Fresh & Fast Bindi Masala -- Okra!

Fresh & Fast Bindi Masala -- Okra!

Okra fans, pay attention. This bindi masala is simple, fresh and cooks up in minutes. Spiced with cumin and burnt garlic, it’s flavoured beautifully. This is the perfect weeknight vegetarian meal that pairs perfectly with some simple rice, quinoa or some delicious flatbread. Make sure not to forget the salad!

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Spiced Celery Leaf & Popadom Salad

Spiced Celery Leaf & Popadom Salad

This was one of those delightful accidents: a salad consisting of fridge & pantry scraps. But I’m determined to turn this accidental salad into a deliberate one by recreating it again and again. Celery hearts —with their sweet , bitter leaves — and toasted mustard seeds are the key flavour heroes of this salad . And the popadom croutons deliver fattoush vibes with North Indian vibes.

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Purple Cabbage & Diaspora Co. Turmeric Bhajis

Purple Cabbage & Diaspora Co. Turmeric Bhajis

Don’t mind me, just posting another bhaji recipe. Whether it’s on a hot day with a cold beer, or a cozy winter afternoon with some sweet & spicy chutney , there’s honestly never a bad time to consume bhajis. I recently made my first Diaspora Co, Single-Origin turmeric purchase and now I’m literally trying out ALL of my fave Indian dishes with this magic powder. (More details on the Turmeric at the end of the recipe post!)

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Leek & Besan (chickpea flour!) Fritters

Leek & Besan (chickpea flour!) Fritters

Not quite latke, not quite bhaji, these little fritters tick ALL the boxes: Crispy, spicy,  Vegan, Gluten Free, ready in under 20 minutes. They’re made with one of my fave ingredients: Besan! AKA gram flour, chickpea flour, farine de pois chiches. This savoury plant-based flour is perfect for gf baking, healthy fritters, and you can even use it to make a vegan brown butter! Is there anything it can’t do?

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Ottolenghi's Black Pepper Tofu (Simplified Version)

Ottolenghi's Black Pepper Tofu (Simplified Version)

This is one of my favourite — indeed probably the only — way to prepare and consume tofu. Crispy, sticky, sweet & spicy. This recipe is from Ottolenghi’s masterpiece cookbook PLENTY, but as with most of the recipes in the book, it’s a bit ‘involved’. Homeboy uses THREE types of soya sauce in this recipe? Unnecessary I think. Here is my simplified version!

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Winter Tabouleh w/ Quinoa, Pomegranate & Radicchio

Winter Tabouleh w/ Quinoa, Pomegranate & Radicchio

I could live for days eating nothing but tabouleh. The freshness of the parsley, the crunch of the veggies, the intensity of the citrus, the carby goodness of the grains— I can’t get enough. I’m constantly reinventing the classic tabouleh recipe so I don’t get bored (and so I have more website content!) Here’s a version of tabouleh that’s fresh, fruity, a bit bitter and with a gluten-free grain!

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Spicy Masala Okra Fries

Spicy Masala Okra Fries

Okra fries are basically my reason for existence. The first time this concept came into my life was in 2008 while travelling through South India. I encountered okra fried in a chickpea flour, garlic and chilli batter. I couldn’t stop thinking about that okra. Only years later did I finally realise I’d been eating OKRA FRIES and set upon recreating the dish myself. They’re prefect every time.

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The Crunchiest Chickpeas Ever

The Crunchiest Chickpeas Ever

I did a lot of extensive research (and an equal amount of snacking) while trying to determine the best way to make the crunchiest chickpeas. The recipe is simple, but time consuming. The results are worth it. Give this a try!

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Baked Sesame Sriracha Tofu

Baked Sesame Sriracha Tofu

Tofu is a challenging one for some people; it can be slimy, bland and boring. I actually really love tofu, but there are only a few ways that I’ll eat it. Here’s one of my fave ways to enjoy tofu: dipped in a sweet and spicy sauce, and coated in crunchy sesame!

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My Parent's Passover Salads!

My Parent's Passover Salads!

My parents are Passover seder stalwarts and rep for the vegetarians HARD CORE! Over several decades they have carefully curated an immaculate assortment of salads that they contribute to the Passover table each year. Their current line up: beets, carrots, heart's of palm. My mom's heart's of palm has been everyone's favourite and I often get requests for the recipe. So here is that recipe with a couple more! TIP: They're good for any time of year!

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BHOPALI POHA

BHOPALI POHA

Poha is the food that changed my life! It's the perfect light meal meal or snack for any time of day but it’s best enjoyed at brunch time. It’s gluten free, vegan, and packed with seeds and spices that boost your immunity and aid digestion and stress relief. The best part it is, the dish provides all the comfort of a warm bowl of rice, but is ready in a fraction of the time.

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Perfect Tarka Dhal (with yellow moong lentils)

Perfect Tarka Dhal (with yellow moong lentils)

This is the perfect way to make a quick weeknight dhal. Cooking the lentils separately, almost naked, with just a bit of salt and turmeric, while making an spiced onion and garlic tarka on the side is the best way to achieve maximum creaminess with the lentils and maximum flavour from the onions!  

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