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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Carrot Halwa

Carrot halwa reminds me of many childhood memories when my mum used to make it. At that time I was having the non vegan full fat version. Veganising carrot halwa is very easy. However, it does take as long as the non-vegan version to cook which is a full hour or more. So, I tend to make it less often. But when I do make carrot halwa, it is really a treat. And I wondered how I managed to not feature it here yet despite it being my all time favourite dessert!

The vegan version is by far healthier. I only used 1 teaspoon of coconut oil as opposed to 1/2 cup of ghee.


Ingredients (4-5 servings)
500g carrots (about 6-7 carrots, grated)
5-6 cardamom pods
1/3 cup soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon coconut cream (optional)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Toasted coconut flakes or chopped almonds (optional)

For the almond milk:
50 almond kernels (omit if using ready made almond milk)
1 litre hot water (or 1 litre almond milk)

  • Place almonds to soak in water.  You can pre-soak the almonds for four hours in cold water or use hot water and just soak for the cooking time of the carrots.
  • Meanwhile grate the carrots, place in a non-stick heavy bottom pan. Add sugar. Cover and cook until carrots are soft and reduced to half the volume. This will take about 40 minutes.
  • You can peel the soaked almonds if you like. Place the almonds and water into a blender and liquify. Sieve through a fine mesh cloth and squeeze out all the juice.
  • Pour this almond milk into the carrots, add cardamom pods and cook until all liquid has reduced. This will take about 30 - 40 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Add coconut cream if using. Stir well.
  • Add coconut oil and stir well over medium heat for a few minutes. Add raisins, top with some toasted coconut flakes or chopped almonds and serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.
This can also be placed into a dish to set and cut into squares.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Vegan Girl's Guide to Life - A Giveaway!

***We now have a winner!***

It’s been ages, I know. I feel terrible for not posting anything here for such a long time. Well, I come with some good news though!

As today is International Women’s Day (and I'm on holidays!), the best way to celebrate it is by a giveaway! What is it?!

Melisser’s book - Vegan Girl's Guide to Life

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It has been out since November 2010. And guess what? I’m in it! Yay!

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The Vegan Girl Guide to Life is a great book for women or girls interested in veganism or who are new vegans. This book is packed with useful information about the lifestyle, from diet and nutrition to crafts and even vegan tattoos! I particularly like the fun format which makes it so pleasurable to read and come back to time and time again. It is also a great collection of individual stories of vegan women around the world and did I mention recipes? They are some nice ones you’d want to try. Other topics covered are vegan cosmetics, small vegan businesses, vegan stores, how to travel as a vegan and how to stock your vegan pantry. So, there’s definitely at least a little something in it for everyone.

I bought one for my mum which I haven’t sent to her yet by the way (o_O). My signed copy from Melissa is on the way and I’m very impatient to receive it. But in the meantime, as a thank you to Melisser for featuring me in her book, I am giving away a copy. This is not sponsored by anyone but me.

Just leave a comment on the blog (not on facebook) saying what essential vegan foodstuff you always carry with you when travelling as an emergency snack! We have a winner.

Entries end Tuesday 22nd March 2011 at 23.59 pm. A winner will be chosen by a random number generator.

Please only comment once. Leave some contact details or a link to your blog etc so that I can get back to you for your address if you’re the winner.
The giveaway is open worldwide. I will order from Amazon so I’ll ship to anywhere.

Good luck and happy International Women’s Day!

If you would like to buy the book from Melissa and get a signed copy, you can order it from here. Also, check out Melissa's blog here where she shares her culinary adventures from vegan dining around the world or right from her kitchen.

Update: We now have a winner!
Thank you all for participating in the giveaway for The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life by Melisser Elliott. I won't hold you in suspense any longer. We have a winner who is mnikpat !

The winner was generated using the number generator on

I counted 67 comments as the last one was left after the closing time.

And comment number 44 is the winner.


Because blogger (for some reason) does not do comment numbering, I manually counted (and re-counted) from top to bottom for comment number 44.

So, congratulations mnikpat. I'll be in touch to send you your book! Hope you enjoy reading it! :)

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