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Coconut Milk Free Veggie Curry

coconut milk free veggie curry

If you don’t have tinned coconut milk / cream but fancy a delicious creamy curry, this’ll do the trick. I replaced coconut milk for just plant based milk with a squeeze of lime to create a kind of ‘buttermilk‘ which worked brilliantly. All in all, this curry recipe can be whipped up in 30 minutes from prep to getting it on the table. Hope you love this coconut milk free curry!


vegan

packed with veg

easy to make

lower in fat due to swapping the coconut milk for plant based milk


coconut milk free veggie curry

Ingredients Break Down:

Plant based milk – Using a plant based milk mixed with fresh lemon or lime juice will create a kind of ‘buttermilk’. This is a great replacement to coconut milk

Spices- Using a range of spices such as cumin, turmeric and paprika help give this curry a beautiful flavour and colour

Whole Spices- Mustard seeds, coriander seeds and birdseye chillies start a brilliant base for this dish, the key is to lightly toast / heat them in a pan before adding any of the other ingredients

coconut milk free veggie curry

I hope you enjoy this one, as it’s really delicious and perfect if you don’t want to use full fat coconut cream. I know a few people who can’t use coconut milk but LOVE creamy curries so fingers crossed this will become a staple recipe in your home.

As always, if you share this on social media, don’t forget to tag me @Lucy_and_lentils   as it always makes my day to see these in your own home!

coconut milk free veggie curry

Coconut Milk FREE Curry

Using plant based milk instead of coconut milk, this dish is light but still full of flavour. Beautifully balanced with veggies it's a great week night recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • whole spices:
  • 3 small dried birdseye chillies
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3-4 bay leaves even better if you have curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • veggies:
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger finely chop half and grate the other half to add in later
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 400 g tin chickpeas
  • optional to add tofu / quorn for extra protein
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 lime
  • 250 ml plant based milk I used almond
  • 1 tbsp plant based yogurt for dressing optional
  • dried spices:
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric

Instructions
 

  • Add the basmati rice in a pot with a 1:2 ratio of rice to water, add a large pinch of salt and allow to simmer for 15 minutes until the water is absorbed
  • Start by adding the whole spices and bay leaves to a pain with a 1tsp coconut oil /olive oil and heating for a minute
  • Add in the red onion, green chilli and half the ginger (all finely diced) and fry for around 5 minutes
  • Once they have cooked down add the minced garlic cloves and add to the pan for around a minute to cook properly then add in the finely diced red pepper, drained chickpeas and courgette
  • Add in the dried spices with the veggies and allow to cook for a further 5-6 minutes on a high heat
  • Turn down the heat slightly then add in the plant based milk with a squeeze of 1/2 lime and allow to take on all the delicious flavour for a further 5 minutes or so
  • check on the rice and take off the heat if it's absorbed the water and perfectly fluffy, set aside ready to serve
  • Taste test the curry, adding salt to preference and a little more spice if preferred
  • Serve up with the steaming hot rice, then add a dollop of yogurt on each curry, garnish with the finely chopped spring onions and a squeeze of the other 1/2 lime
  • Enjoy!
Keyword coconut milk free, curry, lower-in-fat, vegan curry, week night meal

Why not try….

Another delicious curry recipe using plant based milk, is my Kerala style curry. Golden, hearty and full of flavour this one is a good one! Find the recipe here.

coconut milk free curry vegan

creamy curry made without coconut milk

dessert Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

peanut butter cookies recipe vegan and easy

Phoarrr have I got a cookie recipe for you! Whether you're having a girls night in, or just craving a fresh batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies  - these are cracking!

Naturally vegan

Can be swapped for gluten free flour

Easy

Batter can be kept in the fridge (so in 12 mins you can have fresh cookies each day)

 

Using just plain flour, margarine, peanut butter and chocolate chips there's not much else you need in your cupboards to make these!

Ingredients:

180g plain flour (you can use GF flour)

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

200g sugar (I used a mix of caster and soft brown sugar)

100g vegan butter

100g peanut butter

100ml plant based milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

80g chocolate chips / chopped chocolate

METHOD:

Mix the flour, baking soda, powder and salt in a bowl and set wide

In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, peanut butter, vanilla essence and sugar together until smooth the mix in the flour mix

Mix in the plant based milk to help bring it together then fold in the chocolate chips

Leave to chill in a fridge for minimum of 1 hour

Preheat the oven to 165°C (fan) then bake on a tray (around six - eight on a sheet) for 10 minutes, take out of the oven and give the tray a few good taps in a flat surface

The tapping helps give a lovely crackle on top, then pop back in the oven for 2-3 mins

Allow to cool for 5-10 mins and enjoy!!!

peanut butter chocolate chip cookie vegan easy recipe
peanut butter chocolate chip cookie vegan easy recipe
Bread & Dough Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Za’atar Pita

za'atar pita recipe vegan

A Trip To Tel Aviv

Inspired by my trip to Israel (with the guys from Vibe Israel) here is a really simple pita recipe, which is topped with the beautiful seasoning za’atar. It’s not often I write about my recipes and the inspiration but I loved the whole experience of trying this bread in a busy side street in Jerusalem. It was humid November afternoon and we had been waving through the busy streets in Jerusalem.  Our amazing tour guide had just hopped across the stream of people to grab a huge pita, straight off the burner which was topped with garlic, za’atar and lots of olive oil.


As we were all tearing pieces off the bread we listened to a story of how the pitas came about, from the old wives tales of the women creating small businesses selling their version of pita. With tough competition from other bakers, it was about creating the most delicious. It was fascinating hearing how old some of these recipes would be whilst eating away. Either way I hope this version does it justice and inspires you to try za’atar pita.


These photos were taken by the very talented Amir Menahem – a magician when it comes to capturing  Vibe Israel tours!
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan

Break Down Of Ingredients

Quick Yeast

For this recipe, you don’t need to activate the yeast before hand, it’s an ‘all in one’ recipe. The key is to have luke warm water to activate it once mixed together.

Strong White Bread Flour

You can use plain flour however I’d highly recommend strong white bread flour if you can get your hands on some.

Za’atar

I was lucky enough to pick up fresh za’atar from Israel when I visited in 2019. You can find za’atar in most supermarkets however if you have a middle eastern supermarket in your town / city, I will bet they have the best quality produce!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Again, sourcing a good quality olive oil will give this recipe a slight edge. Using a beautiful oil to garnish will compliment all of the flavours.


za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan

 

za'atar pita recipe vegan

Za'atar Pitas

Za'atar Pitas inspired by my visit to Jerusalem in Israel. Beautifully fluffy on the inside and with a golden surface topped with za'atar seasoning from Tel Aviv.
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine israeli

Ingredients
  

  • 380 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 7 g instant yeast
  • 280 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp za’atar seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Simply mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then pour in the lukewarm water and olive oil, bring together to form a loose dough
  • Move onto a floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes
  • Pop back into the clean bowl with a glug of olive oil at the bottom to stop it sticking, cover in a tea towel and leave to proof for around 1 hour (if it’s cold in your home it make take 1.5-2 hours)
  • [preheat the oven to 200°C fan]
  • Once risen, knock back the dough and divide into 4 (you can divide into however many pitas you’d like to make)
  • Using your fingers, prod the each ball of dough until you’ve created the pita shape (should be around 1-2cm thickness)
  • Mix the olive oil and za’atar in a bowl and brush over the tops of the pitas and add a good pinch of sea salt to each then bake on a tray for around 12-15 minutes or until golden on top
  • Allow to cool and dip into some delicious hummus or extra virgin olive oil
Keyword bread, israeli, pita, pitas, pitta, tel aviv, za'atar
Bread & Dough Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Simple Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia

garlic and rosemary easy vegan focaccia recipe

Simple Focaccia Recipe

This simple garlic and rosemary focaccia was one of the first bread recipes I had tried making. Even if you’re new to making bread hopefully you will find this one a great place to start. This recipe is perfect for making big focaccia sandwiches or for dipping into soups, stews and lasagnes.


Vegan

Simple

Yields 10-12 Slices

garlic and rosemary easy vegan focaccia recipe


Ingredients Break Down

Strong white bread flour – Using plain flour will work, however I highly recommend strong white bread flour. It contains more gluten than plain making the dough more elastic.

Quick yeast – like my pita recipe you don’t need to activate the yeast beforehand, it’s all done within one bowl. Top tip, make sure the water is room temperature before adding (this will help activate the yeast)

Good quality olive oil – this recipe includes a lot of olive oil, so finding a good quality product will really help. Even if you use regular olive oil for the main dish, I’d suggest a good quality extra virgin olive oil to coat at the end.

Tomatoes – I’ve added tomatoes to one of the variations, but feel free to have this as simple as possible with just rosemary and salt. In this adaptation I added 3 cloves of roughly chopped garlic and 70g vine tomatoes.


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garlic and rosemary easy vegan focaccia recipe

Garlic & Tomato Focaccia

Easy, no fuss focaccia recipe. Brilliant for those who are new to making bread!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Proving TIme 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 320 g strong white bread flour
  • 220 ml luke warm water
  • Large pinch sea salt
  • 7 g fast yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin will also work

To top:

  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary roughly chopped to add to the dough’s surface
  • 3 large cloves garlic roughly chopped to add to the dough’s surface
  • 6 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil +1 tbsp to drizzle over after baking
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Add the flour, yeast and salt into a bowl and mix together
  • Pour in the 220ml luke warm water whilst bringing the dough together with your other hand, add the olive oil then bring together to form a loose dough
  • Knead the dough on an oiled surface for around 5 minutes then place back in the bowl with a drop of olive oil to stop it sticking to the bottom and sides
  • Cover in a tea towel and leave in a warm place to proof for around 45 minutes (or until doubled in size)
  • Once risen, knock back the dough by kneading for a few seconds then drizzle 1tbsp olive oil in the base of the baking dish / bread pan and place the dough inside, then leave for a further 30minutes

Preheat the oven to 200°C

  • Once the dough has risen and filled more of the baking tray, gently use your fingers to poke the dough until it gradually spreads to fit snug in the baking dish (this should be a gentle process rather than forcing the dough to stretch)
  • Fill the dimples made with your fingers with the roughly chopped garlic cloves, tomato halves and chopped rosemary sprigs then drizzle the last 1tbsp olive oil on top & season heavily with the sea salt flakes
  • Bake at 200°C for 25-30 minutes or until golden on top, allow to cool fully before slicing (this is the hardest part waiting!)

Notes

If the dough is sticking to the surface, add 1 tbsp to help the dough wet and smooth. You want to be able to pick the dough up without it sticking to the base of the bowl or counter top so don't be afraid to add more olive oil at each stage.
Keyword bread, Easy Dough, Focaccia, Garlic bread

If you like this recipe why not try my easy pita recipe. These za’atar roasted pittas are a delicious recipe to have up your sleeve.za'atar pita recipe vegan

Dinner Recipe

Golden Mushroom Curry

golden mushroom curry easy vegan recipe

Ingredients

1 banana shallot (or red onion)

4 cloves garlic

1 thumb size piece of ginger (1/2 grated and 1/2 chopped)

1 red chilli

1 red pepper

180g mushrooms

100g black rice

300ml plant based milk

2 tbsp coconut cream (optional)

 

Spices:

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp mustard seeds (sub for 1 level tsp whole grain mustard)

2 bay leaves / curry leaves

Sprig fresh coriander to garnish

Method

Add the black rice to a pot of water and a pinch of salt and bring to boil for around 30 minutes until cooked

Dice the onion or shallot, chopped chilli and 1/2 the ginger and fry in a drizzle of olive oil for 5 minutes

Chop the red pepper and mushrooms and add to the pan along with the spices and mustard seeds and fry for a further 5 minutes

Finely chop the garlic then add to the pan and fry for around 1 minute before adding the plant based milk

Stir and allow to heat on a very low simmer for around 15 minutes

Stir in the gated 1/2 of the ginger and stir in the coconut cream (please feel free to add as much creamed coconut as you like to make this curry extra creamy

Taste test adding salt and pepper then serve up when the rice is cooked!

I added a sprig of coriander and chilli flakes to top

golden mushroom curry easy vegan recipe
golden mushroom curry easy vegan recipe
dessert Recipe Uncategorized

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookie

Ultimate Vegan chocolate chip Cookie recipe

Ingredients

220g plain flour

200g vegan butter (margarine)

200g sugar (I used 1/2 golden caster and 1/2 soft brown sugar)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

80g chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)

Method:

Add the room temperature butter to a bowl along with the vanilla extract and two types of sugar and mix together using a silicone whisk or spatula until smooth

In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt, baking powder and soda together then slowly add to the bowl of butter, mixing it together as you add

One combined, add the chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) and fold in. Pop the mix in the fridge for at least an hour (even better left overnight)

Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 170°C

Using an ice cream scoop (or just your hands) roll out equal sized balls and place them with lots of room (as these will expand)

Bake for 10 minutes, then take them out of oven and tap them on a surface (this helps give the crackle effect) then pop them back in for a further 2-3 minutes

Leave to set for 10 minutes (trust me they’re worth the wait) and ENJOY!

Ultimate Vegan chocolate chip Cookie recipe
Ultimate Vegan chocolate chip Cookie recipe
Dinner Recipe

Korma Buttermilk Curry

kerala buttermilk vegan curry recipe

Korma Kerala Buttermilk Curry

Looking for a creamy vegan korma sauce recipe? This vegan friendly version of a buttermilk korma will hopefully do the trick.

This recipe is heavily inspired by Chef Cyrus Todiwala who I had the pleasure of meeting on a campaign with Tilda Rice. Learning about the different states within India, the origins of ingredients and recipes, I was inspired to pull together this version of his Kerala Curry. *For those of you who don’t know Kerala is a state on the Malabar coast in India

This recipe is for the sauce but can be adapted to add lots of delicious veggies and pulses!


Ingredients Breakdown

Green Chillies-  Using green chillies instead of red will help give a beautiful flavour without adding too much heat.

Mustard Seeds- These are such a key ingredient to this dish, giving a depth to the sauce. If you don’t have mustard seeds you can sub for 1 tsp wholegrain mustard but definitely recommend buying the seeds for future curries.

Ginger- Adding four cloves will make sure this recipe has loads of flavour. You can finely chop or mince the garlic.

kerala buttermilk vegan curry recipe

Serving Suggestions

Basmati Rice – I’ve served this sauce with basmati rice. To give the rice a little flavour season with salt, pepper, chilli flakes. A good tip is to add 2 bay leaves to the pot whilst it boils.

Naan- Serving up fresh fluffy garlic naans

Wild Garlic – When making this recipe wild garlic was in season which was used to garnish the dish. This is completely optional but feel free to garnish with fresh coriander.

kerala buttermilk vegan curry recipe


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kerala buttermilk vegan curry recipe

Kerala Creamy Korma Recipe

This recipe is heavily inspired by Chef Cyrus Todiwala who I had the pleasure of meeting on a campaign with Tilda Rice. Learning about the different states within India, the origins of ingredients and recipes, I was inspired to pull together this version of his Kerala Curry. This recipe is for the sauce but can be adapted to add lots of delicious veggies and pulses!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 2 birdseye chillies whole & small
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 400 g tin coconut milk
  • 100 g plant based milk
  • squeeze half lemon
  • 150 g of basmati rice

Spices:

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds substitute for 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes optional
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Heat a deep pan with a glug of olive oil / coconut oil, then add the finely chopped onion, chilli and ginger & fry for 6-7 minutes
  • Add the finely chopped garlic cloves and fry for a further 1-2 minutes until cooked before adding the tinned coconut milk, birdseye chillies, bay leaves and spices
  • Mix the plant based milk with the lemon juice and leave to curdle before adding to the pan and allow to sit on a low heat for around 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile in a pot add 150g basmati with 300ml water, large pinch of salt and allow to simmer with the lid on for around 10-15 minutes (it should absorb the water and be perfectly cooked and fluffy)
  • Taste test the curry adding a little more salt & pepper if needed then serve up, I garnished mine with some wild garlic, but this could be replaced with fresh coriander!

If you like this recipe why not try my Massaman Style Sweet Potato & Lentil Curry

Vegan Massaman Curry with Sweet Potato and Lentil
dessert Recipe

Store Cupboard Chocolate Tart

easy vegan chocolate peanut butter tart

Ingredients

1 cup (or coffee mug) mixed nuts - whatever you have in your cupboard

1/4 cup mix of cacao nibs and pine nuts (don't worry if you don't have these)

8 juicy medjool dates (if using dried dates, add an extra 4 dates and soak in warm water for 30 mins)

3 tbsp desiccated coconut

Filling

3 tbsp peanut butter

1 bar dark chocolate (around 100g / 4oz)

single cream (I used oatly - 100ml / 1/2 cup)

1 square of chocolate to grate on top

pinch of salt

 

Method

Roast the nuts at 180ºC (350ºF) for 10 minutes

Once golden add food processor with the cacao nibs, desiccated coconut and dates and blend until sticky

Press down into the base of a tart tin and set aside

Pour in the 3 tbsp peanut butter to create the middle layer (feel free to add more peanut butter)

Heat the single cream in a ban marie then add the chocolate and slowly melt together adding a pinch of salt, then pour over the peanut butter layer and leave to set

Once set, grate the square of chocolate on the top to finish!

Keep chilled, and remove from the fridge a few minute before eating to allow to go to warm a little (it tastes better!)

 

easy vegan chocolate peanut butter tart
easy vegan chocolate peanut butter tart
Dinner Recipe

Chilli, Peanut & Tofu Ramen

chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan

Ingredients:

For the stock

1 red onion, finely chopped

3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped

3/4 red chilli, thinly sliced (save the other quarter to garnish with)

thumb sized piece of fresh ginger (half grated and half finely chopped)

juice squeezed from 1/2 lime

1 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)

1 tsp brown miso paste

700ml stock (feel free to add 1l of stock to make a bigger batch)

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tbsp peanut oil

200g udon noodles (if you're gluten free, soba noodles work really well too)

 

To Garnish:

1 tsp sesame seeds per bowl

1/4 chilli thinly sliced

 

 

For the tofu

2 tbsp peanut butter

juice squeezed from 1/2 lime

1 block firm tofu 280g, cut into 3cm

1 tsp tamari / soy sauce

 

 

 

Top with:

1 tsp sesame seeds

few slices of fresh chilli

fresh coriander (optional)

handful toasted peanuts

Method:

Drain the firm tofu then slice into 3cm cubes, add all of the marinade ingredients into a bowl, whisk then coat the sliced tofu and leave to marinade for around 15-30 minutes (overnight is even better)

Finely chop the red onion, the chopped half of the ginger and chilli then add to a pan with the peanut oil, fry for 5-6 minutes

Finely chop the garlic cloves then add to the pan to fry for a further 1-2 minutes

Add the vegetable stock, brown sugar, miso, tamari, squeeze of lime and grated ginger and bring to a simmer for around 10 minutes

Place a frying pan on a medium heat with a drizzle of peanut oil then add the marinated tofu and fry for around 4 minutes on each side until crispy then keep on a low heat until the ramen is ready

*If you want a silky smooth ramen, simply pour the liquid through a sieve to remove any chopped onion or chunks of ginger

Place the udon noodles in the miso soup and heat for around 5 minutes, then taste test adding a little more seasoning if needed

Serve up and garnish with a squeeze of lime, 1/2 tsp sesame seeds per bowl and thinly sliced red chilli along with the  fried tofu. Top with a few toasted peanuts and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan
chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan
chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan
Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

10 Minute Garlic Mushroom Pasta

10 minute garlic paste recipe vegan

Ingredients:

•2 portions of dried or fresh pasta (you be the judge of your own portion😉)

•180g chestnut mushrooms

•2 large garlic cloves

•1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

•1/4 tsp sea salt

•50g spinach

•1/4 tsp chilli flakes

•125ml oatly cream (single cream)
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Method

1.Bring the pasta to boil in a pot of water with a generous pinch of salt ( boil for 10 minutes)

2. In a separate pan chop the mushrooms then add to a deep frying pay with a generous glug of olive oil, fry for around 4-5 minutes

3. Finely chop the garlic then add to the pan with the garlic and fry for a further 1-2 minutes until cooked

4. Add the single oat cream and stir in the black pepper, salt and chilli flakes

5. Drain the water from the pasta (leaving a little to stir in with the sauce) then pour the cooked pasta, spinach and water in with the garlic sauce

Taste test adding a little more seasoning if needed & enjoy!

*note, I love adding a little dash of smoked paprika too*

10 minute garlic paste recipe vegan