Category Archives: Vegan Pure

Barbecue Sauce

I am happy to share with you my own homemade barbecue sauce recipe, which is pretty easy and simple. This condiment can be used not just for pizza but also for soya protein meals or marination of Indian cheese of raw jackfruit.

3 cups of crushed tomatoes or Thick Tomato puree
1/4 cup of dark tamarind Pulp
1/4 cup of Tomato ketchup (Two brands will give you pure veg ketchups- Kissan and No name from Superstore, or use my homemade ketchup-recipe)
2 tablespoon of Indian mango pickles without mango)
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoon of hungarian smoked Paprika powder (this is what gives  smoky flavour to the sauce)
2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder
1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Please check for (Measurements)
Process: Mix all ingredients properly together and add a cup of water to it. Cover with a lid and cook on low to medium heat the entire mixture till the sauce turns thicker and reduced to half.
Let it cool down and use it or preserve it in an glass  bottle.
Refrigerate it for storage.

Curried Black eyed Peas Sabji

A traditional lunch recipe often prepared at home using Black eyed peas. This recipe will show a simple way of making it in a curried flavor using homemade spices blend and dry fenugreek leaves.

Serves 4
1-1/2 cup Black eyed peas
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 sticks of chopped celery
1 tablespoon of finely chopped ginger
2-3 curry leaves
2 finely chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon curry powder (homemade spices)
1 teaspoon red chili powder
2 tablespoons of oil or ghee
2 teaspoons of dry fenugreek leaves
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 cup finely chopped cilantro (coriander leaves)
Please check (Measurements)
**Note: Even if you do not have curry powder, you can simply use powder of Turmeric, Coriander, Fennel,garam masala)

Process: Soak the Black eyed peas for an hour in Hot water. Drain that water and again add 3 cups of water in pressure cooker. Add the peas and pressure cook till 2-3 whistles. If you do not have a pressure cooker then cook in a pot adding 4 to 5 cups of water with lid covered till the peas soften.

In a medium pot, heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds, once they splutter add cumin seeds, curry leaves, ginger and saute them for 30-40 seconds on medium heat. Now add the chopped celery, saute till it turns golden brown and then add the chopped tomatoes. Add the curry powder or the other powders (in absence of curry powder), dry fenugreek leaves, mix well, sprinkle some water and cover with a lid. Cook between low to medium heat for 1-2 minutes till the tomatoes soften.
Now add the Boiled peas along with its water which was used for boiling or pressure cooking as that has most nutrients of the peas. Add another 1-1/2 cup of water, salt, sugar and let the peas boil. Once it boils reduce the heat to low, letting it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the stove and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
This sabji/soup can go well either with rice or chapati.
Happy serving!  🙂

Gnocchi Soup

A soft dough dumpling made often from Potatoes and semolina makes a good soup when mixed with steamed vegetables and spiced with Italian herbs. A wholesome meal alone for this season of spring!!!

A soft dough dumpling made often from Potatoes and semolina makes a good soup when mixed with steamed vegetables and spiced with Italian herbs. A wholesome meal alone for this season of spring!!!

Serves 4 bowls
500 gms  of Gnocchi
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
3 cups of mixed steamed vegetables
4-5 cups of vegetable broth
2 tablespoons of chopped ginger
1 tablespoon of mixed Italian herbs
1 tablespoon dry or fresh dill
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
¼ cup oil
Crushed black pepper as per taste
1/2 teaspoon of asafetida (hing)

Process: Boil the gnocchi in salted water. Once they rise to the surface, strain the water and then use it by mixing some olive oil with it (just to avoid the sticking of the gnocchi together).
Heat the oil in a pot on medium, add the hing, ginger and saute till it turns golden brown.
Put the mixed herbs, saute for 30 seconds and reduce the heat. Add the steamed vegetables, stir well. Add the vegetable broth, salt, stir well and let it cook. During that time prepare the all-purpose paste with ¾ cup of water. Once the mixture is hot, add the paste, gnocchi, dill and allow it to boil. Once it boils then reduced the heat to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat, sprinkle some crushed black pepper and garnish with chopped parsley leaves.

Delicious and wholesome Gnocchi soup is ready to serve.



Spring Barbecue wrap

A full meal vegan wrap with salad and barbecue+vegenaise dressing, best choice for the springtime. You can substitute the wrap with different flours, it does not necessarily have to be all-purpose or you can even buy ready made tortillas.

Makes 4 wraps
Dough for the wrap:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon quick yeast
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoon oil
warm water for kneading

For the filling:
1 cup cooked red kidney beans
1 big chopped tomato
1/2 cup of finely chopped medium firm tofu
1 medium sized cucumber (chopped and peeled)
1 chopped big red bell pepper
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons of dry dill
2 big chopped dill pickles
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
1 teaspoon of yellow mustard powder/mustard sauce
a pinch of asafetida (Hing)
2 teaspoons salt

For the dressing
1.Barbecue sauce: You can get regular Original barbecue sauce which has simple ingredients or make one at home. Recipe for home made barbecue sauce- Click Here

2. (Follow your heart brand) Vegenaise  – This is like vegetarian mayonnaise, also a good substitute for sour cream.

3. A bunch of field greens (salad mix) or just spinach leaves

Process: Mix all ingredients for preparing a  soft dough and keep it in a bowl covered with a wet cloth for 30 minutes.
By the time mix all the ingredients of the filling together and keep aside.
Make equal balls from the dough and roll into round chapati nearly 10 inches in diameter.
( A tip to roll the elastic dough: put some drops of oil on the rolling board, place the dough and then roll it, pulling it outwards from all the ends). Dust some rice or regular flour if needed.

Put it on a hot non-stick pan and cook on medium heat till both the sides have golden to brown spots. The inner part should be less cooked than the outer part.

Vegan spring wrap






Vegan Spring wrap






Place the bread, add a spoonful of filling, barbecue sauce and vegenaise with some salad leaves.  Close the bottom end first then left and right ends, keeping the top end open. You can also wrap them with some tin foil so that the wraps stay warm for a long time.
Serve with some fresh tomato soup.