Enter Lakshmi’s kitchen and be enveloped by the aroma of warming spices, the bright colors of fresh-chopped vegetables, and the sounds of contented, communal laughter. It is here that she has perfected her Indian-inspired recipes, updated for the Western palate. Lakshmi’s vegetarian fare is simple, elegant, never fussy, and always inviting. Her philosophy is that pure food is not just organic, natural, and sustainable—it benefits the planet too.
From simple homemade dairy products to traditional sweets made with just a handful of ingredients, Pure Vegetarian’s 108 recipes show you how to prepare and serve colorful, nourishing food that cultivates joy in the kitchen.
- Homemade cheeses, yogurt, buttermilk, and other organic dairy products
- Fresh-baked flatbreads and snacks commonly served in Indian homes
- Wholesome legume and rice dishes, packed full of seasonal vegetables for hearty meals year-round
- Fragrant spice blends to accent all kinds of sweet and savory dishes
- Salads, sprouts, chutneys, and sauces to flavor any meal
- Sweet desserts, confections, and refreshing drinks to satisfy any palate
Along the way you’ll learn how to stock a nourishing vegetarian kitchen and how to prepare food mindfully and with heart. You’ll also see how even the simplest of foods can become generous offerings to friends and family.
Cabbage koftas are easy to make even in large quantities. This recipe is mild and serves everyone from a toddler to the elderly with sensitive palates. For a spicier dish, add finely grated ginger and one or two green chilies. If cabbage isn't to your liking substitute zucchini, cauliflower, or mixed vegetables. Easily absorbing liquid and flavor, koftas are served in tomato, yogurt, or even cream sauce. Plain, they can be eaten as snacks.