Author: Priyanka

Mexican Masala Jackfruit

Happy #TacoTuesday! If you are following me on Instagram, you may have caught my Instagram Live tutorial on two delicious mains: Mexican Masala Jackfruit and Tempeh “Sofritas”. Both of these recipes take less than 30 minutes to make, and is a perfect addition to any dish like tacos, burritos, pizza, salads, grain bowls or even as a sabji! In this first of two blog posts, I’ve shared how to make Mexican Masala Jackfruit–a dish that is sure to send your tastebuds off into paradise, at a beach-front fiesta with waves of flavors in every bite. I’ve shared this dish with over 8 friends in the last 3 days and I am proud to say it has pleasantly surprised each and every one of them. Never tried jackfruit? Raw jackfruit has a neutral flavor, with some faint notes of apple, banana, lychee, mango, melon, and pineapple. But when you pair this funky fruit with the right spices, it takes on whatever flavors it’s cooked with and can surely fool non-vegans alike! *I highly recommend using canned …

A Healthier Diwali: Baked Traditional Samosas

Happy Diwali! Wishing all of you a beautiful day filled with love, light, and delicious food! Many of the foods we traditionally eat on Diwali and other celebrations, albeit absolutely delicious, are often high in calories, fried, contain dairy, and are loaded with sugar. So how can we celebrate in a healthier way? I had a chat on Instagram Live recently with my friend, Jaineel from @abswithouteggs, on ways we can make some easy swaps to Diwali sweets and savory dishes to make them both vegan and more health conscious. We discussed some tips that you may find helpful for not only Diwali, but anytime we hit the holidays where food becomes a central part of our celebrations. Some tips for a healthier holiday: Substitute sugar in sweet recipes with a healthier alternative like stevia, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, agave nectar, dates, or date syrup, or fresh fruits Try baking instead of frying traditional Indian Diwali dishes (like these samosas!) Use whole wheat flour instead of white flour Substitute vegan yogurt in place of …

Pink Pitaya Hummus

Hum-missed you all so here is a new recipe for a beautiful, super creamy, pink pitaya hummus! Okay, so I know it sounds a bit odd to add fruit in your hummus, but the neutral flavor of pitaya adds a pop of Spring colors and nutrient like vitamin C, betalains, carotenoids, prebiotic fiber, and magnesium to an already protein packed dish. So even though we are stuck indoors, let’s celebrate some spring colors with this hot pink hummus! Pink Pitaya Hummus ▸ Vegan, Jain, Vegetarian, Gluten-free Makes:10-12 servingsTotal Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups cooked chickpeas 4 tbsp tahini 100 g pitaya puree (can substitute ½ cup frozen pitaya chunks or 1 tbsp pitaya powder) 1 tsp asafetida powder 1/2 cup lemon juice 2 tsp salt 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1-2 tsp red chili flakes 1 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup water Directions: Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until creamy! Serve with some spring veggies and fruit, or as a spread on your …

Coconut Chickpea Pumpkin Curry

With fall upon us and winter around the corner, choosing seasonal foods with a warming touch is a wholesome way to fill your heart and soul with some plant-based goodness. I shared this dish at a Friendsgiving party this year and the bowl was scraped clean! It’s quick, packed with Far East-inspired flavors, and will definitely be on my list of go-to potluck/holiday party dishes for a long time! Vegan Coconut Chickpea Pumpkin Curry ▸ Vegan, Jain, Vegetarian, Gluten-free Makes: 4-6 servingsTotal Time: 15 minutes prep, 20 minutes cook Ingredients: ⠀ 1 can full fat coconut milk⠀ 1 can pumpkin purée ⠀ 1 small zucchini, chopped ⠀ 1/2 medium cauliflower, chopped into florets⠀ 1 cup butternut squash, cubed⠀ 1 cup chickpeas ⠀ 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips⠀ Coconut oil⠀ Juice of 1 lemon⠀ 2 tbsp yellow curry spice (DIY recipe below) 2 bay leaves 1 tsp asafetida powder⠀ Cilantro, cashews or pumpkin seeds to garnish⠀ Homemade Yellow Curry Spice Mix: 1 tsp turmeric 3 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp …

Mediterranean Salad + Herby Tahini Dressing

One of the greatest pleasures of my travels around Mediterranean countries like Spain, Monaco, Malta, Israel, Turkey, Italy, and Morocco was the way that every meal started with a refreshing, crisp flavor packed salad. Recently, it has been a practice that I’ve been trying to incorporate more into my meals by preparing a beautiful salad as a side or main dish. This recipe is inspired by the rich, hearty, and smoky flavors found in Mediterranean cooking–and seriously, I’ve made this salad 5 times in the last week already! I hope that it is a testament to you that salads don’t have to be boring and can be truly satisfying. Mediterranean Salad + Herby Tahini Dressing ▸ Vegan, Jain, Vegetarian, Gluten-free Makes: 2-4 servingsTotal Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: Herby Tahini Dressing: Paprika Roasted Chickpeas Salad Ingredients: Assembly: Over a stove top, roast chickpeas in a pan for 5-7 minutes on medium heat in 1 tbsp olive oil until golden brown. To a bowl, add your paprika. Once chickpeas are done, toss them into the bowl with …

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Can you believe it is already August?! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, I shared a post yesterday wrapping up July with National Avocado Day! Of course, celebrations call something a little sweet so I’m sharing a super simple, yet truly decadent recipe for a totally vegan and gluten-free recipe for Healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse! Avocados are a wonderful source of nourishment. They are known for heart-healthy monounsaturated (“good”) fat that helps lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and reduces the risk of heart disease. It is essential that the majority of fats in your diet come from monounsaturated or polyunsaturated sources. One serving of avocado has 11% of your daily value of fiber intake, that is more than any other fruit! 😋 Fiber is important for healthy cholesterol levels, digestion, and stabilizing blood sugar. And of course, they are loaded with essential vitamins and potassium! Now, I know you may be thinking I’m a little crazy putting avocado and zucchini in a dessert recipe…but I promise you, these two ingredients give you the silkiest …

5-Minute Pani Puri Hummus

Fresh, homemade hummus has become a staple in my fridge. But since traditional flavors can get a bit monotonous, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to spice up this versatile protein-packed dip. And what better way than a little fusion cuisine! 🙂 If you’ve never tried traditional pani puri, it is probably the most savory and addicting Indian street food snack, or chaat dish. You poke a small hole into a puri (a fried puffed cracker), stuff it with moong beans and brown chickpeas, dunk into pani (spiced-mint-cilantro water), and top off with a tangy tamarind-date chutney. The pani is made with pani puri masala–a mixture of salt, black salt, dry mango, cumin, tamarind, lemon, mint leaves, dried ginger, chilies, black pepper, turmeric, and cloves. It is bursting with a distinct, mouth-watering flavor and it is nearly impossible to ‘just have one’! So of course, when I was experimenting with a new hummus flavor, I knew this was a combination I had to try. It absolutely hits the spot and any pani puri cravings you may be having by now 😉 5-Minute …

The Easiest Vegan Fudge Brownies!

For a long time, baking felt like uncharted territory for me. A déjà vu of chemistry lab, it’s an art that requires strict measurements, temperatures, and titrations of ingredients in order to get the perfect rise, texture, and taste of a dish. Which, well, can take a few experiments–especially for a cook who is used to adding a bit of ‘this or that’ when creating recipes. 😂 When I did the Young Jains of America Instagram takeover last week, many of you requested I make brownies. So I set aside my baking fears and tried out a new recipe. The final result: incredibly fudgy and chewy brownies, filled with wholesome vegan and gluten-free ingredients. And honestly, this recipe is SO simple…absolutely no baking expertise required! This recipe is perfect for kids too, and a great way to sneak in some added fiber and protein. 😉 Nut allergy? Simply substitute the nuts for sunflower seeds! Also–this recipe can be made as a ‘no-bake’ option by freezing it for 4 hours before serving. You can choose to roll them into “brownie bites” for an …

Vegan Moringa Palak “Paneer”

A couple of months ago, I attended the San Francisco Fancy Food Fest where I had the opportunity to discover so many new food products. One of the special exhibits revolved around foods of the future, sharing how sustainability and biodiversity trends in how we grow, produce and develop food will influence what is on store shelves and menus in the future. In today’s recipe, I’m sharing one special product that caught my eye: moringa. Moringa is one stunner of a superfood. It has 2x the protein, 3x more calcium and 4x more iron than kale! As one of the most nutritious greens on the planets, it provides a source of plant-based protein, essential amino acids, 27 vitamins, and 46 antioxidants. Because it can be grown cheaply and easily, moringa is an important food source for fighting malnutrition in parts of the world such as India and Africa. Even after drying, the leaves retain many of the vitamins and minerals. It is often used as a supplement for a variety of medical conditions such as anemia, arthritis, …

Cruciferous Superfood Slaw with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Happy Saturday! Today I have a short and sweet post with the easiest, anti-oxidant packed salad to toss together that is popping with color and flavor. Even better, you can prepare it 2 ways: eat it raw as a salad or sautee it to serve over your favorite grain, like quinoa. Recently, I’ve started making my own dressings at home because I’ve realized that most ready-made dressings are filled with preservatives and added sugars, not to mention overpriced! Creating your dressings at home is super simple and can be done with things you already have in your kitchen. Here is my basic dressing recipe equation: something creamy (nut butter, mustard) + something acidic (lemon, vinegar) + [something savory (salt, pepper, herbs) or something sweet (fruit, juice, dates, agave)] + water to desired consistency The lemon-tahini dressing I’ve paired this salad with is so creamy and has become a staple that I batch make on the weekends. It’s a perfect addition to everything from salads, grains, as a dip, or even a spread for wraps or …