiday Giveaway!! Hi you all. I wanted to thank you all for the amazing year so far with the blog and my first cookbook. The book is in stock after the 3rd printing! The publisher sold right for Germany and Spain. The translated books will be available in the countries early next year or sooner! The book has been featured on several magazines (VegNews, Thrive), and online on Huffington Post, one of 2015 Must Have Cookbooks (Peta), nominated for VegNews Veggie Awards and so much more.  Thank you Thank you for so much love!!  To celebrate, I am giving away a bunch of stuff this month. The giveaway ends October 28th and I will be shipping out the stuff in the first week of November! The giveaway includes many countries!  There are 120 prizes, so 120 winners will be picked by a random number generator! Continue reading: Holiday Giveaway!!The post Holiday Giveaway!! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 7 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies These pumpkin cookies are easy, pumpkiny and spiced with fall spices. Use other spices if you like such as cardamom. These large cookies are also a great canvas for some halloween-y ideas.  Make the dough. Chill, shape into large cookies, press chocolate chips and chunks in. Bake and done. I am having a ton of trouble concentrating on writing this post today too many things on my mind! Pumpkin cookies can easily end up too cakey. To keep them less so, chill the dough, press the dough to make thin cookies, and let the cookies sit for a while after baking. Preferably chill for a few hours. The cookies settle and get chewy. The spices used also get stronger with time. Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesThe post Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

One Bowl Vegan Banana Apple Bread

October 2 2015 Vegan Richa 

One Bowl Vegan Banana Apple Bread I am the only person in the house who gets to eat Banana breads. Hubbs is allergic, so I end up making loafs with other fruit puree more often. Our breakfasts most days are a savory affair. We always keep some time in the morning to cook up and eat breakfast with each other. Snacking during the day is another matter. Depending on the day and the meals, I reach out for nuts as the default snack option. Nuts are great if I eat a few, too many and I get pimples and a double chin. A slice of a hearty loaf like this makes for a great snack to last till the next meal and to keep me away from the big bowl of nuts.  Make this Easy Vegan Banana Apple Bread filled with bananas, apple, nut butter, no added oil, nuts and chocolate chips. This banana bread has shredded apple in it. Use zucchini to make Banana Zucchini bread. You can add finely chopped apple as well for chunkier pieces. Make it with all spelt or wheat pastry flour or half and half whole grain + unbleached white.  This bread needs one bowl. Whisk in the dry ingredients. Blend up the banana with non dairy milk. No banana chunks, no mashing needed. Add in the apple and nuts. Bake, slice and serve. For a gluten-free option see GF Banana Walnut Breakfast Loaf. Continue reading: One Bowl Vegan Banana Apple BreadThe post One Bowl Vegan Banana Apple Bread appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Bombay Potatoes and Peas

September 28 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Bombay Potatoes and Peas These Bombay potatoes are super easy and delicious. Potatoes and peas cooked in an easy onion tomato and spice sauce and garnished liberally with cilantro. There are several recipes for Bombay potatoes which are just dry or wet potatoes. I added peas to make them into a substantial meal or side. Serve these with whole grain flatbread or make a bowl with cooked grain of choice, greens, sprouts and saucy potatoes and peas. Make these with sweet potatoes for variation! I usually dont have cooked potatoes stored in the refrigerator. So I cook the potatoes with the sauce. You can use boiled/­­cooked potatoes and cook them with the sauce for 5 minutes to coat and serve. Adjust the water for dryer sauce or more curry to preference. Add cooked chickpeas instead of peas. Potatoes have a bad rap for the high starch/­­carb content. However, they are a great source of potassium, b6 & C vitamins, manganese, and fibre esp if eaten with the skin. As with everything, eat in moderation. I mean this Aloo Matar. Nuff Said. Continue reading: Vegan Bombay Potatoes and PeasThe post Vegan Bombay Potatoes and Peas appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Coconut Oil Shortbread Cookies with Pumpkin Pie Spice

September 23 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Coconut Oil Shortbread Cookies with Pumpkin Pie Spice Holidays are just around the corner and so are the plans to whip up cookies! Though one doesn’t need the holiday season to bake some and enjoy right.  These are simple shortbread cookies with a few ingredients and spiced with fall spices. I used coconut oil and non dairy yogurt in these. I used refined coconut oil to keep them neutral tasting. Use virgin or refined to preference or use vegan butter.  You can also use thick cashew cream or thick aquafaba instead of yogurt. I haven’t tried these, let me know how it works out if you do.  I added candied papaya that Mom brought along when she was visiting. Dad loves those candied bits in cakes, cookies and yeasted bread buns. Mom and Dad drink itsy bitsy cups of chai throughout the day (6-7 times!). Breads, cookies, nuts and savory Indian trail mix are their choice of snack with the tea. I am hoping Mom sees this post and whips up a batch.  Use any other candied fruit like mango, or dried fruit like apricot or cranberries or nuts like cashews or hazelnuts.  For a gf version try my Gluten free Shortbread Cookies from the blog. Continue reading: Vegan Coconut Oil Shortbread Cookies with Pumpkin Pie SpiceThe post Vegan Coconut Oil Shortbread Cookies with Pumpkin Pie Spice appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich

September 18 2015 Vegan Richa 

Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich So many things happening this week. Mom Dad just left to visit my brother for a week and then head back to India. It will be days before I can get back into the cooking and blogging schedule. I had planned to cook most of the days for them this visit, but mom took over just after a few days. Thats just how it happens every time. Some things changed this year. Every year, I pick up some tricks or styles of cooking or recipes from Mom. This year Mom picked up some new things from me :). She hesitantly decided to try her hand at non dairy yogurt and then after the first 2 batches, she fell in love with it. She is now a pro at making fabulous tasting almond cashew yogurt. It sets beautifully every single time! We also made a few recipes from the Mains chapter in my book. Restaurant style sauces (often with veggies instead of tofu because of Mom’s thyroid issues) and Dad loved all the variety. He is a Dal Subzi kind of person. A Dal every single day keeps him very happy, but those sauces made him ask if something new was coming for lunch or dinner every day!  I picked up more Dal recipes from Mom of course. Warm, delicious bowls of lentils. I barely had time to make stuff for the blog. Getting back to posting with this easy spiced up avocado chickpea salad sandwich on chipotle spiced long buns. Add whatever you have to make this fabulous smashed chickpea avocado salad sandwich. Serve in a sandwich, or in tacos, or wraps, or as is on a bowl of greens and roasted veggies. Continue reading: Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad SandwichThe post Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Gluten free Yeast free Vegan Pizza Crust Recipe

September 10 2015 Vegan Richa 

Gluten free Yeast free Vegan Pizza Crust Recipe We’ve been eating a lot of chickpea flour lately. My parents are in town and Dad prefers all Indian food, every single day. So breakfast is always savory, chickpea flour pancakes, savory oats and such. Snacks are chivda (savory Indian spiced trail mix), handvo (savory split pea zucchini cakes from the book) or baked fritters of some sort, lunch yesterday was Kadhi Pakora with homemade almond cashew yogurt (recipe in my cookbook) with baked onion fritters. Mom was amazed at how good the non dairy yogurt turned out with simple steps. Most of these posts were planned and scheduled in August, and I try to add some to them before they get posted. A simple yeast-free gluten-free Pizza crust topped with sauce of choice, vegan cheese or tofu ricotta, and fresh basil today. This pizza crust is easy and has No gluten, no yeast, no gum, no nuts and has chickpea flour. You can make it grain-free by using more chickpea flour. Use white chia seeds instead of black for a lighter crust color. The black chia seeds also make it look a bit grey-ish. Add your favorite sauces and toppings. See my Pizza collection for options! Continue reading: Gluten free Yeast free Vegan Pizza Crust RecipeThe post Gluten free Yeast free Vegan Pizza Crust Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

20 Labor Day Vegan Recipes. Meatless Labor Day Menu

September 3 2015 Vegan Richa 

20 Labor Day Vegan Recipes. Meatless Labor Day Menu Last few warm days before no more Barbecues and everything squashes and warm spices. Plan your labor day with these 20 Labor Day Vegan Recipes. Start with the fruits in season, Watermelon slices, skewered veggies spiced with your favorite spice blend and grilled,  heirloom tomato salad or the above Potato Salad.   Spicy roasted corn on the cob, dips, spiced apple cake to step into fall ….. Continue reading: 20 Labor Day Vegan Recipes. Meatless Labor Day MenuThe post 20 Labor Day Vegan Recipes. Meatless Labor Day Menu appeared first on Vegan Richa.

One Pot Vegan Vodka Sauce Pasta from The Easy Vegan. Review + GIVEAWAY!

September 1 2015 Vegan Richa 

One Pot Vegan Vodka Sauce Pasta from The Easy Vegan. Review + GIVEAWAY! Kathy Hester’s new book The Easy Vegan Cookbook: Make Healthy Home Cooking Practically Effortless hits stores today! Kathy is the best selling author of The Great Vegan Bean book, Vegan Slow cooking, Oatrageous Oatmeals and other books. In her latest cookbook Kathy brings you easy everyday meals that are allergen friendly, with many gluten free and soy free options and can be made oil-free.  If you know her earlier cookbooks, you know that Kathy has an amazing collection of creations in each one of them. Chapters in The Easy Vegan Cookbook include Make ahead staples, Soups save the day Simple stews, Pushover pasta Manageable mains, Speedy stir frys Easy sandwiches and spreads, Sides and Desserts and Drinks Kathy covers pantry essentials, tips on meal planning, where to find the pantry items. Recipes include slow cooker as well as stove top instructions wherever possible. The gorgeous bright photography in the book is by Ann Oliverio. Photos on this post by Ann from the cookbook.  Publishers are giving away a copy of the book on this post. To enter, see the end of the post. Continue reading: One Pot Vegan Vodka Sauce Pasta from The Easy Vegan. Review + GIVEAWAY!The post One Pot Vegan Vodka Sauce Pasta from The Easy Vegan. Review + GIVEAWAY! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cherry Almond Thumbprint Cookies – Almond Pulp Cookies

August 27 2015 Vegan Richa 

Cherry Almond Thumbprint Cookies – Almond Pulp Cookies When you have loads of almond pulp after making almond milk, make almond thumbprints! Because whats not good with cherry preserves. These soft cookies are easy and a great snack. Add in some amaretto extract in the cookie dough or amaretto liquor to the cherry preserves for variation. You can also use ground almonds or other ground nuts or seeds for the cookies.  These cookies use nut butter and no added oil.  My parents are visiting this month! And I am also participating in Vegan month of Food on my Instagram. Catch all the September action there.  Every single time I write up a post, the first iteration has exactly 2 sentences. Hah, now to build up on that if I get time before it gets posted at the scheduled time.  Continue reading: Cherry Almond Thumbprint CookiesAlmond Pulp CookiesThe post Cherry Almond Thumbprint CookiesAlmond Pulp Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

35 Vegan Veggie Burger Recipes

August 23 2015 Vegan Richa 

35 Vegan Veggie Burger Recipes   Before we hit all the pumpkin, squash, orange and fall, make these Burgers! 35 Amazing Vegan Veggie Burger Recipes.  No fake meats, loads of beans, lentils, veggies and loads of gluten-free and soy-free options. The kind of burgers we love in this house.    Tips to make great Veggie/­­Bean Burgers: Keep burger patties mixture moist. Use egg replacer/­­binder. If the mixture feels dry, mash it well and add a flax egg, aquafaba egg or applesauce/­­sweet potato puree until the mixture can be easily shaped without falling apart.  If the mixture is too wet, chill it for 15 minutes or more, Or add breadcrumbs/­­flour.   Keep track of the extra moisture from the veggies. Some veggies like cauliflower or zucchini will keep leaking moisture into the patties. Pre-cook the veggies before adding to burger mixture, or keep the time lag between prepping, making the burger mixture to cooking the burgers minimal.  Mash it well. Larger beans or larger chopped veggies will lead to the patties breaking easily. Mash them beans and finely chop the veggies.  Pack the patties well. For pretty and well packed patties, use large cookie cutters! If you have a favorite Veggie burger, leave a link in the comments so I can add it to the post! Thank you to the creative bloggers who have developed these amazing number of options. Here goes… Continue reading: 35 Vegan Veggie Burger RecipesThe post 35 Vegan Veggie Burger Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Aloo Bharta – Indian Mashed Potatoes

August 18 2015 Vegan Richa 

Aloo Bharta – Indian Mashed Potatoes Aloo Bharta, Bhorta, Chokha, bhaate are various names of similar mashed potato dish from different regions in India (from Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar and other states). Mashed Potatoes are spiced and flavored depending on the the region, state, family, personal preference and served as side with dals and rice.  These mashed potatoes are lightly spiced, generally flavored with mustard oil. They are generally not made creamy with milk or butter or served with gravy. They are just spiced mashed potatoes. Often they are served as a scoop or ball for portion control. I mean mashed potatoes, in any form are addictive. You can also add some cumin, cayenne and garam masala to your favorite mashed potato recipe for a creamy spiced version.  This recipe uses mustard oil. You can use any other neutral oil and add ground mustard to taste. Or temper mustard seeds in hot oil until the seeds begin to pop and use the oil to flavor the potatoes. You can also use sweet potatoes. To use up leftover aloo bharta, shape into patties and pan fry over medium heat to serve as snack or breakfast. Continue reading: Aloo Bharta – Indian Mashed PotatoesThe post Aloo Bharta – Indian Mashed Potatoes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Red Curry Tempeh Summer Rolls

August 12 2015 Vegan Richa 

Red Curry Tempeh Summer Rolls I am getting better at rolling up Summer Rolls! They are a great way to finish up stuff from the refrigerator without spending too much time standing near the hot kitchen stove.  I used 3 grain Tempeh for the rolls. Tempeh was steamed and marinated in red curry, maple, soy sauce marinade and cooked until the marinade thickened. Then I went to the fridge and shredded, sliced whatever I had.  Folded up in the roll and served with manchurian sauce pictured (sauce with veggie cabbage balls from the book). These rolls can also be served with a delicious tonkatsu sauce or Thai Peanut butter sauce. Continue reading: Red Curry Tempeh Summer RollsThe post Red Curry Tempeh Summer Rolls appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Brown Rice Mung Bean Kitchari – Mung Bean Stew

August 8 2015 Vegan Richa 

Brown Rice Mung Bean Kitchari – Mung Bean Stew Kitchari/­­khichdi is a one pot rice and lentil meal with many variations and the ways it is served. Often is it a light cleansing food made for days you want to rest your digestion, or just a one pot dish for a quick meal. Depending on the region, it can be an elaborate preparation, comfort food or a gourmet meal as well. Khichdi means a mess and thats what the dish generally is. A well cooked mess or mixed up rice and lentils (and vegetables if using) The lighter version of khichdi with mung dal (split mung bean) and basmati rice can be found in my book. That version has been in the family for generations, and takes just a few minutes in the pressure cooker.  For the version today I use whole green mung beans and brown basmati rice. You can cook it just till the beans and rice are tender  for a stew or longer for a creamier kitchari. Do you use a pressure cooker? If not, why not? Pressure cooking has been used for Indian food for ages with the basic stove top pressure cookers. Pressure Cookers these days are safer and easier to use, programmable and versatile with functions to use as slow-cooker, making yogurt etc. Continue reading: Brown Rice Mung Bean Kitchari – Mung Bean StewThe post Brown Rice Mung Bean Kitchari – Mung Bean Stew appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Curried Kidney Beans, Quinoa, Roasted Zucchini, Mango Salsa Bowl

August 3 2015 Vegan Richa 

Curried Kidney Beans, Quinoa, Roasted Zucchini, Mango Salsa Bowl   Its hot these days and bowls are a perfect meal filled up with crunchy veggies, roasted veggies, some beans and grains. We usually serve our bowl with any leftover curried beans/­­lenti;s. There is only so much plain beans you can eat right.  I whipped up the bowl to use up things from the refrigerator. Use any roasted veggies of choice. The curried kidney beans, mango salsa, quinoa and roasted veggies work beautifully together. The curried kidney beans are oil free. You can grill the veggies without oil as well to make the bowl oil free.  It looks like there are many things in the bowl, but you can prep in parallel. Start with the kidney beans curry. While the sauce is cooking down, cook the quinoa, chop up the veggies and start up the grill pan to grill the zucchini, broccoli stem slices and other veggies. Prep the mango salsa and chop up the lettuce or greens. Arrange the bowl as you like with the crunchy veggies, roasted veggies, quinoa and warm curried beans. Dress with salt, garam masala and lemon juice. Some freshly made garam masala works wonders. Or use a combination of ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.  Continue reading: Curried Kidney Beans, Quinoa, Roasted Zucchini, Mango Salsa BowlThe post Curried Kidney Beans, Quinoa, Roasted Zucchini, Mango Salsa Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Pistachio Apricot Thumbprint Cookies

July 29 2015 Vegan Richa 

Pistachio Apricot Thumbprint Cookies My Dad loves thumbprints or any jam/­­preserve filled cookies. There are a few things that make his face light up like the a fruit and nut cake made with candied papaya,  Gobi Aloo matar , his favorite dals, Butter Paneer which he now loves with tofu (see Butter Seitan recipe in my Book and sub tofu or vegan Paneer from the book which is currently half off on amazon), and simple cookies. And of course, lots of work. He is happiest when he is working on something, something metal, wood, or planning a machine and making it, or spending hours at home depot :).  These thumbprints have raw pistachios to make them buttery, soft and melt in your mouth and apricot preserves filled in their center. Make these with your favorite summer fruit preserve. Easy, all whole grain and addictive. To make these gluten-free, use a gluten-free flour blend or use oat flour like in these Gluten free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have a bunch of bean bowl recipes in the draft, but it just felt like a day for some cookies. I need that sweet fix today.  Continue reading: Pistachio Apricot Thumbprint CookiesThe post Pistachio Apricot Thumbprint Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Black Pepper Mac and Cheese with Potato Carrot Cheese Sauce

July 24 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Black Pepper Mac and Cheese with Potato Carrot Cheese Sauce More Mac n cheese! Cannot have enough mac recipes right. Veggie cheese is all over the web recently. So I made some my way. No prep needed, no mashed potatoes needed. Cook the potatoes and veggies you want to use for 15-18 minutes. Blend, boil with pasta, done. Easy and simple.  And black pepper oh my. I don’t know why I haven’t added this much pepper to my mac before. It tastes amazing! more pepper= more fun. For a creamier sauce, add sesame or pumpkin seeds. Use whole grain pasta or gf pasta to preference. Add more veggies in the cheese sauce or add with broccoli and use less pasta. Variations are endless. Make this Vegan Black Pepper Mac and Cheese with Potato Carrot Cheese Sauce. This missing scroll bar is annoying. Has anyone’s wordpress editor scroll bar disappeared with the WP 4.2 upgrade? Continue reading: Vegan Black Pepper Mac and Cheese with Potato Carrot Cheese SauceThe post Vegan Black Pepper Mac and Cheese with Potato Carrot Cheese Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Methi Thepla – High Protein Savory Herbed Flatbread. Yeast-free

July 20 2015 Vegan Richa 

Methi Thepla – High Protein Savory Herbed Flatbread. Yeast-free These multigrain flatbreads have chickpea flour, quinoa flour, coconut flour to add to the protein. plus a good load of sesame seeds. Spiced liberally with Indian spices and dried fenugreek, these can be served as is with chutney or as a side.  Use flours that you have, use the spices that you have and make this fabulous flatbread. Add a scoop of unflavored protein powder to amp up the protein even more.  You can make them gluten-free by substituting the wheat flour with chickpea flour. The gluten-free breads will be more delicate when you roll them out, so keep them a bit thicker. The traditional Methi thepla has more wheat flour, some chickpea flour and other flours such as sorghum or millet, and fresh or dried fenugreek. These are my modified version with quinoa flour and coconut flour to add more protein. to make traditional thepla, use 1 cup wheat flour, 1 cup chickpea flour and 1/­4 cup flours like millet or sorghum. For variation, roast the chickpea flour for 3-4 minutes before using to make a dough for a nuttier flavor profile.  Continue reading: Methi Thepla – High Protein Savory Herbed Flatbread. Yeast-freeThe post Methi Thepla – High Protein Savory Herbed Flatbread. Yeast-free appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Spicy Tofu Peas stuffed Naan Calzone

July 16 2015 Vegan Richa 

These easy Naan calzones are great as a carry out lunch or a change from the usual pizza. The calzones are filled with spicy tofu and pea scramble, vegan cheese and sriracha. You can also make these into Naan Pizzas. Shape the dough into oval Naan flatbreads. Add a layer of marinara or pizza sauce, spread the scramble, vegan cheese, bake and serve.  The dough for Naan flatbreads always makes soft and puffy Naans. The key to the softest naan is a soft and somewhat sticky dough with enough moisture. Add less flour to begin with and add more if needed. It is easier to add more flour to a sticky dough and than to incorporate water into a stiff dough. The Naan dough is made into calzones with the nigella seeds on top for the naan flavor. The filling is a simple tofu and pea scramble spiced with spices and green chili.  For variation, use well cooked chickpeas or beans or tempeh for the scramble filling. For gluten-free Naan dough to use in the recipe, see my cookbook. Continue reading: Spicy Tofu Peas stuffed Naan CalzoneThe post Spicy Tofu Peas stuffed Naan Calzone appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Almond or Peanut Butter Chocolate Marble Cake

July 10 2015 Vegan Richa 

Some Days I just want my chocolate fix which isn’t all chocolate. And this Peanut Butter Chocolate Marble Cake hits the spot. The cake is more a quick bread with just the right amount of sweet from coconut sugar. I added some chocolate chips for an additional chocolate+sweet boost. The soft, moist, buttery slices make a great snack, breakfast or dessert with some whipped coconut cream or ice cream!  The cake is easy and uses just 2 bowls. Mix the wet in one, dry in one. Combine to make batter. Divide the batter into 2, add cocoa to one and nut butter to the other. Marble and bake! Some chit chat about blogging. The other day, someone asked me about what do I do the whole day. Well, let me see. Recipe development, photography, editing, some more editing, some more cooking for dinner, editing photos, marketing the book, writing to brands and magazines, keeping the blog updated, social media, some more social media, comments, blog back-end stuff, some more tech stuff, keeping a tab on all the ad network so they don’t let non vegan ads slip by, more book stuff, articles, and you get the picture. Just the other day we added caching (sitelock) to the blog and now the html attributes like title on the blog are not getting detected. Oh well, the weekend has been scheduled for debugging. And a reminder to self to schedule some eye exercising time in the day. What’s your plan for the weekend?Continue reading: Almond or Peanut Butter Chocolate Marble CakeThe post Almond or Peanut Butter Chocolate Marble Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Cauliflower Kofta Curry -Baked Cauliflower Veggie Balls in Spiced Tomato Onion Sauce. Vegan Recipe

July 7 2015 Vegan Richa 

There are several types of Kofta curries. Koftas are balls of meat or veggies or cheese. The richer variety usually has paneer cheese or meat in the balls and cream based curries. The everyday kofta curry versions are vegetable based and can have veggies like cabbage, carrots, potatoes, green beans, cauliflower etc. They can be fried and added to a simple tomato onion sauce or just tomato sauce. This version uses Cauliflower. The koftas and the sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated, then warmed up to serve. It seems like a veggie ball kind of season. Add shredded potato or jackfruit or vegan cheese shreds to the veggie balls for variation. Use almond or sunflower seeds in the balls instead of cashews. You can also made the koftas with shredded cabbage. I had one too many kofta recipes (malai kofta, lasooni veggie kofta, cabbage veggie kofta and this cauliflower kofta) to choose from for the cookbook. It quite difficult to narrow down from 175 down to 150   Continue reading: Cauliflower Kofta Curry -Baked Cauliflower Veggie Balls in Spiced Tomato Onion Sauce. Vegan RecipeThe post Cauliflower Kofta Curry -Baked Cauliflower Veggie Balls in Spiced Tomato Onion Sauce. Vegan Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Southwestern Pasta Salad with Black Bean Dressing

June 30 2015 Vegan Richa 

Easy Side Salad for the weekend. Toss your favorite pasta, corn, onions, tomatoes, peppers, black beans or other beans. Make the dressing with beans, spices and lime juice. Toss, chill and serve.  July 4th is almost here and a fabulous salad is needed for all those bbq plans and for the Burgers! This salad is flexible to taste. The dressing uses beans to make it creamy, instead of oil. Taste and adjust as you go. The salad tastes best with crunchy red onions and a good load of cilantro. Make some for the long weekend, Canada Day and July 4th!Continue reading: Southwestern Pasta Salad with Black Bean DressingThe post Southwestern Pasta Salad with Black Bean Dressing appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Tips for Cooking Indian Food, Book Errata and Availability update

June 25 2015 Vegan Richa 

A quick update about things going on with my book. Its already been a month! See the Errata at the bottom of the post for errors and missing things.  A big Thank you to everyone who has been cooking from it. I love seeing all the awesome food pictures!! Availability in UK: The book info has a later release date in UK and Europe on some websites as they need a metric conversion chart. The chart was missed in the first print and will be in the second printing. Books are however shipping, have shipped and are available to order since release date of May 19 on Amazon.co.uk  and Bookdepository.com. For other International availability links, see here.  If you find the book elsewhere, do leave me a comment with the link! International and kindle orders also quality for the Free Bonus recipe Bundle! That offer is only till the end of June(email me at veganricha @ gmail). Pictured above – Cabbage Kofta in creamy tomato sauce (Patta Gobi ke Kofte). Pictured Below – Saffrom Cream Fudge (Malai Peda) Dairy free! Now for some interesting Tips for cooking Indian food and some insider info from Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen.  1.  Asafetida (hing) is great to add to tempering for beans and dals to help with digestion. It has a fetid fragrance, but in cooked dishes it delivers a flavor reminiscent of leeks and garlic. Always store asafetida in an airtight container. Asafetida itself is gluten-free, but it is usually ground along with a starch which is generally wheat. Hence, the ground asafetida is generally not gluten-free. It can be found ground with rice flour/­­starch or corn as well. Always check the label. Get the whole asafetida crystals to avoid gluten contamination and get them ground at a spice shop with the flour/­­starch or choice. Continue reading: Tips for Cooking Indian Food, Book Errata and Availability updateThe post Tips for Cooking Indian Food, Book Errata and Availability update appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Roasted Masala Chickpeas

June 21 2015 Vegan Richa 

These roasted chickpeas are an addictive snack to munch on. Everyone loves crunchy baked chickpeas. These chickpeas have garam masala, dry mango powder and other spices and chickpea flour and rice flour. The flours added to the chickpeas ensure that the spices and oil stick to the chickpeas. The result is a perfectly crispy snack. The chickpeas can also be served as a small salad, with chopped onion and tomato, cilantro, and a good dash of lemon juice. Bake the chickpeas longer for a crispier, crunchier result. Bake a minute or so less for a softer inside. Use other spices of choice! Perfect solution to use up all those cooked chickpeas leftover after all the aquafaba experimentation! This recipe is from the Bonus Recipe Bundle. If you bought my cookbook, you get the bonus Recipe bundle for free! Just email me a copy of the shipping receipt or a picture of the received book at veganricha @ gmail Continue reading: Roasted Masala ChickpeasThe post Roasted Masala Chickpeas appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Lentil Bread Gluten free Vegan Sandwich Bread Recipe

February 18 2015 Vegan Richa 

Lentil Bread Gluten free Vegan Sandwich Bread Recipe The amazing thing about Urad dal (split and dehusked black gram) batter is that it aerates by itself really well. Hence, the dal is the mandatory ingredient in the southern Indian crepes(Dosa) and steamed cakes(idli). Urad dal is also used to make Vadas(fried dumplings) which have just one main ingredient- urad dal. Another feature of urad dal is that it keeps the final product moist and soft. All of these properties make it a great candidate to make today’s bread.  There really isnt a substitute for Urad Dal. You can buy the urad dal lentils online on amazon Urad Dal Matpe Beans, Split or from an Indian store (much cheaper). This bread also obviously has the strong taste of the dal. If you have tried South Indian food, then you might know and its taste. This bread might seem like it has a hard crust right after baking but it gets softer as it sits because the dal leaks moisture. The photos do not do justice to how soft and delicious this bread is. There is no gluten or gum or nuts or added yeast in this bread.  Welcome to my world of experimentation Continue reading: Lentil Bread Gluten free Vegan Sandwich Bread RecipeThe post Lentil Bread Gluten free Vegan Sandwich Bread Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes And Gifts

February 13 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes And Gifts Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes and Gifts Ideas!  Make something special for that special someone or give a gift that keeps on giving like Punjammies! Make some brownies or blondies or both. or Cookies or Chocolate mousse. Wake up to a hearty savory breakfast and hug everyone you love!  Continue reading: Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes And GiftsThe post Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes And Gifts appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Florentines Recipe and Sweet Eats for All Review + GIVEAWAY!

February 9 2015 Vegan Richa 

Florentines Recipe and Sweet Eats for All Review + GIVEAWAY! Holidays might be over, but we all need some sweet to get through the rest of the year too. Allyson Kramer’s new book has got everything covered. Donuts, pies, cakes, candy and what not. 250 recipes and all vegan and gluten-free.  Grab a copy of Sweet Eats for All: 250 Decadent Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes–from Candy to Cookies, Puff Pastries to Petits Fours on amazon here or enter the giveaway below! The book is very expansive with Chapters on stocking the Sweet pantry, basics, Killer Cakes and toppings, Cookies and Bars, Luscious Pieas, pastries, Tarts, cheesecakes, Fabulous Frozen Treats, Pugging, custards, jellies, Chocolate and Dandy Candies. And also a big chapter on Refined sugar free Treats that include cookies, cheesecakes, raw, fruity treats, snack bars, Shakes and classic sweets.  Even though the book is gluten-free, there are so many basics in there that are going to help me with a better holiday sweet collection next season and whip up amazing Ice creams this summer. Its not just about gluten-free flours and baking. This book has sweets to cover all seasons.Continue reading: Florentines Recipe and Sweet Eats for All Review + GIVEAWAY!The post Florentines Recipe and Sweet Eats for All Review + GIVEAWAY! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Gluten free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 3 2015 Vegan Richa 

Gluten free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies One event down and the next one right around the corner.  Valentines day or not, a good chocolate chip cookie is a must to have around when the chocolate craving hits. These chocolate chip cookies have mini chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. Loads on chocolate in every cookie! The cookies have oat flour, almond flour and buckwheat. Depending on the dough consistency, flours used and baking time, they can be soft and with a light crunch on each bite, or crisp and crunchy. Bake them till just about to get golden.    I use cocoa butter based vegan chocolate brands like Enjoy Life and the. There are other brands that are palm oil free as well like Lulus, chocolate dream or other dark chocolate chips.Continue reading: Gluten free Vegan Chocolate Chip CookiesThe post Gluten free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vermicelli Pudding – Seviyan Kheer

January 27 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vermicelli Pudding – Seviyan Kheer Seviyan Kheer, Semiyan Payasam or Vermicelli pudding are similar desserts made during festivals or winter months. They might vary a bit depending on the region. Vermicelli noodles/­­pasta (wheat based) is usually used to make the pudding. I also use vermicelli rice noodles when I want a a gluten-free version.  Nuts and dried fruit are toasted and added to the pudding and used for garnish. Flavors such as cardamom, saffron and rose water are used in the pudding.  I made a batch for Republic day yesterday. Happy Belated Republic day India! I make my pudding with a touch of vanilla. The pudding also makes a great breakfast. Make it less sweet and serve with fruits. The pictured Seviyan was made with gluten-free rice vermicelli.    Continue reading: Vermicelli Pudding – Seviyan KheerThe post Vermicelli Pudding – Seviyan Kheer appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Thai Layered Dip. Vegan Recipe

January 22 2015 Vegan Richa 

Thai Layered Dip. Vegan Recipe Ok people. This dip clearly is a game changer. I made this for the last game this Sunday. And see what happened.  The game went from 19 – 7 with seahawks playing miserably to 22- 28 in the last 5 minutes of the game. yep. Game changer I say.  This dip has layers of shredded carrot or other veggie of choice, Creamy peanut sauce, cilantro and mint, salsa tossed with asian hot sauce, sprouts, and peanuts. (peanuts missing in the pictures – I had to move the dip from photo location to table quickly :).  Add other goodies like cucumbers, crisp noodles and what not. I use home sprouted mung beans, use any sprouts of choice.  And this dip does not go to waste. Use the leftover to toss in some crisped up tofu or veggies for lunch. Or use as salad dressing! You need to make this dip.  Continue reading: Thai Layered Dip. Vegan RecipeThe post Thai Layered Dip. Vegan Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

5 Minute Tofu “Egg” Salad Sandwich

January 19 2015 Vegan Richa 

5 Minute Tofu “Egg” Salad Sandwich The other day, I wanted a really simple breakfast, so I crumbled up the tofu and added the general spices I would add to a scramble and served it in a sandwich with my spicy mustard dip.  Hubbs tried some and exclaimed.. ooh this is so much like scrambled eggs. I was like, why haven’t we done this before. Hubbs ate the whole bowl by himself and I had to make more. So I took pictures of my sandwich and was hoping to post it today by 11 am. And then this is what happened. It was game day today, so in general the anxiety level in the house was up. After 2 attempts at a walk, chewie finally did make it a few blocks in the crazy thunderstorms. Everyone was soaking wet. Around 10:30, hubbs was irritated at the stuff sitting here and there in the kitchen and living area (remnants from general saturday and cooking), so I postponed the post write up and chewie’s bath and we put things back and cleaned up to ease the rising stress. Then chewie got a warm bath in the kitchen sink and everyone was happy, clean and calmer.  Or so we think. We ate some PB bowls through the disappointing first two quarters. Chewie sensing the energy, promptly went upstairs to catch a calm nap. I had my shower and used conditioner instead of shampoo and realized after I was done, so I had another shower. With the frustration in the house, I couldn’t get myself to do anything else but watch the game. And then everything just turned in the last 3 minutes. Like OMG, that was some game! Overtime was even more fabulous! Super bowl here we come. After all that yelling and jumping, I needed a power nap or two. Now I am back awake with tired eyes which most likely will not be reading much today or tomorrow. Anywho, make this super easy tofu salad! and please excuse ramdom spelling errors that I will correct tomorrow.  This is a basic recipe, add veggies and flavors to taste. Continue reading: 5 Minute Tofu “Egg” Salad SandwichThe post 5 Minute Tofu “Egg” Salad Sandwich appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Kung Pao Lentils

January 14 2015 Vegan Richa 

Kung Pao Lentils You knew this was coming right. a spicy kung pao sauce and vegetables and lentils! The whole meal including the brown rice came together in like 40 minutes. The Lentils were put in their saucepan, brown rice in a pressure cooker. then I chopped up veggies, made the sauce, listened to some songs. Then when the lentils were almost done, I heated up the skillet for cooking the vegetables. While the vegetables got cooked, the lentils were ready and the brown rice was off heat and waiting on natural pressure release. Lentils and sauce cooked up for a few minutes then on the table. Spice from the whole chilies, crunchy red pepper, celery and cashews/­­peanuts, earthy lentils and brown rice. perfect Use pre-cooked lentils, or other cooked beans like green mung beans, use Chickpeas! or seitan or Tofu. Add them at the step to add lentils. Use other vegetables like broccoli, snowpeas, eggplant etc. This recipe is inspired my other popular Sweet and sour Lentils with mango.

Vegan Pretzel Bites with Spicy Mustard Dip

January 8 2015 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pretzel Bites with Spicy Mustard Dip So finally I am getting excited about the Superbowl. After some miserable games, Seahawks have got their act together and made it to the play offs. #gohawks! That means we will need some chips and dips and things for the games. Why is it that we always want to nibble on something during the game. Its like a 3 hour continuous eating thing.  So I decided to make some Pretzels! I made them a bit easier by eliminating the whole boil in baking soda solution thing. Just brush the solution on the bites! No standing in the kitchen trying to boil away hundreds of small pretzels! Make these into sticks or whatever shape you want. Paired them with an simple mustard hot sauce cheesy cashew dip. Yuhmmy!  Since I am dabbling in eating gluten-free for a while, I made some glutenfree pretzels for me too. Those will be on the blog soon as well. I did sneak in a few regular ones, like seriously, fresh bread sitting in front of me. 

Spicy Chickpea Lentil Burgers

January 2 2015 Vegan Richa 

Spicy Chickpea Lentil Burgers Kicking off the new year with a delicious burger! This patty has mung dal (petite yellow lentils) and chickpeas with roasted red pepper and a taco spice blend. Add greens, vegan ranch, chipotle aioli or parsley chimichurri or other toppings of choice.  It is a simple patty with a few ingredients. Wash the mung dal and cook partially. Then process it up with the chickpeas, roasted red pepper and spices. Add onion, cilantro and greens or other finely chopped veggies of choice. Shape and bake or pan fry. These patties like most of my burger patties are gluten-free. I have a good number of beans and lentils in my house as they form a large part of our Indian meals. The awesome part about them is that they are full of protein and fiber and make awesome burgers. Use other lentils or split peas. cook them to al dente and use for variation.   The first picture has patties that have been pan fried. the picture below has baked patties. 

Almond Crusted Cauliflower with Nacho Cheese Sauce

December 28 2014 Vegan Richa 

Almond Crusted Cauliflower with Nacho Cheese Sauce I am loving Nachos right now. So I decided to up the game with this pretty Almond Crusted Cauliflower served with Nacho cheese sauce, pico de gallo and guacamole. Fancy eh. Yep it works! Cauliflower slices are dipped in spicy batter, crusted in almond meal and baked. Then served with warm cheese sauce, salsa and guac/­­avocado. Add a side of smoky black beans or refried beans for a more filling meal.  I use my nut-free Nacho Cheese sauce with this. Use any other cashew based or bean based cheese sauce of choice.  These can be made fuss-free as well. chop up the Cauliflower into florets and bake into into almond crusted bites, serve with the cheese sauce and salsa to dip!  Hubbs is at home for the holidays and organizing his garage. New shelves, plans, peg boards and the stuff. With the dreary grey and rainy weather, there isn’t much outside vacationing happening anyway. The fireplace is always on, a big mug of Chai is always available, and m lazy self is getting used to lounging. I am trying to get off the warm Sofa and get back to the schedule of spending more time in the kitchen, creating things and blogging and keeping enough time for the book as well. I am trying. So many things to plan for 2015! Hope your Holidays have been restful and wonderful! Check out Gluten-free Ginger Molasses Cookies post to read about the sanctuaries we have been supporting this year. Continue reading: Almond Crusted Cauliflower with Nacho Cheese SauceThe post Almond Crusted Cauliflower with Nacho Cheese Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Gluten free Ginger Molasses Cookies

December 22 2014 Vegan Richa 

Gluten free Ginger Molasses Cookies Look at them Crinkles! These easy and delicious cookies come together in minutes and can be made fat and crinkly and small, thin and snappy.  These cookies have a good load of molasses. If you do not like molasses, use light molasses or maple syrup. These are gluten-free with Oat + almond + rice flour. You can also make these with spelt or whole wheat pastry flour for a with gluten version.  The cookies are rolled up in sugar and cinnamon. Use chai spice for variation. Typing up this post while watching the Seahawks. Go Hawks! Continue reading: Gluten free Ginger Molasses CookiesThe post Gluten free Ginger Molasses Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Bibimbap Recipe & Vegan Without Borders Book Review + GIVEAWAY!

December 18 2014 Vegan Richa 

Bibimbap Recipe & Vegan Without Borders Book Review + GIVEAWAY! If you want to try your hand at cuisines from around the world, and add some adventure to daily meals, This is the book for your. Robin Robertson, takes you on a journey all over the world with simplified recipes that are easy to make and easy to like! The recipes are categorized by region, Europe (Italy, France, Spain and Portugal , Greece, Eastern, British Isles), Americas (US, Mexico, Caribbean, South), Africa, Middle East, India, Asia (China, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Vietnam). Each region includes appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts. There is a global pantry in the beginning with helpful tips. There are gorgeous pictures sprinkled throughout the book.  There are dietary options with every recipe. Gluten free, soy free, low or no oil. The back of the book also has the recipes categorized according to the dietary restrictions.  Get Robin Robertson’s Vegan Without Borders today or enter the Giveaway at the end of the post.  The book is a gem in the cookbook collection. Where else would you find so many countries and their cuisines being covered in one place! Continue reading: Bibimbap Recipe & Vegan Without Borders Book Review + GIVEAWAY!The post Bibimbap Recipe & Vegan Without Borders Book Review + GIVEAWAY! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

30 Vegan DIY Holiday Gifts, Jar Gifts, Cookies, Cakes and more. Gluten-free Soy-free options.

December 14 2014 Vegan Richa 

30 Vegan DIY Holiday Gifts, Jar Gifts, Cookies, Cakes and more. Gluten-free Soy-free options.   Time for gifting means a ton of baking or jar mixes! Gluten-free recipes are mentioned as GF with the link. All recipes are soy-free or can be made soy-free.    Make these Giant chocolate Chunk and Chip Cookies! palm oil-free!   More diy holiday gifts..   This Chocolate Pumpkin Cake mix in a jar. Make Chocolate Pumpkin Cake pr spiced Chocolate cake with the jar ingredients.  Brownie Mix in a jar for 8 and Single Serve mini jar too. Pictured below. Continue reading: 30 Vegan DIY Holiday Gifts, Jar Gifts, Cookies, Cakes and more. Gluten-free Soy-free options.The post 30 Vegan DIY Holiday Gifts, Jar Gifts, Cookies, Cakes and more. Gluten-free Soy-free options. appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Whole Grain Za’atar Tomato Flatbread for Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014!

December 12 2014 Vegan Richa 

Whole Grain Za’atar Tomato Flatbread for Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014! Its that time of the year again. Virtual Vegan Potluck is back. Today hundreds of bloggers are posting Vegan recipes and linking up to form a chain where you can easily navigate to get to the other participating blogs.  This year I am bringing this 100% whole grain flatbread topped with juicy tomatoes and a good load of Za’atar. Za’atar is a middle eastern condiment which has sumac, dried herbs, sesame seeds and other spices. I use Israeli Za’atar from our local World Spice store. We ate the whole thing with some hot sauce. The flatbread comes together within minutes and is ready quickly too. White whole wheat flour produces a less dense bread than regular whole wheat flour and works great for this flatbread. No dense, wheaty looking bread! Continue reading: Whole Grain Za’atar Tomato Flatbread for Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014!The post Whole Grain Za’atar Tomato Flatbread for Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Spinach Florentine from Julie’s Vegan Casseroles Book. Review + GIVEAWAY!

December 11 2014 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Spinach Florentine from Julie’s Vegan Casseroles Book. Review + GIVEAWAY! Another fantastic book to add to the holiday must. Julie Hasson’s Vegan Casseroles: Pasta Bakes, Gratins, Pot Pies, and More. Casseroles are a fairly new occurrence in our house. They are completely opposite of Indian food. Indian food usually has multiple dishes served with freshly made flatbreads or rice or grains and some condiments. Sure they all can end up in a bowl like layers, but each dish is generally made separately.  Casseroles though are so much simpler. Just assemble them and bake. It works out perfectly when you dont want to use 4 pans and when you don’t want to stand in the kitchen the whole time while entertaining. The problem that can happen is that sometimes it can be difficult to predict what taste and flavor the final casserole will have. No worries there. Julie’s book helps you make the perfect casseroles every time! The book has chapters on Vegan Casserole Pantry, tips and tricks, One dish Appetizers, Skillet Casseroles, Old favorites and new Twists, Pasta Casseroles, Vegetable Casseroles, Dessert Casseroles and Sauces, Basics and Toppings. I decided to make the Spinach Florentine because it looks so perfectly creamy and dreamy. I also made the Chili Mac casserole. who wouldn’t. The spicy chili and creamy Mac. I was planning on making the truffle Mac and cheese as well. It was one of those weeks where the only thing I wanted was some from of pasta. What can I say I am eyeing the Sundried Tomato Quiche with Hash brown crust (yum), Jambalaya, loaded nacho fries(every weekend!), Skillet Chilaquiles(made a variation of these for breakfast), Enchiladas, bumble-berry cobbler and so much more.  Julie covers the gravies, sauces and toppings in the last chapter and that chapter needs to be on the kitchen counter. The simple sauces work in many recipes in so many ways.  Julie is the author of Vegan Diner and Vegan Pizza, both are popular comfort food books.  The Publisher is giving away a copy of the book to one of the blog readers! Please enter the giveaway at the end of the post. Also get the recipe for the delicious Spinach florentine below.  Continue reading: Vegan Spinach Florentine from Julie’s Vegan Casseroles Book. Review + GIVEAWAY!The post Vegan Spinach Florentine from Julie’s Vegan Casseroles Book. Review + GIVEAWAY! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Cake and Mix In a Jar

December 9 2014 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Cake and Mix In a Jar This Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf Mix is a super and a very delicious Jar gift. To make the loaf add non dairy milk and pumpkin, add jar contents. Mix, bake, done! The jar contents have flour, cocoa powder, and a mix of flour, sugar, ground up bittersweet chocolate, spices and baking powder. You can omit the oil and add more pumpkin. The resulting loaf is moist, full of chocolate and pumpkin flavors and perfect for snack, breakfast or dessert! The loaf is amazing as is. You can glaze it with a spiced whipped coconut cream frosting or a simple chocolate glaze or my Pumpkin caramel. Or serve with vegan vanilla Ice-cream. You can also make muffins with the batter. Or make this without pumpkin and use non dairy yogurt to make a spiced chocolate loaf. I use cocoa based vegan dark chocolate (Theo), vegan chocolate chips (Enjoy Life) in the recipe. You can find them in my amazon store here.  Make a big batch of the Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf mix in a jar or make the loaf itself. This loaf mix fits in a Quart jar or any jar that can hold 4 cups. Also convert this Gingerbread cake into a jar gift!  My website server(bluehost grr) was having trouble last week. So a few extra posts this week!  Continue reading: Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Cake and Mix In a JarThe post Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Cake and Mix In a Jar appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Peanut Butter Tofu Bowl Recipe and Bowls Book GIVEAWAY!

December 6 2014 Vegan Richa 

Peanut Butter Tofu Bowl Recipe and Bowls Book GIVEAWAY! Most days when I don’t have much time to sit and eat an elaborate meal, I throw things in a bowl and eat up anything combined with anything. This book by Becky Striepe takes those daily meals to a whole new level by providing simple options for the layers in the bowls and combinations that are tried and tested and loved.  Bowls are quick and easy. Becky’s bowl basics are simple, add a layer of grains, potatoes, greens or pasta, top with veggies, then protein and some awesome sauces or dressings. With the recipes for each of the bowl elements in the book, there are endless possibilities to come up with your own combinations!  The book has chapters on Breakfast and Brunch Bowls, Lunches and suppers, Soups and Stews, Sauces and Layers basics. I made this Peanut butter Tofu Bowl with the perfect mashed potatoes (and they definitely are perfect, noochy, peppery and perfect!), greens and drizzled up with more peanut butter sauce. That sauce is so good that I threw in some cauliflower in it and baked those up as well (baked for 25 minutes at 425 degrees F). Clearly most of the cauliflower did not make it to the pictures. What can I say, we all know by now how much Cauliflower we eat in this house. I should just change the tagline of the blog to Eating Cauliflower till we photosynthesize ;)  Back to the Bowls book. Becky has worked on the book and published it by herself! Which I can tell you is a big feat. so many steps go into writing and publishing a book! Support her by getting yourself a copy here! Becky is also giving away the book to 2 readers of the blog. One print copy within US and One digital copy for International readers, anywhere in the world! Please enter the Giveaway at the end of the post. Continue reading: Peanut Butter Tofu Bowl Recipe and Bowls Book GIVEAWAY!The post Peanut Butter Tofu Bowl Recipe and Bowls Book GIVEAWAY! appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Carrot Peanut Soup

December 2 2014 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Carrot Peanut Soup I love this Almond Butter Sriracha Sauce that I use in any grain or veggie bowl. It gets the food craving going and is perfect for the cold weather. This soup is like that sauce made into a nuttier soup.  Serve the soup with croutons, crackers or veggies. Change up the spices and flavors for variations. We served ours with a good drizzle of sriracha. It also helps that the color of the soup is so pretty Continue reading: Vegan Carrot Peanut SoupThe post Vegan Carrot Peanut Soup appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

November 25 2014 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Snickerdoodles Super quick post for the day. these Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are packed with pumpkin spice, pumpkin caramel and coated in cinnamon sugar. The Pumpkin puree made into pumpkin caramel keeps these cookies more crisp than regular pumpkin puree. Make some for the holiday season! My sinuses are still killing me. I cannot wait for this thunderstorm weather to be over. Short posts till then. Vegan Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. Cinnamony Pumpkin Cookies. Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin SnickerdoodlesThe post Vegan Pumpkin Snickerdoodles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Lentil Quinoa Loaf, Cornbread Stuffing, Spicy Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie & Blendtec giveaway

November 20 2014 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Lentil Quinoa Loaf, Cornbread Stuffing, Spicy Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie & Blendtec giveaway  So the other day I decided I should cook up the whole deal in one day. That usually does not work out very well for me. I went to the kitchen and decided I will stop when I want to. Anywho, I made a plan in my head, got the recipe outlines together and started making the Lentil loaf and stuffing and went on from there. I ended up stretching my limit a bit to make the cranberry sauce as well in the end. I had the whole spread done in 2.5 to 3 hours. Now that included some rest time in between. I had the Pumpkin Pie that i made 2 days before, so the spread worked out really well.  The Lentil Quinoa Loaf is fabulous with the glaze. The Cornbread Stuffing is made with Pumpkin Cornbread which keeps the cornbread quite moist and the usual stuffing veggies. With a side of mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon and a hint of heat from the cayenne, and an easy cranberry, orange juice, jalapeno sauce.  I put my lentils and sweet potatoes to cook on the stove around 1 pm and went about chopping up the veggies and getting other things ready. Once the lentils+quinoa and sweet potatoes were done, they cooled off on the side while I cooked up the veggies for the loaf and cornbread. After the veggies were done, I mixed up the pumpkin cornbread and put it in the oven. Then mashed them potatoes. Then mashed up the lentils with the veggies and shaped the lentil loaf. Cornbread was done, so lentil loaf went in the oven, while cornbread cooled a bit to be crumbled into the stuffing. Once the loaf was done, the stuffing went into the oven to crisp up. Enough time for the Loaf to cool and be sliced. Everything on the table! Wait Cranberry sauce. Yep made that as well. Stretched my limit a bit. Took a break and then had to hurry to take some pictures before it got dark.  You can make a soup or another side from my earlier Thanksgiving round up, a day in advance, reheat and serve. Make my No Bake Pumpkin Pie with Gingerbread crust or this Chocolate Pumpkin Tart in advance as well! both Gluten-free and soy-free. Just Slice and serve.  Also, Enter to win a Blendtec 625 High Speed Blender + Twister Jar giveaway at the end of the post! Gimme the slice! Continue reading: Vegan Lentil Quinoa Loaf, Cornbread Stuffing, Spicy Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie & Blendtec giveawayThe post Vegan Lentil Quinoa Loaf, Cornbread Stuffing, Spicy Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie & Blendtec giveaway appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with Almond Crust

November 19 2014 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with Almond Crust  This Chocolate Pumpkin Pie you all. You will want to eat the whole Pie all by yourself! Pumpkin + pie spice + melted chocolate + vanilla.. mmm mmmmmm. Did I tell you it is No Bake and easy! this Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie/­­Tart is palm oil free. I use Theo dark chocolate and Enjoy Life Semi sweet chunks, both are cocoa butter based chocolate.  Use Pumpkin or Sweet potato puree. Cook for 5 minutes and done. then you just have to wait for it to chill and set.  I used a super easy Pie crust with this Pie. Its just almond flour and flax egg!  More Pies and Tarts from the blog. Use any of the crusts for this Pie! No Bake Pumpkin Pie with gingerbread Crust. GF Salted Date Caramel chocolate Pie. No Bake GF Dark Chocolate Silk Pie with chocolate almond Crust. GF This is the tart to impress! Silky smooth, chocolate and pumpkin and spices. Serve as is or with whipped coconut cream or a drizzle of salted caramel.  Continue reading: Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with Almond CrustThe post Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with Almond Crust appeared first on Vegan Richa.