Recipe, Video and Photos by Aswini Parameswaran
Written by Christina Lalor
You are in for quite the treat today! We have a Vegan Semolina dish for you to try, presented by one of Élay’s talented collaborators- World of Clicks and Pix! I know, I know you are eager to get cooking. But before we get to the fun stuff, we want to formally introduce and give a warm welcome to our newest partner - World of Clicks and Pix! They are an Instagram page (that we highly encourage you to follow) sharing some delicious quick and easy recipes to try at home. I know I’ve already spotted quite a few dishes I want to try.
This Instagram Food Blog is run by Aswini Parameswaran, a talented cook, photographer and videographer! We are so excited to be partnering with Aswini for a variety of reasons. Aside from the delicious, vegan and vegetarian meals she curates, she also lives in India. I don’t know about you, but I sure need some more authentic Indian cuisine in my life. Take a look at her page, and you’ll see some dishes you may not have even known about a week ago and be dying to give it a try! Our Areca Palm Plates are also from India, so be on the lookout for some of Aswini’s dishes on Elay’s tableware soon :)
So how did World of Clicks and Pix (WCP) get started?
Aswini gave us the full story on her journey:
“I started this page as a space where I can share and store beautiful pictures. The response that I started getting for it in 2017 when I was posting consistently was very motivating. At that time I was posting random shots, some that included pictures of the food as well. The response to the food images was excellent and I understood the need here.
In 2020, when the lockdown due to the pandemic started, it gave me a chance to streamline my page and its core interest. Here, in India, during the lockdown, people were spending a lot of time with their family, cooking, playing, watching movies, etc. Everyone was keen on trying new dishes. Many bachelors were stuck at places with no food delivery and access to very limited food supplies. That is when I decided to turn this space into a platform where everyone can find something to cook and eat during such days and otherwise as well. So, I started creating dishes with minimal and easily available ingredients and posted the recipe and pictures of it. It was well-liked. Finding time to cook an elaborate meal becomes quite difficult for students and working professionals. Our page gave everyone a chance to try something new without it being a time-consuming activity and yet delicious. What more can a foodie ask for, right? *wink*. So, this was the story of how the 'Quick recipe' section of our page took birth.
In addition to these quick recipes, I also cook popular dishes at home which we generally eat outside here, and post pictures of them to show how easy it is to make them at home.
The food styling and image capturing are done exclusively by me. All the pictures are captured from my phone. No professional cameras have been used yet.
We also play games related to food on a weekly basis and hold contests.
I plan to keep adding many such quick and easy recipes to the existing assortment and reach a wider audience base to serve. I hope this inspires and helps you to cook, eat, and stay healthy.”
AMAZING! And oh so relatable. Timing is my number one issue with cooking- the time it takes to get ingredients, to prep, to do the actual cooking and cleaning. Knowing that something will be easy provides a whole lot more incentive to get it done. Doesn’t hurt that it will also be oh, so appetizing! Just scrolling through my Instagram and I see one of World of Clicks and Pix’ videos on an easy dinner recipe and then bam! I know what I’m having for dinner -yes, it is that easy.
Plus, we just love how interactive this Instagram page is! Aswini has tons of competitions, games, trivia questions, and “guess that dish” posts. We love seeing such a fun interactive page relating to one of our favorite subjects - food! Don’t be shy now, go give her a follow and start interacting with her posts and games for a chance to win some surprise prizes!
Not convinced yet? This dish should do it for you, I know it did for me.
So what is this Vegan Semolina?
Is this something you have tried before? Never heard of before? Either way, this is a great recipe for beginners or expert chefs to try out.
Semolina is the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat used mostly in making couscous, pasta, upma, and sweet puddings. It is an incredibly versatile flour that can be used in a multitude of dishes, but yes, technically speaking it is vegan by itself. But is your job to make sure the rest of the recipe is also vegan/vegetarian!
*For this recipe we used Semolina, you may also substitute that for couscous!
Aside from being a vegan dish, this Vegan Semolina has tons of added benefits. All you have to do is prepare and eat the dish and boom, you’re reaping in all its glorious benefits! This dish is recommended to help with weight loss as it is a diet friendly dish- it is high in fiber making it great for digestion. Semolina also contains thiamin, an important nutrient for nerve conduction and muscle function, and selenium, a chemical element that is great for regulating thyroids!
1 Cup Semolina (can also substitute for couscous)
2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
½ Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
3-4 Chopped Green Chillies (according to what you think you can handle)
10 Curry Leaves
1 Medium-chopped onion
1 Tablespoon grated ginger
½ Cup chopped carrots
½ Cup Peas
Salt (per taste)
2 Cups Water
Recipe - Follow along with our video above to see how it’s done!
Share with us your photos and/or videos of how your Vegan Semolina came out- we are so thrilled to share this dish with you. Be on the lookout for more to come from Aswini’s “World of Clicks and Pix”! She’ll be graciously sharing some of her favorite easy recipes for future blog posts, in the meantime- give her a follow on her Instagram page!