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e-Mail: richahingle at gmail dot com

Richa Hingle

Bio short: 

Richa Hingle is the prolific and award winning recipe developer, blogger, and photographer behind VeganRicha.com. She has a growing community of ardent followers who love making her recipes and sharing them with family and friends. 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 eBook on Indian Vegan Diwali Sweets was wildly successful in which she created vegan versions of Indian desserts that were previously deemed impossible. She lives in Seattle with her husband and a fluffy Pomeranian. 

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 cookbook 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 (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!






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 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. Priya says

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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..

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. Sabitha says

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


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