Buckwheat pancakes


160g black lentils (urad daal) 250g rice 30g buckwheat flour Salt to taste (Recipe by anandaspa kitchen) Method Soak the lentil and rice in separate bowls overnight.  Grind grain with enough water to make a thick paste. Add the buckwheat flour and salt. Heat a pan and spray some coconut oil. Pour about 1/4 cup…

Buttermilk pancakes


Ingredients 2 cups plain flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbs sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3 cups buttermilk 1 tsp vanilla essence 2 eggs 4 tbs melted butter Method Mix all dry Ingredients together in a bowl. Mix all the liquids in a separate bowl. Then mix together to make a…

Home made labneh


Ingredients  2 cups full cream plain yogurt 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbs zaatar  Handful of pomegranate seeds Olive oil for drizzling Mint leaves for garnish 2 pita breads cut in triangles and oven toasted Method Place a piece of cheese cloth in a strainer  and place over a bowl. Place yogurt in the cheese cloth…

Beet root salad with avocado and feta cheese


Ingredient 3 boiled beet roots 1 tsp lemon rind 2 tbsp lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste 1 small white onion thinly sliced 2 tbs olive oil 4 cups rocket leaves 1 avocado, sliced 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled A handful of raisins for sprinkling Method Combine lemon rind, juice, salt and pepper and…

Cherry tea cake 


Ingredients  2 1/4 cups cake flour 1/4 cup ground almonds 2 tsp baking powder 1/3 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 8 oz butter 1 1/4 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or essence  2 tsp almond essence 1 1/3 cup sour cream 1 can pitted and chopped almond, strained  Icing 4…

Lotus cheesecake


Ingredient Filling  700g cream cheese 5 eggs 200g sugar 200 g lotus spread 1 tsp vanilla extract  Beat all together till creamy and pour over base. Bake at 325 for an hour then chill Crust 185g cookie crumbs 90g butter melted 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder Mix together all ingredients in a food processor then place…

Chana bhundi


Ingredients 1 cup bhundhi ( chick pea flour nuggets , available in Indian section of any supermarket) 1/2 cup boiled potatoes, cubed 1/2 cup boiled chick peas, drained Salt 1/4 cup tamarind chutney 1 cup yogurt, whipped Coriander leaves and sliced onions for garnish Method Mix together yogurt and tamarind chutney and salt in a…

Rangeena


Ingredients 1 lb pitted dates stuffed with pistachio or almonds 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 tsp powdered cardamom Powdered cinnamon Method Line the stuffed dates in a flat platter and set aside. Melt butter and add the butter. Saut√© till flour changes color to a sandy tone. Add cardamom powder and…

Halwa


An age old recipe for traditional halwa for those looking for a super sugar rush Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 tsp cardamom powder 1/2 tsp saffron 3 tbsp ground gum 4 tbsp ghee or butter Syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup water Boil together to make a syrup Method Heat butter and lightly…

Kachori


Ingredients 1 loaf of sliced bread, slices cut in circles with cookie cutter Oil for deep frying Filling 1 potato, boiled and mashed 2 tbsp green olives, sliced 2 green chillies chopped 1/4 cup or more of your favourate cheese 1 tsp black pepper 2 tbsp coriander leaves 1 tsp chaat masala 1/2 tsp salt…

Potato Chaat


Ingredients Samosa leaves cut in strips and deep fried 1/2 kg diced and boiled potatoes Handful of curry leaves 1/4 cup oil 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp garlic paste 1 tsp red chili flakes 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp chaat masala 1 tsp sugar 1/2 cup tamarind paste 2 green…

Radish and bean salad


1/2 cup olive oil 2 tbs capers 2 anchovy fillets 2 bunches parley leaves 1/2 cup white vinegar salt and black pepper 6 red radishes sliced thinly 2 spring onions sliced 15 oz white kidney beans (cannellini) 1/2 cup sliced black olives Blend anchovies, oil, capers and 1 cup of parsley in a blender till…