31/12/2013

NEW YEAR "fortune cookies" (Veg.)


This was prepared for my close friends as a small gift for New Year. 
The idea was the same as for "fortune cookies" which are known all around the world.

I choose the best quotes of worldwide known people and added small paper with them on top of the cookies. 

Preparation: 
The same recipe as for Oat flake cookies with nuts and fruits + chocolate :)
Here is the shortcut: http://ayurvedicooking.blogspot.com/2013/08/oat-flake-cookies-with-nuts-and-fruits.html



26/12/2013

CARAMEL- CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD (Veg.)

This is just perfect for celebrations as everyone would love these sweet bites. 

For the base
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour

Topping:
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup sugar
150 gr butter*Salt can also be added
+ 350 gr chocolate (melted)

Prepare base for the cake and put in oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Meanwhile heat condensed milk with butter and sugar, then pour on base, leave in oven for few minutes, then remove and cover with chocolate. 




CHOCOLATE (Veg.)

This was the other part of my hand made Christmas presents this year.. 

Quite easy if you follow these few steps as below:

Use kettle and place smaller one on top of it so boiling water in larger one heat smaller one. It is most common mistake to put chocolate straight on to the heat. Metal bowl also can be used instead of smaller kettle.  

Use chocolate chips or just a normal dark or milk chocolate, stir until chocolate is melted. (Use as many chocolate as you would like to use, it's never too much) :)
Then pour in tray (with lined baking paper) or in special silicone forms. Let it cool, and then place in refrigerator. Wrap in baking paper or up to imagination. 

*vanilla extract, cardamom, cinnamon or different nuts and dried fruits can be added as well. 






SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE (Veg.)

This year I decided to make some home-made Christmas presents as they are the ones most appreciated. 
This caramel sauce is quite easy to make and the taste is unforgettable. 
These proportions were for 5 small jars. 

600 gr sugar 
270 grams salted butter (unsalted is also fine)
360 ml double cream
3 tsp. salt

Preparation: 

Heat sugar in large saucepan and stir constantly until sugar is completely melted. Then carefully add butter (be careful as caramel will bubble), then wait until butter is melted. 
Very slowly pour in cream (again there will be bubbles, so be careful). Allow to boil, then turn off the heat and add salt. Let to cool down a little before using. This can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. 

*Pinch of cardamom and cinnamon also can be added. Enjoy! 










10/12/2013

CAULIFLOWER - CHEESE MALAI KOFTA (Ayurvedic)

In my house this dish is often served for special events or celebrations as it requires some time to prepare. 

150 gr cottage cheese (pressed, in Latvian knows as "biezpiensiers"
1/2 cauliflower
2 tsp. sesame seeds
1/2 tsp. Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Birjani masala
1 tsp black salt
1/2 churna nr 2
1 tbsp. ghee
2-3 tbsp rice flour
chopped greens may be added

oil for cooking (may be used up to 3 cooking times)

Grate the cauliflower and cheese, add rice. Heat ghee on pan with spices, the add to mixture. Mix well and roll the balls. Heat oil, check if hot enough and drop in the rolls till ready. Pull out when golden brown. 
They may be served with tomato sauce (recipe coming soon) :)




31/10/2013

ALMOND MILK (Veg.)

Freshly made this morning :)

For some while I bought this milk in the stores, but then decided to try one my own, so here it is:

1 cup almonds
2 cups water (for soaking)
3 cups water (for blending)
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp date syrup

Wash almonds and put in bowl and add 2 cups with water. Leave for over nigh. In the morning put almonds with water in blender and add the rest of the water (3 cups) and honey with date syrup, blend for 2 minutes until ready. Then squeeze the liquid through strainer, so there are no almond pieces. Use this leftover for baking or adding into yogurt, muesli, etc.  


26/10/2013

COTTAGE CHEESE PANCAKES (Ayurvedic for all doshas)

These cottage cheese pancakes are perfect for breakfast, especially for days like this rainy Saturday. 

To make them you will need
Aprox. 200 gr cottage cheese
Flour- up to the need
about 50 gr brown sugar
1/2 tsp haridra/turmeric
manna (pour on the plate) and roll the dough and place with heated coconut oil or ghee. 
Cook from both sides for few minutes. 
Enjoy while warm.

For chocolate sauce:

1 tsp carob powder 
2 tsp brown sugar 
4 tsp sour cream


24/10/2013

RED PLUM PIE (Veg.)

This seasonal dessert may be changed during the seasons, so you may try other versions with other ingredients.

For dough:

400 gr rye flour (wheat, rice, corn, etc.  flour can also be used, but only when mixed)
200 gr butter (melted)
200 gr brown sugar
1 tsp. tvak- cinnamon
1 tsp. ela- cardamom

8 plums (cut in half)
sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon

FRESH SALADS (Veg.)

Actually there is no recipe how to make these all season salads as you can vary with many different seasonal vegetables. To make these salads more digestible it is recommended to add pinch of garam masala.
1/2 Iceberg salad
2 medium size cucumbers or any kind of vegetables
200 gr feta cheese
rape oil mixed with pumkin oil and salt
pour on some garam masala

LEEK- GOAT CHEESE MUFFINS (Veg.)

These muffins are great for take-away for busy ones as well as for the ones who enjoy their meals in more peaceful atmosphere, as these muffins can be enjoyed with salads, soups or whatever are the needs and wishes.

You will need:
1 leek (cooked in melted butter)
100 gr butter
500 gr flour (may be mixed with rye flour
2 tsp. baking powder
350 ml kefir
200 gr goat cheese
pinch of salt
1 tsp haridra-turmeric
some chopped greens

Before making the dough, cook leek in kettle with little bit of butter. Mix flour with spices. Melt butter and add all other ingredients.

Mix well and pour in separate muffin papers. Cook in 200* for about 25-30 minutes.  

28/09/2013

GINGER TEA (Ayurvedic) for all doshas

This drink is perfect for cold season so you can stay warm inside. 

1 L water
3 tbsp. freshly shredded ginger
3 tbsp. brown cane sugar
1/2 tsp. garam masala
3 tbsp. lemon juice or 1/2 or pealed lemon

Bring water to boil, then add ginger and spices, boil and turn off the heat, leave for 10 minutes and enjoy! 












CREAMY ONION SOUP (Veg.)

When seasons change in this time, every spoon of soup have special value. This one is just made and have a pinch of spicy taste which warms the body and helps to stay fit and healthy.

So the recipe is quite simple:

100 gr butter (bring it to melt in the kettle
1 carrot (shredded)
4 large onions
1/3 tsp. haridra- Turmeric
1/2 tsp. birjani masala
1/2 tsp. dal masala
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ghee
Bring butter to melt, add spices and carrot, cook until carrots get ready, then ass onions and cook for about 5 minutes, then add hot water and leave until ready.
When ready, pour in blender to get it creamy and serve.


23/09/2013

RHUBARB TART (Veg.)

This is quite quick and easy to make, just need few ingredients and some patience, but it is worth it for sure.

Dough:
 100 gr melted butter
150 gr brown sugar
200 gr flour
3 tsp baking powder
200 gr milk
2 glasses full of cut rhubarb
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Topping:
100 gr flour
100 gr sugar
50 gr butter

Mix butter with sugar. In another bowl mix flour with baking powder and add spices. Add butter with sugar and milk. Pour this dough on baking pan, add rhubarb pieces and sprinkle with dough crumbs which are made by mixing butter, flour and sugar together.
Bake for about 30-40 min in 180*













22/09/2013

SWEET CREAM WITH BLUEBERRIES (Veg.)

This recipe can be used in various ways, as this treat can be enjoyed as an ice cream or just a cream for any kind of use. 

300 ml double cream (min 25%)
100 gr rice flour- (mixed with cold water)
300 gr cane sugar 
1 tsp tvak (cinnamon)
1 tsp ela (cardamom)

In a small kettle bring double cream and sugar to boil, then add rice flour (mixed with cold water). Cook until it gets creamy, then if needed you can add some blueberries for the color  (this is the funny part as the berries make cream color green). 


BERRY CAKE WITH CREAM AND DATE SYRUP (Veg.)

This was a gift for my dear day on father's day. I guess it was a good choice :)


So to make this delicious treat you should follow these instructions below:

This cake contains 3 layers (base, cream and topping). 

Base layer:
300 gr flour
100 gr cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg
100 gr butter
250 gr sour cream
! Mix flour with sugar, spices, cream and melted butter, mix well and cook for about 25 min. While this part is cooling, start making the cream. 


Cream:

300 gr double cream (25%)
300 gr cane sugar
150 gr water
1 tsp tvak (cinnamon)
1 tsp ela (cardamom)
+ 1 tsp ginger powder can also be added
In kettle add water with sugar, and add double cream. Cook for some while, till it gets harder, then add spices. When ready leave to cool down. Pour this cream over the base layer, so it could soak a little. 

Decoration:
Pour on fresh berries like raspberries and blueberries. 
Sprinkle with date syrup and some grated dark chocolate. Enjoy! :)


SEASONAL BERRIES WITH YOGURT (Veg.)

Perfect breakfast or dessert for this season. 

200 ml Greek or any other gelatin-free yogurt
handful of various berries (I took raspberries and blueberries). 
Pinch of cardamom is preferable







02/09/2013

SUNDAY'S PANCAKES (Ayurvedic) for all doshas

Mmm, such a lovely Sunday morning.. and what could be more delicious than homemade pancakes with berries from the countryside forest and garden :)

200 gr wheat flour
250 ml kefir
4 tbsp. brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
2 apples shredded
4 tbsp. raisins
1/2 tsp. haridra
1/2 tsp. tvak- cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ginger powder
+ here 1/2 tsp. garam masala or nutmeg can be added

Mix all ingredients and leave for about 10 min, then cook on preheated pan in ghee, coconut oil or this time I tried in rape-oil, therefore pancaked are a bit dark. 
Cook each side till ready. 





27/08/2013

NEW PUMPKIN CREAM SOUP (Veg.)

Although it is a summer out there, time to time warming soup is just in time for dinner. 
As now garden is full of real treasures, like pumpkin's for example, I decided to cook soup from these fresh ingredients. 

1 kg pumpkin (peeled, seeded, chopped)
500 ml water
200 ml cream (10-25%)
Pinch of cumin
pinch of Himalaya salt
1 tsp of Asafoetida
1 tsp of Ghee butter

Fresh herbs and bread to serve. 



12/08/2013

Avocado and lime Ice cream (Veg.)

Avocado and lime Ice cream (Veg.)

Blend avocado, lime juice, sugar, double cream and pour in a bowl and place in the freezer. 
Mix every 10-15 minutes to make texture smooth with no ice crystals. 

 2 mashed avocados
200 ml cream
1/2 cup lime juice
100 gr brown sugar



Brocolli & Carrot cream soup (Veg.)

Brocolli & Carrot cream soup (Veg.)

Boil water, add carrots, when almost ready add broccoli, add spices (asafoetida, salt, haridra, and other by your choice). Mix everything and add cream. 
When served sprinkle with some pumpkin oil or fresh herbs (parsleyl, dill, etc.)



10/08/2013

Fluffy seasonal berry mousse with cream (Veg.)

Fluffy seasonal berry mousse with cream (Veg.)

Boil water with berry juice, sugar and spices, when boiled, start to add manna by mixing constantly until the mixture is ready. After a few minutes use mixer to get it fluffy, leave it to cool. 

100 ml cream
manna- depending
sugar- 100 gr
water- 1 L
Spices- cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg




Berry jelly with Sago (Ayurvedic) for all doshas

Berry jelly with Sago (Ayurvedic) for all doshas

2 cups berries- various berries of your choice (blackcurrant, red and white currants, gooseberries, etc.)
1 cup apple
3 tbsp sago
100 gr gur (cane sugar)
1 tsp tvak (cinnamon)
1/2 tsp ginger

Cut apples in pieces, add berries in a kettle, add sugar and spices, heat all ingredients, add some hot water and cook till apples are ready, add sago (soaked), bring to boil for 3-4 minutes. 
*before cooking soak sago and leave for 12 hours

When ready, serve with whipped cream or ice cream. 


09/08/2013

Lavash with fresh salads (Veg.)

Lavash with fresh salads (Veg.)

This is perfect for hot summer day like in these days in summer.
You will need these ingredients:

1 sheet of lav ash (egg less)
grated cucumber, radish, salad leaves, and other salads of your choice.
pinch of salt and garam masala
Mix everything together and roll in lav ash.
Leave for 30 min and serve up to your needs.


06/08/2013

Rice with nuts and fruits (Veg.)

Rice with nuts and fruits (Veg.)

Heat large pan with ghee and spices (haridra, churna nr2, garam masala), etc. then add rinsed rice, nuts and fruits. Add pinch of salt. Pour on 2/3 water and cook for about 10-15 minutes, till ready.


Potato kitchari (Ayurvedic)

Potato Kitchari (Ayurvedic)

As rice is the most favourite grain for many vegetarians, so  this might be some new recipe for meal variations.

Heat large pan with ghee, then add spices (haridra, black mustard seeds, garam masala or churna Nr 2 or other favourite spices.
Add rinsed rice and diced potatoes, mix them with spices and add 2/3 water to boil. Add pinch of salt.
Cook for about 10-15 minutes.





05/08/2013

Baked biscuit layers with cottage cheese cream sprinkled with pictachio nuts (Ayurvedic)

Baked biscuit layers with cottage cheese cream sprinkled with pistachio nuts (Ayurvedic)

100 ml sunflower oil
150 gr brown sugar
200 ml yogurt
300 gr flour
3 tsp. baking powder
200 ml milk
1/2 tsp. haridra (kurkuma)
1/2 tsp. tvak (cinnamon)
pinch of vanilla

Mix oil with yogurt, sugar and vanilla. In another bowl sift flour with baking powder, tvak and haridra, mix everything together. 
Bake in 190* for about 20-25 minutes. Let biscuit to coll before making the layers. 
Cut in pieces and shape you need. 

 Cream: 
There are many versions you can choose from which to use:

Raspberry cream

200 gr cottage cheese
100 ml cream
50 gr brown sugar
50 gr raspberry or any other berries of your choice
1/2 tsp tvak
1/2 tsp ela- cardamom
*almond or coconut crumbs may be added

Mix cottage cheese with cream and sugar, whip everything together. add spices and berries (and nuts). 

Oat flake cookies with nuts and fruits (Ayurvedic)

Oat flake cookies with nuts and fruits

1 cup of oat flakes
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp mixed seeds
2 tbsp baking powder
100 gr butter
2/3 cup nuts and dried fruits
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp haridra- (kurkuma)
1 tsp garam masala

Start with mixing up the sugar and butter, then add another ingredients. Mix well until the dough is not sticking to the fingers. Make cookies and bake for about 20 minutes until light brown. 
* note that if cookie is thicker, softer it will be when ready. 



Homemade Ice Cream (Veg.)

Homemade Ice Cream

To make this cooling delicious treat you will need following things:

200 ml Cream  (25% up)
Blended berries (seasonal)- about 300 gr
Pinch of cardamom (ground)
Pinch of cinnamon
100 gr brown sugar

Whip the cream and add berries and mix well. 
Place in freezer and mix in every 10-15 minutes. When chilled it can be served with fresh berries or fruits. 



08/07/2013

Strawberry fields ...almost forever (Veg.)

Strawberry fields ...almost forever (Veg.)

One of the easiest dessert to make..
Put full blender of strawberries and add brown sugar, then use where needed.
This puree is perfect for Icecream (frozen diquiri), souce and dessert.






06/06/2013

Time for THE cake! (Veg.)

Time for THE cake! (Veg.)

This is perfect cake for chocolate lovers and those who just love cakes. :D
It contains 2 layers, but of course it can be made with even more, depending on wanted size. 
So...for the dough:
200 gr Flour
150 gr brown sugar
100 gr Butter
50 gr carob powder
50 ml hot water
1 tbsp. lemon juice
150 ml milk
1,5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. tvak- cinnamon
pinch of vanilla 

Mix carob powder with hot water, take another cup with milk, then add lemon juice. Then mix butter with sugar. Mix flour with baking powder

For the cream: (this would be spread inside the cake between the layers)

1 silken tofu package
200 gr dark chocolate

Blend silken tofu and add melted chocolate, put in cups and leave for at least 30 min in fridge so the cream could be a but harder. 

*When cake is ready you can spread it's top with the same tofu-chocolate cream and pour with fresh berries. 






31/05/2013

Raisin & walnut pie (Veg.)

Raisin & walnut pie (Veg.)

For dough: makes about 1 kg (so you can now use just 1/2 of it and the other half place in the fridge for few days to make another baked goods using the same dough)

600 gr flour
3 tbsp brown sugar + (for sprinkling the dough)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg
150 g butter + (for brushing the dough with it)
250 gr sour cream + (200 gr for cream mixture)
cinnamon








21/05/2013

Chapati bread (Ayurvedic)

Chapati bread (Ayurvedic)

This is great alternative for bread which is also much more healthier for digestive system. 

2 cups whole grain wheat flour
1 tsp. ghee
1/2 tsp salt (Himalaya or some say black salt which actually looks pink :) )
1 cup water (this may vary die to thickness of the dough)

Mix everything and leave for about 10/15 minutes.
Roll separate balls and bake on a dry pan. Remember that it is very important to use good quality one.
Bake in about 1/2 min from each side until ready.







13/05/2013

Sticky flapjacks (Veg.)

Sticky flapjacks (Veg.)

These tasty snacks are combination of oats, raisins, nuts, ghee, honey, brown sugar and spices like cardamon, cinnamon ans nutmeg. 

On large pan heat all spices, ghee and sugar, when melted, add oats and heat for  few minutes while everything is mixed well. Place all this in pan and leave for few hours so it gets harder and easy to cut.



06/05/2013

Ice cream- cream which can be used in various ways (Ayurvedic)

Ice cream- cream which can be used in various ways (Ayurvedic)

500 ml sweet cream
2 tbsp. rice flour
125-150 gr cane sugar (if made with berries, add some more sugar)
1 tbsp ela (cardamon)
3 tbsp. rose water
100 ml milk
Here you can add some nuts and berries, for example 3 tbsp pistachio nuts or different berries.

Process:
mix rice flour with milk. In bowler mix sweet cream and sugar about 10 min to get more creamy. Add rice and flour, mix well. Boil for about 3-5 min (be careful as it will behave like volcano) :). Turn off the heat and let is stay cool.
If you would like to use it as an ice cream, put in small pots and place in the freezer, (don't forget to mix it within each 20 min 3 times).
Before serving let is stay in room t* for about 30 min.