Vegan mattar paneer (i.e. mattar tofu)

Another one-pot healthy vegan supper. Serves 4. Ingredients: 280g medium tofu, chopped into 1cm cubes (I use Tofoo) 250g frozen peas 1 onion, sliced 400g tinned chopped tomatoes 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp crushed chillies (or 1 red chilli, finely sliced) 2 tsp garlic granules (or 2-3 cloves fresh) 2 tsp…

Broccoli and sundried tomato pasta

One-pot vegetarian supper bursting with flavour. Serves 4. Ingredients: 75g walnuts, chopped 4 cloves garlic 1 tbsp red chilli flakes 1 broccoli, cut into florets 150g sundried tomatoes, cut into strips 250g pasta 0.5l vegetable stock 2 tbsp lemon juice (Optional) 100g feta cheese Olive oil, to cook Method: 1. Toast the walnuts over a…

Squash and spinach daal

One-pot vegan main packed with nutrients and such a comforting supper! Ingredients: 1 onion, sliced 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp red chilli powder 400g can of chopped tomatoes 300g butternut squash, cubed into bite-size pieces 300g split red lentils 1l vegetable stock Couple of…

Mung bean (moong dal) curry

Low-fat, hearty and delicious vegan supper with tofu for a protein boost. One-pot too! Ingredients: 300g mung beans, soaked for at least 30 minutes 280g medium tofu, cubed 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1 large onion, sliced 1 red chilli, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tsp turmeric powder Handful coriander, chopped (or 1 tbsp…

Spring onion pancakes

Vegan Korean/ Chinese dish, very moreish and great as an appetiser or side. Rolling the dough probably takes it through all the classic pancake shapes in the world, but the effort is worth it because it gives such wonderfully flaky, light and crispy pancakes in the end. We had them for breakfast with kimchi and…

Udon soup

Wonderfully warming and delicious vegan supper, ready in 10 minutes or so. Serves 4. Ingredients: 400g fresh udon noodles 1l vegetable broth 300g sliced button mushrooms 1/2 broccoli, cut into florets 280 medium tofu, cubed 100g spinach 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp soy sauce Method:…

Easiest-ever Danish pastries

Super easy yet professional looking Danish pastries with Nutella filling – it takes a bit longer if you’re making your own pastry, but why would you for such a casual treat? I baked these to take to my office for tea to celebrate a month of having worked there. 🙂 Ingredients: 2 puff pastry sheets,…

Blueberry & almond croissant cake

Very easy, delicious and trendy take on the traditional bread-and-butter pudding; this is essentially the latter but with croissants instead of sliced white bread, and blueberries instead of raisins. You can make any number of easy variations including pain au chocolat instead of croissants, and dark chocolate pieces instead of/  along with fruit. Ingredients: 5…

Easy apple pie

I baked this easy, low sugar dessert in a 4″ cake tin, but the recipe makes enough pastry to roll out thinly and fit into a 23 cm tart tin (it won’t make the hearts on top too though). If you make the latter then double the amount of pastry to make the cookies on top,…

Earl grey & blueberry cheesecake

A very basic, shortcut, no-bake cheesecake recipe adapted to incorporate the delicate citrusy flavour of Earl Grey, and topped with a scrummy blueberry sauce. Easy hit at a casual dinner party. Ingredients: 250g digestive biscuits 100g butter, melted 600g soft cheese 100g caster sugar (I used xylitol to make it sugar-free) 280ml double cream 2…

Doi begun (aubergine in spiced yogurt)

I was trying to use up the half an aubergine I had left over from making those yummy begunis, and decided to try a doi begun (in Bangla, doi = yogurt, begun = aubergine). It came out quite tasty, and works well as a main or starter with either rice or naan. Ingredients: 1/2 aubergine,…

Beguni (fried battered aubergine)

I took a walk down Brick Lane recently so my partner could taste some of the Bengali street food that he’d never had before; I hadn’t tried any of these in London before, and was a bit disappointed with the beguni. They seemed to all have overdone the batter and added a large number of…