Though I don't adhere to a vegan diet as I do so enjoy cheese, yogurt and eggs on occasion, most of my main meals are decidedly vegan. That's easy as I happen to enjoy Indian cooking and there is a plethora of dishes that are superb without any dairy. And it is not just Indian cuisine either that can be made without dairy. When a recipe calls for yogurt or cream, I think creamy coconut milk. Traditional potato and Caesar salads can be dressed up with an avocado-based alternative. Just to cite a few examples. But moving along to the recipe… and a short review;
Surely I have enough cookbooks to start a small bonfire. In addition to the books, I have tons of bookmarked recipes and printouts waiting to happen. So I don't really need any more cookbooks, but sometimes there are a few that catch my interest and all restraint is thrown into the wind.
My latest purchase was a copy of Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen. I have been following Richa's blog for a good many years now, and there is a wealth of creative and innovative recipes to keep me going for weeks on end, but the idea of a hard copy with carefully selected favorites, complete with beautiful photos, all packed into a neat little volume, piqued my curiosity. And I was not disappointed. In fact, it is one of my newest favorite cookbooks. The beauty about Richa's offerings is that they are traditional, creative and geared also toward home cooks. The recipes are easy to follow with the unique twist that Richa adds to everything she shares. Between the covers are recipes for breakfast, small plates and snacks, vegetable curries, legumes, one-pot meals, mains, flat breads, spice blends, chutneys and even desserts.
The first one I tried was this aromatic chickpea dish. The original recipe calls for sorghum flour, and though I have enough different flours to fill a small freezer, this is one I didn't have on hand. I used whole wheat flour instead. At some point, I am sure I will pick up some sorghum, but in the meantime this dish is not only easy to make, but so flavorful that all you need is some rice to balance out the meal. Buttery soft chickpeas are dressed up with an array of spices and seeds that make your kitchen smell so heavenly you can hardly wait to sit down and enjoy the meal. Spicy yes, but not overpowering because of the aromatics, this one can be made soupy or drier, depending on your preference.
|Chickpeas in a Spicy Aromatic Gravy|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook
Published on May 28, 2015
Buttery soft chickpeas simmered in a rich coconut gravy seasoned with aromatic spices and seeds
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I'm sharing this with Jac's Meat Free Monday weekly event and also her monthly bookmarked recipes. Cooks know you can never have enough recipes, though of course, there is never enough time in an entire year to try them all.
More spicy chickpea dishes to enjoy:
Aloo Gobi with Chickpeas
Chickpeas in a Tomato and Tamarind Gravy with Spices
Spicy Sour Chickpea Masala
Spicy Chickpeas in a Tangy Tomato Glaze
On the top of the reading stack: Teff Love: Adventures in Vegan Ethiopian Cooking
Audio: Tim Hecker