Shan has a huge range of dry spices, pastes, and recipe mixes to encourage you to make authentic-tasting Indian meals at home. What I love about their products is that I can come home from a busy day and quickly put together a delicious meal. That definitely contributes to my happiness!
For me, Indian food is the ultimate comfort food, so being able to create dishes for my friends and family (while not spending all day in the kitchen) helps me to celebrate the everyday special occasions that help me live a life of gratitude.
Diwali is an occasion that allows me to celebrate with those I love, even if they’re not in the same province or country as I am. A quick phone call to my parents and brother let’s me share what I’m happy to celebrate in my life, catch up on what they’re getting up to lately, and tell them about the delicious Diwali meal I put together.
Vegan Aaloo Bhaji
One of my mom’s favourite quick meals is making potato curry, so I created this Aaloo Bhaji meal in her honour. I’ve been vegan for over 15 years and people still ask me if I miss my mom’s cooking. The truth is, many of my favourite meals growing up have always been vegan. But, even without eating my mom’s cooking, I can still enjoy Indian food in my own home. I call her often to ask for her suggestions for ingredients to use and how long to cook things for.
I’m happy to make things easier for myself, by starting out with Shan recipe mixes, then customizing them to my own tastes. This makes cooking so much easier and more fun!
Vegan Aaloo Bhaji Recipe
- 5-6 Medium potatoes peeled and cut in to thin half or quarter round slices
- 1 Medium tomato finely diced
- 3 green chillies sliced or chopped
- 1 Small handful coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 Shan Aaloo Bhaji Mix
- 8 cups water
- In a large pot, add potatoes, tomato, and Shan Aaloo Bhaji Mix in 8 cups of water.
- Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. If you want a thicker curry, mash up some of the potatoes.
- When the potatoes are tender, add in green chillies and fresh cilantro before removing from heat.
- Stir curry and serve warm with naan, rice, roti, or paratha.
After you and your guests/family have finished your meal, complete the Diwali celebration by serving chai and these vegan coconut ladoos!