Vegan Beet and Potato Stir-fry recipe

Here is a simple vegan stir fry, a classic South Indian side dish that can be had with bread, chapati, or with a warm lentil curry and rice.  Serves 4 2 cups beets, peeled and diced 2 cups potatoes, peeled, diced and soaked in water 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 tsp cumin/jeera powder Salt to taste 1 Tbsp. vegetable or olive oil A sprig of curry leaves Directions: In a wok or large saucepan on medium heat, add oil. When it begins to smoke, add the curry leaves and allow it to splutter.  Toss in the diced beets. Turn up the heat to medium high. Sauté for 3 minutes.  Drain the diced potatoes and add them along with the beets. Sauté them together for a good 5 minutes.  Add in the powders and salt. Combine well.  Turn down the heat to low, cover and cook for another 5 minutes.  Once the beets and potatoes are soft (to press down between your fingers), yet firm enough to hold shape, turn off the heat. Serve warm.  You may garnish it with some fresh chopped cilantro/corian

Chocolate chip cookies ( made with organic whole wheat and jaggery/brown sugar )

Chocolate chip cookies

Who said chocolate chip cookies taste great only with AP flour? Here is a kick-ass recipe with organic whole wheat flour, and organic jaggery powder. 

You maybe able to tell the difference when you try to chomp down unbaked cookie dough, but when these are baked, no way! They taste yummy! I'm never going back to white sugar and and AP flour/maida to make chocolate chip cookies, ever. 

Makes 28-30 3 inch cookies
1/2 cup butter, unsalted, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups organic dark brown sugar or jaggery powder
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 and 1/2 cup organic whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate chip cookies

Cream the butter and sugar together. 
Add eggs one at a time, adding vanilla and oil. Beat on low, after each addition. 
Sift flour, baking soda and salt together.
Add this to the egg mixture. and beat on low or mix in with a wooden spatula until well combined. 
Add the choco chips; combine.

You can make this dough and freeze it for upto a month. 
Else, you can chill the dough for 15 minutes, while the oven preheats, and use. 

Using an icecream scoop, drop 8 to 10 chilled dough balls onto a large baking sheet line with parchment paper, or just lightly grease the baking sheet with ghee or melted butter. 
Bake at 350 degree F for 9-11 minutes or until the edge start to brown. If you prefer flat, crinkled cookies, remove the tray half way and bang it on the counter to deflate them. Turn it around and bake the next half of the time. 

Let it cool on the pan for a few minutes. Once cool, remove them onto a wire rack and cool completely. Enjoy!

Chocolate chip cookies