Category: Appetizers

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties are packed with veggies, mild spices, textures and a lot of flavor. These patties taste great on their own or paired with any dip or they can even be used for making burgers/ wraps, etc. They make for the perfect party snacks too as they look so pretty! 

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties are one of the easiest ways to incorporate a lot of veggies in your meals. We personally like them the most because they are not too spicy. We do love our spicy food but patties like these need to be mild else you can’t taste the freshness of the herbs and veggies. If you prefer them to be more spicy, please feel free to add some more chilies or paprika.

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties can be made with a mélange of veggies of your choice and availability. These days, owing to the lockdown I am unable to get too many veggies around but I had enough to make these patties easily. You can add any veggies of your choice and these patties will taste great!

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties have an almost meaty texture and the no doubt, the color too. The beets do render the most glorious color here and I simply love how bright these patties look. I’ve been making these for years and I have never changed a thing about them. I stick to my recipe and prefer them just as they are. They are naturally vegan without having to change any ingredient to make them vegan. Although you can make the gluten free if you coat them with something apart from regular bread crumbs.

Few other quick vegan recipes that you may wish try,

Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich
Vegan Canapés
Vegan Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls

I do add one special spice mix to this patty mixture. I will share the recipe here real quick before we move on to the recipe for the patties.

Dry roast the following ingredients for 2-3 minutes in a dry pan over low heat, cool them for a bit and grind them to a fine powder. This spice mix can be added to pilafs, curries or stir fries, etc. This spice keeps well in an airtight container for almost over a month. 
3-4 nos.  whole black cardamom
2-3 nos. whole, dry bay leaves
9-10 nos. whole black peppercorns
1″ piece cinnamon stick

Now coming to the recipe of the Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties, these do take some prepping but they are totally worth it.

Start with boiling the potatoes, cool and peel them. Set them aside.

Grate the raw beets and set that aside as well.

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties
Boil the chopped veggies for approximately 5 minutes in 1 cup of water. Drain the veggies once they are done and set them aside.

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

In a large mixing bowl, add the boiled potatoes, boiled veggies and the grated beets. Also add the ground spice mix as per the recipe above, chopped onions, green chilies and chopped cilantro (coriander).

Add the paprika/ red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and salt to taste. Mash everything together and make a dough. Set it aside for 10 minutes before shaping these patties/ cutlets.

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Then shape the dough into patties/ cutlets. I made 6 medium sized round ones. You can smaller cutlets too, about 9-10 of them. Refrigerate them for at least 30-40 minutes before pan/ shallow frying them.

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I rolled each patty/ cutlet in some breadcrumbs. Shallow fry them for about 6-8 minutes on each side. Drain them on a kitchen tissue.

Serve them piping hot with some dips, salad, etc. Or use them as burger patties. They taste awesome.

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Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these veggies loaded patties work so well on their own as a snack or as a patty for your next vegan Burger!  

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Snack, starters, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 3 nos. medium sized potatoes boiled & peeled
  • 1 nos. raw beetroot grated
  • 1/2 cup mixed veggies, chopped (carrots, green peas & French beans par-boiled
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 nos. green chili finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves (cilantro) roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground spice mix (recipe mentioned above in the post) garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder/ paprika optional
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste

Instructions

  1. Start with boiling the potatoes, cool and peel them. Set them aside.


  2. Grate the raw beets and set that aside as well.


  3. Boil the chopped veggies for approximately 5 minutes in 1 cup of water. Drain the veggies once they are done and set them aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the boiled potatoes, boiled veggies and the grated beets. Also add the ground spice mix as per the recipe above, chopped onions, green chilies and chopped cilantro (coriander).
  5. Add the paprika/ red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and salt to taste. Mash everything together and make a dough. Set it aside for 10 minutes before shaping these patties/ cutlets.
  6. Then shape the dough into patties/ cutlets. I made 6 medium sized round ones. You can smaller cutlets too, about 9-10 of them. Refrigerate them for at least 30-40 minutes before pan/ shallow frying them.
  7. I rolled each patty/ cutlet in some breadcrumbs. Shallow fry them for about 6-8 minutes on each side. Drain them on a kitchen tissue.


  8. Serve them piping hot with some dips, salad, etc. Or use them as burger patties. They taste awesome.

Recipe Notes

Skip the breadcrumbs for a Gluten free version.

Add the spices according to your preference and tolerance levels.

These patties can be frozen for up to 3-4 days. They may last longer but I have never tried keeping them beyond 3 days. 

Love,
Shreya

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Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings

These Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings paired with a mildly spiced vegan aioli is such a smashing good combination! You’ll find these tangy, spicy and so crunchy. Besides, they are not loaded with too many ingredients, which is always a good thing! 

Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings are something that you need to try! If you’ve not made them yet, then please do give them a go. Cauliflower happens to be a very versatile recipe. It has no real flavor of it’s own and thus adapts to any recipe perfectly. Just use it as you fancy and you’ll love it!!

I had made these Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings sometime back too but I never could shoot them because my hubby just couldn’t wait till I click them, lol! But this time around, I made them while he was busy with a long video conference call for work, home quarantine situation you see. So, I could save them for a few minutes, just long enough to get some clicks. But I also wanted him to have these soon so I rushed through the shoot and served them right away! And he says these were better than the ones I made last time! Success!

Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings totally work if you are looking to replace the classic chicken wings with a nice veggie option.

Texture : They are very crispy on the outside, the crunch is absolutely delicious. The insides are almost creamy. They are soft and melt in your mouth.

Why cauliflower : I often wondered why cauliflower until I made these myself. Cauliflower has no real flavor profile of it’s own, you can add any spice or any marinade to it and this veggie totally adapts the flavor.

Flavor : I have used a few spices here and they work beautifully, nothing fancy at all. You can always improvise, there is always room for adapting these to your preference.

Trust me when I say this, you’ll be hooked on these. I have served them with an easy vegan aioli and that works so well as the dip for here for the crudités and the wings themselves. You can serve them with any dip of your choice but we are partial to anything garlicy!

Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Let us start with the Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings.

Start with cleaning the cauliflower head. Cut it into bite sized florets. Wash them thoroughly. (I had about 14 florets)

In a large vat, heat 3 cups of water with a pinch of salt. Add the washed cauliflower florets to the water once it comes to a rolling boil. Let the florets boil for just 3-4 minutes.

Drain the florets and let them cool down for a few minutes.

In the meantime, in a mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne  pepper, smoked paprika, Cajun spice mix. Mix them well and add some water to make thick, lump free batter.

Also, take some bread crumbs in a platter and season it with a bit of salt.

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Heat some oil in a large pan to fry these florets.

Dip each floret into the batter, roll it in the bread crumbs and drop them into the hot oil. Fry them on medium to low flame for 5-6 minutes. They should turn deep golden brown by the time they are done. Remove them from the oil onto some absorbent kitchen paper.

Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Serve them piping hot with a dip of your choice or an aioli and some crudités.

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Cauliflower Wings | Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Vegan Cauliflower Wings paired with a mildly spiced vegan aioli is such a smashing good combination! You'll find these wings tangy, spicy and so crunchy. I make these with some basic ingredients and you will love them as much as we do. 
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1 nos. cauliflower head cut, washed
  • 3 cups plain water with a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup plain flour use gramflour for GF option
  • salt to taste
  • cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cayenne pepper replace with red chili powder
  • a pinch of smoked paprika optional
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp organic cajun spice blend
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs seasoned with some salt
  • oil to fry
  • dips, crudités, etc suggested sides

Instructions

  1. Start with cleaning the cauliflower head. Cut it into bite sized florets. Wash them thoroughly. (I had about 14 florets)

  2. In a large vat, heat 3 cups of water with a pinch of salt. Add the washed cauliflower florets to the water once it comes to a rolling boil. Let the florets boil for just 3-4 minutes.

  3. Drain the florets and let them cool down for a few minutes.

  4. In the meantime, in a mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, Cajun spice mix. Mix them well and add some water to make thick, lump free batter.

  5. Also, take some bread crumbs in a platter and season it with a bit of salt.

  6. Heat some oil in a large pan to fry these florets.

  7. Dip each floret into the batter, roll it in the bread crumbs and drop them into the hot oil. Fry them on medium to low flame for 5-6 minutes.

  8. They should turn deep golden brown by the time they are done. Remove them from the oil onto some absorbent kitchen paper.

  9. Serve them piping hot with a dip of your choice or an aioli and some crudités.

Recipe Notes

Serve them piping hot as if kept aside to cool, they will turn a bit limp. 

You can improvise with the spices you wish to add in this recipe. 

Omit  bread crumbs if making these GF.

Love,
Shreya

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Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea is so delicious and the perfect refresher during the scorching summer days! The tangy flavor with the sweetness is absolutely addictive. It is one of the best thirst quenchers for me personally. So easy to make and loved by everyone!!

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea can be made very few easy steps and everyday ingredients. Iced tea can be flavored in many ways with various fruits. You can try my Strawberry Iced Tea, it is super loved by kids and adults alike. Trust me, having a bottle full of this delicious concoction is just what one would need on those hot and humid days. Once the summers get going, these homemade drinks are truly my saviors. I am not a fan fizzy sodas that are loaded with sugar and caffeine. My hubby too prefers fruity, naturally sweetened coolers. Have you checked out my Rose and Pineapple Cooler. It is such an exotic drink!! It looks pretty and tastes even better :

 

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea is preservative free as it’s homemade. I am beginning to appreciate brewing my own iced tea in the past couple of years as I’m in control of the quality of ingredients. The home brewed teas are free of added artificial colors and flavoring agents.

A few things to keep in mind while making the best iced tea are..
Steeping – Let the tea bags steep well. Not too long else the color of the tea will turn way too dark. Even the flavor can deepen beyond necessary.

Flavor – I have used basic tea bags. No particular flavor. But feel free to use flavored tea bags like peach, orange, berry, etc.. Everything tastes really nice.

Sweetener – Use stevia, sugar or any sweetener as per your preference.

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea concoction can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days as well. I am so in love with iced teas that come summers, I always a jar full of the concoction ready to enjoy 🙂 I find these way better than the ready made ice tea mixes which are heavy on the sweetness and mild on the actual flavor. So, if you love iced teas as much as I do, you’ll love how delicious these home made iced teas are! Not to forget extremely economical too 😉

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Let’s make a batch of refreshing Lemon Iced Tea 🙂 

Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat.

Add sugar to the hot water an stir well until completely dissolved.

To this add the tea bags and let them steep for 15 minutes. The longer the tea bags steep, the stronger the taste and color will be.

Next, remove the tea bags.

Add lemon juice and the remaining water. Give them a mix.

Pour the ready blend in clean jug/ decanter and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

To serve, fill a tall glass with some ice cubes, a couple of mint leaves and few slices of lemon, pour the chilled iced tea over these and enjoy.

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Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Refreshing Southern Sweet Tea or Iced Tea is the best summer drink one could have and this recipe Makes the Best Lemon Iced Tea!!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water to be boiled
  • 4 cups water to be added later
  • 8 nos. tea bags
  • 3 nos. lemon to be juiced
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar adjust as per taste, you can use any sweetener as per your choice
  • ice cubes, sprigs of mint and slices of lemon as needed to serve

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat.

  2. Add the sugar to the hot water an stir well until completely dissolved. 

  3. To this add the tea bags and let them steep for 15 minutes. The longer the tea bags steep, the stronger the taste and color will be. 

  4. Next, remove the tea bags. 

  5.  Add lemon juice and the remaining water. Give them a mix. 

  6. Pour the ready blend in clean jug/ decanter and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. 

  7. To serve, fill a tall glass with some ice cubes, a couple of mint leaves and few slices of lemon, pour the chilled iced tea over these and enjoy.

Love,
Shreya

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Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés are bite-sized hors d’oeuvres, a common starter served at most parties, every wedding and other occasions in Goa. It consists of a canapé filled with a slightly sweet and savory, vegetarian or non-vegetarian filling made with simple everyday ingredients. It tastes really nice as it does not have an overpowering flavor and is very light on the palate too. 

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés are one of the prettiest little snacks you can make if you are looking forward to impressing your guests or family. Since they are just bite sized, they don’t really fill one up completely and thus leaving one to enjoy other things on the spread too. These are the kind of snacks/ starters I totally prefer, light and yet so flavorsome!

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés can be made either with vegetarian fillings or non-vegetarian fillings like steamed and mashed chicken or fish of your choice. These are then mixed with veggies and some other basic ingredients to make the filling. But I personally love the vegetarian version as does my husband. He had spent a really long time in Goa back when he was pursuing his Hotel Management degree and he developed a love for the cuisine. It was he, who first introduced me to these little yummy bites sized treats along with many other Goan specialties.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés can be planned well in advance for any parties, occassions, etc. All one needs to have ready in the refrigerator is the filling. Always fill these or any variant of canapés right just before serving them. You can use readymade vegan canapé shells like me or make your own, the choice is yours. These days it is relatively easy to find readymade canapé shells across most super markets or online stores too. I like the classic round shells, you can use the square ones if you prefer.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Let us make some yummy and easy Goan Forminhas now.

Peel, wash and finely chop potatoes, carrots and French beans.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Boil 2 cups of water in wide pan. Add a pinch of salt once the water has come to a boil. Add the cubed potatoes first, cover and boil them for about 2-3 minutes.

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Next, add the cubed carrots. Again, cover the pan and let these cook along with the potatoes for just 1 minute.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Lastly, add the beans and the green peas. Again, boil these with carrots and the potatoes for precisely 2 minutes. We do not need to overcook these veggies.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Alongside, chop the apple slices. Do not chop the apple slices much in advance else they will turn brown.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Drain the boiled veggies well. In a mixing bowl, add the veggies, chopped apples, a pinch of salt and some freshly cracked black pepper. Add the vegan mayonnaise and mixing everything well. Refrigerate until needed. This filling stays fresh in the refrigerator for almost 2 days.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

To serve, just spoon in some of the filling into each canapé shell, garnish with some greens if you like and serve immediately.

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Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

​Goan Forminhas/ canapés are small, bite sized hors d'oeuvres,usually served at most parties, weddings and other gatherings in Goa. It consists of a simple canapé shell filled with delicous savoury filling. 

Course Appetizer, Easter, Snack, starters, Tea Time
Cuisine Goan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1 nos. large potato, finely cubed
  • 3-4 nos. French bean, finely sliced
  • 1 nos. carrot, finely cubed
  • 3 tbsp green peas
  • 1/2 fresh apple, finely cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise or regular
  • some greens, to garnish optional

Instructions

  1. Peel, wash and finely chop potatoes, carrots and French beans.

  2. Boil 2 cups of water in wide pan. Add a pinch of salt once the water has come to a boil. Add the cubed potatoes first, cover and boil them for about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Next, add the cubed carrots. Again, cover the pan and let these cook along with the potatoes for just 1 minute.

  4. Lastly, add the beans and the green peas. Again, boil these with carrots and the potatoes for precisely 2 minutes. We do not need to overcook these veggies.

  5. Alongside, chop the apple slices. Do not chop the apple slices much in advance else they will turn brown.

  6. Drain the boiled veggies well. In a mixing bowl, add the veggies, chopped apples, a pinch of salt and some freshly cracked black pepper. Add the vegan mayonnaise and mixing everything well. Refrigerate until needed. This filling stays fresh in the refrigerator for almost 2 days.

  7. To serve, just spoon in some of the filling into each canapé shell, garnish with some greens if you like and serve immediately.

Love,
Shreya

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Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is a delicious snack made with sweet corn and yummy Béchamel sauce and some mild spices and is spread on some toast. Crisp toast and soft topping of the sweet corn comes together so well and the flavors are spot on!! Do try these and you’ll love them. 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is loaded with gooey cheesy sauce and bursts with the sweetness of corn and a wee bit of spice from the bits of green bell pepper! It is one my go-to recipes for weekend brunches or evening snacks for the hubby and me! I am personally a big fan of white sauce a.k.a Béchamel sauce. I love it over a red sauce or any other sauce. So I basically love having it over toasts or in my veggies or for my lasagna too! Needless to say I love my pastas with white sauce too. Have you tried my Penne in Basil and Lemon Sauce  ?! It is super loved by my readers and many have tried it and loved it! Though you must try my Bread pizza recipe if you love a good and quick pizza.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is really easy to put together too, ideal for kids snacks or for party appetizers, even for brunch. I would suggest that you have this fresh out the oven. It makes for a great combo along with some fresh ice tea or some juices/ coffee or shakes.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe can be paired be with dip like ketchup or Schezwan sauce or even a 2 ingredient Jalapeno dip. These dips are yummy and easy to make at home, they go well with a variety of snacks. I keep such homemade dips ready in my refrigerator to serves with snacks or use as spreads too. 

Keeping in mind that summers vacations are soon going to start, I’m sharing some more links here to try for your kids.
Chilli Cheese Grilled Sandwich 
Bombay Aloo Sandwich
Rainbow Mayo Sandwich

Also try some easy Paneer popcorn, they are crunchy and just like the ones you find at cafes. Kids usually love brownies, they are fun to make and make for great dessert ideas.

Coming back to the Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe,  you can add any more veggies too along with corn and bell peppers. It’s a great way to ensure kids have veggies in a delicious way. I won’t suggest this recipe for lunch box because it tastes best when served warm.

Let us start with the recipe now.

Preheat the oven @ 200’c. Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes @180’c. Set them aside.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

For the topping –

Heat butter in a pan, once it melts, add flour and sauté the flour and butter together for 2-3 minutes.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Add the milk in batches and keep stirring to avoid lumps.

Add the salt and pepper.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Next, add the oregano spice mix and red Chilli flakes next. Mix well.

Add grated cheese.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Add chopped green bell pepper, sweet corn and onions next.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Mix them well and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame.

The topping is ready.

To assemble –

Again preheat the oven @200’c.

Place the toasts on the baking tray, spread the ready filling on the toasted bread slices.

Sprinkle some red chili flakes and oregano on them.

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Bake the topped toasts for about 6-7 minutes @180’c.

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Once the toasts are ready, serve them piping hot with dips of your choice.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

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Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Scrumptious and so cheesy, these Cheese Corn Toasts are absolutely addictive! Made with delicious sauce and veggies, these make for an amazing brunch or evening snacks! 

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 6-8 slices bread i used sourdough, you can use any bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup steamed sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes plus extra for topping
  • 1 tsp dried oregano plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese I used processed cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 200'c. Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes @180'c. Set them aside.

For the topping

  1. Heat butter in a pan, once it melts, add flour and sauté the flour and butter together for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add the milk in batches and keep stirring to avoid lumps.

  3. Add the salt and pepper.

  4. Next, add the oregano spice mix and red Chilli flakes next. Mix well.

  5. Add grated cheese.

  6. Add chopped green bell pepper, sweet corn and onions next.

  7. Mix them well and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame. The topping is ready.

To assemble

  1. Again preheat the oven @200'c.

  2. Place the toasts on the baking tray, spread the ready filling on the toasted bread slices.

  3. Sprinkle some red chili flakes and oregano on them.

  4. Bake the topped toasts for about 6-7 minutes @180'c.

  5. Once the toasts are ready, serve them piping hot with dips of your choice.

Love,
Shreya

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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF are a one pot dinner with deliciously seasoned veggies and beans along with herb loaded tangy rice, crunchy lettuce and salsas and a deliciously creamy guac to complete the bowl. The various textures give these bowls a distinct flavor! Basically, if you love tex-mex, then these bowls are your besties! 

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF can be customized to our preferences. Since we love tex-mex, these bowls are a common feature on our menu for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. They don’t take much effort to put together and that is really what makes them so much fun. I usually do an all vegetarian or vegan version with lots of lettuce for the last crunchy bit of topping. They add a lot roughage as well as flavor. My hubby has no complains as far as it’s spicy and tangy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Let’s decode what went into these bowls:

The Rice – this is the key, make it or break it sorts for us. I make a Signature Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice which is absolutely flavorful. You can go with kind of Mexican rice you like. This is the base of the bowl so choose the flavor wisely.

The Sides – we love our Pico de Gallo, so that is a must! Along with some sweet corn salsa which is so delicious and refreshing! Actually this is just the basic that I usually do. The staple Chipotle style Fajita Veggies is a must have too! There days when I go all out with the sides but I’ll save that for another time. Keeping it real simple for this version.

The Crunch – you can do a lot of improvisation here, from crispy salads or lettuce leaves to crushed nachos or baked tortilla chips. We stick to gluten free options as far as possible.

The Toppings – jalapeno, grilled tomatoes, fresh cilantro, pickles, guacamole, lemon wedges, anything you fancy! We are extremely partial towards a good, creamy guac so that is our go to topping usually! We skip sour cream when going for a vegan version because I’m simply unable to find a good version around here. And we do not add cheese either if making vegan version.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF have a good number of components, so start the prep accordingly. Once everything is ready, they come together in a bowl in minutes.

Let us make the easiest Vegan & GF Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowl ever!

For the Cilantro Lime Rice –

Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

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For the Fajita Veggies –

Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

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For the Beans- 

I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder. Mix well. That’s done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole –

Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo – 

Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don’t find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies), red onion and cilantro really fine.

Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice. Mix well!

For the Sweet Corn Salsa- 

Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl –

In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it’s ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls have layers of Cilantro Lime rice, crunchy salsas, creamy guacamole, spicy veggies and some beans!! A final squirt of lemon juice just adds to the freshness of it all! The perfect hearty and healthy GF and Vegan rice bowl. 

Course Lunch Box, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Rice

  • 3/4 cup rice plus water to cook the rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of 1 lime

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 2 nos. large, juicy tomatoes chopped
  • 1 nos. large, red onion chopped
  • 1/2 nos. fresh jalapeno chopped
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno chopped
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of a large lemon

For Guacamole

  • 1 nos. large, ripe avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup red onions, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

For Beans

  • 1 cup red kidney beans, boiled or canned black beans/ pinto beans
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder

For the Fajita Veggies

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 nos. green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 nos. red onion, sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp fajita spice or a blend of cumin, paprika, black pepper powders

For Sweet Corn Salsa

  • 1 cup american sweet corn, blanched
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt to taste
  • two pinches of sugar
  • 1/8 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  • prepped rice
  • prepped Pico de gallo
  • guacamole as needed
  • fresh lettuce, as needed chopped
  • lemon wedges, as needed
  • sweet corn salsa
  • fajita veggies
  • beans

Instructions

For the Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

  2. Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

  3. Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo

  1. Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don't find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies)**, red onion and cilantro real fine.

  2. Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

  3. Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix well! It is ready. 

For the Fajita Veggies -

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

  2. Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

  3. Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

For the Beans-

  1. I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder.

  3. Mix well. That's done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole -

  1. Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Sweet Corn Salsa-

  1. Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  1. In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it's ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Add sour cream and Mexican grated cheese blend if you prefer non vegan options.

Also you can add vegan variants of the same if you prefer. 

Love,
Shreya.

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The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I am sharing The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF, it is very easy to make and tastes way better than the packaged stuff. You’ll never buy that stuff anymore! The flavor is spot on, it’s creamy and superdelicious. 

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF needs just a handful of ingredients and comes together in just under a minute in the blender! I have seen many recipes where they use a food processor to blend the ingredients together but I have always used a blender. It always gives me a more smoother and lump free hummus.

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF is my take on a classic which we love the most. Although you can incorporate so many flavors into the hummus these days but nothing comes as close to the classic one for us. We prefer our hummus a bit garlicky and it took a few runs at perfecting my recipe, you can alter it as you wish to. My hubby and I are particularly fond of Mediterranean cuisine and hummus with some pita and veggie sticks tops the list! Even a salad on the side makes it such a filling and healthy meal. Try my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (vegan + gf).

I have used freshly boiled chickpeas for this recipe, but I do not peel the skin off as I use a blender to make the hummus. Precisely why I use the blender and not a processor!! Blender for the win! Yes, you can use canned chickpeas and take the skin off and use the processor too. The taste won’t alter, just the texture maybe a bit different.

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I usually make hummus very often as we love to have it around in the refrigerator as a dipping option for our chips or cucumber sticks (it’s our absolute favorite combo, can’t seem to get enough of it!!). This is perfect for guests too as it comes together quickly and feeds a crowd. So just keep some boiled or canned chickpeas handy and you are good to go!

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I made this just a couple of days ago for a quick lunch for my hubby and myself as he was working from home so I wanted to treat him to his favorite meal 🙂 So, I thought why not get clicking because every time I make it, it disappears real quick, lol!! So making the most of an extremely busy hubby who didn’t pay close enough attention to what went on in the kitchen and the beautiful wintery sun, I captured a few shots for you guys! The pita you see here in the frames aren’t homemade. We have a swanky new bakery in our vicinity that stocks a lot of gluten free options and I’ve taken a liking to their breads. I got this GF pita just to try it once but we loved it and I will go back for more soon!

So with all that now out of the way, let’s quickly get done with the recipe which I’ve been raving about!

Add all the mentioned ingredients except those mentioned ‘to garnish’  into your blender and attach the lid nicely.

Run the blender on full power for 30-40 seconds. You can add some more of the reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) or water to correct the consistency if the hummus looks thick or dry.

Add the prepared hummus into a serving plate/ bowl and drizzle olive oil, some paprika. I like adding some pomegranate arils and some crunchy pumpkin seeds. And some sliced olives if you like them too.

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The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

This is the best recipe for Homemade Hummus and tastes so smooth and absolutely delicious that you'll skip the store bought tubs of hummus!! 

Course Appetizer, Brunch, Lunch Box, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly boiled or canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 cup chickpea liquid (aquafaba), or slightly more as needed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • paprika, olive oil, olives, pomogranate arils, pumpkin seeds etc, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add all the mentioned ingredients except those mentioned 'to garnish' into your blender and attach the lid nicely.

  2. Run the blender on full power for 30-40 seconds. You can add some more of the reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) or water to correct the consistency if the hummus looks thick or dry.

  3. Add the prepared hummus into a serving plate/ bowl and drizzle olive oil, some paprika. I like adding some pomegranate arils and some crunchy pumpkin seeds. And some sliced olives if you like them too.

Recipe Notes

This hummus keeps well in the refrigerator for 5-6 days in an airtight glass container.

 

Love,
Shreya

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Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

 There is a bit of a nip in the air and I’m craving soups. All kinds of warm, comforting, love in a bowl kinda soups! My go to Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe is everything that you need when you want that hug in mug kind of meal. It is hearty, it is super filling, it is lip-smacking yummy and it takes all of 30 minutes to put together! And not to forget, it is vegan and gluten free! 

Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe is one of the many ways to make a pumpkin soup. And let me tell you, this soups takes 30 minutes given that the pumpkin is all cleaned and chopped! I must confess the peeling and chopping part for the pumpkin can be a bit tedious. But you could have some cleaned and diced, tucked away in the freezer for quick meals like these!!

Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

I must confess how quickly does a pumpkin cook!! I mean, yes I cook Indian style curried pumpkin often and that too comes together in minutes but for a soup too, pumpkin just literally melts in the pot!! I have been making this Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe for over 2-3 years and it still surprises me when it cooks so quickly! Once it has cooked well, all it needs is blending. Though you could use a hand blender, I prefer putting it in a large blender jar and giving it all a quick whiz. I steer clear of the hand blenders because I may or may not have had a real hand blender driven disaster in my kitchen!! Anyways, use whatever comes naturally to you.. 🙂

Also, If you love soups as much as I do, try these..

Vegan Mexican Vegetable Soup
Asian Manchow Soup 

So, let us get on with today’s recipe. This one super quick and fuss-free!

In a large pan, add olive oil.

Once the oil heats up, add roughly chopped ginger and garlic. Sauté for a minute.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Next, add the chopped onions. Sauté until the onions turn translucent. Then add turmeric powder and cayenne pepper.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Next, add the chopped pumpkin, season with salt. Add cumin powder as well. Mix well.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Cook for about 1 minute. Then add coconut cream/ milk and freshly cracked black pepper.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Add the vegetable stock next and give everything a good stir.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. Turn off the flame once the pumpkin turns soft and mushy.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Cool the mixture for 5 minutes and then blend it until smooth and creamy.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Serve it piping hot with suggested toppings.

Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

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Vegan Pumpkin Soup | 30 minute recipe

Delicious and heart warming, this Vegan and GF Pumpkin soup has all the Autumn feels and is perfect for a wholesome meal in 30 minutes. 

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cup chopped pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger roughly chopped
  • salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut cream or 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cup vegetable stock or warm water
  • toasted pumpkin seeds, coconut cream, chopped birds eye red chilly, fresh parsley, glutenfree croutons as suggested toppings

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, add olive oil.

  2. Once the oil heats up, add roughly chopped ginger and garlic. Sauté for a minute.

  3. Next, add the chopped onions. Sauté until the onions turn translucent. Then add turmeric powder and cayenne pepper.

  4. Next, add the chopped pumpkin, season with salt. Add cumin powder as well. Mix well.

  5. Cook for about 1 minute. Then add coconut cream/ milk and freshly cracked black pepper.

  6. Add the vegetable stock next and give everything a good stir.

  7. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. Turn off the flame once the pumpkin turns soft and mushy.

  8. Cool the mixture for 5 minutes and then blend it until smooth and creamy.

  9. Serve it piping hot with suggested toppings.


Recipe Notes

you can use GF bread to make the croutons and enjoy a complete Vegan + GF meal. 

Love,
Shreya

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Gluten Free Paneer Popcorn |Paneer Popcorn Recipe

Gluten Free Paneer Popcorn |Paneer Popcorn Recipe is a spicy, crispy and super crunchy snack!! They can made in minutes and are the perfect snack for tea time munching! 

Gluten Free Paneer Popcorn |Paneer Popcorn Recipe is basically a vegetarian version for the popular QSR favorite Chicken Popcorn!! This vegetarian variant are just as addictive and probably much more flavorsome!! The crunch is absolutely on point!! And they stay super crunchy for almost 30 minutes post coming out of the oil!! So yay!! These don’t turn soggy the minute they cool down so that’s a good thing, right?!

Gluten Free Paneer Popcorn |Paneer Popcorn Recipe

Gluten Free Paneer Popcorn |Paneer Popcorn Recipe was so delicious that I made twice in the last 3 days and my hubby still wants some more! Perfect for the climate too I guess, paired along with a cuppa! I had served this some really spicy and tangy dip! We loved the combo, so quick and so easy to put together.

These popcorn bites are the perfect snack if you are hosting a kids after game/ school playdate or if you have a guests over to watch the ball game, this makes for the ideal snack! It definitely feeds a crowd and makes you look like a star!!

Gluten Free Paneer Popcorn |Paneer Popcorn Recipe

This recipe can be easily customized to your preference or as per the availability of ingredients. I personally love such recipes where there are no hard and fast limitations while making them. I am a very instinctive cook and my recipes reflect that so you can make the changes as per your choice. I’m also sharing vegan options for the popcorn and the dipping sauce. 

Let us begin.

For the sauce

In a small bowl, add mayonnaise and a few drops of tabasco sauce.

Mix them well. Set the sauce aside.

For the Popcorn

Take cornflakes in a large platter and crush to fine bits. Set them aside.

In a bowl, mix together rice flour, corn flour, mixed Italian spices, red chili powder, salt and garlic powder.

Mix the dry ingredients together and add some water to make a smooth and thick batter. Set it aside.

Cut the paneer/ Tofu into small bite sized cubes. Set them aside.

Gluten Free Paneer Popcorn |Paneer Popcorn Recipe

Dip the paneer/ Tofu cubes in the batter and then roll them in the crushed cornflakes. Set it each piece on a plate.

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Refrigerate the coated cubes for 15 minutes.

Heat oil for frying in large wok/ pan. Deep fry the coated cubes until golden brown.

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Drain the fried cubes on kitchen towel and serve them piping hot with the sauce. You can also serve them with any sauce/ ketchup, etc. of your choice.

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Gluten Free Paneer Popcorn |Paneer Popcorn Recipe

Super crunchy, delicious and quick snack made wih everyday ingredients! Serve them with my 2 ingredient spicy dip! 

Course Appetizer, Snack, starters, Tea Time
Cuisine American, Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 4 tbsp vegan mayonnaise regular mayonnaise
  • 4-5 drops tobasco sauce or any other hot sauce

For the Popcorn

  • 5 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp mixed italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder cayenne pepper
  • 150 gms paneer firm tofu for vegans

Instructions

For the Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, add mayonnaise and a few drops of tabasco sauce.

  2. Mix them well. Set the sauce aside.

For the Popcorn

  1. Take cornflakes in a large platter and crush to fine bits. Set them aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together rice flour, corn flour, mixed Italian spices, red chili powder, salt and garlic powder.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together and add some water to make a smooth and thick batter. Set it aside.

  4. Cut the paneer/ Tofu into small bite sized cubes. Set them aside.

  5. Dip the paneer/ Tofu cubes in the batter and then roll them in the crushed cornflakes. Set it each piece on a plate.
  6. Refrigerate the coated cubes for 15 minutes.
  7. Heat oil for frying in large wok/ pan. Deep fry the coated cubes until golden brown.

  8. Drain the fried cubes on kitchen towel and serve them piping hot with the sauce. You can also serve them with any sauce/ ketchup, etc. of your choice. 

Recipe Notes

Use firm tofu for a vegan version.

I have used vegan mayonnaise. You can use regular mayonnaise as well. 

You can replace tobacco sauce with any hot sauce of your choice. 

Love,
Shreya

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Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe is a flat, oven baked Italian bread similar in texture and flavor to a pizza dough. Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe can be served as a side to any main, along with soups, as a table bread or as a snack. Today I’ll share a delicious vegan recipe for a classic Focaccia. 

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe is basically very easy to put together. It is in principle like any other bread, only you add olive oil to the dough and the toppings of one’s choice on the top. I’ve decided to make this bread all vegan which is the ideal way to make a classic Focaccia bread. There is never any need to add butter or milk to the dough. I have used water to hydrate the dough along with generous helpings of olive oil which adds a beautiful flavor and aroma to the bread.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe has the most soft texture. It is super fluffy and extremely moist. All that olive oil does the magic. It gives the focaccia that beautiful crumb. Although I love dense focaccia as well but somehow the fluffy ones make me the happiest! Besides, they are so much more chewy. They have so much bite in them than their dense counterparts. You’ll agree with me once you’ve tried it my way 😉 Pair this bread with my Vegan & GF Mexican Vegetable soup for that perfect Fall evening.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe bakes beautifully to give the perfect crisp top. Thus accommodating just about any topping! They can range from veggies to fresh herbs or even fruits! You can play along with the flavors as you please. I’ve kept mine very minimal today just because I wanted to first share the basics of making the perfect Focaccia! Yes, I had received some requests for the same and hence I thought I should do a vegan version keeping in mind the dietary restrictions many of my readers have told me about.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

I’ll enlist a few pointers here which are crucial and help bake a beautiful bread, be it any bread. I’ve shared the same tips with my Homemade Laadi Mumbai Pav | Egg free Dinner Rolls recipe. That recipe is for the wins and tried and tested my so many!!

Yeast – I use active dry yeast which needs proving (that’s when you dissolve the yeast with warm liquid as mentioned in the recipe for 6-8 minutes). If you use instant yeast, then that can be added directly to the flour. Either of these ingredients are easily available and they both work just fine.

Flour – Bread flour is used in most recipes from the West, however I’ve not been able to find any around me so I simply use All Purpose Flour. Bread flour has more protein and hence churns out taller and chewier rolls/ breads. All Purpose Flour will give you slightly shorter and less chewy rolls/ breads but the taste will be excellent.

Hydration – The dough for any sort of rolls/ bread needs to be hydrated just enough to be slightly tacky (sticky), just barely though. Adding way too much flour can result in stiff dough which in turn make stiff, dry rolls/ breads.

Measurements – Just scoop out the flour with the measuring cup and level it flat. Always use some extra flour to knead th dough just incase if the dough becomes too sticky.

So just keep these pointers super handy and your breads/ rolls will rock!

Let us start with the Vegan Focaccia Recipe.

Take 1/2 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won’t bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn’t bloom, start again).

Once the yeast has bloomed, in a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt. Give them a quick mix.

To the flour and salt mixture, add olive oil and begin adding the bloomed yeast.

Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

Add the rest of the 1/2 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading.

We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. I did use the entire 1/2 cup of water. (this makes the dough quite sticky and gluey so be careful. If you have experience of handling such a sticky dough the please add the entire 1 cup of water. The added moisture in the dough gives a chewy bread). *Overall, I added the entire 1 cup of water the recipe calls for here.*

The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. This is a no-knead bread so we are not going to knead it for more than 3-4 minutes on the work surface.

Then put the dough back in a large greased mixing bowl, cover it with kitchen towel and set in a warm corner for the first proving.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Grease a 7″ square pan with some olive oil. Set it aside.

The dough will have doubled in size in about an hour. If not, let it sit for another 25-30 minutes depending on what part of the world you live in. I’m in a fairly warm city and my dough almost tripled in 50 minutes.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Punch down the dough ever so slightly. We don’t need to deflate it or knead it again. Simply tip the dough into the greased baking tin and gently push it around the tin.

Poke the dough slightly and drizzle more olive oil, sprinkle dried Italian herbs, red chili flakes and some sea salt.

Add the toppings of your choice.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Place the tin in a warm corner for the next 30 minutes for second proving.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210’c for 10 minutes.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Bake the focaccia bread for 25-30 minutes. Every oven works differently so keep that in mind as the baking time may differ. So adjust the baking time accordingly.

Once the bread has been baked, bring it out of the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes on a cooling rack before demolding the same. Once it has cooled down a bit, slice and serve.

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Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Focaccia Bread is a flat, oven baked Italian bread similar in texture and flavor to a pizza dough. Focaccia Bread can be served as a side to any main, along with soups, as a table bread or as a snack. Today I'll share a delicious vegan recipe for a classic Focaccia bread. 
Course Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 squares
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp olive oil plus extra for greasing and topping
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mixed Italian herbs dried, for topping
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes for topping
  • black olives, sliced capsicum for topping optional
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt for topping optional

Instructions

  1. Take 1/2 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won't bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn't bloom, start again).

  2. Once the yeast has bloomed, in a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt. Give them a quick mix.

  3. To the flour and salt mixture, add olive oil and begin adding the bloomed yeast.

  4. Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

  5. Add the rest of the 1/2 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading.

  6. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. I did use the entire 1/2 cup of water. (this makes the dough quite sticky and gluey so be careful. If you have experience of handling such a sticky dough the please add the entire 1 cup of water. The added moisture in the dough gives a chewy bread). *Overall, I added the entire 1 cup of water the recipe calls for here.*

  7. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. This is a no-knead bread so we are not going to knead it for more than 3-4 minutes on the work surface.

  8. Then put the dough back in a large greased mixing bowl, cover it with kitchen towel and set in a warm corner for the first proving.

  9. Grease a 7" square pan with some olive oil. Set it aside.

  10. he dough will have doubled in size in about an hour. If not, let it sit for another 25-30 minutes depending on what part of the world you live in. I'm in a fairly warm city and my dough almost tripled in 50 minutes.

  11. Punch down the dough ever so slightly. We don't need to deflate it or knead it again. Simply tip the dough into the greased baking tin and gently push it around the tin.

  12. Poke the dough slightly and drizzle more olive oil, sprinkle dried Italian herbs, red chili flakes and some sea salt.

  13. Add the toppings of your choice.

  14. Place the tin in a warm corner for the next 30 minutes for second proving.

  15. Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210'c for 10 minutes.

  16. Bake the focaccia bread for 25-30 minutes. Every oven works differently so keep that in mind as the baking time may differ. So adjust the baking time accordingly.

  17. Once the bread has been baked, bring it out of the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes on a cooling rack before demolding the same. Once it has cooled down a bit, slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

Olive oil can be replaced with any other refined oil but olive oil will give the best flavor. 

 

 

Love,
Shreya

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