Category: Vegetarian Recipes

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

A Hot Cross Bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday in many parts of the world. Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. These buns mark the end of Lent, a traditional time for fasting and/ or abstinence. 

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I mentioned that the Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns mark the end of the Lent, every part of these buns represent certain meanings too. The cross on the top is for the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices added stand for the embalming of his body at the time of his burial. So these buns are very significant. I am sure there is much more behind the history of these delicious buns but I am only going to talk about the things I know. Since I am not Catholic myself but having attended a Catholic school for the first 15 years of my life, I have a fondness for the customs and the rich history behind their practices.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns can be enjoyed with some honey, maple syrup or with jam and butter, just the way I did! My hubby on the other hand likes them plain with some tea or coffee. He says the spices and the raisins are just perfect and need no toppings. So, you see, you can choose how to enjoy them. I had made the Traditional Hot Cross Buns, with eggs earlier so I tried the Vegan ones with homemade dinner roll recipe, just turned it vegan. And the results were awesome! The vegan buns turned out to be extremely soft and very flavorful too.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I had mentioned in my Traditional Hot Cross Buns post, I first baked them almost a year and a half ago and not around Easter. I baked them because we got talking about Goa, my hubby has spent a few years there and loves the food to bits!! So he suddenly remembers these Easter Buns that he learnt to bake during his first year in college, obviously he wanted me to make them because he had such a craving!! Lol! So I tried it after a few days using Joy of Baking’s recipe, yes because he only knows what he had learnt but doesn’t remember one ingredient or recipe, hehe! The Easter Buns did turn out delicious! So I kept that recipe handy and made some changes in the quantities to make a smaller batch, which were so delicious. Absolutely melt in the mouth good. Little did I know that the Vegan ones will turn out even more delicious.

These Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns are surprisingly easy to make if you try these, mildly sweet and studded with some dry fruits, they are one of our favorite breads so far! The crumb is moist and yet very distinct as you can see in the picture below.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Please do note that I have small batches here just enough for 2 persons, you can double the recipe or even triple it for a larger batch. Let us bake some Vegan Hot Cross Easter Buns! They are very easy to make and you’ll need very basic ingredients from your pantry.

These steps are for active dry yeast –
Take 1/4 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).
For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.
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 1/4 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. Click here for stepwise pictures.

These steps are for instant yeast – 
For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Add the oil and add the instant yeast.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time and knead a dough.
We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.

These steps are for every kind of yeast –
The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Knead for about 8-10 minutes.
You can add some more flour if it’s the dough is still too sticky and again knead it well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and softer it will be. (avoid adding too much flour, that will make the buns too hard, I added just 1 tsp.)
Smoothen the dough with more oil. (I added about 1 tsp more oil.)

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Once the dough has become smooth, place it the greased bowl for it’s first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 50 mins or so.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
The dough almost doubled after 50 minutes.
Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.
Add in the sultanas and some tutti frutti (optional) and kneaded them into the dough.

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I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 4 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this)

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns.
Grease the baking tin with oil and place the divided dough in it. Shaped them and brushed each portion with some oil.

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Then I left them for the second rise/ prove in the tin for 30 mins.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Mix together the flour and water to make the paste for making the cross. Fill it in a small piping bag and make the crosses.

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Preheat the oven at 200’c for 10 mins. Place the tin on the middle rack and bake the Pav for 20 mins @ 200’c using both the upper and the lower heating coil/ rods/ elements.
Please note every oven works differently hence adjust the temperature and duration according to that.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

I brushed them with some more oil as they came out the oven. You can even brush them with some melted apricot preserve. These buns stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

These buns are delicious, studded with dry fruits, mildly spiced and sweet with the tradition cross marked over each bun. They mark the end of Lent. I have shared my version of vegan Hot Cross Buns, do try them. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Easter, Side Dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 buns
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1+1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar if using active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp instant yeast you can use active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water not scaldingly hot
  • 2 tbsp oil plus extra to grease and brush
  • 2 tbsp black sultanas
  • 2 tbsp flour + 2 tsp plain water to make the paste

Instructions

These steps are for active dry yeast -

  1. Take 1/4 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. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.

  3. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.

    Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.

  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 1/4 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. Click here for stepwise pictures.

These steps are for instant yeast -

  1. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar. Add the oil and add the instant yeast.

  2. Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time and knead a dough. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.

These steps are for every kind of yeast -

  1. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface. Knead for about 8-10 minutes.

  2. You can add some more flour if it's the dough is still too sticky and again knead it well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and softer it will be. (avoid adding too much flour, that will make the buns too hard, I added just 1 tsp.)

  3. Smoothen the dough with more oil. (I added about 1 tsp more oil.)

  4. Once the dough has become smooth, place it the greased bowl for it's first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 50 mins or so. The dough almost doubled after 50 minutes.

  5. Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.

  6. Add in the sultanas and some tutti frutti (optional) and kneaded them into the dough.

  7. I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 4 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this)

  8. Grease the baking tin with oil and place the divided dough in it. Shaped them and brushed each portion with some oil.

  9. Then I left them for the second rise/ prove in the tin for 30 mins.

  10. Mix together the flour and water to make the paste for making the cross. Fill it in a small piping bag and make the crosses.

  11. Preheat the oven at 200'c for 10 mins. Place the tin on the middle rack and bake the Pav for 20 mins @ 200'c using both the upper and the lower heating coil/ rods/ elements.

  12. Please note every oven works differently hence adjust the temperature and duration according to that.

  13. I brushed them with some more oil as they came out the oven. You can even brush them with some melted apricot preserve. These buns stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container.

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.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

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

corn cheese toasts

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

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

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.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

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.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

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!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

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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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Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

I can live on sandwiches and Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich is one of my go to variants! This sandwich is filled with crunchy vegetables, creamy mayonnaise and a ton of flavor and  texture! You will love how easy it is as it comes together in minutes!!

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich is super easy to make too! It comes together in minutes. It just needs a bit of fine chopping! And I personally love chopping, no electric choppers or food processors for me! I love chopping veggies myself as I can control how small or how large I need the “fine chop”  to be! So it took me about 10 minutes to get the veggies ready. The sandwiches take about another 15 minutes from there!

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich can be made with variations to suit your taste buds. You can add boiled eggs or boiled and shredded chicken instead of the veggies. However, the veggie version is our favorite and we never make any changes to them. It is a great way to get on with a good dose of fresh veggies in your meals along with great taste! 🙂 Rainbow Veggie Rolls with Peanut Sauce | GF and Vegan

These are my favorite veggies when I am making a Sandwich or rolls. you can play around with any veggies of your choice. These sandwiches are so delicious, you don’t need any dipping sauce or ketchup, etc. However you can pair these with any dip/sauce as per your choice.

If you love your sandwiches, then try these too
Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwiches (curried potato sandwiches)
Chilli Cheese Grilled Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

I love serving my sandwiches with some classic salted crisps or chips and chilled drink to wash it all down. Let us make some sandwiches!

Begin with finely chopping all the vegetables and set them aside in a mixing bowl.

Add American corn, vegan mayonnaise, salt to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped green chilies.
Mix well.

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Take a few slices of bread, apply margarine and some green chutney.
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Spread the sandwich mixture on one slice. Cover it with the other slice.

Heat a griddle/ pan. Smear some margarine on both sides of the sandwich. Roast it well on both sides until the sandwich turns golden and crisp.
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Take them off the heat, slice and serve!

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Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Delicious and easy to make Veggie Loaded Mayo Sandwiches make for the perfect breakfast/ brunch or even a light meal! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp vegan mayonnaise or regular
  • 3 tbsp of each, finely chopped coloured bell peppers, purple cabbage, carrots, cucumber
  • 3 tbsp boiled American corn
  • salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup green chutney recipe in blog archives
  • margarine as needed or use regular butter or oil

Instructions

  1. Begin with finely chopping all the vegetables and set them aside in a mixing bowl.

  2. Add American corn, mayonnaise, salt to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped green chilies. 

  3. Mix well.

  4. Take a few slices of bread, apply margarine and some green chutney. 

  5. Spread the sandwich mixture on one slice. Cover it with the other slice.

  6. Heat a griddle/ pan. Smear some margarine on both sides of the sandwich. Roast it well on both sides until the sandwich turns golden and crisp.

  7. Take them off the heat, slice and serve! 

Love,
Shreya

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Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe is delicious, aromatic and absolutely irresistible! This dish is a staple from Punjab but loved by everyone. It has such a rustic appeal and the textures are definitely so earthy and wholesome. This is truly something which you have to try at least once in your life. 🙂

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe is a very common preparation in most homes but I wanted to share my version which I’ve learnt from my Mom. This is the most delicious version that I’ve ever eaten by far. This recipe is to be savored and revisited time and again! I’ve had guests who love it, my hubby’s colleagues rave about it and my own Mom’s given it a 10 on 10 score when I made it the last time she was visiting us!! It means I’ve nailed it!!

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe would be incomplete without the quintessential Makki ki roti a.k.a maize flour flat breads. It is gluten free, fibrous and has the most earthy aroma. The flavor is deliciously bland that it is what you need to mop up that creamy, aromatic saag!

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe seems a tad involved to begin with but the procedure is very straight forward. The dough for the roti is difficult to roll out as it is made with GF flour and I do not add whole wheat flour or all purpose flour to bind it. I use a small and easy trick my Mom suggested to make the rotis perfectly round every time. It does work like a charm each time 🙂

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Let us see the stepwise recipe here.

For the saag –
Clean, wash and pressure cook the spinach, Sarson ka saag (mustard greens) and the bathua (Chenopodium album) together for 2-3 whistles.
Let the pressure release on it’s own and the let the greens cool down completely.
Once they are cool enough, puree the greens along with the green chilies. Set this puree aside.
Heat mustard oil in a large wok. Let it smoke and then turn off the flame for a minute. Turn on the flame again and add asafoetida (hing). Let it crackle.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe
Next, add the chopped onions and sauté it until it’s golden brown. Then add the ginger-garlic paste.

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Let these cook together until the raw smell of ginger-garlic paste goes away. Then add the chopped tomatoes along with red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix and cook until the oil separates from them.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe
Next, the garam masala powder goes in. Cook for about 5 minutes.


After that, add the ghee and the green puree that we had kept aside. Mix well and let it come to a gentle boil. Then cover the wok and let it cook on low flame for 10 minutes.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe
Next add the butter and lemon juice. Turn off the flame. The saag is done.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

For the makke ki roti
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and salt. Mix Well.

Add boiling hot water and cover the bowl with a lid for 10 minutes.

Then knead the dough adding more water if needed. Use some ghee or oil to smoothen the dough.

This is a gluten free dough so it will keep breaking. Keep the dough aside for 10 minutes before rolling the rotis.

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Spread a large parchment paper/ butter paper. Keep a ball of the dough on this paper, cover with another sheet of parchment or butter paper. Roll gently with a rolling pin. Do not roll the roti too thin.

Keep a griddle/ tava ready on medium flame. Set the rolled roti on the hot griddle with the help of the parchment paper.

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Let the roti cook well on one side, then flip gently and cook on the other side too.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Then place the cooked roti on direct flame and allow the roti to puff up. Remove from the flame and apple butter or ghee. Serve these rotis piping hot with Sarson ka saag.

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Rustic Mustard Greens are slow cooked until they turn creamy and aromatic, taste best when paired with gluten free Corn Meal flatbreads. Typically from Punjabi cuisine, this combination is a quintessential winter delight! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Punjabi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Sarson ka Saag

  • 1.5 cups mustard greens, washed sarson ka saag
  • 1.5 cups spinach greens, washed palak ka saag
  • 1 cup Chenopodium album, washed bathua ka saag
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups plain water to pressure cook
  • 4 tbsp mustard oil
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp ghee clarified butter
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • juice of half a lemon

Makke Ki Roti

  • 3 cups makke ka atta corn meal
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • salt to taste
  • butter/ ghee as needed

Instructions

Sarson Ka Saag

  1. Clean, wash and pressure cook the spinach, Sarson ka saag (mustard greens) and the bathua (Chenopodium album) together for 2-3 whistles.

  2. Let the pressure release on it's own and the let the greens cool down completely.

  3. Once they are cool enough, puree the greens along with the green chilies. Set this puree aside.

  4. Heat mustard oil in a large wok. Let it smoke and then turn off the flame for a minute. Turn on the flame again and add asafoetida (hing). Let it crackle.

  5. Next, add the chopped onions and sauté it until it's golden brown. Then add the ginger-garlic paste.

  6. Let these cook together until the raw smell of ginger-garlic paste goes away. Then add the chopped tomatoes along with red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix and cook until the oil separates from them.

  7. Next, the garam masala powder goes in. Cook for about 5 minutes.

  8. After that, add the ghee and the green puree that we had kept aside. Mix well and let it come to a gentle boil. Then cover the wok and let it cook on low flame for 10 minutes.

  9. Next add the butter and lemon juice. Turn off the flame. The saag is done.

Makke Ki Roti

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and salt. Mix Well.

  2. Add boiling hot water and cover the bowl with a lid for 10 minutes.

  3. Then knead the dough adding more water if needed. Use some ghee or oil to smoothen the dough.

  4. This is a gluten free dough so it will keep breaking. Keep the dough aside for 10 minutes before rolling the rotis.

  5. Spread a large parchment paper/ butter paper. Keep a ball of the dough on this paper, cover with another sheet of parchment or butter paper. Roll gently with a rolling pin. Do not roll the roti too thin.

  6. Keep a griddle/ tava ready on medium flame. Set the rolled roti on the hot griddle with the help of the parchment paper.

  7. Let the roti cook well on one side, then flip gently and cook on the other side too.

  8. Then place the cooked roti on direct flame and allow the roti to puff up. Remove from the flame and apple butter or ghee. Serve these rotis piping hot with Sarson ka saag.

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney is a delicious and easy to make breakfast or lunch box combo. These Idlis are light, fluffy and instant, perfect for a filling and nutritious brunch too. The flavorsome red coconut chutney/ coconut dip goes so well with these Idlis and any variant of dosa or wada. 

I’ve used some freshly chopped veggies in the batter for the Vegetable Poha Idli as it makes it more filling and that’s a great way to sneak in veggies in our meals. You can add any veggies of your choice here. Or you can simply keep them plain, sans any veggies and they will still taste really good!

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

As I was saying that these are deliciously fluffy and they melt in the mouth. I have enjoyed them with just some Udupi style tiffin sambhar too and they tasted heavenly!! You can see the texture here, it is soft and the Poha (flattened rice) gives these Idlis the most beautiful pearly white color. I will confess, I love pristine white Idlis. They always look more scrumptious to me than the paler ones. Besides, adding these veggies gives them a very pretty look too, specks of green and orange and some of the mustard seeds peeping from within each Idli makes them attractive for kids too! 🙂 I usually use recipes off YouTube for these idlis but this time around I have tried my friend Gloria’s recipe, who blogs at Pepper, Chilli and Vanilla and I can swear by her recipes! As expected these idlis turned out just as I wanted them, though her version doesn’t include veggies but it’s a killer recipe! 🙂

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney tastes equally delicious with a podi  (lentil and spice powder) mixed with a bit of oil, it is quite spicy though, so I have enjoyed my Idlis with a generous serving of Red coconut chutney. It is mildly spicy but has the most amazing flavor.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli is best enjoyed when it is fresh. We prefer to consume it within 3-4 hours. The batter is instant, non fermented and making these takes hardly any time. You can also serve them with my Udupi Style White Coconut chutney or Classic Green Coconut chutney.

Also try
Instant Oat and vegetable Idli
Instant Rawa Idli
Udupi Style Idli 

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Let us quickly see the recipe for Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney. 

For the Idli Batter

Rinse and soak Poha with 1/2 cup of curd for 15 minutes or till they turn soft.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Then mash these two together until smooth.

Next add the fine rawa, the remaining 1/2 cup of curd and water as needed to the mashed  Poha and curd.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Again allow the batter to rest for another 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary to adjust the consistency of the batter.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Season with some salt.

Add chopped carrots and capsicum. Mix well.

For the tempering

Heat oil in a small pan, add hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, mustard seeds, split white lentils. Let them crackle for a minute.

Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

Steaming

Add baking soda just before steaming the Idlis.

Brush the Idli plates with oil and pour the batter immediately and steam the Idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.

Once the Idlis are steamed, rest them for a few minutes before unmolding.

Serve them hot with chutney and sambhar.

For the Red Chutney

Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, garlic cloves, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper –

Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some (hing) asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

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Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Delicious, instant and no ferment Idli is a great breakfast or brunch option. Paired it with some lipsmacking red coconut chutney, these Idlis are loved by everybody! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Vegetable Poha Idli -

  • 1/2 cup Thick Poha flattened rice
  • 3/4 cup fine semolina chiroti rawa
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • a pinch or two of baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • oil to grease the Idli plates as needed
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped capsicum

Tempering -

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing
  • a sprig of fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tsp split white lentils dhooli urad dal

For the Red Chutney -

  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 7-8 nos. whole red chillies
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed

Temper -

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • a few fresh curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing

Instructions

For the Idli Batter -

  1. Rinse and soak Poha with 1/2 cup of curd for 15 minutes or till they turn soft.

  2. Then mash these two together until smooth.

  3. Next add the fine rawa, the remaining 1/2 cup of curd and water as needed to the mashed Poha and curd.

  4. Again allow the batter to rest for another 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary to adjust the consistency of the batter.

  5. Season with some salt.

  6. Add chopped carrots and capsicum. Mix well.

For the tempering -

  1. Heat oil in a small pan, add hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, mustard seeds, split white lentils. Let them crackle

    Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

  2. Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

Steaming -

  1. Add baking soda just before steaming the Idlis.

  2. Brush the Idli plates with oil and pour the batter immediately and steam the Idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.

  3. Once the Idlis are steamed, rest them for a few minutes before unmolding. Serve them hot with chutney and sambhar.

For the Red Chutney -

  1. Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, garlic cloves, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper -

  1. Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some (hing) asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.


Recipe Notes

You can use eno (fruit salt)in place of baking soda.
Adding veggies is optional.
Use a day old home made yogurt as it has a slightly tangy taste. 
If you wont steam the idlis immediately, then add salt and baking soda to the batter just before steaming the Idlis. 

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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No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars are made with just 6 basic ingredients and taste absolutely divine! They are chewy and are packed with so much flavor. Do try these today 🙂 

I am pretty sure it is much better to make these No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars at home rather than buying them. I prefer knowing what goes into them and I can personally control that. They are made with a big bunch of good for you ingredients. Bonus, no added sugar. Instead we have a natural sweetener. That is the beauty of home made goodies, they are safe and without preservatives. 😊

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars are perfect for snacking as they are delicious, they keep you full for so long and easy to carry along as well! They provide as lot of fiber from the nuts and seeds added. You can add any nuts, dry fruits, etc. of your choice. Anything works and they really do taste awesome.

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These granola bars are so perfect because we needn’t bake them. Not everyone has a oven or the time to bake some. Having a fuss free stove top recipe really works like a charm. I, for one, am a big fan of granola bars. They keep me full and when I’m really hungry in the middle of the day, I simply have some of these. They work as a great snack for kids too or you can pack some in their lunch boxes.

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

Let us make some yummy no bake granola bars!!

Grease a 8″ pan with some oil. set aside.

Puree the dates until smooth. Set that aside.

Heat the pan, add the oats and the puffed rice. Stir them around together until they are warm and slightly toasty.

Remove them from the pan and put them in a large mixing bowl.

Add roughly chopped smoked almonds to the warm oats and puffed rice. (you can use regular almonds too, just heat them as well in the pan until they nice and toasty).

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

Next, heat together the peanut butter and the maple syrup until the butter melts. We do not have to cook these.

Add the melted peanut butter and maple syrup to the oats mixture. Also add the dates puree.

Add desiccated coconut and mix everything well. You will have to mix these ingredients using your hands as the dates are too sticky.

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Now spread the mixture onto the greased tray. Again, using your hands, pat the mixture into the tray and flatten the top a bit.

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

You can add the seeds and nuts, some dry fruits on the top and press them down so that they stick nice and good.

Set the tray in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and cut into desired shapes/ sizes.

Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last more than about 3 weeks.

You can freeze them too but then you need to wrap each individual piece in some greaseproof parchment paper. You just need to keep it in room temperature for about 2-3 hours to thaw them before consumption. They will last more than a month if frozen.

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars
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No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These Granola Bars are made with just 6 basic ingredients and taste absolutely divine! They are chewy and are packed with so much flavor.

Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 large bars
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 200 gms seedless dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup use honey if not vegan
  • 3 tbsp puffed rice or rice krispies
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup smoked almonds roughly chopped
  • 1.5 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • pumpkin seeds, cranberry, raisins, etc. as topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Grease a 8" pan with some oil. set aside.
  2. Puree the dates until smooth. Set that aside.
  3. Heat the pan, add the oats and the puffed rice. Stir them around together until they are warm and slightly toasty.
  4. Remove them from the pan and put them in a large mixing bowl.

  5. Add roughly chopped smoked almonds to the warm oats and puffed rice. (you can use regular almonds too, just heat them as well in the pan until they nice and toasty).
  6. Next, heat together the peanut butter and the maple syrup until the butter melts. We do not have to cook these.

  7. Add the melted peanut butter and maple syrup to the oats mixture. Also add the dates puree.

  8. Add desiccated coconut and mix everything well.

  9. You will have to mix these ingredients using your hands as the dates are too sticky.

  10. Now spread the mixture onto the greased tray.

  11. Again, using your hands, pat the mixture into the tray and flatten the top a bit.

  12. You can add the seeds and nuts, some dry fruits on the top and press them down so that they stick nice and good.

  13. Set the tray in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and cut into desired shapes/ sizes.

  14. Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last more than about 3 weeks.
  15. You can freeze them too but then you need to wrap each individual piece in some greaseproof parchment paper. You just need to keep it in room temperature for about 2-3 hours to thaw them before consumption. They will last more than a month if frozen.

Love,
Shreya

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No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

Recipe is adapted from the Minimalist Baker.
Styling is inspired from Everyday Easy Eats. 

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