Pasali Keerai Kootu

Sri Lanka has a variety of greens (keerai in Tamil) that are used in traditional meals and for their health benefits. Pasali Keerai is a type of Spinach that grows commonly in tropical weather. Leaves are thick and dark green with a slimy texture when squeezed or torn. Leaves and tender stems are used in…

Vegan Creamy Bell Pepper Soup

Creamy soups are usually made with heavy cream or whole milk. I have made soups with almond milk since almond milk does not have strong taste or smell. This time I wanted to get the thick creamy taste for my soup and almond milk does not give that texture. When pureed, silken tofu is something…

Tempeh Fritters

Tempeh is sold in multiple varieties.  It can be just made from soybeans or a mixture of soybeans with other grains.  It has a nutty flavor and taste.  For this recipe I have combined with a fragrant lemon grass and ginger with coriander leaves that is formed into small patties and fried.  These fritters can…

Spicy Peerkangai (Ridge Gourd) Curry

Ridge gourd does not have any strong flavor, taste or smell.  When made with a lot of spices, it brings out the flavor that mingles with the spices and make a great side dish which can be consumed with rice or any type of bread such as Naan, Paratha, Chappathi, or Roti. Ingredients: 1 large…

Dried Fruit, Nut & Seed Loaf

Once baked this loaf will be quite heavy and dense that is packed with different types of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.  For dried fruits dried apples, dried plums can be used.  For nuts, I would suggest using any combination of cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds.  Peanuts would not be a great idea since…

Skillet Toasted Oatmeal Triangles with Fruit Compote

This delicious wholesome breakfast dish is quite easy to make and does not call for ingredients that some one need to run to the store to pick up.  When I cook oatmeal for breakfast, I always add dried fruits and nuts.  A while ago I saw a recipe similar to this – baked chocolate quinoa. …

Fava Bean and Cauliflower Curry

Fava bean is something new that I have never bought or cooked.  Since I have been trying to include as much protein as possible in dishes I thought to use fava beans for this recipe. I bought the blanched dried fava beans which does not need overnight soaking.  It can be just soaked for a…

Rice noodles with sprouted mung beans

Current situation (COVID 19) is having a big impact on every one’s daily life including long lines in grocery stores and not being able to get the needed vegetables or other products.  I made this dish with the ingredients I had in handy.  But you can replace any of these ingredients with your favorite one. …

Chinese style Tofu fried rice bulgur

I have been thinking of making  Chinese fried rice for a while.  Finally I got all the needed ingredients and decided to use Bulgar instead of rice.  The main reason to use Bulgar is it’s much healthier and has lot of nutrients as well as gives a nice a nutty flavor.  The nutty flavor gives…

Bulgar with roasted mini peppers and tofu

This is a recipe that includes any available colorful veggies packed with nutrients.  If you don’t have the same ingredients, you can use any available vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Asparagus etc according to your liking. I like using fresh vegetables instead of frozen or canned ones since fresh vegetables bake well and they…