Shufta

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Date tried: February 3, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

My grandson really enjoyed this treat! It is quite easy to make & good as a topping on ice cream, pancakes, etc.

Shufta (dried fruit & nuts in syrup)

Shufta (dried fruit & nuts in syrup)

Shufta
250 gm/9 oz. paneer (Indian cottage cheese*) cut into 1/2” cubes
ghee for frying
60 gm/1/2 cup almonds. blanched
100 gm currants or sultana raisins
25 gm/ 1/4 cup slivered coconut
50 gm/1 cup dried dates, deseeded & slivered
6 gm/1 tsp. black peppercorns
250 ml/1 cup water
300gm/2 cups sugar
6 green cardamom, crushed
1/2 tsp. saffron
50 gm rock candy
15 ml/1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Heat the ghee and lightly fry the paneer.
Remove and put aside.

In a pot, heat 2 Tbsp. ghee & lightly sauté the almonds, currants, coconut, dates & black peppercorns for 1 minute.
Add water, sugar and green cardamom.
Stir until mixture comes to a boil. Lower heat and cook 5 minutes.
Meanwhile soak saffron in 2 tsp. hot water.
Crush saffron with the back of a spoon and add to the pot, stirring well.
Add rock candy, lemon juice and fried paneer. Stir again.
When syrup is thick (not dry) remove from heat and serve warm.

*Paneer is a very firm cottage cheese, about the same texture as a block of firm tofu.

Yo Yo’s Tofu-Walnut Burgers

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: November 20, 2016
Yield: 10 burgers
Time needed: 45 minutes

This is a good vegan burger. Tasty and I had no problems with it holding together.

Yo Yo's Tofu-Nut Burgers

Yo Yo’s Tofu-Nut Burgers

Yo Yo’s Tofu-Nut Burgers
1 lb. firm tofu, drained
2 cups walnuts, ground
4 Tbsp dried onion flakes
5 Tbsp. tamari
1/4 tsp. celery seed powder
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp. sage
1/4 tsp. marjoram
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 cup rolled oats

Preheat oven to 425oF.
Mash tofu well and stir in all remaining ingredients except the rolled oats.
Mix thoroughly.
Stir in the rolled oats.
With hands, form into 10 burgers about 3” in diameter.
Place burgers on a non-stick or slightly oiled baking sheet.

Bake about 15 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown well.
Carefully turn burgers over and finish baking an additional 10-15 minutes until firm and well-browned.
Eat as is with ketchup or gravy or in buns with all the trimmings.

Sunny Almond Spread

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: September 4, 2016
Yield: 3 cups
Time needed : soak overnight, then buzz in food processor.

Prior preparation needed
Soak almonds and sunnflower seeds 6-12 hours.

Simple and really delicious. Try on a warmed tortilla wrapped around a spinach and tomato filling.

Sunny Almond Spread on crackers

Sunny Almond Spread on crackers

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Date and Nut Bread

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: April 25, 2012
Yield: 3 loaves
Time needed: 3 hours, but most of the time is for rising and baking, not prepping.

Most dessert breads are quick breads, but this is a yeast bread yet it does not call for any kneading. I think this is an oversight, even though the instructions say the batter will be sticky when put into the loaf pans. In any case, I did skip kneading and I was not pleased with the results. It tasted fine, but it really did not look good at all.

Date & Nut Bread

Date & Nut Bread

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Surati Salad

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Made: December 22, 2013
Yield: 2-4 servings
Time to make: 5 minutes

A very attractive side salad combining the refreshing taste of cucumber with the sweetness of coconut and the crunchiness of roasted beans, peanuts, and sesame seed.

Surati Salad

Surati Salad

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Boston Salad

Source: 12 Months of Monastery Salads
Date tried: January 11, 2016
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time needed: 20-30 minutes

I love Boston lettuce and was pleased this year to find some available in January—though in a high-priced “living salad” container. Usually I only find it in the summertime. Ah well, for a new recipe, I decided to try it, especially as I tend not to buy oranges in the summer when we have so much local fruit readily available.

This is a lovely salad and I am especially impressed with the dressing. Since it is best served at room temperature, no extra time needs to be added for chilling.

Boston Salad

Boston Salad

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