Kadai Tofu (Tofu & Peppers in Creamy Tomato Sauce)

VeganMofo Day 18: I rarely used Tofu in Indian dishes, I’m not sure why I have never tried it before. Tofu to me is a very Asian ingredient and I tend to use in Chinese or Thai dishes. I know tofu is very versatile and I finally decided to use it in a way I’ve never used it before. Veganmofo is going pretty good so far, I missed 4 days so far and hopefully I can keep up the momentum and finish the month with no further disruptions. The little one is keeping us busy, so most of my blogging…

Vegan Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

VeganMofo Day 17: Today is my husband’s birthday and since he’s a big chocoholic I wanted to make a vegan chocolate cake for him. Tres Leche cake is one of my favorite cakes and I decided to make a chocolate version. I adapted the Tres Leche Cake recipe from “Viva Vegan” cookbook by Terry Hope Romero to include chocolate. The original recipe uses coconut extract in the cake, I used orange extract instead as I like those flavors together. Also the original recipe had a coconut cream frosting, but I made a simple vegan cream cheese frosting.

Fruit Salad with Vegan Custard

VeganMofo Day 16: Rice Milk that I bought from Trader Joe’s is still sitting in my fridge waiting to be used. The consistency of the milk is very thin, almost water like and I can’t see myself using it in my morning coffee (I started to like my coffee with soy milk these days). So after using it in these cupcakes and smoothie, I wanted to try and see how it would work in a custard. Back home in India, my mom always made custard using the box mix, which is basically corn starch with added flavoring. I didn’t know…

Tempeh Rendang

VeganMofo Day 15: Today’s recipe is from the cookbook “Way to Cook Vegetarian” by Cooking Light. Rendang is a spicy Indonesian dish usually made with meat, this recipe uses tempeh instead of meat. Tempeh has stronger flavor than tofu and has a meaty texture that works great in this dish. Serve with steamed white rice and simple grated carrot dressed with lemon juice for a complete meal.

Gongura Pappu (Dal with Sorrel Leaves)

VeganMofo Day 14: Fall is in the air in our neck of woods, chilly days and color changing leaves. I planted some sorrel in my container garden this year, with the changing weather I harvested the last of the leaves before the frost got them. Gongura or sorrel is a leafy green vegetable that is tangy and delicious. Gongura pachadi is one of the most famous dishes that is a must in any Andhra kitchen. Another delicious creation with this tangy greens is this dal; its spicy, tangy and yummy. Served with rice and a dry saute on the side,…

Oats Upma with Carrot & Peas

VeganMofo Day 12: Breakfast on a weekday in our household used to be a quick toast with pb&j or cereal. Being home and having my mom around, we have started to have more substantial breakfasts now. Today morning I made this quick and healthy Oats Upma (porridge). I was planning on using Steel Cut Oats, but ran short of time, so ended up using Rolled oats for a quicker breakfast. Also I grated a carrot and added it, so it cooks faster. Veggies like potato, peppers, green beans, shredded cabbage etc can also be added.

Vegan Banana-Chocolate Chip Cupcake

VeganMofo Day 8: This is going to be a quick post with a delicious Banana-chocolate chip cupcake recipe. I wanted to use up some of the very ripe bananas that I had on hand and found this recipe. Though I was only able to use only of the 1 of the said bananas, I was happy I tried the recipe. These cupcakes are moist with subtle banana flavor and the almond extract totally complements the flavors. Frost with your favorite frosting or enjoy as is (which is what we did). Next time, I’ll use half whole-wheat pastry flour to make…

Sourdough Chocolate Bread

VeganMofo Day 5: My sourdough starter has been neglected for quite sometime now. During my 3rd trimester, I neither had the energy nor the time to even feed the poor starter. I can’t even explain why or how I brought it out and fed it just hours before I rushed to the hospital for delivery!!!! I had the presence of mind to put it back in the fridge before leaving the house (??). So finally I felt it was time to use the sourdough starter and I made this amazing Sourdough Chocolate Bread. I had this recipe bookmarked forever and…