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!

 

Quick Banana Fritters (200th Post)

Thank you my dearest readers for reading my 200th post and your encouragement!

I’ve always wanted to keep a record of all my recipes and tried blogging as a way to do that. I started off with blogger ages ago (in 2008), gave it all up because of the pressures of daily life and work. Then I discovered WordPress in 2011 and started posting on and off. Finally in 2016, I stumbled upon the fact that, I could schedule posts in advance and they would be live like clockwork, while I was still at work or, fast asleep, or even on another continent!

I’m very thankful for all the support that I have received even though I don’t always get back promptly (work in progress)! I did lose many of my followers, comments and likes when migrating from WordPress to the new website, so I’m still tracking friends old and new while, discovering wonderful food 😊

To celebrate my 200th post I bring to you one of my favorite banana desserts growing up. This was something my mum often made when I demanded something sweet instantly! Bless her heart, she not only got dinner ready in under an hour despite working  all day but also, ensured my sweet tooth was satisfied 😍 (Love you and miss you heaps Ma!)

Oh, yes back to this wonderful sugar-free, gluten-free Banana Fritter recipe and enough with my rambling already!

 

3 Ingredient Vegan Gluten-free Banana Fritters
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Vegan Banana Fritters

Vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free. Made with just 3 ingredients. Under 10 minutes. Tastes great warm, with cinnamon powder sifted over or, with custard or vanilla ice cream. Makes great allergy free treats for lunch boxes too.

Priya: Priya@MasalaVegan
Ingredients
  • 2 Overripe Bananas
  • 2 tablespoon Rice Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil, melted
Instructions
  1. Heat a thick bottomed pan (I used my cast iron pan) with a drizzle of coconut oil.

  2. In a mixing bowl, add the peeled bananas & rice flour.

  3. Mash the bananas lightly with a spoon while mixing the rice flour in.

  4. Drop a spoonful of batter on the hot pan.

  5. Cook until golden brown and flip over to cook the other side.

  6. Drizzle some more coconut oil in between if needed (my cast iron pan really doesn't need much oil).

  7. Sprinkle with cinnamon powder if desired or, eat warm with vegan vanilla ice cream.

If  you enjoyed this quick vegan dessert, please check this luscious vegan and gluten-free Fudge recipe.

Quinoa Veggie Burger Patties (Airfryer Recipe)

Quinoa or, Keen-wah, the wonder grain and I haven’t been the best of friends. These veggie burgers, or “Tikki” in Hindi are made from leftover cooked quinoa from my weekly meal plan. Quinoa, even after all the good qualities it possesses tends to be ignored, while brown rice or flatbread are favoured with most curries around my place. The first time I ever tried make quinoa, they stayed raw after cooking on the stove top for a good 15 minutes! Not sure, what happened there… So into the bin that went!

The second time around, I bought quinoa flakes that positively tasted like soap! Even my youngest little one who usually eats everything wouldn’t look at it! Next, I decided to get quinoa flour for my baking but, that had the most prolific mould growth I’ve seen outside of my lab cultures!! This was a few months ago so, after that every time I was at the shops, I would furtively look at the quinoa varieties and look away quickly!

I like this forgiving recipe because it combines quinoa with leftover rice, flavoured with Garam Masala, veggies, garlic and onion, all favourites around here. I also added some leftover mashed potatoes and gram flour, instead of bread crumbs as a binder to keep them gluten-free. Using the Airfryer also makes, the patties a quick meal without pan frying or, having to heat up the oven.

 Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Vegan Quinoa Burger/ Tikki
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Vegan Quinoa Burgers/ Tikki

Vegan, gluten-free Quinoa croquettes, burger patties with Garam Masala, potatoes and onions.

Priya: Priya@MasalaVegan
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Cooked Quinoa (I used my trusty pressure cooker after rinsing it 7 times!)
  • 3/4 cup Leftover Cooked Rice/ Rice Flour
  • 1/2 cup Chickpea Flour/ Besan
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Spice Powder
  • 1/2 medium Onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup Red Capsicum, diced
  • 2 small Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup Boiled Potatoes, mashed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, to brush on the burger patties
Instructions
  1. Toss everything into a mixing bowl and mix well.

  2. Shape the mixture into burgers and set aside on a plate.

  3. Place the burgers in the Airfryer in a single layer. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 - 18 minutes or, until golden brown and firm.

  4. Tastes great with tomato ketchup or, in a burger bun with salad.

Here’s some more information on Quinoa, its benefits and how best to cook it.

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! 

 

 

Vegan Mujadarra (Middle Eastern Rice with Brown Lentils)

I’ve been on a sweet/ dessert roll for the past few weeks and realised that I hadn’t posted any savoury recipes. This  Middle Eastern “Mujadarra/ Mujadara” is the perfect food for a quick Autumn week night. Fragrant brown Basmati rice enveloping spicy lentils flavoured with caramelised onions and cumin seeds are the perfect way to keep tummies filled! As we change seasons, my weekends are busy as, I to try to do a pantry + fridge + freezer stock take and use up whatever I find. This “Mujadarra” recipe, came by with my finding some cans of brown lentils and leftover cooked brown Basmati in the fridge. I had everything else in my pantry including the oil and spices, making this one of my quickest recipes, ready under 30 minutes. If using dried lentils, then they need to be cleaned, soaked, rinsed and cooked until al-dente before adding to this recipe. The rice also needs par-cooking before adding to the recipe, increasing the amount of water required along with the time.

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Vegan Mujadarra/ Mujadara

Gluten-free, Vegan and full of lentil goodness. A quick recipe ready under half an hour, when using cooked brown Basmati rice and canned lentils.

Priya: Priya@MasalaVegan
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Brown Basmati Rice, cooked
  • 1 can Whole Brown Lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large Brown Onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin Seeds, roasted and powdered
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Greens, chopped (Optional for garnishing)
Instructions
  1. In a deep pot, add the oil and onions. Cook on slow heat until the onions start to caramelise.  Add a tablespoon of water if the onions start to stick to the bottom of the pan.

  2. Add the cumin seed powder and mix well.

  3. Mix in the lentils and add 1/2 a cup of water. Cook until the mixture starts to thicken.

  4. Toss in the cooked rice on top of the lentils and drizzle water down the side and cover. Cook until the water dries up.

  5. Serve hot garnished with chopped greens, if desired.

If you liked this recipe, please check out my Vegan Fatteh Hoummus recipe here.

Fig & Cardamom Jam (Sugarfree & 3 Ingredients)

Summer has quickly transitioned into Autumn but, there still a lot of summery fruits in the market. Next to mangoes, fresh figs are a family favourite. We seem to eat large quantities of most fruits though. I was looking at a couple of slightly bruised looking figs that were marked down and decided to try making some jam using Xylitol, like I did with the strawberries. Fig and green cardamom is definitely a match made in flavour heaven. This jam tastes great on pancakes, scones, as a topping for porridge and also, in the Tofutti cheese sandwiches. Now my jam never lasts for more than a few weeks in the fridge, because my younger one has the tendency to dig into jars with a spoon, particularly into jars that contain sweet things!

3 Ingredient Sugar-free Fig Jam
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Vegan Sugarfree Fig & Cardamom Jam

Vegan, glutenfree, sugar-free and allergy friendly jam without pectin, or other additives. Made with just 3 ingredients!

Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Fresh Figs, quartered
  • 3/4 cup Xylitol
  • 4 - 5 Green Cardamom Pods
Instructions
  1. Separate the seeds from the cardamom pods and powder finely. Save the green husks.

  2. In a deep saucepan, add the figs, cardamom husks and Xylitol. Crush the figs and mix the xylitol in.
  3. Bring to a rolling boil and stir with a heavy wooden spoon until the xylitol dissolves.
  4. Reduce heat to the lowest setting and cook until the mixture thickens and looks lumpy.

  5. Take off the heat and mix in the powdered cardamom seeds.
  6. I wanted the fruit lumps to show so did not blend the jam. Pass through a blender for a smoother jam.

Pour into sterilised glass jars when still warm and cool well before clipping the lid on.

I stored the strawberry jam in the fridge where it lasted for a grand total of 10 days but, should be fine for a couple of weeks! 

This happy jam recipe is going off to Healthy Vegan Fridays, Saucy Saturdays & the Bloggers Pit Stop!

Vegan Gram Flour & Coconut Fudge (Besan Burfee, Sugarfree)

The Indian calendar follows the luni- solar cycle and starts and finishes differently as opposed to the standard 31st of December and 1st of January. The “Hindu” new year in 2017 falls on the 29th of March. Houses are cleaned and freshened up with a variety of fresh flowers and leaves. Intricate decorations made of rice flour and/ or colored sand are set on flowers. Growing up, my mother used to install a brass pot atop a stick covered with brightly colored cloth as a symbol of victory of good over evil called “Gudi”, pronounced as goody. Flowers and mango leaves are used to decorate the Gudi And, all kinds of sweet and savoury delicacies are made. Commonly made recipes include Chakli, Puran Poli (flatbread stuffed with sweetened lentils) and delicious fudge bars, called “Burfee”.

Vegan Glutenfree Gramflour Fudge
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Vegan Gram Flour & Coconut Fudge (Besan Burfee)

Gluten-free and Sugar-free, this fudge is full of coconut goodness.

Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Gram Flour/ Besan
  • 1 cup Desiccated Coconut
  • 2/3 cup Xylitol
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Green Cardamom Seeds, powdered
Instructions
  1. Line a flat tray with nonstick paper and set aside.

  2. In a deep saucepan melt the coconut oil and add the Gram flour. Roast until golden and the raw smell disappears. Remove from saucepan and set aside in a plate to cool.
  3. Roast the desiccated coconut next, on low heat until lightly browned. Remove from saucepan and mix with the roasted Gram flour.
  4. Mix the xylitol and water in the saucepan and cook until the syrup looks bubbly and thickens.
  5. Take off the heat and fold in the gram flour - coconut mixture.
  6. Toss in the cardamom powder and mix well. 
  7. Transfer this mixture evenly into the prepared tray. Tap the tray on a sturdy surface to remove any airgaps and smoothen the top.
  8. Score the fudge in diamond shaped pieces after cooling for 10 - 15 minutes.

Vegan Gluten-free & Sugar-free Waffles

My little ones love Waffles and will happily eat great amounts at all times of the days, topped with fruits and maple syrup, or even plain! I got one of those popular electric waffle makers  a couple of years ago at the holiday sales. After which we have stopped getting any shop bought waffles in the house. I must admit that I have mostly made wholemeal waffle batter until now, but wanted to use up some leftover flax egg when inspiration struck!

Using Besan (finely ground Gram flour) as a base for gluten-free dishes is quite widespread in Indian cooking. For example, here and here. Besan is a favoured ingredient in many Indian sweets in the form of fudge or, truffle like balls called Laddoos. I buy Besan flour in a coarsely and finely ground form depending on how I plan to use it, as the fine grind is better as a coating and the coarse grind provides more body, such as in this Frittata and Fritter recipe.

These waffles freeze well and can be reheated on a hot pan or, in the Airfryer to crisp up for a quick breakfast or, wholesome afternoon tea. Happy cooking 😊

 

Vegan Allergy free Waffles
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Vegan Gluten-free & Sugar-free Waffles

Allergy friendly waffles made with Gram flour and flax using a waffle maker.

Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Gram Flour/ Chickpeas Flour, finely ground
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Stevia, granules
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 4 - 5 tablespoons Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Non Stick Spray
Flax Egg Mixture
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 1 tablespoon Flax Meal
Instructions
  1. Mix the flax egg ingredients well and set aside.

  2. Whisk the chickpea flour, coconut flour, stevia and baking powder in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. 
  3. Combine the coconut milk, vanilla bean paste, oil and flax egg mix together and whisk well.

  4. Fold in the dry flour mixture gradually, while whisking continuously to prevent any lumps. 
  5. Use spoonfuls of warm water to make a slightly runny batter. (Coconut flour tends to thicken the batter.) 
  6. Heat the waffle maker and spray some non stick spray on the surfaces. 
  7. Ladle a spoonful of mixture on to the waffle maker and spread it all over the waffle maker before closing the lid. 
  8. Cook at low heat for 5 - 7 minutes until a deep golden brown. 

  9. The waffles are done when they come off the waffle maker easily and do not stick.

These waffles are making their way to Take Two Tapas and, The Bloggers Pitstop

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.

 

2 Ingredient Sugarfree Strawberry Jam

The abundant berries and stone fruits available really cheaply in the markets inspired this quick Sugar Free Strawberry Jam made with Xylitol. Using only 2 ingredients, this jam tastes great with pancakes, waffles, pikelets, sandwiches, wraps and rolls. Th only thing  I’d like to add is take the deepest saucepan possible because even a little amount of jam expands massively during the boiling phase. My little one  adds that, it tastes great straight from the jar too πŸ˜‚ Happy Cooking 😊

 

Xylitol Strawberry Jam
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2 Ingredient Sugarfree Strawberry Jam

Vegan, sugar-free, nut-free and gluten-free. Made only with 2 ingredients, this quick jam takes under 30 minutes from start to finish, plus extra for setting.

Priya: Priya
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Fresh Strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 2 cup Xylitol
Instructions
  1. Wash the strawberries well and pat dry. The strawberries I got were quite small so I just had to slice off the green bit at the end. For large strawberries consider chopping up roughly.


  2. In a deep saucepan (take the deepest one you can find) add the strawberries and Xylitol.

  3. Use a heavy wooden spoon and mix the together while lightly mashing the strawberries.

  4. Heat the saucepan with the strawberry - xylitol mixture until it comes to a boil.

  5. Boil for at full heat for 2 - 3 minutes Andy remove from the hob.

  6. The jam will continue to cook and thicken even after taking off the heat. (I prefer my jam to be slightly runny and easy to spread).

  7. If wanting a thicker jam or, strawberry jelly then cook at full heat after bringing to a boil for 5 - 6 minutes.

  8. Pour into clean, sterilised jar when lukewarm. (I tend to tap the bottom of the jar on the countertop lined with a kitchen towel to get any air gaps and bubbles out).

  9. Once opened, store the jam in the fridge but sealed jars can stay at room temperature in a cool dark place up to 6 months.