Monday, February 07, 2022

Creamy Broccoli Hazelnut Soup

Angled view of striped blue and white bowl with creamy broccoli hazelnut soup in it. It's on a wooden cutting board placed on a granite kitchen counter top. Reflection of the bowl on the counter top at the bottom of the photograph.


Have you ever tried soup with boondi sprinkled on it? Here's how that stroke of genius came about today...

I'd finished licking up my big serving of soup and was congratulating myself on a particularly healthy, nutritious lunch. ☺️ Soooo much broccoli in my tummy!

I rinsed the bowl and was just about to walk out of the kitchen, when I spied the khara boondi pack on the counter looking at me with its smug little face. ๐Ÿ˜

Its voice in my head sounded like a bunch of tiny squeaky imps in chorus, "healthy lunch, you say? Muhuhahaha." ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

I'd like to claim that my willpower was strong, but traitor that it is, it went, "the lunch was healthy, so what harm could a bit of boondi do, really?"

I succumbed. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍♀️

As I was guiltily munching on the boondi, I was struck by a thought... "boondi on soup". Wait, what?! I had to try it right away.

Spoonful of hazelnut broccoli soup held up to the camera with boondi sprinkled on it. Silly imp faces digitally drawn on to the boondis.

I was too full, so I only tasted a spoonful of soup with some boondi sprinkled on. What an awesome combination it was! The creaminess and crunch complimented each other perfectly.

Soup's a rare event in our house. I don't know why, because it's such a healthy, deeply satisfying meal. But I have a feeling that the next time I buy boondi (which is also rare), I'm totally going to be making soup to have with it.

Aha! Take that evil boondi! You're only going to inspire more healthy choices in me.๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, on to the recipe. As always, feel free to switch flavours around to suit your tastebuds and ingredient availability.

Creamy vegan soup being ladled into a bowl. Top view, close up.

Creamy Broccoli Hazelnut Soup

To blend:
500 gms Broccoli (florets and stems)
3 T Hazelnuts
1 T Nutritional Yeast (optional)
3 small cloves of Garlic
1/4 tsp Jaggery
Salt (I used a mix of regular and pink)

To stir in later:
Freshly crushed Black Pepper
Dried Orange Peel Powder
Lemon Juice

  • Steam the broccoli for 20-25 mins and allow to cool slightly
  • Grind hazelnuts, nooch, garlic, and salt into a powder*
  • Add the steamed broccoli and a bit of water and blend into a creamy paste
  • Pour in more water as required and blend into desired thickness of soup
  • Transfer to a vessel, crush pepper on top and sprinkle dried orange peel powder
  • Warm up the soup for a few minutes on medium heat while stirring
  • Take it off the heat and stir lemon juice into it
  • Serve warm (possibly with boondi sprinkled on top hehe) and enjoy! :)

*This powder makes for a damn yum Parmesan alternative!

Note: All khara boondis are not created equal. The one I had today happened to be from Adukale (very tasty), but Maiyas and MTR boondis are super delicious too. Only thing, make sure to check the ingredients every single time! Stupid ghee gets added to boondi sometimes. Grr. ๐Ÿ˜ก

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Gluten Free Banana Flour Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

generally don’t venture too much into gluten free baking. My fortรฉ is vegan baking, and I tend to stick to it.

But recently I scored some highly nutritious allergy friendly flours from Banamin Health Care and I wanted to see if I could come up with a completely GF cake with the Green Banana Flour. I was totally surprised by the results!

The texture is on the crumbly side and also more fudgy than cakey. But overall a very yummy thing.

GF Banana Flour Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Dry Ingredients:

1 C Banamin Green Banana Flour

3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Sada

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Arrowroot Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

Wet Ingredients:

1 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp Jus’Amazin Crunchy Hazelnut Spread

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1 tsp Psyllium Husk

1 C Warm Water

  • Whisk together wet ingredients & allow to cool completely in fridge
  • Preheat oven to 180 c/350 F
  • Lightly grease a cake pan and line it with baking paper
  • Mix together dry ingredients
  • Quickly mix wet & dry mixtures (don’t overmix)
  • Pour into cake pan
  • Bake for 35 mins and test with a toothpick for doneness (bake for 5-10 mins longer if required)
  • First cool the cake in the pan for 15 mins, then gently transfer to a wire rack along with the paper and cool completely before slicing

For the Icing:


  • Whisk Jus’Amazin Crunchy Hazelnut Spread in a few spoons of Warm Water 
  • Pour over the cake 
  • Optionally layer with Strawberry Compote (made by cooking down chopped strawberries with sugar)


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Monday, August 02, 2021

Chocolate Brown Rice Roasted Almond Mylk

Slightly angled top view, close up of chocolate brown rice almond mylk with ice

“Good lord! This tastes freaking delicious!!!” I said, as I slurped the smooth, light liquid delightedly. ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿคค

It was the first time I tasted rice mylk. I’d purchased it at a grocery store in the US. 

Initially I’d been skeptical to pick it up because the tetra packed almond mylk from the same brand had been an overwhelming disappointment.

But my curiosity won, and here I was, sipping on this incredibly soothing, vanilla flavoured beverage.

After that, I glugged down tumblers and tumblers of rice mylk on a daily basis while I could get my hands on it.

As soon as I got back to Bangalore, I wanted to try making it at home.

I did some research, cooked white rice, and blended it with water.

❗️What emerged was a thick, starchy, undrinkable mess! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

It was nothing like the heavenly tetra packed goodness I’d fallen in love with. But I don’t give up easily. Certainly not after the first try.

It took a couple more experiments, but eventually I zeroed in on the perfect home made rice mylk recipe. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

๐Ÿš Use a variety of rice that doesn’t have all its fibre polished off – brown or red (Rajmudi) work great

๐Ÿ’ฆ Contrary to what you’d expect, the volume of water has to be higher in rice mylk than in nut mylks (like 1/2 C cooked rice to approximately 1 L water)

That’s it. That’s the big secret. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Blend well. Strain. Get ready to *glug glug slurp*.

Some bonus tips:

๐Ÿ“ Cook the rice very well, and cool it completely before blending.

๐Ÿ“ You can add any sweetener (dates, jaggery, maple syrup) and flavour (pure vanilla extract, cocoa powder, cinnamon) while blending and then strain the mylk.

๐Ÿ“ If you have a high powered blender, you might not have much stuff left to strain. But strain it anyway. This mylk is best enjoyed smooth and light!

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Rice mylk is very enjoyable when you drink it by itself (lightly sweetened if you like). But it also works well in:

๐ŸŒผ Cereal

๐ŸŒผ Payasam/Pudding

๐ŸŒผ Smoothie

๐ŸŒผ Fermented into Spicy Buttermylk

๐ŸŒผ In baking Cookies, Cakes and Bread

๐ŸŒผ Light, cold beverages

Chocolate Brown Rice Roasted Almond Mylk

2 T Well Cooked Brown Rice

3-4 Roasted Almonds

3 tsp Cocoa Powder

Date Syrup to taste (alternatives: Jaggery, Maple Syrup)

Dash of Pure Vanilla Extract (skip if you don’t have pure extract)

Pinch of Salt

2 Cups of Water

  • Add all ingredients (except water) into a blender jar
  • Pour in a little water and blend into a creamy paste
  • Add the rest of the water and blend until smooth
  • You could optionally strain this
  • Pour over ice and enjoy your refreshing beverage! ☺️

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Beet Avocado Wasabi Salad

Close up of Avocado Steamed Beetroot Wasabi Salad in a stoneware bowl. Chapathi and Cutlets blurred in the background in the same bowl.

 ๐Ÿฅ‘ I wanted to make guacamole today to have with chapathi. But when I halved the avocado, it was so firm, I just didn’t have the heart to mash it!

So I peeled and cubed it, and stared at it lovingly, waiting for inspiration to flow.

The image of a fabulous salad rose up in my mind. It would be slightly on the sweet side, and carry a complex flavour profile that was worthy of this perfect avocado.

I didn’t know what flavours yet, but I knew without a doubt that steamed beetroot had to be in there! ๐Ÿ˜„

So I scrubbed, cubed and put the beets for steaming. They were organic, so I didn’t even need to peel them.

Then the dressing ingredients dropped into my head. Tak. Tak. Tak.

Balsamic Vinegar


Miso Paste

Oh my! ๐Ÿคค♥️

I carefully mixed them with the avocados. And as soon as the beets were nice and soft, I put them in and quickly tossed everything together one last time.

The avos held their shape well for the most part. Some of the edges got mashed, but that worked out well, adding a creamy coating to the beets.

I tasted it.


It was everything I imagined it would be.

So of course I had to tell you all about it! ๐Ÿ˜„ Try it.

Here are the approximate ingredient quantities:

1 medium sized Avocado

2 small Beets

1 heaping tsp Miso Paste

1/2 tsp Wasabi

2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar


๐Ÿ“ Instead of Miso, you can use some Soy Sauce if you like.

๐Ÿ“ And Balsamic Vinegar can be replaced with a combination of Apple Cider Vinegar and a bit of Jaggery/Date Syrup.

๐Ÿ“  But there’s absolutely nothing that can replace the nose watering goodness of Wasabi!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Vegan GiNNada KaDubu (Jun KuDumulu)


Close up of a sweet called GiNNa in Kannada. This is the vegan, cruelty-free version. Rectangular slice, brown in colour, jelly texture. In an off white bowl and a bit of steel spoon showing.

 ๐Ÿฎ GiNNa เฒ—ಿเฒฃ್เฒฃ is a dessert traditionally made out of Jaggery and Colostrum. Let me describe these exotic ingredients to you...

Freshly extracted sugarcane juice is boiled for a long time in large, heated vats. It gets caramelised into a delicious sweetener. That’s Jaggery. ๐Ÿคค

A female is pregnant for a long time. Soon after she gives birth, an antibody rich secretion comes out of her mammary glands to feed her baby. That’s Colostrum. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Now imagine what kind of a sick, twisted mind decided to put the two together and invent dessert.

Someone sees a cow give birth and says, “hey, let me push that wee baby calf aside, squeeze the very first milk out of his mother’s udders, and cook it with Jaggery.”

And then it just becomes a special, gourmet recipe, passed on from generation to generation.

It’s bloody scary how easy it is for us humans to commodify and normalise the use of things which we have absolutely no business taking! ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ˜จ

Sadly, as a kid, GiNNa was one of my favourite desserts.

Usually I’m not the kind of vegan who feels guilty about my past food choices. What’s done is done. I’m just grateful I make better choices now.

But GiNNa is the one dessert from my past that breaks my heart. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ข

I can’t believe how casually my tastebuds could enjoy something that an innocent new born should’ve been eating. ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ‍๐Ÿผ

If you still like GiNNa, you don’t have to wait for a cow to give birth and steal her baby’s first food.

Instead, make this Vegan GiNNa anytime you crave it!

Close up of a caramel brown, jelly like dessert being help up with a steel spoon. More dessert in the background. A vegan version of GiNNa (in Kannada), also known as Junnu (in Telegu).

1 1/2 L Soy Mylk
15 g Agar Agar Sheet – cut into small strips
1 1/2 C Jaggery

๐ŸŒปRinse the agar agar strips
๐ŸŒนAdd to soy mylk and bring to boil
๐ŸŒปReduce heat to low and keep cooking, stirring periodically, until the agar dissolves completely (takes 20-30 mins)
๐ŸŒนGently stir in the Jaggery and simmer on low heat for a couple of minutes until it dissolves (don’t let the mylk boil!)
๐ŸŒปTurn off heat and transfer to a tray or individual cups
๐ŸŒนAllow to cool, then let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours
๐ŸŒปEnjoy cold!

๐Ÿ“ Other plant based mylks work, but fresh, homemade soy mylk gives the best texture
๐Ÿ“ You can use agar agar powder instead of sheets