Sweet and nutty with just a hint of spice, this coconut rice with sliced almonds and currants is a perfect side dish for so many things, including spicy curries, a simple chicken or poached fish with fresh herbs. It’s also fully satisfying all on its own — or maybe even with a runny egg on top for breakfast. Made with brown basmati rice and coconut milk, it's sneakily on healthier side of comfort food.
One of the most cherished foods in ancient ayurvedic holistic medicine practice, mung beans are a powerhouse of nutrients. Crunchy and nutty, they hold up wonderfully in salads and quickly soak up all the flavors of the dressing, which in this case is a powerful combo of cumin, caraway and fennel seeds.
Sweet roasted red peppers paired with crisp cucumber and spicy red onion are the perfect combo for this chewy naan flatbread. Roasted garlic hummus and a slightly spicy cilantro chutney add a creamy element and pack this wrap full of summery flavors that make it perfect for a weekend picnic or lunch.
Creamy, slightly sweet and tangy from the lime and coconut milk, this carrot and lentil soup is light, yet so filling and rich in protein. The curry powder adds just the right amount of spice for this dish, which can be served either warm or chilled for a summer lunch or dinner alongside a little green salad. Omit the yogurt garnish at the end to make this entirely vegan.
Salty, sweet, sour, spicy, tangy, crunchy — this chickpea chaat bowl hits all the right flavor and texture notes. My take on the classic Indian snack food, bhel puri, this version has chickpeas instead of puffed rice and extra greens and veggies to make it a healthy, satisfying snack or full meal all on its own.