Author: Priyanka

Pinki’s Palate on BBC | Vegan Sheera

Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak to all who celebrated this week! I hope that this year brings you much love, joy, and happiness. For those who don’t know, I wanted to recap a little about Diwali, aka the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated by many Indian faiths including Jains, Hindus, and Sikhs. While each religion has their own perspective behind the occasion, they all share the common commemoration of the victory of light over darkness, spiritual prosperity, and the start of a new year. In Jainism, Diwali signifies the anniversary of Lord Mahavir’s attainment of moksh (liberation from the cycle of reincarnation). Apart from the colorful celebrations, Jains use this day to reflect on Lord Mahavir’s teachings of ahimsa (nonviolence), aparigrah (non-posessiveness), and anekantvaad (non-absolutism) through prayer, charity, meditation, and fasting. Growing up in the US, I still have so many special memories of celebrating this day—decorating our home with deevos (lamps), my mom teaching Diwali crafts in my elementary school class, creating rangoli designs, doing choreographed dances at the temple, dressing up in …

Golden Vegan French Toast

Walking down the aisles of Whole Foods, I’ve noticed that so many products today are spiced up with some golden fairy dust: turmeric. You’ll find turmeric cereal, face masks, soap, popcorn, crackers, vitamins…and even toothpaste. We might as well say that turmeric is the new kale! Now, you’re probably thinking–isn’t turmeric a root? Yes, you’re right. Dried turmeric and dried ginger powder are two “root exceptions” in the Jain diet, which are permitted because they are used in small quantities, not as a flavor-enhancer, and primarily for health benefit. Turmeric is the superfood of ancient and modern-day India. Growing up, turmeric was a staple in the Indian food my mom made, and a first-line medication for any signs of sickness. With a sprinkle of turmeric, the aroma of curry fills the room. Sore throat? Take a shot of warm, salty water mixed with a heaping spoon of turmeric. While a not-so-tasty herbal concoction, it has consistently proved it’s miraculous healing power.  Now you can even find vegan turmeric vitamins to take daily! To note, it is important …

Save a turkey, stuff a pepper!

Thanksgiving! What an amazing time of year. The people are amazing, the food is incredible, and – everyone knows- no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a delicious, home cooked, bountiful, well-stuffed…pepper. As many of you are preparing for family get-togethers and dinner parties, here is a simple vegan–but super fancy lookin’ recipe to woo your guests’ taste buds 🙂 This recipe is POPPING with holiday colors and flavors from creamy lentils, chewy wild rice, tangy pomegranate arils, juicy raisins, and hearty squash. For the stuffing: 8-10 mini or 4-6 regular sized bell peppers of various colors 2 cups cooked wild rice 1/2 cup green lentils, cooked 1/2 cup black lentils, cooked 1 cup chickpeas 1 cup roasted spaghetti squash 1/2 cup brussel sprouts, chopped 1/2 medium zucchini, chopped 1/2 cup broccoli pomegranate arils of 1 pomegranate handful of pine nuts handful of golden raisins (optional, but I think it adds a nice kick!) juice of half lemon olive oil green chili chutney to serve with (optional) Spices: 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 sprig chopped fresh rosemary …

Diwali Week Recipe #2: Burrito Bowl Bhel + Mango-Peach Habañero Salsa!

Whether you are wandering down a busy Mexico city street or catching a rickshaw to Bombay’s Chowpatti beach, there is nothing better than getting a taste of local “secret-recipe” street food! Here is a fun fusion of two of my favorite cuisines and street foods! Makes 2-3 servings Ingredients: 1 cup Bhel mix 1 handful tortilla chips, crushed 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (I used the mini ones) Handful of lettuce, shredded 1/2 cup roasted corn 1/2 cup cooked beans (black, pinto, or kidney) 1 avocado, diced 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1 tsp ground cumin lemon juice to taste Jain Salsa (to turn it into mango-peach habañero salsa: skip the corn and peppers, +add 1/2 peach diced + add 1/2 mango diced & sub jalapeño for 1/2 habañero pepper for a real kick!) Directions: Just mix it all together! Top with mango-peach habañero salsa. Serve immediately.

It’s Diwali Week! Tamarind Curried Cauliflower + Cucumber Raita

Hello beautiful friends! In honor of Diwali this Thursday, October 19th, I will be posting a new Indian recipe throughout the week! Today’s recipe is… Tamarind Curried Cauliflower + Cucumber Raita This recipe makes a PERFECT side dish or appetizer for any upcoming Diwali dinner, a quick, filling lunch, or even as a filling in a wrap (throw in some more salad veggies and avocado)! So, a little bit about Diwali: Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an Indian holiday celebrated by many faiths including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains. While each religion has their own perspective behind the occassion, they all share the common commemoration of victory of good over evil, and start of a new year. On this day, we decorate our homes with many deevos (lamps), create beautiful designs with rangoli (basically, next level chalk art), dress up in traditional Indian attire, spend time with family, and eat a lot delicious food including mithai (Indian sweets–here is a healthy version mithai hack)! In Jainism, Diwali signifies the anniversary of Lord Mahavir’s (the 24th …

Masala Cakes (“Uttapam”) + Coconut Cilantro Chutney | PA School!

Happy Sunday my beautiful friends! I hope that you have been enjoying the recipes from my YJA  webinar on Compassionate Cooking! If you haven’t tried them yet, check them out here and here. I know it has been awhile since I’ve updated the blog, and I’m sure many of you can understand why if you have been following my Instagram. Last summer, I committed myself entirely to my education as I began my masters degree program as a Physician Assistant (PA) student. A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who practices medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. PAs can practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services. “With an education modeled on the medical school curriculum, PAs learn to make life saving diagnostic and therapeutic decisions while working autonomously or in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. PAs are certified as medical generalists with a foundation in primary care. Over the course of their careers, many PAs practice in …

Who wants a hot date? | Raw Vegan Superfood Energy Bites

Yeah, you read that right. A pretty incredible date, in fact. I mean, what else can provide you with calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium AND vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K? 😉 Dates are an amazing source of energy, natural sugar, and fiber! You know you want one, so… Don’t worry, it wont be a: Let me introduce you to a super easy way to prepare and make some incredible goodness out of your dates below! Dates are one of the most versatile and tasty staple ingredients to stock in your kitchen. You can eat them raw, filled with nut butter, soaked in water to create a sweet syrup, dipped in chocolate, or chopped in a salad…seriously, they are amazing in every way! Raw Vegan Superfood Energy Bites: Crunchy. Sweet. Nutty. Chewy. Protein-packed perfection. If you’re craving something sweet, give these guilt-free, superfood packed, protein energy bites. They ONLY take 5 minutes to make! Aaaand, they basically taste like raw cookie dough!  These could also make for a “healthy” twist on mithai (Indian sweet), which are …

Vegan Tofu Scramble & 5-minute Roasted Corn Salsa | Breakfast Burritos!

Happy Memorial Day! So maybe you’re sleeping in on your extra day off, or getting ready for a lunch picnic with friends. Here is a super easy, quick, and protein-packed recipe from the live webinar I did with Young Jains of America on Compassionate Cooking (video tutorial coming soon on my YouTube channel, so subscribe here!) that will help you kickstart your day: Vegan Tofu Scramble with Roasted Corn Salsa Prep Time: 10 minutes & Cooking Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 Tofu Scramble: 1 8-oz block tofu, extra firm- drained and crumbled olive oil ½ green chili or jalapeno ½ red/yellow/green bell pepper, sliced thin 2 cups greens (kale or spinach) ½ cup black beans 1 small zucchini chopped 2 stalks chopped celery A handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half ½ cup chopped cilantro (or parsley if you don’t like cilantro) Juice of 1/2 a lemon Hot sauce (Choluda and Tabasco are Jain-friendly!) Spice Paste ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp paprika ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp sea salt Dash of Asafoetida powder (Hing) ~3 tbsp water to make sauce Sliced …

LIVE Webinar + Cooking Demo: TODAY!

It’s a 3-day weekend and I’ve got something AWESOME in store for your afternoon today… Pinki’s Palate will be LIVE today for a free cooking webinar on Compassionate Cooking with Pinki’s Palate <<< RSVP here and head to the Young Jains of America site for the live stream at 3 pm EST on May 27th, 2017! This webinar is for anyone interested in pursuing a healthy, compassionate lifestyle through a plant-based diet. We’ll cover simple cooking tips, how to shop healthy and stock a Jain kitchen, demo some easy recipes, and answer your questions! We look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, here is a little trailer to get you excited about cooking Thanks for all of the support and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!

The Traveling Jain: An Icelandic Adventure

Iceland is truly out of this world. I am pretty confident there is no other place on this planet like it. Known as ‘the land of fire and ice’, Iceland’s landscape and environment is incredibly enchanting. From volcanoes to glaciers, bubbling sulfur pits to geysers, pillow moss to reflective fjords, cute puffins to fuzzy Icelandic horses, black sand beaches to green fields…Iceland is a destination for the adventure seeker and lover of the unexpected. After graduating from Pepperdine University in 2014, my best friend Haley and I embarked on a post-grad trip to Iceland and Norway. Little did we know what was in store for us. We booked our flights and a car…and that is about all the planning we did! As the adventurous souls we are, we decided that we wanted to see the entire country in 7 days. So we embarked on the Ring Road, driving the entire perimeter of the country! We completely unplugged ourselves from our worlds, traveling without any GPS, internet, cell phones, or itineraries. And that was probably one of the best decisions we …