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Richa Hingle

Bio short:

Richa Hingle is the prolific and award winning recipe developer, blogger, and photographer behind VeganRicha.com. Her instructions are easy to follow and her step-by-step photographs welcome the uninitiated into their kitchen as vouched by many of her readers. She loves to show people how easy it is to cook vegan Indian or other cuisines. Richa has been featured on Oprah.com, Huffington Post, Glamour, Babble, VegNews.com, Rediff.com (top 50 Indian food blogs), TheKitchn, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, and many more. Her first cookbook Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, about easy and delicious Indian Vegan recipes, is in stores and is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. She lives in Seattle.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VeganRicha
Intagram: http://instagram.com/veganricha
Twitter: http://instagram.com/veganricha

A portion of the proceeds from the blog and my first cookbook Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen go to the following organizations.


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 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.

Food photography work a bit 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!





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 that I can use in my recipes. Again, it depends on the product, its usefulness in everyday life, nutrition value, and the company values. See my review post rates here.

Do you advertise on the blog?

I have adsense on the blog and am open to ads which work within the realm of vegan-ism. See this page for details.

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.

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  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.

  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!

  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.

  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.


  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.


  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


    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 :)

    • 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.

  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!!

  32. says

    Richa…. Absolutely loved your blog and your wonderful recipes. Your story is very touching and inspiring. Keep up the great work. My best wishes with you..

  33. Puja says

    Love your blog. Your recipes are so amazing, creative, and inspiring. I can’t wait to try some of the vegan Indian desserts. Also your Story is very touching. Looking forward to your book.
    Best wishes to you always.

  34. Emma says

    I stumbled across your website – how wonderful to find gorgeous vegan, gluten free AND nut free recipes :) Thank you for posting, it’s a wonderful site and really so very helpful :) Will be checking your book out on amazon too!

    Best wishes,

    Emma (UK)

  35. Ruth Eisenbud says

    Potatoes are not a traditional Jain food. I dont think you should post potato recipes. I belong to a Jain center and potatoes are never served. Plantains are used as a substitute.

    Still, I just discovered your website and am looking forward to trying many of the other jain, vegan dishes, that look so good.

    • says

      Hi Ruth, i am not a Jain. I am just vegan and Indian. As an ethical vegan, I do not eat anything that causes pain or death of “sentient” beings ie animals.

  36. Sabitha says

    You sound amazing! and the recipes are great. Would like to know more about you. Can I email you?

  37. says

    Hello Richa,
    I really liked your spinach paratha recipe and would like to cook it again, but my house gets smoke filled. I use a cast iron skillet. What am I doing wrong?

    • says

      hey Lisa, maybe the oil used for the seasoning has a lower smoke point? maybe reduce the heat a bit and try, and use a very high smoke point oil for seasoning the skillet or for cooking.

  38. Nayana M Bala says

    Hi Richa,

    Very happy to find your website. I am from toronto. I cook similar food for my family. I have a 3 year old and am always trying to cook healthy nutritious easy vegetarian and vegan meals for my family. would love to keep in touch.


  39. says

    Hi Richa,
    Just wanted to let you know that I’m not a vegan (though I am a vegetarian) and I just ordered your cook book. I’m really looking forward to getting it! I’m not, generally, interested in adopting a vegan diet but I love your recipes so much that I want to incorporate more vegan aspects into my diet. I am also a huge fan of India food–it’s about the only cuisine that I can cook competently–so I’m really looking forward to figuring out how to combine Indian recipes with a healthier lifestyle.

    • says

      Hi Elen,
      Thank you for getting my book! Indian food is vegetables and beans focused with complex flavors to make everything delicious. My book celebrates that in a healthier and easier form. Hope you love cooking from it!

  40. Harold Thibodeaux says

    Hi Richa,

    I found your website while searching for a pita recipe without yeast. The reason being I have a serious allergy to yeast so the usual breads on the market or the ones I use to bake with yeast is not an option in my diet. Additionally wine is not part of my food paring options. Thus finding your website has been a treasure of food options. I will use your recipe to make the pita breads tomorrow. I miss bread and finding this one has produced a smile on my face. Thank you. Stay strong, stay healthy and enjoy life!

  41. Eke Behar says

    Dear Richa,

    I bought your book a few weeks ago. So far my family (and our guests ) enjoyed every recipe we tried so far. THANK YOU , and wishing you to stay healthy and happy!!!

  42. Géraldine SUQUET says

    Dear Richa!

    i just discovered your website yesterday and already cooked one of your recipes. I wanted to tell you MEEEEERRRRCIIIIIII! Here in France we’re not that much in the vegan way of life, so your site is a real goldmine, plus your recipes are really well explained and then easy to make!

    Thank you very much again!

    Kiss from Paris!

  43. Oscar says

    I bought your book online a few days ago and I made my first Indian dinner tonight following your recipes. The most amazing food I’ve had in a while and definitely better than in most restaurants in Madrid. I can’t wait to cook through it.

    Thanks a lot for your book, your blog and for sharing your story.

    All the best from Spain,

  44. Nadine says

    Wow! What is going on here? This site is amaaazing! I seriously don’t know where to start and what do cook first…everything looks so delicious! Thank you soooo much for all these amazing recipes so please keep up the good work!
    And these by the indian kitchen inspired recipes are exactly what i’ve been looking for. Thank you so much!

    Lots of love and light from Germany.

  45. Brendan says

    Hi there,
    When I visit my neighbourhood Sri Lankan supermarket, the array of bagged dried lentils baffles me.
    I’m more informed than most, having made daals one of my specialties.
    I came upon this post, which demystifies a lot the topic of dried daal. You once referred to a “small lentil” in a recipe, I believe, and this is probably a split yellow mung daal.
    Cheers! BTW, I intend to make the Sri Lankan Daal curry, and the soup you posted recently featuring roasted chickpea flour (which I happen to have sitting in my pantry)!
    Just signed up to get recent posts. You rock! I love trying out your recipes!!!
    Brendan In Balmy UnChristmaslike Toronto (scary, there really should be snow!!!)

  46. says

    I just stumbled upon your website and man, what a gem! Ordered your book on Amazon and I cannot wait to get it. You, your story and your recipes are inspiring. Thanks for putting yourself out there!

  47. rick and arlene says

    arlene found your book in the grocery store. she saw a mango curry recipe. that was all she needed to make a purchase. my first try will be paneer and spinach. we will keep you posted. thank you for the indian recipes. thank you for the veganism. i just finished “about”. very intesting and i hope your recovery is complete.

    sincerely, rick

  48. Marcela says

    Hi Richa,
    It´s my first time visiting your blog, I also visited your hipnagogic blog. I live in Honduras. And for the past 3 years have tried to transition from my regular eating habits to macrobiotics which is dairy free, sugar free, and is based on eating balanced food according to the energy each one provides. I thing I can go vegan definitely and with the help of your recipes I think I am on the right track. Also I am interested in your life story and current process of recovering. I work with brain injured children and I am still in training on a therapy that I think you should read into and see if it is something you would be willing to try. I have seen adults that have had head traumas resulting in injuries of all kinds including vision, mobility and balance get a lot better with it and it is totally natural, no meds, no chemicals. I will continue to follow your blog and will be glad to share more with you! thanks for being a great inspiration not just for cooking!

    • says

      Hi Marcela, Thank you for stopping by. Hope you cook up more vegan recipes :)

      What is name of the therapy? I am doing a visual therapy this year for eye issues for tracking and convergence.

  49. Sydney says

    I’ve been cooking/ creating unique, healthy, plant based recipes for over 40 years. I can ferment any food item. I make a million different vegan cheeses/kefir plant milks. I get inspired by some unique recipes on the Internet. Yours are at a different level. I just signed up to follow you. I’ve never done that before. I want to make most every recipe I’ve seen of yours. Your truly gifted. Thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait to make the black eyed pea deep dish pizza! Subbing cashew kefir cheese for the tofu though! Looks spectacular!

  50. michele says

    Hi Richa,

    I have been following your blog for over a year and I have to tell you that you are a GENIUS! I can’t believe the dishes you create. I think I have a binder full of printed off recipes from your blog that have all turned out amazing. Thank you so much for being creative, so the rest of us don’t have to!

  51. Linda van der Merwe says

    Thank you for your wonderful loving kindness, treating all sentient beings with respect, love and compassion, you are an inspiration for living life as we are supposed to.

    Many blessings to you , your husband and animals.

    Your recipes are delicious

  52. Ramakrihna says

    I am from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
    Pictures are outstanding. I am sure that you will recover from your eye problem soon. Very nice vegan recipes. Simply super.

  53. Primsu says

    Wow your blog is lovely!! I just stumbled while searching vegan as now that lent is on my cooking have to all vegan. Loved your details n waiting to cook from them specially those Indian curries I would generally not like .. Baigan is one of then so I don’t buy them though my husband loves it!! Wish you all the best n keep posting lovely Receipies . I m from Seattle too :)


  1. […] Richa Hingle and her site Vegan Richa is a wonderful resource for classic, traditional Indian food.   Her early lessons came from her mother and she has continued with her own unique flair.  I recently bought her book Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook for my Kindle.  She even offers suggested recipes for beginners at Indian cooking as well as advanced, and experts. […]

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