The Vegetarian Reset ~ Cookbook Feature
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If you’re someone who loves flavorful food that’s healthy, you are going to love The Vegetarian Reset. Keep reading below to find out more about this cookbook.
The Vegetarian Reset ~ Cookbook Feature
It’s probably not a surprise that I love all sorts of different types of cookbooks. If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media, you know it’s true. When I find a cookbook I absolutely love I have to share it with you. That’s the case of The Vegetarian Reset by Vasudha Viswanath.
This cookbook is packed with delicious recipes and amazing pictures. If you’re like me (who eats with my eyes) then you’ll appreciate the pictures that accompany the recipes. Every recipe that I’ve tried has been a hit with everyone in my home. One of my favorite recipes from The Vegetarian Reset is the one for Cucumber Papdi Chaat. And I am excited to be able to share it with you below. I recommend this book even to those who are not on a vegetarian diet. Sometimes we need a light and satisfying meal, and this cookbook is perfect!
Reprinted with permission from THE VEGETARIAN RESET by Vasudha Viswanath,
The Collective Book Studio, January 2023. Photo credit Alexandra Shytsman
Cucumber Papdi Chaat
Serves 2 as a main dish
Craving chaat? My twist on this iconic Indian street food dish uses cucumber slices as papdi (crispy deep-fried flour-based rounds). Layered with creamy Greek yogurt and spiced chickpeas, and topped with tangy chutneys and crispy masala peanuts, this makes an easy, refreshing, and delicious summer lunch.
1 Tbsp chickpea flour
2 tsp water
1 tsp avocado oil
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cracked black pepper
¼ tsp ground turmeric
¼ cup/28g raw skinned peanuts, cashews or skinned almonds
¾ cup/170g whole-milk plain Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt
1–2 Tbsp water
¾ cup/100g canned or cooked chickpeas, drained
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp cayenne
3 baby cucumbers, or 1 large cucumber (11 oz/300g), sliced into disks 1/16 in/2mm thick
2 Tbsp tamarind-date chutney (such as Swad)
1½ Tbsp cilantro/fresh coriander chutney (such as Swad)
½ cup/90g finely chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup/40g finely chopped onion
2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro/fresh coriander
1 tsp chaat masala (optional)
Step 1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F/180°C or oven to 400°F/200°C.
Step 2. Mix together all the ingredients for masala peanuts, except the peanuts, in a bowl. Add the peanuts and mix until they are coated with the paste. Lightly spray an air fryer base with oil and
spread the nut mixture evenly on the base. Air fry for 5 minutes, tossing halfway through. If using the oven, spread the peanuts evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (you can also lightly spray the parchment) and bake for 12–15 minutes, until golden brown, turning over halfway through (you may need to use a spoon to scrape the peanut mixture off the parchment). Remove from the air fryer or oven and let cool. Finely chop or pulse the peanuts 3–4 times in a food processor and set aside.
Step 3. Whip the yogurt in a bowl with just enough water to make it spreadable. In a separate bowl, mix the chickpeas with salt and cayenne.
Step 4. Layer half the cucumber slices, chickpeas, and yogurt on a plate. Drizzle half the tamarind-date chutney and coriander chutney over the top. Sprinkle with half the tomato, onion, and masala peanuts on top. Repeat to assemble the second plate.
Garnish with cilantro and chaat masala and serve.
Double the recipe for masala peanuts. You can store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 4 months. In a pinch, use any salted or spiced nuts in place of the masala peanuts.
About the Cookbook
The Vegetarian Reset
75 Low-Carb, Plant-Forward Recipes from Around the World
By Vasudha Viswanath
Is the global transition to “plant-based” headed in the right direction? How sustainable is a plant-based diet if it revolves around refined carbs like bread, rice, and noodles, or fake meat, uninspiring salads, and sugary smoothies?
In her debut cookbook, The Vegetarian Reset, Vasudha Viswanath celebrates a lifestyle where a foodie’s sensibility intersects with eating healthy. It solves the never-ending dilemma that vegetarians face – is life fun when you eat a salad every day or is your health taking a backseat when you eat a big bowl of rice or pasta without enough protein?
Within the pages of this delicious cookbook, Vasudha has created 75 low-carb and high-protein recipes that are rooted in whole foods like vegetables, legumes, spices, and healthy fats. Her recipes take readers on a culinary trip around the world, drawing inspiration from an array of traditional Eastern and Western cuisines.
The recipes put vegetables front and center for low-carb alternatives to white rice or noodles and create bread out of less-processed alternatives like chickpea and almond flour. Smoothies are refreshingly savory, and desserts are lightly sweetened with whole fruit. Nutritional facts are provided for each recipe. Moderate amounts of full-fat dairy and eggs are called for in some recipes, but vegan alternatives are often suggested as well.
The Vegetarian Reset offers diverse recipes organized into nine chapters, including:
Breads (Zucchini Bread, Avocado Toast, Dosas with Chutney, Eggplant Chili Cheese Toast, Khachapuri)
Rice (Kadhi with Jeera Rice, Vegetable Bibimbap, Lemon Risotto, Ven Pongal with Tomato Chutney)
Pasta and Noodles (Saag Lasagna, Pad Thai with Seared Tofu, Cacio e Pepe, Curried Lentil Mushroom Bolognese)
Salads (Falafel Salad, Sundal, Tandoori Paneer Salad)
Soups and Lentils (Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Spring Pea and Spinach Soup, Shepherd’s Pie)
Eggs (Shakshuka, Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Florentine, Okonomiyaki, Unda Kathi Roll)
Small Plates (Masala Vada, Cucumber Summer Rolls, Celeriac Patatas Bravas, Arancini with Marinara)
Smoothies (Turmeric-Almond Lassi, Cucumber Mint Gazpacho, Avocado Lime, Masala Chaas)
Desserts (Hazelnut Brownie, Berry Cashew Burfi, PBJ Sandwich Cookies, Mango Cheesecake Jars)
“Embracing whole foods and a plant-forward diet in this satisfying, delicious, and nutritious way, allows your body to reset, and will likely lead to a lasting overall change in your food preferences, toward healthier options,” Vasudha says.
Whether you already follow a low-carb lifestyle or simply want to add more healthy dishes into your rotation, The Vegetarian Reset will delight and inspire everyone to eat well and fully nourish your body.
About the Author
Vasudha Viswanath is the founder of We Ate Well, a community for foodies that focuses on eating mindfully and sustainably on a vegetarian diet. She has been a lifelong vegetarian and passionate home cook. Her journey into eating healthy started with a doctor’s note about her elevated blood sugar after a routine physical. She transformed the way she cooks to cut out excessive starch and sugar and has never felt better. After spending over a decade on Wall Street where she specialized in technology and business strategy, Vasudha left her career in finance to write a cookbook and create We Ate Well. She grew up in Bangalore, India and now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.