Thursday, September 05, 2013

Raw Almond Pulp Vadai/Cracker Sandwich - Vegan MoFo 2013 Day 5


Raw Almond Pulp Vadai (Cracker) Sandwiches

Day 5. Wondering why I'm posting so late in the day? We had an incident at Veganosaurus headquarters last night. I was happily blog hopping, when suddenly, the laptop charger stopped working! It would be bad in any other situation, but during Vegan MoFo...it's a freaking disaster!!! And to top it off, the Apple store I went to this afternoon didn't have the appropriate one in stock. They told me it would take them a whole week to get it for me. Aaaarrrrrrrghhhhhh!!!

*deep breath* *deep breath*

Okay okay, I know I'm being melodramatic here. But if I'm this way, imagine what our mascot was like. The stress really built up from last night and by this evening, when it became unbearable, someone exploded into a screaming fit!



After being all screamed out, Veganosaurus just dropped down and gave up on this cruel, cruel world. That's when Kip hopped by to see what the ruckus was all about. He just said a quick hello and was hopping away, when Veganosaurus, who couldn't bear to see his cheerfulness decided to drag himself to Kip to share the depressing news.

It was at this point that I had to pull myself together and interfere before a damper was put on everyone's mood around here. After all, Veganosaurus headquarters runs on joy and cheer. Without those two ingredients, we're doomed.

We did a healing, gratitude meditation where we focused on the many other gadgets around our home which *do* work fine. In the end, everyone was calm and feeling thankful that we have other ways of getting today's blog post done. So finally, here we are! :)

Raw Almond Pulp Vadai/Cracker Sandwich

Remember on the first day of MoFo, in my Almond Mylk tutorial, I spoke about saving the pulp after extracting the mylk? Today I'm going to share one of the things I like making with the pulp. This is a recipe for my Raw Almond Pulp Vadai/Cracker type thingies. They just involve mixing a few things into the almond pulp, shaping them into vadais and sun drying them. Simple to mix up but they take a long time to dry, especially in the kind of cloudy weather we've been having here. They are worth the patience though. Especially if you're on a completely raw diet and would like to have something snacky.

Raw Almond Pulp Vadais (Crackers)

Raw Almond Pulp Vadai (Cracker) Sandwiches

For the Vadais:
1 batch Almond Mylk Pulp (approximately 1 1/2 C)
1 Carrot
5 Green Chillies
3 Cloves of Garlic
3 T Sesame Seed Powder
1/4 tsp Asafoetida Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Salt

* Grate the carrots
* Crush the green chillies, garlic and salt together

* Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them well with your hands
* Taste and adjust the flavours and spices to your liking

* Shape the dough into rounds and flatten them in between your palms
* Place them on a plate that's been lined with wax paper

* Dry them under a hot sun for a few days, flipping them every other day, until they are completely dry
* In case of dull weather, you can place the vadais in your oven at 70°C and dehydrate them by leaving the door of the oven slightly open

* Do this for a few hours each day, over a period of 4-5 days, until they are dry
* Whether you're sun drying or oven drying, in the nights, keep the plate in your fridge, uncovered, because it helps to dry them out more

* You can eat these vadais plain but they tend to have a dry mouthfeel and not too easy to swallow. So it is best to enjoy them with a creamy dip or turn them into pretty tomato sandwiches.

For each Sandwich:
1 Vadai
2 slices of Naati Tomatoes (or other juicy variety)
Tulsi (Indian Basil) Leaves
Crushed Black Pepper

* Place the vadai in between the tomato slices
* Top the sandwich with chiffonaded tulsi leaves and some crushed pepper
* Bite into them and taste the delicious textures and flavours
* Enjoy! :)

Raw Almond Pulp Vadai (Cracker) Sandwiches

26 comments:

  1. :D that wasnt much of a freak out :P louder voice please:)
    love the vadai crackers:)

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    1. Louder voice is what I'm doing now, Richa. Our home's Internet is phone line is dead and I'm surviving temporarily on my phone's data plan. You don't want to hear my screaming now!!! LOL

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  2. These are so cute and tasty, I'm sure. I think I appreciate food more when I've dehydrated it too. Love the video....all that raw food has helped your humor ;)

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    1. Haha thanks Angela. :) It's not the raw food, it's MoFo,. It always does something to my brain and I start typing this way. :p

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  3. Ahhhhh!! Vegan MoFo stress! I've had a few incidents myself. Happily, we muddle through :-)!

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    1. We survive through it all because we have vegan super powers, Annie. Haha

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  4. Wow! Do you think I could use peanut pulp ( just made peanut curd..thanks to you- and the kids love it!) ? Thank you again for another great recipe.. love reading the blog and love the videos too! Your voice is so calming. ♥♥♥

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    1. Yay I'm so glad the kids love peanut curds, Revathi! :)

      Since the peanut is cooked already, you could just make patties with them adding mashed potatoes and more grated veggies and bake or tava cook them like cutlets. No point in putting the effort to dehydrate them.

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  5. That video cracked me up! Love your little characters so cute!
    This drying in the sun reminds me of when my grandmothers used to dry the appalams on the roof. Loved your recipe!

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    1. Thanks Rithika. :) Even I always think of grandma making appalams when I sun dry stuff. :)

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    1. Yeah Kendy, they totally are. It's nice to have strong flavours in there because the pulp itself is quite bland.

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  7. These look amazing - will definitely make some with the mountains of almond pulp that go through my kitchen! Love the little sandwiches too....

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    1. Thanks Kelli. :) I'd love to hear about the different ways in which you usually up use your almond pulp.

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  8. I'm falling behind blogging :( You made it quicker than me! :( Thanks for the awesome recipe using the almond milk pulp, looks so good with the extra heat from the green chillies, and of course the garlic! Lovely cracker concept!

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    1. Thanks veganmiam. :)

      Our Internet line at home died yesterday and I'm surviving on my phone's data plan right now. I won't be able to blog until our phone line is fixed. So you'll probably have caught up with your posts before I can blog again. Haha

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  9. I'm... pretty sure that that was THE BEST VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN.

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  10. Vegans are supposed to be serene. Bahahah. Give me a freakin raw cracker please before I hyperventilate along with you and that perfectly adorable freaked out mascot.

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    1. We are?! *gasp* Why didn't I get the memo? :oP

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  11. The crackers look so good and what a fantastic way to use up the pulp. I'm going to get the dehydrator out!

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    1. Thanks. Let me know how they turn out. :)

      We normally have sunny weather here so I never used to feel the need for a dehydrator, but in this monsoon season, it's cloudy so constantly that I've been really pining for one. *sigh*

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  12. Oh, I hope Veganosaurus is feeling better. It was such an epic film that I had to show it to my daughter!

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    1. Thanks. Hope your daughter enjoyed it too. :)

      Veganosaurus is feeling better. Thank you for asking. :) It's only because I hid the fact that we didn't have internet all weekend from him. Shhh. Don't tell him. :p

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