Richa Hingle is the prolific and award winning recipe developer, blogger, and photographer behind VeganRicha. Her instructions are easy to follow and her step-by-step photographs welcome the uninitiated into their kitchen. She loves to show people how easy it is to cook vegan Indian or other cuisines. Her first cookbook Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen, about easy and delicious Indian Vegan..
Tempeh Cauliflower Potato Tamarind Curry. South Indian Coconut and tamarind curry with veggies.Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Recipe. Can be Soyfree. Jump to Recipe
My aim with the blog is to introduce flavorful new ways to add more plant focused meals to our and your repertoire. That means making some Indian cooking simpler and more approachable. Some of these options are home meals or regional recipes that are mostly never found in Indian restaurants.
Exhibit a this Tofu Amritsari Masala which keeps getting made so many times, Exhibit b Black eyed Pea Brown Rice Peanut Pulao which has amazing flavor and texture. There are several recipes in my drafts too, that I have to edit and schedule intermittently. Sometimes they take a back seat in favor of the more popular options.
The sauce today is inspired from South Indian style Tamarind Chiken Curry. I use Tempeh for the Protein and added potatoes and cauliflower because I had to use them up and all work really well in the sauce. You can make this soyfree with more of the veggies, some cooked chickpeas/beans/lentils or chickpea tofu.
As with some regional Indian cooking, sometimes the ingredient list is longer as they use whole and ground spices in combination to create their own flavor. The sauces and curries in many regional Indian cuisines are not just sauce base + garam masala. The flavor gets built up with various spices and ingredients.
For this sauce, the dry whole spices such as coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek and black pepper are toasted and then ground and blended with tomato. The mixture is then added to golden onions and simmered to make a deep flavored sauce. Add veggies or tempeh or anything else and simmer to infuse the veggies with the flavor. Garnish with lemon and Serve with rice or flatbread.
Vegan Chickpea Brownies. Grain free Brownies with chickpeas and nut butter or seed butter. These Vegan Gluten free Brownies Can be made without nuts. Fudgy Healthy No Added Oil, No Added refined sugar Jump to Recipe
I am always playing around with beans and lentils in desserts And the successful results show up on the blog! You all have been loving my lentil brownies and this Chickpea Cookie Pie. In this version, I use chickpeas for a fudgy delicious brownie!
These Vegan Chickpea Brownies need a few ingredients, cooked chickpeas, nut butter or seed butter, chocolate in various forms (melted, chips and cocoa powder), vanilla, almond flour and baking powder. They are also grain-free!, have no added refined oil or added refined sugar. There might be sugar, oil in the chocolate chips depending on which you choose to use. There are brands that use just cocoa butter and are unsweetened or sweetened with stevia.
These Brownies are smoother(no bean skin!), fudgyier and tastier than bean brownies and use less sugar and fat than regular brownies. Everything gets added to a food processor to process to a smooth stiff batter, which is spread in a brownie pan and baked. Serve these warm with vegan ice cream!
Tofu Bhurji – Vegan Bhurji or Akoori . Indian Scrambled eggs. Tofu scrambled with onion, tomato, cilantro and cumin for a delicious Eggless Bhurji Scramble Breakfast. 1 Pot 15 mins Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Recipe. Can be soyfree. Jump to Recipe
Morning Savory Breakfast while growing up were a few repeat options. Poha, Upma, Savory Chickpea Flour pancakes, steamed savory cakes etc. Egg bhurji (Indian scrambled eggs), and paneer bhurji(scrambled paneer) were one of the options for days one of us kids had some active events. Bhurji means scramble mix. The key feature of my Mom’s bhurji was that there would be more of the onion, tomato and cilantro than the paneer. It must have been because one of us was picky about it. But the balance of those flavors works out so perfectly!
This version with tofu is a simple scramble with a few ingredients. But when done, it becomes a vibrant, delicious, savory, satisfying meal o start the day. The bhurji is best served hot with toasted breads or in a breakfast bowl. Make this with chickpea flour tofu for soyfree.
The recipe is flexible to taste, add veggies of choice, change up the spices and make this your own.
Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta – 30 mins! Creamy Lemon Alfredo style sauce with tofu with fettuccine and pan roasted garlic asparagus and more lemon. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Can be Glutenfree. 17 gm of protein Jump to Recipe
Asparagus is abundant and in season. Fresh, crisp and Delicious and this lemon asparagus pasta celebrates it perfectly! It comes together in 30 minutes and has this luscious delicious zesty cream sauce. The sauce uses tofu and non dairymilk and herbs for the sauce, See below for soyfree option. Tofu makes the sauce so fluffy creamy! Lemon in various forms at various stages of the sauce, lemon juice and zest in the blended sauce, zest and slices while simmering, makes this incredibly delicious! Hubbs couldnt believe it was tofu! and 2 serves went down within minutes.
This Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta is all things Spring. Lemony, Creamy, filled with asparagus and makes a great weeknight meal! Lets cook.
Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes! 1 Pot, 30 min, freezer friendly tangy flavorful sloppy lentils. Serve in sandwiches with slaw or over tater tots or baked potato. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Oilfree Recipe Jump to Recipe
Lentil Sloppy Joes are a quick meal filled with protein and tons of flavor. They pair well with various condiments. Serve these with some pickled onion, slaw or other toppings. Serve them in wraps or sandwiches or over baked potato, baked fries or potato salad. Make a bowl with some veggies, dip and toasted bread!
Lentils come in various colors and have different cook times. They also vary in flavor. I use green lentils for these vegan sloppy joes as they are more hardy and don’t get mushy easily. They are cooked with onion,pepper, carrots, celery, seasonings such as taco, chili or bbq, and tomato. The result is this hearty flavorful saucy sloppy joes. You can vary the flavor with other herbs and blends, add more or less tomato to preference. Lets make these! As always, saucepan option is in the notes.
Shikanji or Nimbu Pani is a spiced drink similar to lemonade. It needs just 7 ingredients and is a refreshing drink for summer. Indian Lemonade or limeade spiced with cumin and kala namak. Vegan Recipe Jump to Recipe
It is finally getting warm out here and Shikanji is starting to make an appearance! This Indian Limeade has Just 7 Ingredients, is Zesty, and so refreshing. A hint of spices such as cumin and kala namak (yes that egg flavored Indian sulphur salt!) add a fabulous flavor to this drink.
Lime is the choice of citrus but lemon makes a great shikanji too. Make sure to make a large pitcher worth as everyone will fight over it!
Baked Vegan Cheesecake. 8 Ingredients, No refined sugar. No prep and soaking needed. Perfectly creamy Date sweetened Cheesecake with Cashew butter. Easily Glutenfree with a glutenfree crust. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe
Vegan cheesecakes in restaurants and store bought have been more misses than hits. The texture generally is on point, its the flavor that can throw me off. I make variations of these cheesecake with fabulous results every time. I’ve had this baked cheesecake in the drafts for a while, so lets get to it!
The filling uses vegan yogurt and vegan cream cheese for amazing flavor and tang and some volume from the smooth cashew butter. Cashew butter means no soaking needed and no high speed blender needed! It is sweetened with dates and some coconut sugar and baked into a premade crust to a creamy delicious state.
Adjust the flavor and sweetness of the filling before baking! Bake into 1 large pie or mini cheesecakes with a simple almond crust or other other pie crust of choice. Serve with vegan whipped cream or ice cream, berries or a seasonal berry compote.
Vegan Cajun Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Chimichurri Sauce. 30 Mins, super Flavorful. Slice into thick slices or just chop into florets to make this delicious Cajun Cauliflower. Serve with chimichurri or a cooling dressing. Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe
I’ve wanted to make just the Cajun cauliflower since I posted the now very popular Garlic pasta with roasted cajun cauliflower. Creamy Pasta with smoky spicy cauliflower makes a fabulous weekday meal! I make my own cajun blend so I can control the flavor and heat and it works out wonderfully over cauliflower.
For crispier cauliflower, add some breadcrumbs to the spice mix and then toss. Adjust the heat of the cajun seasoning by reducing cayenne, pepper flakes, black pepper and using more of sweet paprika. Serve these Cajun Caulilfower “steaks” with some cooked grains or beans in a bowl with some hearty crunchy greens or lettuce to make a meal. Lets bake!
These Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are melt in your mouth, delicious and hearty cookies. They need 1 Bowl, just 8 Ingredients and are ready within 30 Minutes. Easily made Gluten-free. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe
There’s something about Peanut butter, chocolate chips and oats in a cookie. Its nutty, hearty with the oats and chocolate because well chocolate. These cookies are a cross between my almond butter oatmeal cookies and sunbutter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. These need just 1 Bowl and 8 Ingredients! No vegan butter or oil, no refined sugar, no whipping or electric mixer needed!
Add spices of choice for variation, add some toasted nuts and seeds to make these into Breakfast Or Snack Cookies. These Cookies have no added refined sugar (if you use sugar free chocolate or dried fruit like raisins, currants, blueberries or cranberries) and No added oil (depends on your nut butter). Before it gets too hot to bake, lets make these super Easy and Super Delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!
For a nutfree version try my sunbutter Oatmeal cookies. These cookies can easily be made without gluten, use certified gf oats and a gf blend.
30 Instant Pot Vegan Indian Recipes! Dals, Beans, Tikka Masala, Butter Sauce, Chana Masala, Saag, Korma, Aloo Gobi, Kitchari, Gajar Halwa and more. Indian Vegetarian Recipes. Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree options.
I’ve been posting a lot of Instant Pot Recipes and converting old recipes to Instant pot too! So here’s a running set of recipes that are Indian and Vegan and made in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Everyday favorites like tikka masala sauce, butter chikin, korma and regional Indian fare like kohlapuri veggies, black eyed pea pulao, masala eggplant and more! Pressure cookers have been used in Indian cooking for many decades, way before Instant Pot. So there are stove top pressure cooker instructions on many of my old recipes and in my cookbook. The same process steps apply to the instant pot. Just add a few mins more to the cooking times for beans and chickpeas based recipes, as stove top pressure cookers cook under higher pressure and hence will cook the food just slightly faster than an Instant Pot.
What are your favorites! I’ll be adding more to the blog too, so send me your requests in the comments!