Cooling Tamarind Drink

This is a refreshing, cooling and tasty drink for summer, which helps to re-hydrate and avoid sunstroke.   INGREDIENTS (Adjust to you taste) 1 or 1 1/2 litres water 1 large spoon tamarind pulp 2 spoons gur or brown sugar 1 teaspoon black salt (or ordinary salt) 1 teaspoon ground toasted cumin seeds (dry roast…

Eggplant with Tomato-Fig Sauce

This is my own personal take on a typical eggplant-tomato dish.  Normally the tomato sauce has sugar added, to give it a sweeter taste, so instead I have made it with dried figs. INGREDIENTS 1 eggplant 2 tomatoes (the oval shaped, Roma variety are always best for cooking) 2 green or dried red chillies 4…

Cashew Nut Curry

This recipes is quick and easy to make, and also no vegetables to cut!  Some of the ingredients are optional extras and can be left out.  You can make the sauce thicker or thinner according to your taste. INGREDIENTS 200 grams roasted cashew nuts 2 Roma tomatoes (other varieties are also fine, but these are…

Tamarind and Date Chutney

This is a simple, healthy chutney with a sweet-sour and slightly spicy taste.  The last time I made it was for 50 people….  with 1 kg dates….  but the recipe below is in much smaller quantities!!  You can check the chutney in the fridge for a week.   INGREDIENTS -1/2 cup dates -1/2 cup tamarind…

Sunflower-Seed Pesto (2 minute vegan recipe)

Sunflower-Seed Pesto (2 minute vegan recipe) Dedicated to the volunteer of our ecological project in Montroi, Valencia, for whom this recipe was created using whatever was available 🙂  It makes enough for 3-4 people. INGREDIENTS -1 cup toasted sunflower seeds (they need to be toasted- to do this, just heat a frying pan, without any…

Fresh Yoghurt-Cheese (Labane)

Now for a very easy recipe!!  This is a kind of fresh cheese, which you can spread on bread, use as a dip, or any other which way you like.  It is common in Lebanon and Syria.  It is a natural, additive free alterntive to buying cream cheese in the supermarket. Basically, just take some…

Pea-Kachori

Green Pea Kachori This recipe is actually quite easy to make, and nice for special occasions or a cold winter’s day.  The measurements are not very exact, but it does not matter much.   FILLING 1 1/2- 2 cups frozen green peas (defrosted) 1-2 spoons grated fresh ginger 2 fresh green chillies (or dry chilli…

Vegan Banana-Oat Cake (Wheat free)

Banana-Oat Cake (Vegan & Wheat Free) This is a tasty and healthy recipe using oats, ripe bananas and chia seeds.  As it is really very healthy, it can be eaten regularly, not only as a sweet.  If you want to make something a little sweeter, you can add some brown sugar, or some dried fruits,…

Beetroot-Potato Cutlets

A special recipe for those of you (like me) who like to complicate life time to time by making stuffed, deep fried items that require around 5 or 6 different pots and bowls….  Or simply, for those of you who have some beetroot in the fridge an don’t quite know what to do with it….

Dhokar Dalna

This is a delicious Bengali recipe, and great for serving to guests, as it is also very appealing to the eye.  The name, however, is somewhat un-translatable…  ‘Dhokar’, I have been told, means ‘to cheat’, and ‘dalna’ is a kind of liquid gravy.  If anyone knows why it has such a name, I would be…

The world’s oldest curry

This, according to archeological studies, is the world’s oldest curry, made from eggplant, ginger and turmeric.  Why not give it a try?  Here is the link: The world’s oldest curry

Gatte- the Chickpea Flour ‘Sausage’

This Rajastani recipe is a kind of vegetarian ‘sausage’ made from chickpea flour.  It is tasty and filling, and also great for new vegetarians.  The recipe given here is made with tomato sauce.  However, you can certainly experiment and make new variations.  For example, mixed with fried rice, vegetable dishes, or even in pasta sauce….