Culinary Finds

PP: Aloo Chana Masala

Chef:  Marla Rose
Makes:  6-8 Servings
Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time:  40 minutes
Total Time:  1 hour 

INGREDIENTS

Garam Masala spice blend

  • 1 T ground coriander
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • ½ T ground cumin
  • 1/2 T ground cardamom
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t ground fennel
  • 1 t ground mustard
  • ¼ t ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t ground cayenne
  • 1/8 t ground cloves

Aloo Chana Mixture

  • 1 1/3c low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T fresh ginger minced
  • 2 green chiles (I used Serranos), seeded and minced
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes, diced (I didn’t peel mine, but it’s up to you)
  • 30 oz. cooked chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ½ c frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 t tamarind paste or ½ fresh lime
  • 1 t salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • ½ c cilantro, chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 1/3 c vegetable broth over medium heat.  
  2. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring frequently, for about 8 minutes, adding more stock by the tablespoon if it starts sticking to the pan.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger and chiles, cook another 3 minutes, adding a small amount of stock as needed as you go.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the diced potatoes.  
  5. Add broth by the tablespoon as needed, stirring frequently.  
  6. Cook for about 22-25 minutes, until potatoes are softened.
  7. Add 2 ½ T of Garam Masala and the chickpeas, stirring until coated.  
  8. Lower the heat to medium, add the crushed tomatoes, peas, tamarind paste or lime juice and any remaining broth.  
  9. Cook through for about 5 minutes, stirring often.  

Marla Rose and John Beske hatched the idea for the original VeganStreet.com in 1997.  Vegan Street conveyed the sense of community and spirit of optimism they felt about compassionate living. Through combining their convictions about veganism with their passions for writing, communications and the arts, they began to carve out their perfect vehicle to express it with -- VeganStreet.com.

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PS: Vegan Street Holiday Brownies

Vegan Street:  Marla Rose
Makes:  8 x 8 pan, 9 large or 16 small brownies.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time:  1 hour

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 T ground flax seed
  • 3  T chickpea aquafaba (juice in can)
  • ½ c pure maple syrup
  • ¼ c brown rice syrup
  • 1 ¼ c gluten-free all-purpose flour blend or regular flour
  • ½ c Fair Trade cocoa powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 3/4 c sweet potato purée 
  • 1 T pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ t peppermint extract
  • ½ c, plus two T Fair Trade non dairy chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 - 2 full size, vegan candy canes (not a mini and not a giant one), crushed

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 8-X-8 baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease. 
  2. In a cup, mix together the flax and aquafaba with a small whisk or fork. Allow to sit for 15 minutes in the fridge. 
  3. In a small saucepan, heat together the maple syrup and brown rice syrup over low heat until integrated and more liquid-y. 
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all your dry ingredients – the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, mix together the syrups, extract, flax mix and sweet potato purée. Pour the wet into the dry ingredients; fold in ½ c of the non-dairy chocolate chips. (If the syrup is still warm, this will melt the non-dairy chocolate chips, which is fine.)
  5. Mix together until you have a smooth, thick batter. Spoon into your prepared pan and top with reserved non-dairy chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn down to 180 degrees and bake for five minutes. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes and bake 10 more minutes. Allow to cool. 

Marla Rose and John Beske hatched the idea for the original VeganStreet.com in 1997.  Vegan Street conveyed the sense of community and spirit of optimism they felt about compassionate living. Through combining their convictions about veganism with their passions for writing, communications and the arts, they began to carve out their perfect vehicle to express it with -- VeganStreet.com.

 

 

 

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