Cultivated in the Punjab region, on the border of India and Pakistan, Basmati rice is a long-grain rice with floral and woody notes. Its name means Queen of Perfume in Hindi (or Prince of Fragrances, depending on the translation). Low in sodium and with a low to medium glycemic index, it is also quick to cook, hence its popular success. I invite you with this recipe to a deliciously flavored trip.

Golden Basmati Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/2 Large Yellow Onion (chopped finely)
  • 2 tbsp Vegan Butter (or Olive oil)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon
  • 1/2 oz Dried raisins
  • 1/2 oz Roasted almonds (chopped finely)
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute onion in a non-stick pot over low heat in butter until gold and soft.

  2. Add spices, rice, water and mix thoroughly.

  3. Cover with a lid and let simmer for about 18 to 20 minutes.

  4. Once the rice is cooked, remove from heat and add raisins and almonds and mix. Salt to taste then serve.

Here is a classic and exotic dish that I prepare very often, one of my favorite: Dahl.  Dhal (or Dal or Daal) is one of these pillars of Indian cuisine (such  as rice or curry) also found in Pakistani and Sri Lankan cuisine…It is made with legumes such as lentils (usually red), split peas, chickpeas or beans, seasoned with different spices and herbs (depending on the family budget and which part of India they live), to which water or coconut milk is added. It is most often served with rice (like my Golden Basmati Rice) or bread (Chapati or Naan). It is divine and highly comforting during cold weather (I live in California but will eat Indian food anytime). I hope you like it.

Dahl
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Ingredients
  • 3.5 oz Red lentils
  • 1/2 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/3 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 4 oz Coconut milk (full fat)
  • 4.5 oz Canned tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 7 oz Water
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric and sauté for about 3 minutes, until soft.

  2. Add lentils and water, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 25 minutes. 

  3. Add coconut milk, tomatoes, Garam Masala, cover with a lid and let it simmer for another 15 minutes.

  4. Once ready, add salt, pepper, lemon juice, top with a few chopped cilantro leaves and serve.

Recipe Notes

I like to serve Dahl with my Golden Basmati Rice.

 

I’ve always loved a good Risotto and usually use Arborio rice (which you can easily find at Whole Foods, Target or online on Amazon). But this time I wanted to try a different, healthier version. So I decided to use white quinoa (bought at Trader’s Joe from which this recipe is adapted). Personally I can’t do quinoa but plenty of my friends do and they absolutely looooved that recipe! So go ahead try it and let me know how you liked it.

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

 

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 oz Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup White Quinoa rinsed
  • 2 1/2 cups Veggie broth kept warm in pan
  • 2 1/2 tbsp White wine
  • 1 Shallot diced
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan vegan
  • 2 tbsp Sour Cream vegan
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and saute until golden and soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

  2. Lower heat, add shallot and garlic and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. 

  3. Increase heat to medium and add the quinoa. Stir for about 3 minutes until quinoa is slightly toasted. Lower heat to a simmer. Add the wine and continue to stir until absorbed. 

  4. Pour about 1/2 cup of warm broth into quinoa and continue to stir and simmer until completely absorbed. keep stirring in broth 1/2 cup at a time until quinoa is creamy, about 20 minutes.

  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the vegan Parmesan, remove from heat, cover with a lid and let stand for 2 minutes.

  6. Stir in the mushrooms and vegan sour cream. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley on top.

Recipe Notes

If you don't want to use white wine, you can use Apple Cider Vinegar instead. For each cup of white wine, use 1/2 cup of ACV mixed with 1/2 cup of water.

Spicy Moroccan Carrots
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Medium carrots (peeled and sliced thinly)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 TBSP Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Pickled lemon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Boil carrots for about 10 minutes. Once cooked, drain and set aside to cool down.

  2. In a cooking pan, drizzle olive oil. Add carrots, garlic, cilantro and all spices.

  3. Cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.

  4. You can either serve it cold as a salad or warm as a side dish.

 

 

 

The French word “Jardinière” doesn’t translate to English. Best I could come up with was mixed veggies, and truly, that’s exactly what it is. There are many ways to cook and spice vegetables but I chose my Grandmother’s way, the healthy way…Well kind of…I replaced the olive oil with butter (yes, vegan!) to have less of a “grown-up” taste and more of a “baby taste”. Because we all need some comfort food that is vegan and healthy, don’t we now?

Jardinière de Légumes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP Vegan Butter
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 4 medium Carrots (sliced)
  • 3 medium Gold Potatoes (cubed)
  • 2 Cups Broccoli Florets
  • 3 Cups Cauliflower Florets
  • 8 Oz Water
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a non stick cooking pot, melt the butter and sauté the onion until golden

  2. Add carrots and potatoes then add the water. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes

  3. Add the cauliflower and broccoli and cook for another 10 minutes, until tender

  4. Add salt to taste then serve

 

Summer is just around the corner for us Angelenos but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good hearty autumn meal. I originally intended to make a white bean salad but got inspired at the last minute and decided on this dish instead. Great über major idea! It was delicious. So quick and simple to make too…a true winner for a cozy dinner. Enjoy!

Haricots Blancs à la Bretonne
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Can Cannellini White Beans (15 Oz)
  • 8 Oz Tomato Sauce (Marinara is fine)
  • 3/4 Cup Yallow Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Oz Vegan Butter
  • 1/2 TBSP White Flour
Instructions
  1. Rinse beans then set aside

  2. Melt butter in a deep non stick frying pan

  3. Add onions and sauté until translucent

  4. Sprinkle flour then cook for about 2 minutes stirring constantly

  5. Add tomato sauce and salt to taste. Mix well then simmer over very low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes

  6. Add beans, mix and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

  7. Serve hot

When you are hungry and bored…many magical things could happen! After a long day of work at home, an empty stomach and not much in the fridge, I decided to improvise. I used what I had on hand and the result came out so yummy! I hope you enjoy this Indian inspired recipe. Bon appétit! (You don’t pronounce the “t” at the end :-))

Curried Brown Rice
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Author: Corinne
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cup Short Grain Brown Rice
  • 1 large Yellow Onion (sliced thin)
  • 1 small Carrot (cut in small cubes)
  • 1/4 Cup Green Peas
  • 2 cloves Garlic (sliced thin)
  • 1/8 Cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Curry
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 1/4 Cup Water
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Cook onions, garlic and carrots with all spices in oil in a non-stick pot on low heat until onions are golden.

  2. Add rice and water. Set the heat to maximum, and bring the rice/water to a boil uncovered. Add green peas then put the lid on the pot, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes (cooking time will vary based on the brand).

  3. Turn off the heat, and let the rice sit in the covered pot for another 10 minutes. 

  4. Top with cilantro and serve.