All posts tagged: Recipe

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 …

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!

Almond Crusted Tofu with Roasted Red Pepper Fusilli

Almond Crusted Tofu with Roasted Red Pepper Fusilli Almond Crusted Tofu: Ingredients for Almond Crusted Tofu: 1 block extra-firm tofu 1 cup raw almonds ½ tsp salt ground black pepper, to taste ½ tsp paprika 1 tsp Italian seasoning 2 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp lemon juice ½ cup water olive oil oat flour, for dusting 2 tbsp flax meal + 4 tbsp water, mixed To make the Almond Crusted Tofu: Drain and press tofu. Slice extra firm tofu into 1/2 inch slices and then in half to form triangular pieces. Marinade tofu slices in a shallow dish with soy sauce, lemon juice, and water for 1 hour. Use a food processor to grind 1 cup of raw almonds into tiny crumbly, pieces. Fold in spices, seasonings, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove marinated tofu and dab off any excess marinade with a paper towel. Quickly dust in flour, dip in a dish of flax-meal water mixture, and coat with almond+salt+pepper crumbs. The flax-meal water mixture will help adhere the almond crust. Add each …

Roasted Baby Heirloom Bruschetta

Roasted Baby Heirloom Bruschetta A sweet symphony of baby heirloom tomatoes paired with a creamy avocado spread and a dash cayenne, this appetizer tastes as good as it sounds! What you will need: Yeast-free Sourdough bread, sliced (or other bruschetta bread) Olive oil Black pepper Cayenne pepper 1 tbsp raw tahini Hand-full of Baby heirloom tomatoes, halved or quartered Jain guacamole Drizzle olive oil on the bread slices and toast the sliced sourdough bread in a toaster oven (or regular oven) until lightly browned. Line a baking dish with foil and spray with olive oil. Place baby heirlooms in the dish, spritz with olive oil and top with ground black pepper. Roast tomatoes for 15 minutes at 400 F, until the skin begins to crinkle. Meanwhile, prepare the avocado spread by following the Jain Guacamole recipe, but make sure to add 1 tbsp of raw tahini and mix well so that the spread is smoother than regular guacamole. Spread the avocado over the toasted bread slices. Use a fork to place the roasted tomatoes on …

Tirokafteri Naanwich

Hercules meets Bollywood with this simple and quick Tirokafteri Naanwich. I first came across Tirokafteri at the Malibu Farmer’s Market last week. The best way to describe it is like a spicy Greek cream cheese made from feta, chillies, and greek yogurt. I also picked up some fresh Kalamata olives at the market, and put together this sandwich. Of course, you can vary what veggies you put in. If you like it warm, maybe try this panini-grilled with roasted zucchini and red peppers. You can’t go wrong with naan…or tirokafteri. Tirokafteri Naanwich Ingredients: 1 whole-wheat Naan (eggless), halved Tirokafteri Roma tomato slices Cucumber slices Kalamata olives, sliced Handful of organic arugula Bake the naan in the oven at 375 F for about 7-10 minutes. Meanwhile, prep all veggies and Tirokafteri Tirokafteri Ingredients: 250 g Greek feta cheese, cubed 1-2 tbsp Greek Yogurt (I use Fage) 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 small fresh green chilies, seeded and finely chopped Basil leaves (optional) Crushed red pepper flakes Black Pepper Blend all …

Caramelized Butternut Arugula Pizza

A wise chef once said… the dough is your canvas Okay not really, but you get the picture: Artisan pizza is an imaginative, creative experience pairing seemingly random ingredients to create an earthy concoction of tastes. Tart, spicy, creamy, and sweet make this pizza absolutely delicious. Caramelized Butternut Arugula Pizza ingredients you will need: caramelized butternut squash (see recipe below) herbed thin crust (see recipe below) Jain pesto fresh arugula leaves creamy goat cheese pomegranate arils olive oil, herbs (italian seasoning, oregano, rosemary, parseley), salt, pepper First, caramelize the butternut squash: 2 cups chopped butternut squash 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tsp salt fresh ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel the butternut squash, remove seeds, and dice into bite sized cubes. Place squash on a baking dish/sheet and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, salt, and pepper evenly. Toss the squash in the mixture and spread them out flat on the baking sheet. Roast the squash for about 50 minutes until tender and caramelized. Remember to occasionally …

Coconut-Chia Truffles

A little bit on Chia:  There are so many health benefits to chia seeds, and they are so versatile. Try them on toast, in peanut butter, over a parfait, as a gooey gel, in water, juices or smoothies! Whatever way you like them, they are definitely a great snack to keep you powered throughout the day. Health benefits of Chia seeds: They are heart healthy, help reduce blood pressure, and filled with essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega 6) Slows the rate of complex carb digestion to stabilize blood sugar levels allowing sustained energy release ENERGY. Chia comes from the Mayan word for strength! Chia swells in the body, which helps detoxification and elimination in the colon while absorbing toxins and lubricating the colon lining. Weight Loss. Add bulk and nutrients but not the calories to your food to fill you up. The essential fatty acids in Chia seeds also helps boost metabolism and helps increase lean muscle mass.  About 20% of Chia seeds is high-quality protein, more than most other grains and rices. Chia seeds have been shown to reduce pain and acts as …

A Romantic Parisian Meal: Agave-Roasted Fennel with Goat Cheese

Now, here is the second course to your romantic Parisian meal: the salad. Agave-Roasted Fennel with Goat Cheese serves 6 Ingredients: 3 large or 6 small fresh fennel bulbs (the fronds should be bushy bright green) a generous handful arugula 1 ½ to 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 4 – 5 tbsp light agave nectar 1 handful roasted hazelnuts (walnuts work too) 1 – 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 round fresh goat’s milk cheese Extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper How: 1. Begin by roasting the hazelnuts in an oven preheated to 350 ˚F. You will know when they are ready when the skin begins to crack, in about 15 minutes. Wrap them in a hand towel and let cool. Rub the towel between your hands to remove the skin. Chop coarsely and keep aside. 2. Trim the bottom off each fennel bulb, keeping the petals together. Then slice off the top of the bulbs. Remove the outer petals if they seem tough, or peel the outer petals. Finely chop the featherlike …

Sesamo Queso Dip

A odd, secret combination of three simple ingredients that makes one of the best dips I have ever tried. La comida de los cafes Argentina son tan únicas y creativas. Este es un dip que yo probé en un café local en Buenos Aires. Es absolutamente perfecto! Sesamo Queso Dip Una cuchara de Queso Crema Una cucharita de Salsa de Soja Una cucharita de Semillas de Sesamo blancos y negros Mezcla todo en un bol como eso: Come con su pan favorito para un sabor riquísimo! buen provecho!

Sautéed Za’atar Veggies with Soy “Sangria”

So you know how they say some of the greatest inventions were originally mistakes? Like silly putty, the vacuum cleaner, and Coca Cola. Today’s lunch recipe could possibly make that list. From a broken blender to accidental convection, what I thought would be a flop actually turned out pretty good! Sautéed Za’atar Veggies: 2 servings Ingredients: 1/2 to 3/4 cup Calabaza or pumpkin/squash, diced 10 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced Handful of Spinach Handful of Basil 1/4 Red Pepper, sliced 1/4 Zucchini, chopped 1/3 cup Tofu, chopped Salt and black pepper to taste Olive Oil 3 Tbsp Za’atar Crushed Red Pepper or chili powder, to taste Begin by sautéing or grilling the calabaza for 10 minutes. Then add the zucchini and red peppers. Add sliced cherry tomatoes Sprinkle in salt, crushed red pepper and Za’atar. Toss until all veggies are coated. Turn the heat down low, cover and let the veggies sit for another 5-7 minutes to absorb in the flavors. Separately pan-fry the tofu in olive oil. Remove from heat, combine with veggies, and cover. Wash and prep spinach …