All posts filed under: Snack

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! ūüôā 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 ūüėČ 5-Minute …

The Easiest Vegan Fudge Brownies!

For a long time, baking felt like uncharted territory for me. A¬†d√©j√† 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. ūüėā 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. ūüėȬ†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 …

Harissa Couscous Stuffed Endive

Happy Saturday everyone! Weekends make for the perfect time to experiment with new recipes and plan your meals for the week. Today, I have a new recipe that is so simple (honestly, barely any cooking involved) but will totally wow your guests at your next dinner party. Seriously, how elegant do these look?! One of my goals for my recipes this year is to experiment with unique flavor profiles. A couple of months ago while traveling in the spice souk (market) in Dubai, I discovered harissa‚ÄĒan Arabic spice made with hot red chilis, aromatic spices, and earthy herbs. I‚Äôve always loved Middle Eastern cuisine because of how vegetarian/vegan-friendly, healthy, and flavorful it is. As a staple to North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, harissa pairs perfectly with couscous and truly makes this dish stand out! Harissa Couscous Stuffed Endive ‚Ėł Vegan, Jain, Vegetarian, raw, refined sugar-free Makes:¬†approx. 30-35 stuffed endive leaves Total Time:¬†15 min Fresh harissa seasoning: 1/2¬†cup¬†dried chiles¬†minced 2¬†tablespoons¬†smoked paprika 2¬†tablespoons¬†coriander seeds 2¬†tablespoons¬†cumin seeds 1¬†tablespoon¬†sea salt 1¬†tsp asafetida 1¬†teaspoon¬†caraway seeds To make, first toast …

Creamy, Dreamy, Garlic-free Hummus

Happy Holidays! I hope that those celebrating had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying plenty of delicious, wholesome plant-based foods over the holidays. As these weeks are often packed with sweet treats and indulgent potlucks, keeping up with a balanced diet is tough! So over the next few posts, I wanted to share some recipes to make eating healthy during the holiday season a little bit easier. Hopefully, it also helps kickstart some of those 2019 resolutions! And hummust be honest, they are quite delicious ūüėČ Today’s recipe is for traditional hummus–a staple snack in my kitchen for several reasons: Chickpeas are loaded with nutrients! They are an excellent vegan source of protein and fiber–allowing you will stay fuller longer and hopefully, less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks. Making hummus from scratch is SO easy: gather your ingredients and toss it in a blender or food processor. Store it in the fridge in an air-tight container and it should stay good for 4-7 days. Alternatively, I’ve read that you can also freeze hummus for …

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‚Äôt 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‚Äôs attainment of moksh (liberation from the cycle of reincarnation). Apart from the colorful celebrations, Jains use this day to reflect on Lord Mahavir‚Äôs 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‚ÄĒdecorating 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 …

Diwali Week Recipe #2: Burrito Bowl Bhel + Mango-Peach Haba√Īero 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 haba√Īero salsa: skip the corn and peppers, +add 1/2 peach diced + add 1/2 mango diced & sub jalape√Īo for 1/2 haba√Īero pepper for a real kick!) Directions: Just mix it all together! Top with mango-peach haba√Īero salsa. Serve immediately.

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? ūüėČ 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 …

Mistletoe Chia Pudding Parfait

It’s Christmas morning! What better way to start your day than with a¬†Mistletoe Chia Pudding¬†Parfait. A perfect detox from all the holiday party sugar and¬†also a great snack for kids–especially the naughty¬†ones (see throwback below). Chia pudding makes for a fun, low calorie,¬†filling breakfast or snack. It is packed with protein, fiber, anti-inflammatory omega 3s, and probiotics to keep you energized and boost digestion. Feeling bloated? It¬†may even help decrease bloating and abdominal cramping. This recipe is so easy and quick. You can even make it¬†ahead of time and assemble the parfait when ready to eat. With the chia pudding, just mix together the ingredients and store it in the fridge! You can enjoy the chia pudding layer on its own, but I love assembling it parfait style. A must for any parfait is some toasty granola. Since many store bought granola contain honey or high fructose corn syrup, I opt to make my own homemade granola. It’s cheaper, healthier, and only takes 5-10 minutes! Parfait layers make this recipe so versatile. You can customize …

Avocado Corn Salsa

Did you know avocados are a berry, not a vegetable? Here are some quick stats on the lovely fruit: Avocados are high in¬†healthy¬†monounsaturated fatty acids, unlike most fruits which are high in carbohydrates. They are low in saturated fats (unhealthy fat). They contain more potassium than a banana! Potassium is essential for blood pressure regulation. The¬†are abundant in¬†Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E A quick trick to know if your avocados are ripe: Gently peel off the stem and look for a bright green color like below. Then your avocado is ready to go! Ingredients: 2-3 ripe avocados, diced 2 diced medium roma tomatoes or 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 1/2 cup corn kernels fresh green chilli, diced (for spicier version) 1/2 cup black beans (optional, but adds a good source of protein!) handful of cilantro 1 tsp cumin juice of 1/2 lemon (or to taste) salt to taste 1-2 tsp paprika How to make: Simply toss all prepped ingredients into a bowl …

Raw Cardamom Cashew Cream Tartlets

Raw Cardamom Cashew Cream Tartlets During my last semester at Pepperdine, I had enrolled in a¬†Regent and Seaver Scholars Colloquium course on Eastern and Western Philosophy and Science. We covered some awesome topics in ethics and philosophy from Confucius, Yoga and Meditation,¬†Chuang Tzu,¬†Desedimentation, Chinese Calligraphy, and Ikebana. When my professor, Dr. Thompson asked our class for topic suggestions that we were interested about, I quickly sent him an email regarding my interest in Ayurvedic Medicine. Just as quickly, I received a reply: “Would you be willing to teach us about Ayurvedic medicine on February 11?” What. I was about to teach my first university lecture. I was honored, excited, and also nervous. While I am no expert on Ayurvedic medicine, I have always been intrigued by herbal medicine, and how eating right depends on¬†your body type. With some research, I composed a¬†quick run down on Ayurveda¬†(of course, including a simple Ayurvedic recipe ūüėõ ).¬†After my lecture, I shared the part I find most interesting about Ayurvedic medicine–that is, how different foods¬†react in certain ways with …