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RAW ONION BHAJIS

October 29, 2013

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Indian food holds a very special place in my heart, as I spent a lot of time in India when I first became vegetarian many years ago. I was lucky to stay at a wonderful place with one of the best restaurants in town. The waiters and cooks took onto serving me an assortment (usually 3) of dishes every night, often not on the menu, so that I could discover a variety of Indian meals. And I took great pleasure at savouring what I had been served, eating with my fingers. Every dinner was a feast, really.

On a few nights, I was invited by my colleagues for dinner at their homes. Don’t even get me started on home-cooked Indian food … out of this world …

I have travelled a fair deal in India since then, but other than a few exceptions (I can give names …), most of the food I have had isn’t a patch on the delights I enjoyed as a newly-turned-vegetarian. I will be forever immensely grateful for that time, as I had the opportunity to taste pretty exceptionally good Indian food.

Which brings us to this Indian staple. Onion bhajis can be good. When the batter is light and delicate and they are fried in super hot and clean oil, then put on paper towels to drain a little of the oil and finally eaten still hot. But they are not exactly healthy. These raw onion bhajis are a great alternative.

Onion Bhaij

Serves 8 :

4 large red onions

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 4 to 8 hours

1 large carrot or red bell pepper

date, soaked at least 1 hour

sun-dried tomatoes, soaked at least 1 hour

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp tamari or liquid aminos

1 clove garlic

1 small red chilli (optional)

1 tbsp garam masala or curry powder

about 1/2 cup water or enough to blend

Prepare your onions : slice them as thin as you can (using a mandolin, if you have one).

Prepare the onion bhaji batter. Drain and rinse the sunflower seeds, date and sun-dried tomatoes. Blend all ingredients (except the onions …) together until smooth. Pour on the onion slices and mix thoroughly, using your 2 hands. You want the onion slices to be evenly coated in batter.

Arrange onto 2 dehydrator trays lined with a non stick sheet and dehydrate for 12 hours at 42C. Flip, remove the non stick sheet and dehydrate for another 6 to 12 hours, until dry but still chewy. Will keep in a glass food saver in the fridge for a little under a week.

Serve chunks of dehydrated onion bhaji on a bed of salad dressed with a simple oil and lemon juice or vinegar dressing, or in a salad leaf, with a raw seed sauce and some alfalfa sprouts.

Onion Bhaji on salad

Enjoy.

Do you like Indian food ? What is your favourite cuisine ?

Stay Well and Happy,

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RAW PICKLED ONIONS

February 1, 2013

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

I pray you all had a wonderful festive season.

Do you like pickled onions ? I do, but I don’t like that the shop-bought ones all seem to have sugar in them … So I set to make my own, and I am so happy I gave it a try, as making your own raw pickled onions is as easy as 1.2.3.

You can make pickled onions by pouring boiling vinegar on the onions, but I prefer to use cold vinegar, as I find that it works just as well. If you are pressed for time or if you prefer, you may slice up your onions before picking them, but I prefer whole pickled onions.

This is how I make a jar full of picked whole red onions :

Raw pickled red onions

about 15 tiny red onions

about 1/2 a litre malt vinegar (enough to cover the onions)

2 tbsp pickling spice (I use a mix of coriander seeds, yellow mustard seeds, dried red chillies, dried whole ginger, cloves, black peppercorns, allspice berries and bay leaves)

crystal salt or sea salt

The smaller your onions, the trickier it is to peel them whole … The magic here is to soak them overnight in plenty of salty water. The next morning, the skins will almost come off by themselves. Drain the peeled onions.

Stack the onions in a jar big enough to contain all the onions and the vinegar, add the spices, pour the vinegar.

Allow the onions to pickle in a quiet place for at east a week.

That’s it. Enjoy in salads, sandwiches, with cheese, or on their own …

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AVOCADO CHIPS !!!

December 15, 2012

 Dear One,

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This one is really super exciting ! Make avocado chips by coating them in a spiced mixture, and eat them right away or dehydrate them to get the outside crunchy, just like real potato chips …

Serves 2 :

2 ripe but still firm avocados

1 cup almond flour or ground almonds or ground golden flax seeds

2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp chopped mixed fresh herbs (optional)

1/8 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits, being super careful not to damage the avocado flesh in the process. Cut into quarters, then eights. Carefully peel them.

Mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl. Transfer to a flat bottomed dish and roll the avocado pieces in the spiced coating until they are evenly coated. Serve immediately or dehydrate for a coupe of hours.

Great as a snack or a side dish.

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RAW CARAMELISED ONIONS

November 19, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Raw onions in their natural state are not exactly very palatable. But caramelised raw onions … seem to be a whole different food altogether : they virtually loose their sharp taste, and you can make them moist and crunchy (like deliciously soft cooked on the outside, still raw inside) or dehydrate them longer to make them drier and crunchier.

I love munching on them as such, they are great on a raw food pizza, to jazz up a salad or served as a side dish.

Serves 2 to 4 :

2 large red onions, sliced thin using a mandolin

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tamari

about 5 dates

just enough water to blend

Blend the dates with the olive oil, tamari and water until smooth. Thoroughly mix with the sliced onions in a large mixing bowl.

Dehydrate for a few hours for moist caramelised onions, or up to 12 hours for drier caramelised onions.

Will keep very well in an airtight container ; the drier they are, the longer they will keep.

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ACTIVATED LEMON SEEDS

November 13, 2012

 Dear One,

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This is another shockingly easy recipe. I take sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds and soak them overnight to start the sprouting and maximise the nutrition in them.

Did you know that sprouts contain all the nutrition needed by a baby plant to grow into a mature plant ?

I then marinate my seeds in a mixture of tamari and lemon juice and finally dehydrate them to get them crunchy.

Snack on a small handful or swap your regular croutons for these little babies and add them to your soups / salads for added goodness !

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1 or 2 tbsp tamari

1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed

In separate bowls, soak the sunflower and pumpkin seeds for at least 4 hours or overnight.

The next morning, rinse and drain your seeds. Put them in a mixing bowl together with the tamari and the lemon juice and mix well. Allow to marinate for a couple of hours, then put the seeds on a non stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for about 12 hours  at 42°C.

*Alternatively, you may choose to sprout your seeds for 1 day.

Will keep in an airtight glass jar for months.

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RAW MARINATED UN’FRIED’ MUSHROOMS

November 3, 2012

 Dear One,

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Can one eat mushrooms raw ? YES, as long as you choose non toxic mushrooms (:-)

Serves 2 to 4 :

4 portabello mushrooms or about 250g brown mushrooms, sliced

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tamari

1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed (about 2 tbsp)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp red chilli flakes (optional)

In a bowl, thoroughly mix the sliced mushrooms with the olive oil, tamari, lemon juice, 2 sorts of garlic ad chilli flakes if using, until the mushrooms are evenly coated. Allow to marinate for about 4 hours, tossing every now and then.

You can eat them as such, or dehydrate them for a few hours and them warm straight of the dehydrator, or dehydrate any leftovers. They are great added to a salad, a raw food pizza, or served as a side dish.

Enjoy.

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RAW VEGAN ‘FRIED BACON’

October 24, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Raw aubergines / eggplants are not very palatable, and they are among the few vegetables I would stay away from when I went raw. But that was until I came across raw vegan ‘fried bacon’ made by dehydrating marinated thin eggplant slices. I still only eat them once in a blue moon, but I think it is uber-cool to make raw vegan ‘fried bacon’ (:-)

1 large aubergine

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tamari

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp red chili flakes

Cut the aubergine lengthwise into quarters and then make super thin slices using a mandolin. Add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands. Lay out ‘bacon’ slices on a dehydrator tray lined with a non stick sheet and dehydrate for about 12 hours, until dry.

These raw vegan ‘fried bacon’ slices are great to munch on for tea, to add to a salad or to eat with a salad leaf wrapped around …

Will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.

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