Monday, December 28, 2015

Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream

Someone has correctly said Coconut and Avocado are Godly fruits!

When I realized creamy avocado could be used to make Ice cream I could resonate with that :D. The amazing variety of things you can do with these two fruits! Not to mention their countless health benefits puts them right on the top! (FRUIT WARS !! :P)

Believe me if you have this ice cream you will have the same opinion. I've made this recipe mainly using Jaggery but also used a bit of sugar. Reason being I dint want to use much sugar. Jaggery though can be used to sweeten dishes has a very distinctive flavor thus I feel cannot completely substitute sugar in every dish.

I found the original recipe on and have modified it a bit to use other ingredients.


200 ML Full Fat Coconut Milk (I used KARA)
1 Medium size avocado Peeled and Pitted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's)
1/2 cup crushed Jaggery
2 Tbs Sugar
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Crushed Toasted Walnuts


1. Dissolve Jaggery in half cup warm water and let it cool down. This gives you a jaggery syrup.
2. Add avocado and coconut milk in mixer and blend till combined well
3. Add Jaggery Syrup, vanilla extract, salt and cocoa Powder and combine till mixed well.
4. Check for sweetness and add sugar if necessary as per taste. Blend well.
5. Place the mixture in a freezer safe container and allow to freeze for 3-4 hours. Midway take out your ice cream and pulse it a couple of times in a mixer. Freeze it again.
6. To eat thaw the ice cream for 5-10 minutes before scooping out.
7. Sprinkle with Toasted walnuts and Enjoy ! :)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cheese Walnut Pockets with Cranberry Chutney

Necessity is the mother of Invention :D. That became quite true for this recipe when I picked up samosa pastry sheets from market not knowing what I would do with them :P. I never meant to fry samosas at home so was struggling to come up with ideas to use them. Few experiments led to this recipe :). Basically this is pan fried samosas filled with Vegan cheese , crushed walnuts & basil with a yummy tangy Cranberry chutney on side. It makes a nice crunchy evening snack. 

After attending a Dairy Alternatives Demo at Carrots I often make my own Vegan Cheese at home. Refer this video if you want to make cheese yourself.

Fermented cheese though recommended could take a little time to be ready. So if you want something more instant for this recipe you could grind together some overnight soaked cashews(50G), crumbled Silken tofu(150G), Any herbs you love and salt & pepper to make a creamy paste which is your cheese! Ofcourse the fermentation takes the taste to another level ! Do add garlic if you are fermenting the cheese.

With the filling ready we can move on to making the pockets. There are many ways to fold a samosa sheet. I have used the following to make these pockets.

Basically make a triangular cone with the sheet using maida+water paste as a glue. Fill the cavity with your Cheese+walnut filling and close with the rest of sheet left. It is pretty easy when you get a hang of it ! :). Once your pockets are ready give them a generous oil rub before toasting in a pan.

Cheese Pockets

Serves 2


Samosa sheets
Vegan Cheese
Few sprigs of Basil or any other herbs you like
Crushed walnuts (a handful)
Vegetable oil
Salt to taste


1. Make your Vegan cheese by grinding together "soaked cashews(50G), crumbled Silken tofu(150G), salt and pepper to taste" into a fine paste. Refer link mentioned earlier here for fermented cheese which gives a better punchy flavor.
2. To make the filling, in a bowl mix 100G Vegan cheese with crushed walnuts and chopped basil. Check for salt and creamy consistency. 
3. Prepare your pockets and fill them with the Cheese. Rub these with oil on the exterior.
4. Rub few drops of oil on a nonstick pan surface and heat it slightly on Medium heat.
5. On medium heat toast your pockets in the pan on both sides until they get slightly roasted. Use tongs to get the edges cooked. 

Cranberry Chutney


50G dried cranberries
Few clove sticks
2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste


1. In a pan cover cranberries in just enough water. Add sugar and few clove sticks. Cover and boil.
2. When the cranberries are re-hydrated the water would have almost dried. Switch off the heat.
3. Add salt to taste and let the mixture cool.
4. Remove the clove sticks and grind into a semi fine paste to make your chutney.

Note: Unlike me if you don't have Samosa sheets you could try this recipe with left over chapatis as well and make cheese rolls with them :)

Enjoy your crunchy Cheese Pockets with cranberry dipping sauce ! :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

The moment I saw Red Delhi Carrots in Market I was reminded of my childhood :). In a Punjabi Household Winter season is incomplete without eating Gajar Halwa. I was reminded of Mum's yummy halwa loaded with dry fruits. It was compulsory to eat at least a bowl daily. Well of course there were no complaints eating this sugary Bliss :D ! 

This was my first effort in making Gajar Halwa and it had to be Vegan :). Cashew Milk and Mom's recipe led the way to a delicious result. 

It is a very simple recipe though it does involve a bit of love and patience :). Cashew Milk is easy to make. Soak 100 G cashew over night and grind it with little water into a uniform creamy texture. Add more water to get the desired quantity and whip it in a Mixer to get the milk. 


Red Carrots 1/2 KG
Sugar 1/2 cup
Cashew Milk 1 L
Vegetable Oil - 3 Tbs
Chooped Walnuts
Chopped Almonds
Cardomam powder a pinch
Raisons 1 Tbs
Dry Coconut 2 Tbs (optional)


1. Grate the half Kg Red carrots and steam it in Cooker with sugar and 1/3 cup water for 1 whistle.
2. In a heavy Bottom pan / Kadai put the cooked carrots and add 1 L Cashew Milk. 
3. Cook the mixture on medium flame until the carrots soak in the milk and mixture dries up. Stir occasionally. This step could take about 20 Minutes.
4. Add oil and cook the carrots till you see a rich red color developing. 
5. Add the desired dry fruits , cardamom powder and dry coconut and mix.
6. Switch off the gas and cover for sometime. Garnish with chopped Almonds. Enjoy your Gajar Halwa Hot or Cold :)