Aloo Palak w/ Cumin & Mustard Seeds

Aloo Palak w/ Cumin & Mustard Seeds

I always make a point to cook special Monday night meals. Mostly because it helps start the week off right. Also because I get lazy on the weekends, I don’t cook much, and once the week starts I’m ready to get going again. This recipe for Aloo Palak — potatoes and spinach — is comforting, nourishing, and extremely simple to whip up, even after a long day at work.

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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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Fattoush Salad w/ Sumac Pita Chips & Pomegranate

Fattoush Salad w/ Sumac Pita Chips & Pomegranate

Fattoush Salad feels like an indulgent special treat, but it’s actually dead easy to make. Any night of the week. All you need are a few key ingredients on hand and a good supply of fresh veggies. And if your fridge isn’t constantly filled with fresh veggies then you’re doing life wrong.

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Pumpkin & Chickpea Curry w/ Tangy Hyderabadi Tomatoes

Pumpkin & Chickpea Curry w/ Tangy Hyderabadi Tomatoes

It’s that time of year again: cozy, spicy, warming, and comforting dishes are basically all that’s on the menu and my curry-game is improving every day. This recipe has a few steps but worth the investment of your time and energy. Try this on a Sunday, simmer all afternoon long and enjoy with some fluffy rice, crunchy pickled-cabbage and some warm chapatis. Make yourself a thali— you deserve it!

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Toasted Ontario Corn, Jalapeno & Fresh Mint Salad

Toasted Ontario Corn, Jalapeno & Fresh Mint Salad

This salad is super simple to prepare, but if you really want it to present as a feast for the eyes, you’ll want to select as many veggies as possible to build it. Focus on different colours. The combination of fresh, watery crunchy veggies with the taste of toasted (and a little charred) corn is heavenly! The smell of the toasting corn is other-worldly.

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Bengali Tomato Jam

Bengali Tomato Jam

My years in Yorkshire taught me many valuable lessons; most especially, the importance of a good chutney. It’s a pretty easy thing to whip up, all you need is fruit, spices, and LOAD of sugar. But the key ingredient is creativity— you don’t want a boring chutney. This Bengali spiced recipe is perfect for Indian snacks, cheese & biscuits or even a serious sandwich. Check it out.

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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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Summer Green Beans with Cashews, Coconut & Ghee

Summer Green Beans with Cashews, Coconut & Ghee

This time of year is just overwhelming for me. I am constantly inspired by the abundance of beautiful summer produce available in gardens and farmers markets. If you find yourself taking home (or picking!) a basked of fresh summer green beans, here’s what to do with them…

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Miso Tahini & Maple Syrup: The New Holy Trifecta

Miso Tahini & Maple Syrup: The New Holy Trifecta

When it’s too hot to cook, I always gravitate towards raw crunchy veggies and meals that 99% consist of them. The best thing to do with raw vegetables is to dip them in a delicious sauce or dressing. This combo of some of my fave ingredient tastes so lush and indulgent you won’t even realise how healthy it is.

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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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Spicy Ginger-Pickled Kohlrabi

Spicy Ginger-Pickled Kohlrabi

Pickling is not only an art-form but it’s also a necessary skill to learn to prepare for the impending apocalypse. It won’t be long until we’re all living in doomsday shelters and I don’t know about you but I’ll be snacking on delicious crunchy, tangy preserved veggies.

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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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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Hazelnuts and Pomegranate

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Hazelnuts and Pomegranate

I obviously have every single Ottolenghi cookbook and adore every recipe in them. It’s hard to choose a favorite recipe but this roasted cauliflower salad with crunchy celery, herby parsley, sweet and sour pomegranate and topped off with hazelnuts is divine! The maple syrup vinaigrette is INSPIRED!

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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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Chennai Vibes Coconut Rice

Chennai Vibes Coconut Rice

I've been perfecting this one for years. The combination of buttery rice, sweet toasted coconut, caramelised onions and magical curry leaves is undeniably perfect. This rice is also tempered with black mustard seeds and cinnamon giving it a distinctly South Asian taste, and brings back loads of sensory memories for me from some incredible times spent in Chennai Madras. 

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Kosambri --Spiced Raw Veggie Slaw!

Kosambri --Spiced Raw Veggie Slaw!

Kosambri is a South Indian style veggie slaw that's been doused with loads of citrus and spiced oil. It's a vibrant and unique salad that is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of dal, fluffy rice, or a spicy roast chicken! 

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