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e-Mail: richahingle at gmail dot com

About:

Hi, I am Richa. I live in Seattle with my husband and a fluffball named Chewie.

I started up my cooking experiments once I took over most of the daily cooking from Vivek, who had been our resident chef in 2007(mid 2007 to early 2008). The problem with experimenting with dinner dishes at that time was that, even if the dish comes out good, we might just not like it taste wise. And that puts the dinner at risk. So I thought and thought and picked up baking. Baking helps me make snacks/breakfast/tea-time things which can always be substituted with something else if the taste buds reject the final product:)

I have been blogging since 2009. I like to keep it healthy and constantly strive to reduce the fat and sugar required in most baked goods. I am not a by the book cook, or a stickler for measurements. Vegan Richa is my baking, cooking blog and Hypnagogic is the random life blog.

I used to be a Software Developer, recovering (almost fully recovered as much as I could:)) from a Craniotomy done in 2006 to remove a meningioma(brain surgery to remove a tumor). I am trying to think up some other completely different career options to pursue ( pursuing recipe development and photography now)

I am a foster parent for a Dog Rescue (Gingers Death Row Rescue) and also with the Seattle Humane Society , Though I mostly end up fostering dogs from the Death Row rescue, since I cant really handle big dogs yet. I still have some balance issues and fostering and baking are helping me get back on my feet. We were fostering dogs till mid 2010, then I was hit by panic disorder brought on most likely by the follow up MRI. Everything is clear, but my brain refuses to listen. So I am working on calming it down and getting life back on track. You can read my daily blab on Hypnagogic .

My right eye nerves were affected during the surgery so that limits my reading, writing, browsing in general, online or books. I do read a lot of blogs intermittently and some books a couple of pages at a time, but since the eyes get tired very easily, I am not so active in the world of blogging, connecting and commenting. I am slowly trying to get more out there.

Update: Food photography is working like Tai-chi for my eyes, getting better at browsing and editing pictures and such. Reading long pages is still a pain. I love reading everyone’s stories and posts, and try to spread it out during the day to help me get to as many blogs as I can.

We are on a plant based diet (transition started in 2010 by eliminating things one by one). All the current the recipes on the blog are now vegan. Some Recipes from the archives are non vegan, but can be veganized with simple substitutions. the connection was made because of being associated with rescue and foster of dogs, getting ot know about puppy mills, associating and understanding chewie and the fosters, and finally realizing that the pain, suffering, feelings are the same for all animals. to read more, please see Our  Journey here.

I try to use whole, organic as less processed as possible ingredients. I do use some new products and substitutes to find out how they taste and work, but eventually phase them out with home made or unprocessed options. Our food philosophy keeps changing based on things that make sense to me and you can notice that in the posts and recipes over the years.

Update 2013: this year I have been able to read more and more and spend a lot more time on the computer as you can see from the blog post frequency. Though more time in the kitchen is still a higher priority. :). Standing and cooking up a few dishes in one day is something I would love to do almost every day.

Why Vegan:

Me: I realized I couldn’t directly or indirectly cause extreme suffering and death of any other animal or human when there are alternatives. Hubbs, found about the impact on our own health and environment because of our food choices and decided. a little bit of my compassion rubbed off too. Animals are sentient, self-aware, and capable of experiencing both pleasure and pain. They deserve our respect and deserve a natural life and freedom. We choose less cruelty and we do it all without sacrificing taste, habits and pleasure. For our  Journey details see here.

What keeps this food blog going, is to prove, that any food choice, is not about giving up something, it is about finding something better.

About food:

I cook very intuitively. On the blog, you will find a good number of yeast breads, Vegan-ized Indian and fusion foods, other cuisines visited, cookies, cakes, breakfast, bakes, and more.

What do we Eat:


We eat a lot of different legumes, beans, lentils, pulses, veggies, whole grains, whole grain flatbreads, nuts, seeds, greens, and most of it does Not include processed vegan meat substitutes, processed soy, vegan cheese, mayo, butter etc. What it does include is bold flavors, variety, healthy food with a bit of indulgence once in a while. More than 600 recipes and counting. :) Please see the Recipe Index or Category Menu on to top of the page. #WhatVegansEat

Thank you for stopping by. and please do let me know how you like the blogs and the recipes!

Best Wishes and love to everyone!

My Galleries http://www.veganricha.com/p/featured-on.html

-Richa Hingle-Garg

e-Mail: richahingle at gmail dot com

 

I’d love to hear from you!

 

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FAQs


Would you do a book Review?

I do review books occasionally. The book has to be vegan. If I like the book, recipes and can make most of what is in it, then yes. I am put off by excessive use of fake meat, cheese or ready/boxed ingredients, sauces and too much sugar. I also take my time for the review because my time in the kitchen varies depending on my health. Please email me for inquiries.

 

Would you do a product review?

Yes. I do feature products occasionally on the blog. Again, it depends on the product, its usefulness in everyday life, nutrition value, and the company values. Please email me.

 

Do you advertise on the blog?

I do not have any ads on the blog as of now. I am not interested in sponsored posts. I will open up 150 by 150 pixel banners on the right side bar in the near future.

 

Can I post your recipe on my site, blog, newsletter?

For most cases, please link up the original post instead of copying the recipe. For other feature requests, please email me for permission.

 

e-Mail: richahingle at gmail dot com

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Bio Short:

I was born and brought up in India and am now settled in Seattle. I like the time in my kitchen when I can vegan-ize something or figure out a gluten-free alternative. I like challenges and also like to create easy options for meals, snacks, desserts and everything else. I have been featured on several magazines and articles online and some in print. My cooking style varies from just heading to the kitchen and looking through the ingredients and whipping something up to planning and testing to vegan-ize a loved pre-gan recipe. Most of the recipes on the blog have been tried and tested by the readers and generally loved. Thank you all for trying and liking them. You all are the best!

 

 

Comments

  1. MarkG says

    Just found your blog and looking forward to trying out some recipes. If you’re tired of reading, might I suggest a text-to-voice translator so you can hear blogs and other writing from the Internet. I know it’s not the same but it may help.

  2. says

    You have been on my reader for a long time and I have been feasting over your recipes. You are an amazing cook and I am sure your husband must be a happy man :) Thank you for all the hardwork you are putting into all your recipes here and keep’em coming.

  3. says

    Thanks MarkG. I used to use somethig like that a few years back. now i just rest my eyes for a few hours or a day and get back to it:) the eyes have been behaving lately. Do let me know when you try the recipes!

  4. says

    Nice Blog, I am happy that I’ve stumble upon it today while searching for new foods recipes. I will visit your blog on a daily basic :) thanks for sharing

  5. says

    Hi Richa, Glad you are on your way to a full recovery and thank you for sharing your story. Looking forward to following your blog as I am a Vegan too and it is not easy finding yummy recipes. Wish I had the time to create my own recipes and do when I can but my business keeps me long hours. Love your other blog too especially being a huge animal lover myself. It is chock full of great information to educate the public! I am trying to complete my first self published non-fiction children’s book to help raise awareness starting with children! I have many more stories to write being a care taker of a cat colony and having pets of my own. Would it be okay to share your Hypnagogic blog on my blog as well as some of your informative links? If you allow me too, not being the most savvy with my blog set up, as soon as I can get some guidance I will add the information. My blog is projectpercipaws.blogspot.com – Caring Hearts Loving Paws
    Your new follower, Adriana Perciballi

  6. says

    Hi Richa, just came across your blog which browsing another vegan blog. We’re almost neighbours except I live in Everett (just moved here from Goa last year). I’m going to enjoy following your work a lot more now. Maybe we can meet up in Seattle one day and exchange cooking notes.

  7. Anonymous says

    Dear Richa,
    I’m from Germany and (sorry for my unperfect English ;-) I’m so glad to have found your blog.
    I love your vegan recipes and your wonderful photos.
    I would like to know if it is o.k. for you when I post your recipes translated in a german recipe database.
    Of course I will declare that this are recipes from Richa, Seattle …
    Please let me know if you agree with my idea.
    Thanks a lot, Daniele

  8. says

    Hi Daniele,
    I am so glad you like the recipes. I dont think copying my recipes, even if translated is a good idea. Please dont copy them. It produces duplicate content on the web and if people already have the recipe, they will not visit the blog. There is a translate option on the right side bar on the blog as well.
    What kind of database is it? is it a website? What you can probably do is put a description of the recipe and a link to the blog in the database, and maybe add your contact information for anyone who needs help in translating.
    Thanks
    Richa

  9. says

    Hi edlyn,

    glad to meet you too. Yes, almost neighbors:) if you come to seattle frequently, do let me know. I like close to pike place market. I am connected to you on twitter. :)

  10. says

    Hi Adriana,
    That is so amazing that you are caring for a cat colony. Please do share any of the posts you would like. You can put a description and links to the blog or the posts.
    I would love to know more about your book too!
    thanks
    Richa

  11. Anonymous says

    Dear Richa,
    thanks for your quick answer. My idea was to put the recipes to http://www.chefkoch.de Unfortunately it is not possible only to publish links or so because of the consistent format. But I respect your wish and go on with publishing your blog to all my friends and colleagues!
    Have a nice time, greetz from Germany, Daniele

  12. says

    Thank you for understanding Danielle. This blog is my hard work and years of working on the recipes and photography. It would take the credit away from me to duplicate it on another website.
    Thank you once again for liking the recipes.
    Richa

  13. Rachel says

    Hi Richa,
    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy visiting your blog. The photos are beautiful and I am always encouraged when I visit. Like you, I am vegan and always looking for new recipes, new ways to prepare foods. With the exception of veggie pepperoni, I don’t like any of the fake meats either. I wish you the best with your health and thank you for adding so much goodness to the world.

  14. says

    Hi Richa,

    I recently found your blog and I would like to say WOW! Myself is a vegetarian with egg (for protein) but I always wanted to go vegan and your blog inspired to me to go vegan atleast Once. You have very creative recipes and visually appealing pictures. Good job on that!
    You should make a recipe book out of your blog and I am sure these recipes can make money for themselves.

    Cheers,
    Deepti

  15. says

    Thank you Deepti. I hope you do try some:) The biggest misconception about the vegan diet is that it lacks protein. Actually with all the beans, legumes and nuts we consume in the Indian diet are more than enough for the day today protein requirement. eggs have a worse effect on health because of the way they are mass produced.
    Let me know when u try any recipe :)

  16. Anonymous says

    I stumbled upon your blog while searching for vegan recipes. Lovely blog and beautiful pics. Even I started taking baby steps in the blogging world with my blog http://cookingwithpoorni.blogspot.in/. Do visit it when you have time and you feedback is welcome. God bless you with great health dear…

  17. Anonymous says

    Hi Richa,
    I have been visiting your blog for 2-3 weeks. I loved the content, the pictures, the ideas.
    I am sure, these are delicious. Yet to try some when I get more time in the kitchen.

    You are making such a great use of your time. Cooking everything from scratch (esp bread) and also spreading a word for compassion towards animals. You have and you are putting lot of efforts for the blog and helping people like me who are on vegan diet. I was so happy to see kulfi recipe :). So that one and lentil burger are on my radar.

    You are lucky that your parents are with you right now. Enjoy your time with your family.

    Regards,
    -Mukta

  18. says

    I, too feel absolutely blessed to have found your Blog and a beautiful and colorful introduction to Vegan cooking and caring for God’s creatures. It made me get tears in my eyes. Your kind heart comes through. Many blessings in return are wished for you. Thank you.

  19. says

    Ma’m, i must bow after reading this page. One must move positively in life with whatever they are gifted from GOD. The blog/website is just awesome and I must appreciate your effort to move people towards vegan-ism, be kind to all living kinds. I pray to almighty to bless you with all courage and good health!

  20. says

    You have such a fabulous blog! I enjoy coming home from work browsing blogs, so I must have seen hundreds. But I only follow a few – the ones that really grab me! So looking forward to cooking some of your recipes!

  21. says

    You are amazing! I am pinning up a storm of your unique recipes which I can not wait to try. I share a few things in common with you and am inspired by your effort and practices aimed at getting yourself back to 100%. Ive been vegan and gf for 12 years..VEGAN FOR ALL REASONS (health, environment and animal compassion), cat trapping/fixing/colony care rescue and placement, and after 10 yr vegan diet including 6 yrs raw vegan went thru 2 yrs of surgeries for rare type breast tumor….not worked in 3 yrs, stopped fitness routine and now trying to get myself back.
    Just so impressed with your drive and talent I applaud you RICHA!

  22. Anonymous says

    I love your blog! I have yet to try a full recipe but I love the style of cooking which you create! You make it look so easy! Sorry to hear about your health troubles also, you should really make a cook book! I would buy it! :)

  23. says

    Hi, Richa– Thanks for your website. I found it while looking for a recipe for sprouted mung beans in wheat bread, and yours looks good. But I would love to print it out, and your website doesn’t seem to allow that. Is there a way to print your recipes? I don’t like to do FB or Pinterest.
    Thanks! Charlotte

  24. says

    Hi Richa, Liked your blog and passion. Its really great to see so many delicacies and i will try those. All the best Richa, keep updating and thanks for sharing yummy stuffs.

  25. says

    So happy CCK featured your veggie burger, I love Indian food and was looking for healthy, vegan choices…Your blog looks amazing can’t wait to dive into the recipes. Got caught up in Chewie’s FB -what a cutie!!!!

  26. IR says

    I just stumbled on your blog. Everything looks so amazing and wonderful. Thank you for such an interesting and detailed blog. God bless you! =)

  27. Anonymous says

    Hi Richa Just found your blog and I’m so happy!!! You have overcome so much, I suffered with panic attacks for some years, can certainly relate to that. Your courage is inspiring and I cannot wait to try some of your recipes. Also admire the work you do with animals.

  28. says

    Hi,

    I was looking for gulab jamuns and I stumbled across your site. Thank you, you are doing a wonderful job! It is great that you are recovering from your ailments. Wish you all the best! You are an inspiration.
    I was raised vegetarian but I am trying to reduce dairy in my diet and prefer vegan dishes.

    I used to live the Northwest, too, and have visited Seattle quite a few times. It is one of my favorite cities in the US. I have a few friends there.

    Keep blogging! Hope your eyes regain their strength soon.

    - A fellow software developer/blogger/multi-interest oriented person

  29. Priya says

    Really inspired by your story..!!! Also, very unique recipes that we couldn’t find on any other blogs or websites..!!

  30. Bhavana Shah says

    Hi Richa,
    I am so glad to have found your blog. I recently decided to go vegan (I was a vegetarian before) and I am having hard time trying to come up with vegan recipes and yours look so decadent and easy to make. I too am from India and live in Bothell, WA with my husband and kids. I will surely try your recipes in the future :)
    Thanks

    • says

      Hi Bhavana,

      I am so glad you found the blog too! And even more glad that you transitioned to vegan! All the best and let me know if you need help. Most Indian food is by default vegan, so its easier to stick to the food you know in the beginning.
      Richa

  31. Leslie says

    Hi Richa,
    I’ve followed your recipe blog for awhile, but just now read your “about”. I don’t know if it’s my old age (53!) but lately when I read people’s stories about their journeys to veganism I just tear up, at the same time pumping my fist and saying “Yes”! I became a vegetarian at age 11, but am just now finding the motivation to eliminate dairy (cheese and butter). I may owe part of the motivation to Pinterest, I’ve been pinning vegan recipes, but also stories about the suffering of animals in the food industry. Not that it is anything new to me, but perhaps I hit a saturation point where I realized I couldn’t keep being part of the problem. I guess it has to hit each of us at the right time.
    So thank you for sharing your story and your recipes!!

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