Mango cake

This cake is probably my new favourite. The mango gives an incredible richness, a satisfyingly moist and dense texture, and a beautiful colour. Plus, thanks to the magic ingredient that is ready-made mango pulp, it’s super quick and easy to prepare.


Mango cake

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Convenience: 10 mins to prepare ~ 45 mins to bake
Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 250 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda / baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or 1 tsp powdered cardamom seeds)
  • 4 tbsp flavourless vegetable oil
  • 530 g (2 cups) tinned mango pulp (I use kesar mango pulp from Tesco)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, vanilla, oil, and mango pulp.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until fully combined.
  5. Pour the batter into a lined 2lb loaf tin*.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes, until a cake-tester or tooth pick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Serve warm or cool, on it’s own or with non-dairy vanilla ice cream.

* For muffins, pour the batter into 16 muffin cases, then bake for 15 minutes.


How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products. Completely vegan.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, none of the ingredients are harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Thanks to the mango pulp, this is a relatively cheap recipe. A 850 g tin of mango pulp is £1 or £1.50 at Tesco in the UK. That’s a lot of mangoey deliciousness for your money. You can save the remaining mango pulp to make a mango lassi using soy or coconut yogurt!
  4. Not healthy because it contains a lot of sugar and white flour.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32It’s just so delicious. Everyone loves it and it disappears immediately.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 4


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Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

This breakfast is a delicious, wholesome cross between oatmeal and apple crumble. It’s ideal for colder mornings, because of the warm, comforting combination of apple and cinnamon, and the oats that give an energising start to the day.

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Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

Convenience: 15 mins to prepare ~ 40 mins to bake
Serves: about 6

Ingredients

  • 200 g (2 cups) rolled or jumbo oats
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar (or 2 tbsp brown sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 500 ml (2 cups) non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (optional*)
  • 3 apples, chopped into 1-2 cm chunks

*Unsweetened apple sauce (apple puree) can be hard to find if you’re in the UK. It’s fine to leave it out of this recipe.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C or 375 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, vanilla, apple sauce, and maple syrup (if using).
  4. Pour the milk mixture and the chopped apples into the oat mixture, then stir until combined.
  5. Spoon the oatmeal mixture into an oven-safe dish (roughly 10 x 8 inches).
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes, until bubbling at the sides.
  7. Serve warm or cool with a splash of non-dairy milk.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products. Completely vegan.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, none of the ingredients are harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Apples, oats, and non-dairy milk can be pretty cheap. The recipe is more expensive if you’re using maple syrup, but that’s completely optional.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Healthy. Oats have a low glycemic index, giving long lasting energy. Also, the soluble fibre in oats is supposed to be good for the heart. Apples are, of course, very healthy. To make this breakfast extra healthy, just cut down the added sugar.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32This baked oatmeal is a super delicious and comforting breakfast.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5


Potato and cabbage shaak

This simple Gujarati dish is deliciously spiced and extremely satisfying. The spices and cabbage give a rich flavour and creaminess to the potatoes. It’s substantial enough to be a meal in itself, or it can be served along side other vegetable dishes and curries, like these dal and chickpea recipes.

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Potato and cabbage shaak

Recipe from Indira Patel
Convenience: 30 mins to make ~ easy to scale up
Serves: about 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 large potatoes, chopped into 1-2 cm cubes
  • 150 g (1 cup) frozen peas (optional)
  • 2 fresh chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds. Allow the seeds to pop and sizzle for a few seconds.
  2. Add the potatoes, stir, and allow them to cook for about 5 minutes with the lid on.  Stir occasionally to ensure they don’t stick to the pan.
  3. Add the cabbage and cook with the lid on for another 10 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through and the cabbage has melted down.
  4. Add the chilli, ginger, salt, turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, cayenne, and optional peas.
  5. Stir well and cook for a few more minutes to allow the spices to meld, and the peas (if using) to heat through.
  6. Serve hot with roti/chapatti. Wheat tortillas work brilliantly as an easy substitute for roti.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products. Completely vegan.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, none of the ingredients are harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Very cheap! Potatoes and cabbage are some of the least expensive foods. It can be a bit pricey to stock up on spices for the first time, but if you can buy in bulk, they’ll last for a long time and end up being very inexpensive per dish.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Healthy. Potatoes are actually quite nutritious, and cabbage contains plenty of fibre and vitamins. Cabbage also contains glucosinolates, which may play a role in regulating inflammation and protecting against cancer.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Such a flavourful and satisfying dish.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5