Punjabi Kadhi Pakora (Vegan Yogurt Stew with Fritters)

Kadhi Pakora is a winter staple in North India served with steamed rice and garnished with vegetable fritters. It took me a long time to veganise this recipe only because most of the suggestions on google are to use tofu in some form. Now, I’m not at all against eating tofu in moderation but, now and then if I’ve been slack with grocery shopping, we end up with no tofu! This recipe came about at a time like this, with the family pitching ideas at me and brainstorming about how best to get the Kadhi right (love weekend cooking!). My younger one, of course insisted, that as long as the Pakora (fritters) were good, no one cared about the actual taste or consistency of the Kadhi/ stew! I used this Pakora recipe and this steamed rice recipe. Happy cooking 😊 

Indian Buddha Bowl

 

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Vegan Punjabi Kadhi Pakora

Gluten free, allergy friendly and onion & garlic free.

Priya: Priya@MasalaVegan
Ingredients
To blend together
  • 2.5 cups Non Dairy Milk (Soy, Rice & Coconut work well)
  • 5 tablespoons Chickpea Flour/ Besan, fine
  • 1 inch Fresh Ginger Root, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons Lime Juice
  • Salt, to taste
For the Spice Mix
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 7 - 8 Whole Dried Cloves
  • 2 inch Cinnamon Bark, coarsely pounded
  • 1 teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds
  • 8 Fresh Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 Green Chilli, minced
Instructions
Blend the chickpea flour and the rest of the ingredients until a smooth and thin batter like mixture forms.
  1. Heat oil in a deep sauce pan and add the mustard seeds. Cover and cook until they pop.

  2. Reduce heat and add all the other spices along with the curry leaves and chilli. Roast until fragrant.

  3. Add contents of the blender to the spices in the deep pan and mix well.

  4. Cook over gentle heat until the mix comes to a rolling boil. Cover and cook for a further 8 - 10 minutes to thicken the stew.

  5. While the stew cooks get the fritters ready. I made mine in the Air Fryer.

  6. If serving with rice, then take this time to get some freshly steamed rice ready.

  7. Assemble for serving by adding rice to a deep dish or bowl first. Pour the cooked Kadhi (stew) over the rice. Finally garnish with crisp Pakoras (fritters).

 

Airfryer Vegetable Pakora & The Veggie Bullet

My Mother’s Day present this year was a “Veggie Bullet“, that can slice, chop, grate, shred and most importantly, “spiralise veggies”! I’ve been wanting a spiraliser for the longest time now, but everytime I got a manual one, something would be wrong, missing screws, broken blades, missing parts and more… Not anymore, so stay tuned for lots of spiraliser recipes, as I start my experiments 😊

Veggie Bullet

For our first trial, after taking a family vote we decided to make Vegetable Pakora, the famous Indian fritters that everyone loves! These are a combination of shredded vegetables I had in the fridge consisting of cabbage, zucchini and white potatoes mixed with dry spices such as, green fennel, cumin, carom and coriander in a thick Besan and rice flour batter to bake in the Air Fryer. These crisp, gluten-free and hot Pakore didn’t last very long, paving the way to break out the Veggie Bullet again. There  are heaps of you tube videos on how to use the Veggie Bullet that I’ve watched before taking the plunge! Now on to the Vegetable Pakora recipe, 

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Veggie Pakora

Vegan, gluten free, onion and garlic free.

Priya: Priya@MasalaVegan
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup Besan/ Chickpea Flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Carom Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kitchen King/ Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 cup Grated Vegetables (Zucchini, Cabbage & Potato)
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the flours, spices, oil, salt and 1/2 cup of water. Whisk well until smooth.

  2. Fold in the grated veggies into the batter carefully. Add extra spoonfuls of water only if required, as the batter needs to be quite thick and the veggies give out moisture too!

  3. I left my batter quite thick to scoop up by the spoonful and drop into the Airfryer basket to cook for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

  4. If using an oven, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and bake for 20 to 25 minutes on a fan forced setting.

  5. Serve warm with Tomato Chutney or Ketchup πŸ˜‹

Recipe Notes

Many other veggies can also be used in this versatile baked pakora recipe, as long as the vegetables are grated or, chopped fine. Examples are, sweet potatoes, turnips, daikon, carrots and even onions to make the famous Onion Bhajji!

 

2 Ingredients! Activated Almond Milk

I love making almond milk at home for several reasons. The main ones being freshness, taste, far more economical and no additives. I remember my mother soaking Almonds and peeling them for me to eat first thing in the morning during winter time. Now there are studies that prove that, soaking almonds the previous day decreases the levels of enzyme inhibitors and phytates for easier digestion. This simple recipe is just soaking the almonds, peeling and rinsing, before grinding with fresh water. The almond meal leftover after filtering the blended almond milk mixture is excellent in desserts like “Kheer” and savoury dishes such as Vegan Quinoa Meatballs. This versatile almond milk can be poured over cereal, blend into smoothies or, drunk plain.

Almonds, not only have heaps of health benefits but taste great too. I completely adore the sweetish and nutty taste of almond milk in my morning breakfast smoothies and, the children love pouring almond milk all over their cereals and as a drink.

We need,
  • Raw Organic Almonds – 3/4 cup, soaked 12 to 14 hours
  • Water – 4 cups
Directions,
  1. Rinse the peeled almonds in fresh water before adding to the blender jar.
  2. Add 2 cups of water to the blender jar and run on the highest setting until the almonds  are finely ground. I have a powerful blender that takes 2 minutes to grind the almonds.
  3. Mix in 2 more cups of water for a milky consistency.
  4. Line a large saucepan with a nut milk bag and strain the almond milk through.
  5. Store in a glass jar for 4 – 5 days.

Tastes great with cookies or biscuits or, in hot and cold drinks.

Vegan Rainbow Cake & Sugarfree Icing

 Birthdays were taken very seriously when I was growing up. Every last bit had to be meticulously planned and organized way beforehand (at least a month!). I used to religiously count down days to my birthday and the party. Headache inducing decisions on who was going to be on the guest list, I possibly drove my poor mother to insanity! My mother insisted on baking a cake for me every single year, even the years I was away from home she would wait till I got back and made me one. I now deeply miss the cake, the love, thought and affection that went into making it. Now I make cakes for my little ones, who seem to come up with some unusual requests. This cake was supposed to be a rainbow cake with blue icing roses and also, follow the trend of undressed cakes with a light covering of some vanilla icing! Excellent for three different cakes but the birthday girl loved her cake and insisted on cutting it herself (the magic of seeing the layers I’d say). The basic cake recipe is from my vanilla cake with gel colors and natural fruit flavours mixed in. The icing is made with powdered Xylitol mixed with a dash of corn flour and Nuttelex, a vegetable shortening easily found in the shops here.

Vegan Rainbow Birthday Cake
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Vegan White Icing
Vegan, gluten free, nut free and sugar free. A quick icing recipe great for covering, piping and decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
Priya: Priya@MasalaVegan
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Xylitol
  • 2 tablespoon Corn Flour
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1/2 cup Nuttelex
  • 2 tablespoons Non Dairy Milk
Instructions
  1. Powder the Xylitol and corn flour together until fine.

  2. In a large mixing bowl add the powdered mix, shortening, milk and vanilla bean paste.
  3. Start mixing at the lowest speed possible until the mixture comes together.
  4. Once the mixture is well mixed then increase the speed to get smooth and fluffy icing.
Recipe Notes

If the mixture seems to thick (depends on different brands of corn flour) add a bit more milk.
Use rice milk, if wanting a gluten-free, nut Free and sugar-free icing.

If you enjoyed this cake recipe, please check out my Vegan Mud Cake!

 

Vegan Pad Thai/ Kway Teo Pad Thai

 “Pad Thai” or, “Kway Teo Pad Thai“, a favourite street food from Thailand is one of our favourite meals. Traditionally made with fish sauce, shrimp and often with eggs and meat. My vegan Pad Thai version takes away all the animal products and retains the goodness of vegetables, making this a really healthy and quick meal to make at home with dried rice noodles along with a plethora of veggies. I have used silken tofu to mimic and replace eggs and diced firm tofu for protein in a tamarind sauce. Using bean sprouts, turnip, tomato and carrots makes a refreshing dish, other vegetables can also be used such as green onions, radish, bell pepper, etc.

 

Vegan Pad Thai
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Vegan Pad Thai

Gluten-free, nut-free wok cooked rice noodles with a variety of garnishes.

Priya: Priya@MasalaVegan
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Dried Rice Noodles
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1/2 cup Silken Tofu
  • 3/4 cup Firm Tofu, cubed
  • 1 cup Shallots
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, crushed
  • 2 cups Diced Vegetables (Carrot, Bell Pepper, Mushrooms)
  • 1 cup Bean Sprouts
  • 1 medium Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • 1 medium Cucumber, diced
  • 1 medium Avocado, cubed
  • Dried Chilli Flakes, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
For the Sauce
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Tamarind Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons Coconut Sugar
Instructions
  1. Boil water and soak the rice noodles until soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. Airfry or bake the firm Tofu until golden brown and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wok, and toss in the shallots, silken tofu and vegetables until wilted (around 5 - 8 minutes).
  4. Mix the ingredients for the sauce until smooth and add to the vegetables in the wok.
  5. Toss in the drained rice noodles, bean sprouts and baked/ airfried Tofu cubes.
  6. Season with salt and chilli flakes.
  7. Garnish with avocado, tomato and cucumber pieces.

If you like this recipe, please check out my Vegan Fried Quinoa recipe too! 

 

 

Homemade Vegan Chocolate – 3 Ingredients

Making homemade vegan chocolate was always a concept beyond my comprehension. I had imagined that I would need a lot of clunky equipment, fancy whisks and moulds. The other day at the markets changed all that, there was this very happy looking person who was merrily mixing and creating goodies while spreading a lot of happiness. Oh the smells, I just stood there and inhaling all that goodness, while watching the chocolate creations come to life. Of course, I had to buy some organic cacao butter and fair trade cacao powder to try making some of my own chocolate immediately! This recipe is taken from the back off the cacao powder packet but modified to leave out the coconut oil and vanilla extract (I certainly did not miss it). After the chocolate sets in the freezer, mark squares or any other shapes so that the pieces break off easily. I’m going to try this recipe out in my new fancy moulds that should be hopefully be here by next week. My miniature chocolate bars disappeared in record time even for us, being the chocolate loving family we are! Happy cooking 😊

3 Ingredient chocolate recipe
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Homemade Vegan Chocolate

Vegan, nut-free, additive-free and gluten-free.

Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Cacao Butter, grated or chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/8 cup Light Agave Nectar, at room temperature
Instructions
  1. Melt the cacao butter in a double-boiler set over medium heat until just about melting.

  2. Take off the heat and whisk in the cacao powder and agave syrup until smooth.
  3. Pour the warm chocolate mix into a flat pan lined with greaseproof paper.
  4. Gently tip the pan side to side to make sure it's an even layer.
  5. Freeze covered with cling wrap for 25 - 30 minutes to set the chocolate.

 

Beetroot Kurma/ Korma – Onion & Garlic Free

Beetroot Kurma is a recipe my mum would often make as I loved beetroot as a child. The fascinating colour, the sweet flavour were absolutely enticing even back then. Now my children share my love of beetroot including, rubbing it all over their teeth to scare each other! Autumn’s settling in nicely with all the rain and windy weather we have had recently making me crave hot meals again. It does seem that we are back to that time of the year where warm and filling meals are back on the meal plan again. I found the cutest looking baby beetroot the other day and had to get them. This recipe comes together quickly on a weeknight and does not use onion or garlic and is delicious with flatbread or, rice Pulao dishes.

Beetroot Kurma Onion & Garlic Free
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Vegan Beetroot Kurma

Onion and garlic free, gluten-free quick Beetroot curry in a delicious coconut gravy.

Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Beetroot, steamed and cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup Desiccated Coconut
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Green Chili, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Roasted Split Gram Lentils
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Coriander, minced
  • Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the desiccated coconut in warm water and set aside.

  2. Steam the beetroot to cook. Cool before peeling and cutting into thin wedges.
  3. Dry grind together the roasted split chickpeas, mustard and cumin seeds to a fine powder.
  4. Add in the coconut mixture and blend to a fine paste.
  5. In a pan, heat oil and add the spice blend.
  6. Mix in the turmeric powder and green chilli.
  7. Add the beetroot wedges and mix well.
  8. Season with salt and take off the heat.
  9. Garnish with coriander if using.

 

 

Easy Vegan Magic Dough – Only 6 Ingredients

There have been many magic dough recipes floating around on the internet for a while now. The other day I was looking at a stuffed veggie bun recipe, I realised that I have used the same dough recipe (with some variations) that I got with my bread maker many, many years ago now.

I did start off by using expensive pre-mixes but, now I use my own special flour blend of half wholemeal wheat flour and half strong baking flour with added bran. With no dairy or bread improvers, all that goes in is a splash of light oil. The dough rises beautifully and with different fillings and toppings makes fluffy Naan, dinner rolls, cobs, baguette, sweet rolls, savoury buns, pizza bases, calzone and even steamed Bao-Zi buns. The dough can be par cooked and frozen or,  punched down and double bagged in a tightly sealed plastic bag to freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge to bake goodies the next morning.

Here’s the recipe,

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Easy Vegan Magic Dough

Vegan, additive free, comes together under 10 minutes in a stand mixer or, 15 - 20 minutes by hand.

Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups Wholemeal Flour
  • 1.5 cup Strong Baking Flour
  • 270 ml Warm Water
  • 2 teaspoons Raw Sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon Instant Yeast, powder
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
Instructions
  1. In a deep mixing bowl, add the water, raw sugar and yeast together.

  2. When the yeast and sugar dissolve, toss in the flours.

  3. Add oil and salt on top.

  4. If using a stand mixer, set on the lowest setting with a dough hook for 5 - 7 minutes. Increase speed for another 3 - 4 minutes until the dough looks smooth and cohesive.

  5. If kneading by hand, carefully combine the flours & water together with a flat wooden spoon and then start to knead by hand until a smooth dough forms. Approximately 15 - 20 minutes.

  6. Set the dough aside covered in a warm place until ready to use.

Dry Sweet Potato Dum Aloo (Airfryer Recipe)

“Dum Aloo”, just the name evokes the tasty sensations of spicy deep fried baby potatoes floating about in a creamy tomato gravy, perfect to eat with rice or Roti. Now, coming back to reality, I wasn’t about to start deep frying anything, specially the baby potatoes I did not have! So, I took the gorgeous spice base and some air fried sweet potato chunks to make this delicious dry Dum Aloo dish. I used my favourite Garam Masala and mopped it up with simple flatbread.

Vegan Dum Aloo recipe
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Dry Sweet Potato Dum Aloo (Airfryer Recipe)

Airfried sweet potato chunks dunked in a delicious spicy gravy.

Vegan, Gluten-free, nut-free and Airfryer recipe.

Cuisine: Indian
Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Sweet Potatoes, scrubbed & cubed
  • Non Stick Spray
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger - Garlic Paste
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Brown Onions, sliced thinly
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Coriander Leaves & Stalks, finely minced
Instructions
  1. Spray the sweet potato pieces and Airfry for 20 minutes at 200 degrees C.

  2. While the sweet potatoes cook, add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to a shallow pan and mix in the sliced onion.

  3. Cook on a low heat, until golden brown.

  4. In a deep pot, heat the remaining oil. Roast the garam masala until aromatic. Add the tomato paste and ginger - garlic paste and cook on a low heat until the raw smell goes off.

  5. Mix the water and Vinegar together and add to the pot. Cook on low heat until the gravy starts to bubble lightly.

  6. Toss in the Airfried sweet potatoes pieces and flavour with salt.

  7. Add in the onions and mix well.

  8. Take off the heat and garnish with chopped Coriander, if using.

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes (Airfryer Recipe)

The hot and humid Sydney weather simply won’t let up! All my meals these days are either smoothies or cold salads… because it’s far too hot to cook. Every time I get an interesting or exotic ingredient, it seems to wilt by the time I get home in this terrible heat! Now, that I’ve finished moaning about the heat, these air fried garlic potatoes are perfect, garlicky, tender yet crisp and the air fryer doesn’t heat up the kitchen in the same way a traditional oven does. These crisp potatoes taste great with steamed greens or, a cupful of sprouted Chickpeas (which I seem to be eating a lot of recently). This recipe works perfectly when doubled to bake in the oven, but half a kilo of small potatoes fit perfectly in my air fryer basket in one go. I can fit around 7 to 8 little potatoes in my Airfryer basket when lined with foil.

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Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes (Vegan Airfryer Recipe)

Vegan, gluten free and nut free.

Course: Side Dish
Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 500 grams Small Red Potatoes washed, and scrubbed clean
  • 4 cloves Fresh Garlic minced finely
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Flakes optional
Instructions
  1. Lightly pierce the scrubbed potatoes and boil in a large pot of water for 10 minutes. (I leave the skin on.)

    Drain the water and cool the potatoes.

    In the meanwhile in a small bowl mix the minced garlic, coconut oil and sea salt.

    Line the air fryer basket with baking paper or foil.

    Lightly flatten the potatoes with the back of a big spoon and place on the foil.

    Drizzle the coconut oil - garlic - salt mix on top of the potatoes.

    Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees C in the air fryer, or until golden and crisp.

    Sprinkle chilli flakes if using.