Month: February 2013

Chai-Spiced Cashew Custard Fruit Tarts

You know when you walk into a cute little cafe and see those pastries and desserts arranged perfectly in the glass cases? Now you can make a healthier and animal product free version yourself! Fortunately, they don’t run $6 a piece either 😛 Yup, this recipe is entirely raw, vegan, and Jain. No oven necessary. It’s all natural. Best of all, you’ll look like a professional pastry chef 😛 Chai-Spiced Cashew Custard Fruit Tarts makes 8-10 four inch tarts Ingredients: Crust: 2 cups oats (rolled oats work great since they are extra chewy) 2 cups chopped prunes, dried figs, or dates (I used prunes here. Maybe try a mixture? Or even throw in some raisins, dried apricots, or dried mango!) Creamy Custard Filling: 200 grams unsalted cashews, soaked for 30 minutes (maybe try other types of nuts too, like marcona almonds or macadamia nuts) 2 whole ripe bananas 1/2 cup agave nectar 1 tsp vanilla + vanilla pod seeds if you like 1/2 cup brewed chai tea (I used 2 tea chai tea bags) 2 …

NOGO (No Onion-No Garlic) Pesto!

There are some commonly non-Jain items that I absolutely love like pesto, salsa, and guacamole… All of the following almost always contain onion and/or garlic. So, here is the Jain way to make them without root vegetables, while keeping them just as tasty, if not more! For this post, lets start with Jain Pesto and the many uses of this absolutely delicious dip-spread-sauce creation. Jain Pesto: I love pesto on anything: spread on sandwiches, as a dip, with pasta or even in quesadillas! There are so many ways to customize pesto sauces to enhance different flavors. Some of my favorite greens to make pesto with are: Basil Kale Cilantro Parsley Arugula Kale+ Parsley Kale+Basil+Cilantro Arugula+Basil Create your own mix! Some of my favorite nuts to toss in are: Walnuts Almonds Pine Nuts Macadamia Nuts Marcona Almonds You can literally experiment around with these nuts and greens to make a pesto of your choice. The rest follows this traditional recipe: Jain Pesto: Ingredients: 3 cups of your favorite greens, either one type or a mix of a few- chopped …

Jain Flat Bread Naan Pizza

Don’t have much time to roll out a pizza dough? Well, most ready made crusts contain onion, garlic, or even egg, making it seem tough for the busy Jain to make homemade pizza. Scratch that—ever tried naan pizza? All you need is: -Naan Loaves (make sure they are eggless! I used Kontos Tandoori Naan) or Pocket-less Pita breads -Jain Pizza/Pasta Sauce: Heat 1-2 tsp olive oil in a saucepan for 1 minute, and add 2-3 tbsp of oregano or italian seasoning, and let roast for about 30 seconds. Lower the heat and carefully pour in a can of tomato sauce (make sure the sauce does not contain onion or garlic powder!) Add in a pinch of salt and some fresh ground black pepper and stir the sauce. If you like the sauce a bit spicier, add some pimiento or red chili powder as well. Stir well on low-med heat for about 3-4 min. Cover the saucepan with a lid and let it simmer on low heat for a few more minutes before removing from heat. …