Raw vegan chia seeds pudding-made 4 ways

I have had this big bag of chia seeds for a while now and I usually put them in my smoothies but that wasn’t enough to reduce the quantity much-which means low consumption of omega-3. As I was going through my recipes, this one caught my eye. A low calorie-very healthy brekky pudding 🙂 Yep, you read it right-A pudding for breakfast. I was so thrilled just reading through the ingredients. Got this from a pamphlet which had info about how good raw veganism is for you and this recipe was at the end.

Please note: If you are not into slimy texture puddings, this is not for ya. Make a small batch of this and check if you like it. I loved it, my house mate did not. He said the texture was not for him. Let me know if you try this. I have this major issue where I love whatever I cook and can eat without complaining. If you think this is not a good recipe, I will take this down 🙂

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Serves: 4

You need:

  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups almond milk

Mix them all together and cover it with a cling wrap and refrigerate from anywhere between 4 hours to 24 hours 🙂 I am going to call this ‘chia seed mixture’

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The original recipe says you add fruits and nuts to the chia seed mixture along with agave and just have it 🙂 I have improvised it to my taste. If you have any ideas, let me know. Will add them here too. 🙂

Pudding 1: Chocolate Almond Dates Chunky Chia Pudding

In a small mixing bowl, add 2 Tbsp cacao powder, 1 Tbsp almond meal, 3 medjool dates, a pinch sea salt and make a paste/pulse it in a food processor.  Add 3-5 Tbsp of chia seed mixture and mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl/wine glass, refrigerate for an hour and serve with chocolate shavings and almond meal 🙂

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Pudding 2: Banana Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

In a small mixing bowl, add 1 ripen banana, mash it with a fork,  1-2 Tbsp peanut butter, 2 tsp stevia, a pinch sea salt, 2 pinches cinnamon and make a paste. Add 3-5 Tbsp of chia seed mixture and mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl/wine glass, refrigerate for an hour and serve with banana slices/peanut butter 🙂

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Pudding 3: Pistachios Saffron Cardamom Chia Pudding-Raw vegan kheer

In a small mixing bowl, add 2 Tbsp pistachios, 1 cardamom seeds (use mortar and pestle to crush the seeds), few strands saffron (to take the extract out, put them on a small plate, add a Tbsp of water/milk and rub them with your index finger-this releases the flavor), 2 Tbsp stevia, a pinch sea salt  and make a paste. Add 3-5 Tbsp of chia seed mixture and mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl/wine glass, refrigerate for an hour and serve with crushed pistachios  🙂

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Pudding 4: Coffee lovers’ Bitter Chia Pudding [NOT RAW VEGAN]

In a small mixing bowl, add  1 tsp of instant coffee powder, 1 tsp cocoa powder, vanilla bean paste, 1 Tbsp Stevia, a pinch salt and mix them all well. I added a tsp of unhulled tahini and it made this terribly bitter. You could heat this in a microwave for 10 seconds to ease the dissolving process. Add 3-5 Tbsp of chia seed mixture and mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl/wine glass, refrigerate for an hour and serve with stevia  🙂

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My personal favorite is banana peanut butter followed by the chunky dates one. Which one is your favorite?

Gluten-free Quinoa ‘sabudana kichidi’ minus too much starch

Sabudana kichidi is an usual Indian brekky made out of Sago, yeah the starchy tapioca thingy. I could live just eating that for the reminder of my life 🙂 There is nothing but starch in it. Tried to make it with quinoa. Same taste but loads of good stuff could go into it. This is a healthy version packed with spinach, green peas – not the traditional one 🙂 Manu, who is a family friend of ours (happens to me my student as well-No I don’t give him extra marks :P) loved it 🙂 He wanted the recipe, I thought I would give it to the world 🙂

You need

  • Cooked quinoa-1 cup
  • 1/2 potato boiled and broken into bits
  • Spinach and green peas a handful each
  • Groundnut coarsed ground-1.5 tbsp
  • Coconut grated-1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Green chili-1
  • Juice from lemon-1-2 Tbsp (optional)
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp oil

Method:

  • In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, once they pop, add green chili, potato, little salt, turmeric, fry for a couple of mins, add spinach and green peas, wait until peas are cooked
  • Add cooked quinoa, salt, mix them all well, add grated coconut, ground groundnuts, salt, toss them together until they come together.
  • Remove off heat and add lemon (optional)
  • Yum 🙂 Potato with quinoa is heaven on plate. If you take spinach and green peas off, its close to the traditional recipe.

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Vegan Lemon Vermicelli

Lemon Vermicelli

Ingredients

  • Vermicelli-50gms
  • Mustard seeds, Urad dal, peanuts,green chilli,coconut stands,asafoetida/hing-1tsp each
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Few curry leaves, coriander leaves, whole peanuts with skin, sea salt, lemon juice – to taste
  • Rice bran oil-1tsp

Method

  • Boil Vermicelli in water without salt for 5 mins
  • In a small sauce pan, add oil, Mustard seeds, Urad dal, wait for it to crackle, then add curry leaves, hing, turmeric, peanuts,green chilli and after 30 seconds, add the boiled vermicelli, salt, coconut and toss them until they combine. Take th pan off heat and add lemon juice and coriander leaves.

Serves:1 person