Mughlai Vegetable Biryani Recipe

May 21, 2012

I imagine that 500 years ago Indian emperors ate like this. Steaming hot biryanis straight from the handi (a cooking vessel), scented with cinnamon, safron and nuts and served with a cool minty raita. Mughlai cooking originated in India around the 16th century, during the Mughal empire. Mughlai cuisine is rich and flavorful. It uses [...]

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White Bean and Porcini Mushroom Soup

May 2, 2012

Dried porcini mushrooms are a beautiful thing. They have a meaty flavor, and a deep umami taste. Boil dried porcinis in water, and you have yourself the best vegetarian substitute for beef broth.  I always rehydrate extra porcinis, and freeze the stock in ice cube trays. This way I always have a flavorful stock on [...]

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Broccoli Paratha – a Step by Step Recipe

April 20, 2012

I make parathas often – they are a delicious, substantial meal and you can fill them with lots of different things. I usually make the traditional paneer parathas or aloo (potato) filled parathas. But lately I’ve been experimenting with different types of fillings. These broccoli parathas are a recent favorite. Broccoli Paratha Recipe – a [...]

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Eggless Cornflakes Cookies

April 6, 2012

I really shouldn’t have made these cookies. I can’t stay away from them now! These buttery cookies with crunchy bits of cornflakes are an easy, eggless treat that you can make in no time. You can even make the cookie dough ahead of time and bake it when needed. If you’ve been reading my travel [...]

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Laila’s Arabic Lentil Soup

April 2, 2012

Have you entered the Herbivoracious cookbook giveaway yet? You only have 2 days left to win Michael Natkin’s brand new vegetarian cookbook, Herbivoracious! Click here to enter the giveaway! Now on to Laila’s delicious Arabic lentil soup recipe! I was in Bethlehem a few months ago, staying with a Palestinian family. (You can read all [...]

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Triple Smoky Mac and Cheese Recipe from Herbivoracious Cookbook and a Giveaway

March 28, 2012

When I received a review copy of my friend Michael Natkin’s new cook book Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes, I was so thrilled and so hungry. Thrilled because Michael is my favorite vegetarian blogger and his site is full of creative vegetarian recipes. Hungry because Michael’s book is one [...]

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Cooking with a Palestinian Grandmother and Christmas in Bethlehem. A Vegetarian Journey Through Israel and Palestinian Territories Part II

March 22, 2012

My first vegetarian meal in Bethlehem – dinner at Laila’s house. After a delicious and fun few days in Jerusalem, I headed to Bethlehem for Christmas. (Yes, I am that late with this post, but I’ve finally found the time to write it up!). In Jerusalem, I was already giddy with excitement that I was [...]

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Spinach Mushroom Soup & How to Keep Spinach Green While Cooking

February 14, 2012

This easy spinach and mushroom soup makes me feel good that I’m eating my vegetables. It’s packed with lots of fresh spinach and the great umami flavor of mushrooms. I allow myself a little butter in this recipe; but you can use olive oil instead and make it a vegan soup. When I make pureed [...]

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