Tofu Kartoffelkuchen with Mango-Coriander Dip

Hello everyone. I was on a short holiday. I really missed posting on my blog. It was a nice change and I hope that you will like the recipes that I have tried recently.

The versatile and delicious potato is featured in this recipe along with Tofu. I loved the combination and the Kartoffelkuchen turned out to be a winner. Everybody loved it.

Continuing my experiments with mangoes, I decided to make a mango flavoured dip. I added pureed mango with other condiments to vegan mayo that I make on a regular basis. The result was heavenly. It was just perfect with the Kartafelkuchen.

The recipe for the vegan mayonnaise is from here https://lovingitvegan.com/vegan-mayo/ . However, I just use sunflower oil instead of the avocado oil. It’s rich, thick and creamy. I usually make this and store it in the fridge. It takes just a few minutes to make this and it’s much better than the store-bought mayo.

This is an excellent breakfast dish. This recipe makes about 10 4” cakes.

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PREP: 30 minutes COOK TIME: 30 minutes SERVES: 4-6

Ingredients

8 medium potatoes, grated

400 gms tofu

1 large onion, grated

1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped fine

6 tbsp flour

2 green chillies, chopped fine

1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Salt to taste

Vegetable oil

Mango-Coriander Dip

1 large mango, pureed

1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped

2 green chillies

1 recipe vegan mayo (Please refer the website mentioned above)

Instructions

Blend the tofu in a food processor or blender. Mix all the ingredients together.

Heat a frying pan or skillet, brush with oil and spoon about 3/4 cup of the potato mixture on to the pan and flatten to about 1/2 inch thickness. Fry on each side until it is golden brown. Serve hot with the mango-coriander dip.

For the mango dip, place the coriander and the chillies in a blender and using a little water, make it into a fine paste. Add the mango and blend again until it is well combined. Add this to the vegan mayo and mix well.

Mango Pie

Picture coconut and palm trees swaying in the breeze on a summer day, green fields of paddy and a bounty of tropical fruits. My favourite is mango. Dive into this scrumptious mango pie and let it transport you to the tropics.

Every summer I love to experiment with mangoes. There are so many varieties in India. Unfortunately, due to the lock down here I missed the early season. But I was able to make up for it later and try out a few recipes and this pie is just divine.

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Mango is a low-calorie fruit that is high in fibre, and is a great source of Vitamins A and C. It also contains folate, B6, iron and a little calcium, zinc and vitamin E. Mangoes a re a good source of antioxidants, containing certain phytochemicals such as gallotannins and mangiferin which have been studied for their health benefits.

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If you want to prepare the shortcrust pastry from scratch (as I did), I suggest that you do it on the previous day and refrigerate it overnight, by wrapping it in cling film.

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The following link provides a video on how to peel a mango, cut the flesh into pieces and remove the stone. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/videos/techniques/how-prepare-mango

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PREP: 30 minutes COOK TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

5 ripe mangoes, sliced

1 10-inch unbaked pie shell

1 cup sugar

3 tbsp cornflour

A pinch of salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup heavy cream

11/4 tsp vanilla

4 tsp butter

½ cup walnuts, chopped coarsely

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 220 C.

Arrange the mangoes in the pie shell. Mix sugar, cornflour, salt and spices. Blend the egg, cream and vanilla and add the sugar mixture gradually. Mix well and pour over the mangoes. Dot with butter and scatter the walnuts on top. Bake for 10 minutes and reduce the oven temperature to 180C. Bake for a further 45 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mango Custard with Grapes

The summer brings forth the mango season and though I missed a good part of the season due to the lock down, I still managed to make a few dishes using this golden fruit. There’s nothing quite like the perfume of mangoes wafting through the kitchen. It’s just lovely!

I had this idea to make mango custard. It turned out to be a great success. Everybody loved it. I have used grapes, but you can use any fruit of your choice. It’s a light and refreshing end to a summer meal.

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You can serve this silky, smooth custard warm or chilled. Either way, it’s a refreshing and unusual dessert. Sponge fingers would be ideal to serve with this custard.

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PREP: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 20 minutes

Ingredients

3 egg yolks

1 tsp cornflour

4 tbsp sugar

2 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

A pinch of saffron

1 large mango, cubed

A few grapes, deseeded

Instructions

Mix the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour to a paste in a pan. Add the milk and saffron and cook over moderate heat, stirring continuously until the mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and let the custard cool. Add the vanilla extract.

Blend a cup of the custard with the mangoes until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. Add the blended mixture back to the custard and mix well.

Place the grapes in the bottom of four individual glasses and spoon the custard over them. Serve warm or chilled with sponge fingers.

Mango Upside-Down Cake

In India, summer heralds the mango season. It’s just exhilarating – so many varieties of mangoes! The heady perfume of the mangoes fills the kitchens, market places and the whole environment. I dive headlong into the juicy and luscious taste of the mangoes and experiment with various recipes.

Mangoes go so well with sweet treats – cakes, desserts, sweets such as halva and preserves like juices, chutneys and sherbets go down very well with my family and friends.

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Mangoes should feel tender but not squashy and should have a well balanced flavour and flesh which is succulently tender.

This cake is just divine. The mangoes come through beautifully and it’s just perfect served with a dollop of cream and fresh mangoes. It’s very moist and not too sweet.

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PREP: 20 minutes COOK TIME: 30-45 minutes Serves:6

Ingredients

  • 1 large mango, sliced
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup fresh cream
  • 3 tbsp castor sugar

Instructions

Heat the oven to 180 C.

Prepare a pan by using a little butter to grease the bottom and sides. Sift some flour over it and tip off the excess so that the entire pan has a nice coating of flour. Alternatively, you can use a non-stick pan.

Melt the jam with ¼ cup butter in a small saucepan and pour into the base of the pan. Overlap the mango slices over the jam in the base of the pan. (I used a bundt pan).

Cream the remaining butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and fold in the flour with the milk to a soft consistency. Add the vanilla essence and spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Level the surface with a knife. Bake for 30-45 minutes until the cake is well risen and golden brown. Use a knife to test the cake.

Cool the cake for about 10 minutes and turn out on to a plate.

Beat the cream with the sugar until it becomes thick or stands in soft peaks. Chill.

Serve the cake with a dollop of the sweetened cream.

Poached Mangoes with Strawberry Coulis

My friend Beryl was an amazing and passionate cook who was very generous with her time and her recipes. She was warm and friendly, and really loved to feed people. She was one of my earliest food influencers.

She passed away some years ago, but I was blessed to continue to cook the recipes she gave me; my love for food I passed on to my own daughter. When Beryl taught me this recipe, she used a thinned down version of her own blueberry jam as a topping, but I decided to try it with a strawberry coulis instead. The combination of the luscious mangoes cooked in spicy sugar syrup and the strawberries are amazing. It’s a dessert that can be put together very easily, even if you’re tired and pressed for time; serve it and watch the compliments flow in.

Fresh mangoes are the best for this recipe. You can use any type of mango. The mango needs to be a little ripe, but not completely so.

 

Cut the mango lengthwise with a sharp knife. You have to remember not to overcook the mangoes, or they will turn mushy and break apart. They should be al dente.

What a lovely burst of colour on the plate — yellow and strawberry pink. You can also serve this dessert with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe:

1 mango, peeled and sliced lengthwise

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

2 sticks of cinnamon

1 clove

For the coulis:

1 cup strawberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method:

Heat the sugar, water, and spices in a pan over medium heat, while stirring constantly. When the sugar has melted completely, add the mangoes and cook gently for around 5 minutes.

Test the mango pieces with a knife; they should be al dente. Remove from heat and cool. Retain the sugar syrup to use in other recipes or to poach other fruits; it will keep well in the fridge.

To make the coulis, blitz the strawberries and the sugar in a food processor. I like my coulis a little chunky; you can blitz to a smooth puree if you prefer. Stir in the lemon juice.

Serve on a bed of strawberry coulis, with some coulis drizzled on top, as shown.