Thai-Style Coconut and Roasted Carrot Soup

It's always soup season in my kitchen, and especially right now as spring temperatures are eagerly awaited. The chill has not left the air, though the sunshine is warmer than it was a few weeks ago. What better way to provide comfort and warmth than with a Thai-inspired carrot soup? ...more

Mexican-Style Mung Bean Tostadas

Tostadas are rather new to me, but this dish is essentially a salad with a toasted corn tortilla base and bean topping with other delights, such as lettuce, tomatoes and salsa or guacamole if you please. I was inspired to try this rather unconventional version of a Mexican classic with mung beans instead of refried beans for quite some time now after I spotted the recipe from Janet of The Taste Space. Another beauty and certainly I encourage my readers to check out Janet's vegan wonders ....more

Chocolate Chili Cake

Quick and easy cocoa loaf cake with a hint of heat from chili powder. Not too sweet, it pairs well with fresh raspberries or even a pat of butter for a bit more richness. Most of my sweet treats these days are raw ones that often incorporate dried fruits, nuts, including nut butters, a bit of natural sweetener and sometimes chocolate and coconut ....more

Fresh Coconut Chutney with Tamarind and Cilantro

I virtually never purchase chutneys because they are so easy to make at home. The additional plus is that the cook in their own home kitchen can control the quality and portions of ingredients that go into the mix. This particular fresh green chutney was made to accompany some fried Indian savories ....more

No Croutons Required - March 2015 Roundup of Vegetarian Soups and Salads

Welcome to the March edition of No Croutons Required, a monthly event alternately hosted by my dear friend Jacqueline and myself. We have a nice balance of soups and salads to share this month, so cozy up and see what some of our fellow bloggers served up. Thanks as always to all who shared their lovely dishes ....more

Brussels Sprouts Kulambu (Brussels in a Spicy Tomato Sauce)

Brussels sprouts might not be native to India, or that commonly used there to this day, but their rather strong and earthy flavor is perfectly complemented by Indian spicing. I had some brussels on hand in the fridge that originally I was simply going to steam and slather with some butter and salt and pepper, but when I got to thinking about a side that would compliment some fried dal cakes, I couldn't resist dressing them up with some tomato, tamarind and spices. This dish is ideal served over rice, along with appetizers and a legume main ....more

Guacamole Omelette

I asked my husband to cook me a nice breakfast for my birthday a few weeks ago. He doesn't ordinarily have to cook at all as I take care of pretty much all the food around the house. I don't mind — in fact, I enjoy cooking and frequently find myself looking at recipes when there's no cooking to be done — but I thought that it would be nice to have someone cooking for me for a change ....more

Portobellos Stuffed with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This succulent mushroom-centered presentation could easily be classified as a salad I suppose. A side dish perhaps, but honestly, the mushroom and spinach steal the show and deserve to serve as the centerpiece of a meal. Nutritional yeast lends a cheesy element to this dish and then there are the robust flavors of sun-dried tomatoes and black olives, complete with the meaty texture of the portobellos ....more

Chana Vada (Chana Dal Peanut Patties) with a Tamarind Chili Sauce

I will admit that I have a hard time keeping up with all of the different names for Indian dishes, as the cuisine varies so much depending on every region's unique traditions and influences. Indian savories often have me a bit confused, even though I started cooking Indian food soon after adopting a vegetarian diet, and that was over twenty years ago. One thing I do know is that Indian appetizers have always been one of my favorite aspects of dining out, and since growing keen on experimenting in my own kitchen, there is no match for homemade preparations ....more

Urad and Toor Dal with Fresh Fenugreek

Sometimes a gentle Indian meal with split dal is just the thing I crave. I adore the creamy texture and mellow yet unique flavor of urad dal mixed with toor dal and smoky, aromatic spices. Fresh fenugreek is a must in this dish and it was a delight to find some at my local Indian grocery store ....more