Mamma Mehta’s Channa Masala

We did not develop this recipe, but we have tried making it and can assure you that it was delicious! It was sent to our founder, Samantha, by her friend’s mother who we have been dubbed as ‘Mamma Mehta’. So all credits for this recipe go to her.

This channa masala is easy to make, takes just about 30mins to cook, and tastes absolutely delightful. It is both nutritious and comforting. As expected on this site, all the ingredients are easy to source at conventional supermarkets and at smaller international food shops.

Without further ado, here’s Mamma Mehta’s Channa Masala recipe!

Bon Appétit!

Bhojan kaa aanand lijiye!

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Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki is a delicious Korean rice cake dish. Traditionally, it contains an anchovy stock and fish sauce. However, for this recipe, we will be using vegetable stock with the optional seaweed stock which provides a slight fishy/oceany taste. Additional non-vegan ingredient traditionally, but not always, found in tteokbokki are fish cakes and boiled eggs. For obvious reasons, we will not be including these ingredients. In place of them, we suggest serving the dish with some kimchi and/or spring (green) onions/scallions.

Unlike our other recipes, for this recipe, you might be unable to find every ingredient in your local supermarket. Some of the ingredients would require you to go an East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Japanese….) supermarket or to order the ingredients from Amazon. By clicking on the hyperlinked (coloured) ingredients, you will be directed straight to an Amazon page for the exact ingredients we used in making this dish.

This dish is on the spicier side. So, if you can’t handle spicy food, this might not be the tteokbokki recipe for you. If you can handle spicy food or you still want to give this dish a try, it’s extremely easy to prepare, results in very little to clean up, it takes less than 15mins to cook and it’s absolutely delicious.

Without further ado, here’s our recipe!

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Vegan Bigos – Polish Hunter’s Stew

Bigos, also known as ‘Hunter’s Stew,’ is a traditional Polish dish consisting of sauerkraut, fresh cabbage and a smoked Polish sausage known as “kiełbasa” and, occasionally, some other forms of meat. You can find this beloved dish at various Polish events and always made slightly different (depending on who made it) but still enjoyed by the general public.

Our bigos recipe is greatly influenced by that of Samantha’s (our founder’s) aunt who lived in Poland from her mid-teens and into adulthood. It is also influenced by recipes she’s read and those told to her by Polish friends.

We can attest that, although the recipe is different, this vegan bigos smells and tastes like the traditional (non-vegan) bigos and is both nutritious and delicious!

We hope you enjoy our recipe and, if you are Polish, please share the differences between this recipe and yours in the comments section under this post or on our Instagram page.

Bon Appétit!

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Pulled “Pork” Pasta

Pulled ‘pork’ pasta is both an aesthetically pleasing and delicious meal. By tweaking our recipe for the pulled “pork,” you can make vegan versions of shredded chicken and shredded duck.

The question on your mind right now is probably, “what could have been used to make the pulled pork?” Initially, you might have thought of tofu or seitan, but for this recipe, that’s not the case. Today, we are going to introduce you to a new pantry ingredient – jackfruit!

Whenever we’ve mentioned jackfruit to people, we receive comments like, “a fruit named jack?” or “how can you make something so savoury with a fruit which is sweet?” Well, although jackfruit is a bright yellow-orange, bubblegum tasting fruit, when it’s young/unripe it’s a rather beige colour and savoury, although it might be possible to get a hint of a sweet undertone to its flavour when eaten uncooked. Young jackfruit is excellent at holding the flavour of whatever it is seasoned/cooked with and is so fibrous that it can easily be pulled or shredded to mimic the texture and consistency of pulled and shredded meats.

Jackfruit contains good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6,) folate (vitamin B-9), fibre, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium zinc, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and even protein. You can find more information on the roles of these nutrients in the body in our Nutrient Index.

So, without further ado, here’s our pulled “pork” pasta recipe!

Bon Appétit!

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Buddha Bowl

Buddha bowls are a collection of various, usually vegan or vegetarian, meals foods served together in a wide pasta bowl or high-rimmed plate. They usually consist of grains, a protein source, a fat source, cooked vegetables and raw vegetables. Some times, they also include a bit of a sauce. Basically, they are balanced meals in a bowl.

Buddha bowls are not something we created. They have been growing in popularity, especially in the plant-based community, since 2013. According to the author of Buddha’s Diet, Zen priest, Dan Zigmond, the name is derived from the act of Buddha walking through the streets with his bowl and eating whatever the local people would place in his bowl as alms.

We would like to share a simple, yet very nutritious recipe for a Buddha bowl with you today. No measurements are given as it’s expected to be made to taste and with as much or as little of each ingredient as you would like.

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Holidays Specials: Jollof Rice

Christmas Day in Nigeria is not normal without Jollof Rice. Jollof rice is the traditional celebration food of Nigeria. There’s party jollof, funeral jollof, thanksgiving jollof, I-woke-up-this-morning jollof, the-sun-is-shining jollof. Okay, we’re getting carried away now!

Nigerian love celebrating with jollof, fried rice, plantain and so on. So, if you’re not Nigerian and you’ll like a little switch up on your Christmas dinner, why you try our simple jollof recipe. Serve with a side of fried plantains, a salad and tofu or seitan.

Bon Appétit!

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Yam and Plantain Pottage

In honour of Nigeria’s independence day, we have decided to bring to you a vegan version of a popular and flavourful Nigerian dish.

We also chose to make this dish healthier by eliminating one of the main ingredients – palm oil. Instead, we replaced it with a tomato blend full of flavour that we cooked in a way that it provides the same colour and consistency to the final dish that the palm oil traditionally used does. By substituting the palm oil with this blend, we are not only creating a healthier version of this dish but also doing away with the struggle to find West African palm oil or certified sustainable palm oil as we know that most of you would prefer not to contribute to the negative effects, to both animals and the environment, of palm oil production.

Lastly, we incorporated dried seaweed into this dish to replace the dried fish and crayfish traditionally used. Seaweed does not only provide a bit of an “ocean flavour,” but also, iodine which is an essential nutrient needed for the production and management of thyroid hormones responsible for growth, cognitive development, the brain development both in vivo and during the early stages of life, and metabolism regulation.

Without further ado, get your pots, pans and kitchen equipment out for this delicious recipe!

Bon Appétit!

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Coconut Rice (New Recipe)

Coconut rice! A very delightful dish to eat, full of flavour, full of nutrients and full of goodness!

Today, we are going to share our second version of coconut rice with you. This version is more like the West African coconut rice dishes as the final result is not creamy and the final dish looks quite simple, although it does not taste plain. The dish is a bit on the spicier side, but you can control the level of heat from the peppers by taking out the seeds or not using a green chilli pepper as those are actually spicier than red peppers.

Coconuts are one of our favourite things to add to dishes here at LickYourPlates. They always take dishes to a whole new level so, if you’re ready for a delicious meal, try out our coconut rice recipes.

Bon Appetit!

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Penne Béchamel

Penne Béchamel is a delicious dish to unwind at dinner time with. This dish was inspired by the Egyptian Macaroni Béchamel. It consists of a seitan mince, a cheesy flavoursome béchamel sauce and penne pasta!

Seitan is a great protein source for vegans packed with protein, iron and a range of other nutrients. We will give a more in-depth description of it in the near future, with recipes included, as it is an ingredient we have been experimenting with for a few weeks.

We purchased our Vital Wheat Gluten (to make the seitan) from BuyWholefoodsOnline. The quality of their vital wheat gluten is great. However, their prices are lower than all other brands we’ve seen (even on Amazon). We will suggest purchasing it directly from them (using the link above) than from their Amazon store as, for some reason, it’s £2-3 more expensive on there. From their website, the price starts at £2.38 for a 500g bag and goes all the way up to a 25kg bag (we don’t think you’ll ever need that much). We purchased a 1kg bag costing £4.28. For a single person, this bag should last for about a month.*

Without further ado, here’s the recipe to our Penne Béchamel!

Guten Appetit!

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Nigerian Fried Rice

I am not saying this out of bias, but Nigerians make one of the best fried rice dishes in the world!

Nigerian fried rice is so easy to make, yet it tastes so good. It is easily adaptable for a vegan. However, unlike quite a number of foods, you do not lose the flavour by making the recipe vegan! Isn’t that just wonderful!

I am going to take you down to my West African roots with this vegan version of the wonderful, the beautiful, Nigerian fried rice.

Bon Appétit!

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