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Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen + Giveaway

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When paging through a cookbook actually makes me hungry, I know it’s a winner.  That’s what happened with Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, the new cookbook by Richa Hingle.  By the time I got to the dessert chapter, I needed an Indian food fix and was soon cooking up a batch of Carrot Halwa, and enjoying the fragrance of cardamom gracing my kitchen. I’m excited to participate in Richa’s blog tour with a sample recipe from the book as well as a Giveaway for her Bonus Recipe Bundle.  More about the giveaway at the end of this post, but first, about the sample recipe…. As a card-carrying cauliflower addict, I naturally gravitated to the many distinctively delicious cauliflower recipes in this book, including this recipe for Spicy Baked Cauliflower Florets (known in Indian restaurants as Gobi 65).

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As Richa explains, “There are a few fried cauliflower (gobi) appetizers offered in Indian restaurants. One of the most common ones is Gobi 65, a spicy fried cauliflower in a cornstarch and flour batter with curry leaves. This is a baked version of Gobi 65. You can also fry the cauliflower for a restaurant-style version. Serve alone or with a side of mint-cilantro or coconut chutney.”

Many of the ingredients in Richa’s recipes can be found in any supermarket, although there are some items (such as the curry leaves in the following recipe) that need to be purchased at an Indian or Asian market or online.  Richa’s easy-to-follow recipes accompanied by stunning photographs of all my favorites (and many soon-to-be favorites, I’m sure!) are positively transportive. Richa demystifies Indian spices and other ingredients and her welcoming voice comes through in the recipes, making you feel like she’s in your kitchen with you. If you’re a fan of Indian food but think it’s too complicated to make at home, this book can be a game changer.

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Florets

Gobi 65

Prep: 20 minutes | Active: 20 minutes | Inactive: 30 minutes | Serves 4

To make these gluten-free, use 1/2 cup chickpea flour + 1/4 cup rice flour instead of unbleached all-purpose flour. (Recipe from Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, copyright © 2015 by Richa Hingle. Used by permission Vegan Heritage Press, LLC.)


2 tablespoons chopped red onion

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Garam Masala

1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons cayenne

1 teaspoon sriracha sauce, chile garlic sauce, or other hot sauce

1 (1-inch) knob of ginger

4 cloves garlic

12 curry leaves

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 cup water

2 teaspoons safflower or other neutral oil


Safflower oil spray, as needed

4 1/2 cups small cauliflower florets


1 teaspoon safflower or other neutral oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion

1/3 cup thinly sliced green or red bell pepper

10 curry leaves, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Blend all the ingredients for the batter in a blender and blend until smooth and pasty. Transfer to a large bowl. If the batter is too thin, add 1 tablespoon flour, or more, and mix well.

2. Add the cauliflower florets to the batter, toss to coat, and let marinate for at least 15 minutes. Mix to coat again. Place the florets on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and spray with oil.

3. Bake for 20 minutes, then rotate the baking sheet. Bake until a toothpick passes through the cauliflower easily, about 15 minutes. The total baking time is 30 to 35 minutes.

4. Make the garnish: Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, peppers, and curry leaves, and cook until the onion is golden, 7 to 9 minutes. Garnish the baked cauliflower with the onion mixture. Serve hot.


Bonus Recipe Bundle Giveaway:  The recipe bundle is a collection of recipes that did not make it into the book, including several that are tester favorites.  Leave a comment at the end of this post and tell me your favorite Indian dish or ingredient for a chance to win Richa’s Bonus Recipe Bundle.  The contest closes at midnight Eastern Time on May 26th. A winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 27th. This giveaway is open internationally, so everyone can enter!  And if you don’t have your own copy of Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen cookbook, what are you waiting for?

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  • Danielle May 20, 2015, 9:40 am

    I love Indian food and my favorite ingredient is probably garam masala. I love the sweet and spicy all in one!

  • Ben May 20, 2015, 9:40 am

    My favorite Indian food is actually garlic naan, and sadly, most Indian restaurants put butter in their naan, so I haven’t been able to have it in a long time.

  • Tom McCracken May 20, 2015, 11:17 am

    Fav Dish = Samosas … Fav Spice = Garam Masala

  • Natalie May 20, 2015, 12:05 pm

    I haven’t tried Indian food,but I am eager to do so.

  • Amanda May 20, 2015, 12:42 pm

    My favorite Indian dish is saag, made with coconut milk 🙂

  • Kim May 20, 2015, 1:07 pm

    My favorite dish is Chana Masala.

  • Chris May 20, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I’m not sure how many South Indian recipes Richa does but my favorite Indian dish is definitely masala dosas.

  • Gail May 20, 2015, 2:28 pm

    My favorite Indian dish is vegetable korma, but I haven’t yet found a vegan recipe that truly matches the deliciousness I remember. I also love the dessert rasmalai, and to have a vegan recipe that delivers all the creamy goodness would be a dream come true!

  • Danielle May 20, 2015, 6:25 pm

    I have the most wonderful Indian restaurant near home, I love their vegetarian thali plate….????

  • in2insight May 20, 2015, 8:24 pm

    I adore Indian food, yet my favorite is the almost simple Chana Masala. Could eat that dish daily!

  • Connie May 20, 2015, 8:33 pm

    I love all Indian food, but my current favorite is vegetable biryani.

  • DC Watson May 20, 2015, 9:10 pm

    I am super excited about this book as my goal this year was to master 12 Indian dishes! Favorite Dish is Curried Black-Eyed Peas…I use silken tofu instead of yogurt.

  • Deborah Saas May 20, 2015, 9:25 pm

    Garlic naan!!

  • Vicki S. May 20, 2015, 9:48 pm

    I love the chickpea “pancakes” with veggies in them that I can get at a local restaurant specializing in dishes from the south of India.

  • Ali @ Chickpeas & Change May 20, 2015, 10:29 pm

    I love me a good tamarind sauce!

  • Phill May 20, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Garlic Nana and chickpeas fixed any way.

  • Anne Regen May 20, 2015, 10:38 pm

    I especially love Vegetable Korma. I am looking forward to buying Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen.

  • Melissa K. May 20, 2015, 10:45 pm

    My favorite Indian food is bhel puri…such a wonderful chaat, and it is easy to make vegan!
    Maybe that recipe is in the cookbook?

  • Becca F May 20, 2015, 11:23 pm

    I love Saag aloo. So yummy

  • Annie May 20, 2015, 11:38 pm

    I love the vegetable rice pilafs from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine.

  • Frances Church May 21, 2015, 12:42 am

    Channa Massala is my favourite 🙂

  • Beth May 21, 2015, 3:10 am

    My favorite Indian dish is samosas. Looking forward to enjoying this new cookbook!

  • Carole May 21, 2015, 7:53 am

    I try, and enjoy, any Indian dish that does not include meat…but I can’t say that I have a favorite. At home, I have made Spicy Bombay Beans with chutney for years. It’s an old recipe of Robin’s, but I still like it 🙂

  • Sushma May 21, 2015, 7:58 am

    My favourite is palak and matar paneer

  • Sara May 21, 2015, 9:33 am

    I lived in India for about 3 years when I was 5-8 years old. My favorite of all time is masala dosa! Often hard to find at local restaurants.

  • Sara May 21, 2015, 9:35 am

    India has great breads. I remember my nanny making chapati, and naan is sooooooo yummy!!

  • Tessa O May 21, 2015, 9:45 am

    Naan is the best by far!

  • Orsi May 21, 2015, 9:58 am

    My favorite Indian dish is Aloo Ghobi.

  • Barbara May 21, 2015, 10:08 am

    My favorite is Saag.

  • Simona May 21, 2015, 12:01 pm

    Hard to choose but in my opinion dishes with chickpeas just OWN everything else!

  • Hollie May 21, 2015, 12:53 pm

    My favorite is Choli Samosas from a tiny little restaurant hidden in the back of an Indian grocer. I just got this book today and I don’t even know how to express how much I already love it before ever even trying any recipes. Can’t wait to start cooking.

  • cynthia May 21, 2015, 1:19 pm

    Probably my favorite Indian ingredient is turmeric! The recipe looks fabulous!

  • Richa {VeganRicha.com} May 21, 2015, 1:48 pm

    Thank you for the fabulous review Robin!! <3

  • Katie May 21, 2015, 3:08 pm

    I love chana masala!

  • Brittany Koelmel May 21, 2015, 4:00 pm

    My favorite dish is totally chicken tikka masala!

  • Alyssa Gilmore May 21, 2015, 4:57 pm

    My favorite Indian dishes are vegetarian Korma and vegetarian Tikka Masala – both done extra spicy. I also love Aloo Gobi. I am very interested in learning more about Indian cooking and the regional differences in cooking styles, spices, etc. I would also like to learn more about the art of perfecting Indian rice. This book sounds so interesting!

  • Tracy Thornburg May 21, 2015, 5:32 pm

    Chana masala is the bomb! And I also love anything with potatoes or cauliflower or chickpeas. Frontier’s Vindaloo curry powder is my absolute favorite.

  • Ashley May 22, 2015, 4:35 pm

    I love any dishes with eggplant! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Nicollette D May 22, 2015, 8:51 pm

    I love Indian food. It’s been so easy to get vegan Indian food. Indian food even got me to like eggplant. I can’t wait for this book!

  • katja May 23, 2015, 4:21 am

    My favorite ingredient is chickpea flour and my favorite Indian dish is any kind of dal.

  • Nancy May 23, 2015, 4:36 am

    Samosas w/ coriander chutney, and Saag Panir (vegan – tofu ‘panir’). 🙂

  • cornellflip May 23, 2015, 8:28 am

    My favorite Indian dish is anything with too much cardamom in it. 🙂

  • Corrine May 23, 2015, 11:58 pm

    I definitely can’t go wrong with Naan!

  • Lydia Claire May 23, 2015, 11:59 pm

    I love curries with loads of veggies!

  • Yvonne May 24, 2015, 2:08 pm

    I love Indian food, and especially creamy palak paneer (made with tofu) scooped up with rotis or naan bread – so comforting and rich of flavors!

  • June May 25, 2015, 7:16 am

    Has to be aloo gobi – can’t miss with cauliflower and potatoes, and thank goodness for turmeric, one of my very favorite spices.

  • Kara May 25, 2015, 12:27 pm

    One of my all-time favorites is matar paneer. It’s the one dish I always include when going out for Indian cuisine. It would be wonderful to be able to cook vegan Indian cuisine at home.

  • Carolyn May 26, 2015, 1:30 pm

    I love Indian cuisine but find getting the flavor right at home is difficult. Tamarind chutney is a favorite of mine.

  • Jen May 26, 2015, 2:35 pm

    Vegetable Jalfrezi

  • Anne B May 26, 2015, 10:15 pm

    Masala Dosa

  • Silvia May 26, 2015, 10:17 pm

    Veggie korma is one of my favorite dishes. “Butter” sauces step aside, kormas are taking over the world 🙂

  • Mary May 27, 2015, 7:26 pm

    As to a favorite dish, at the moment it is a toss-up between chat papri and chana masala.2

  • Jessica Piekenbrock May 29, 2015, 12:34 pm

    Any type of curry really…I just love the curry spices and garam masala 🙂

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