I honestly don’t remember where in India I picked this recipe up, but it’s been a splash ever since. At some point I had adapted it by adding onions at the beginning of the process, but that’s mostly for the times when I’m cooking large quantities. Because, yes, tomatoes do take a while to cook thoroughly and boil away all that water. So take yourself some time to hang around in the kitchen until they’re done. You won’t have to guard the oven whatsoever, just be there to stir from time to time.
So the steps for making the chutney go like these:
- chop your sweet tomatoes in quite small pieces (no need to stress that they’re even); keep all the juice in
- chop your onions fine
- select your spices: whole cardamon, cloves, cumin
- finely slice a fair amount of chillies
- prepare other add-ons: raisins, ground cumin and honey
Now you’re ready to start. Deep fry the cardamon and cloves until they pop, but make sure they don’t get burned. Using a lid is a good idea, because they will literally jump out of your pot 🙂 Follow with the cumin seeds, chillies and immediately after, the onions. Mix well until translucent, add the raisins, salt, ground cumin and when you find that the composition runs out of water, you can fold in the all the tomatoes.
From now on all you have to do is wait that it turns from watery to creamy (with no lid on top) and occasionally stir. When it’s ready, let it cool and add honey until you reach that spicy sweet chutney taste.
Enjoy it with rice, turmeric potatoes or, why not, some sourdough bread! Quinoa with steamed veggies on the side is also an option.
This desert is so simple that it’s going to blow your vision about vegan cooking. Well, rather preparation than cooking 🙂
As you probably know by now, beside being a superfood, chia seeds are easy peasy to be used in the kitchen. When soaked in water, they create a mucilaginous mass in a matter of minutes. You can stir them from time to time and add more water if needed, but for the time being just leave them aside and focus on the avocado chocolate. Its delicious taste is obtained by the sole use of a few ingredients:
- coconut milk/ fat
- cacao and/or carob
- vanilla (optional)
Now mix the already set chia pudding with the chocolate and decorate it at your wish! Enjoy this simple raw desert as breakfast or a special treat with friends.
Take it as a promise: you will relish this cake! It’s not only mouth watering, but also fresh and tingly. Kinda everything you need for a hot summer day. Nevertheless, is fairly easy to prepare.
You can opt whether you’ll make it in one layer or two. Some time ago I use to put it under a chocolate layer, but now I prefer the simplicity of the cashew nuts. After soaking them, just add coconut oil, honey, fresh ginger & lemon juice to your taste. Use the immersion blender to mix everything together well.
It was a real test to keep the amazingly full-ripe (but not mushed) peaches un-devoured on the table for 3 full days. But it totally worth it! Chopped in tiny squares and rolled through a mix powder of ground cinnamon and ginger, they turned out just perfect for this desert.
All you have left to do now is sink the peaches (consider not pouring all the liquid) into the cashew cream, make it even and sprinkle pistachio nuts on top (or almond flakes). Keep it overnight in the freezer and 10minutes after it’s out you can serve it! Garnish with fresh slices of peaches – if you have any 🙂
list of ingredients
- coconut oil
- fresh ginger
- lemon juice
- ground cinnamon
- ground ginger
- pistachio nuts / almond flakes
When it comes to raw sweets, things can be either superfancy or superfast. It’s up to you. So unless you dream of a three layered cake that needs to stay in the freezer for a while, have a look at these deserts ideas:
– cashews are the best: they’re fat&creamy and need no more than 4hrs to soak. in the photo above they stand as the base for a cinnamon cacao desert (with star fruit on top)
– dates too! i love dates not only for their perfect sweetness, but also because of their texture – they give just about the right firmness to the composition
here i used cashews + dates + frozen berries + hibiscus & fruit tea + grated coconut + orange peel
– in case you don’t have any of these two, you can improvise with oats or other grains (it won’t be raw though). just soak them for a bit, then add honey/dried fruits, tahina, grated coconut and of course, your favorite flavors. drop any high expectations about the looks – it’s basically porridge style
list of ingredients
- cashews/ any nuts
- dates / any dried fruits
- grated coconut (also coconut cream)
- flavors: cinnamon, cacao, orange, etc
- oats/ bulgur/ quinoa/ etc
- dried fruits
- sesame/ sunflower seeds
There’s one drink that can make your mornings resemble the kind of treat you’d get in a fancy cafe. Except it doesn’t have any caffeine or milk. Yet everybody flips out as if they were drinking cappuccino or milkshake. I think that’s why I’ve ended up calling it energy drink.
To begin with, you have to prepare the nut milk – it can be made from almonds, walnuts, cashews and so on. Use sesame seeds as one third of the whole nut quantity, so you can add up to the calcium intake for the day. After soaking the nuts, rinse them well and drop them into the blender with fresh water. When they start turning into a watery cream, strain it by pouring the entire composition through a nut milk bag. If necessary, fold in more water. You’ll be left with the milk and the leftover pulp, suitable to use in further deserts. Why not prepare 1-1,5l of nut milk, store it in the fridge and have it at your disposal over the next few days?
Once you get the milk done, start adding into the blender one or more of the following ingredients:
- dates/ raisins/ figs or honey
- coconut cream
- rose water / orange blossom water
- fruits tea or masala chai
- carob / cacao
- ground cinnamon / vanilla/ cloves, etc
- any kind of berries (fresh or frozen) – in this case better not mix it with banana or dried fruits
- ground flax or hemp seeds
You’ll get a pretty thick consistency, but you can always dilute it to your taste.
With this kind of quantity you’ll enjoy full energy until lunchtime or even later!