What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 6

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes the final one!

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. Here is Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:25 PM.

Day 26:

Suhoor, a smoothie with two bananas, 10 tiny soaked dates, cinnamon powder, frozen blueberries and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, four dates, one fig, fruit salad and jackfruit.

Dinner, zoodles with spicy green sauce (three zucchinis, spiralized. Sauce is leftover zucchini from the spiralizing, coriander, scallions, green chutney and tahini. Topped with olives and red chilli flakes.)

2L water in.

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Day 27:

Suhoor, a litre of citrus juice (4 grapefruits, 2 oranges and a lime).

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad and papaya.

Dinner, one date followed by a salad with lettuce, tomato, olives, coriander, avocado, lime juice, tahini and green chutney.

2L water in.

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Day 28:

Suhoor, smoothie with three bananas, half a cup of frozen blueberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad with soaked basil seeds, lots of watermelon.

Dinner, salad with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives, coriander, tahini, green chutney and chaat masala

2L water in.

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Day 29:

Suhoor, smoothie with three bananas, frozen blueberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad, watermelon, cherries, mangoes and apricot.

Dinner, a litre of watermelon juice followed by leftover fruit salad with tahini.

2L water in.

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Aaand that’s the end of Ramadan, was a 29 day lunar month this time!

There we go, a month of documenting everything that I’ve eaten! I’m impressed at myself! Now, back to my Instagram stories!
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What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 5

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part five.

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. Here is Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:20 PM.

Day 21:

Suhoor, a smoothie with five over ripe bananas, half a cup of frozen raspberries and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, five dates, fruit salad.

Dinner, a salad with tomato walnut dressing (salad was cucumber, tomato, lettuce, olives, coriander and sun-dried tomatoes, the dressing was soaked walnuts, tomato, green chilli and tahini).

2.5L water in.

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Day 22:

Suhoor, citrus juice (7 grapefruits, 2 oranges, one lime).

Iftaar, five dates, fruit salad, watermelon.

Dinner, one banana followed by a guac salad with three avocados, one tomato, two cucumbers, some green chutney, tahini and fresh coriander.

Had Papa John’s green salad later with some tahini. Salad had lettuce, grated carrot, olives, purple cabbage, capsicum and white onions, which I picked out ‘coz ain’t nobody want to be stinking for daayyyzzz. (Yes, I stay away from onion and garlic at all costs, especially onion. There may be instances where garlic sneaks into my food, but onion, heck no!)

2 L water in.

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Day 23:

Suhoor, smoothie with four bananas, dark sweet frozen cherries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad and watermelon.

Dinner, a small salad with lettuce, tomato, tahini, dry oregano and Chaat masala.

Midnight snack, three bananas and two apples with pistachio butter.

2L water in.

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Day 24:

Suhoor, smoothie with four bananas, cherries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, watermelon, fruit salad, a couple of sips of fresh orange and watermelon Juice.

Dinner, zoodles in spicy tomato sauce (two spiralized zucchinis, sauce is one tomato, leftover zucchini from the spiralizing, red chill powder, cumin powder, a tablespoon of tahini. Zoodles topped with olives, dry oregano, basil, thyme, sumac and red chilli flakes.)

Midnight snack, one banana, handful of fresh blueberries.

2L water in.

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Day 25:

Suhoor, smoothie with three bananas, frozen cherries, blueberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad, watermelon, persimmon.

Dinner, watermelon juice followed by a salad with cucumber, tomato, olives, lemon juice, tahini, Chaat masala and sumac.

2L water in.

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25 days of Ramadan done, just five more to go.

Stay tuned for Part 6, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 4

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part four.

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. Here is Part 2, and here is Part 3.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:20 PM.

Day 16:

Suhoor, a litre of citrus juice (7 grapefruits and one orange).

Iftaar, three dates, watermelon and fruit salad.

Dinner, zoodles with olives in mango tomato sauce (two zucchini, spiralized. Dressing is half a mango, one tomato and green chutney).

1.5 lires of water in.

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Day 17:

Suhoor, smoothie with five bananas, cinnamon powder, handful of blueberries, half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, lots of watermelon, cut up fruit, sesame blueberry cashew mylk.

Dinner, a big salad with lettuce, avocado, tahini, olives, tomato and green chutney.

1.5 L water in.

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Day 18:

Suhoor, smoothie with three large bananas, handful of blueberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, five dates, watermelon, fruit salad with soaked basil seeds.

Dinner, raw Dahi Wada (recipe here)

1.5L water in

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Day 19:

Suhoor, smoothie with six bananas, 900mg spirulina, cinnamon powder, ice cubes and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad + soaked basil seeds, watermelon.

Dinner, leftover Dahi wada, half a litre of watermelon juice.

1.5 L water in.

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Day 20:

Suhoor, a smoothie with five bananas, a cup of frozen raspberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, five dates, fruit salad and lots of watermelon.

Dinner, a couple of nuts (Pistachios and cashews) and a salad with celery, tomato, Avocado, coriander, tahini, olives and Chaat masala*

2L water in.

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*After a lot of searching, I finally found this brand which makes it’s Chaat masala with zero preservatives. No citric acid or malic acid either. Seems pretty okay to me to use once in a while. Live a little, guys! 🙂

20 days of Ramadan done, so just 10 more that remain!

Stay tuned for Part 5, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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Raw Dahi Wada

Dahi Wada is traditionally a vegetarian recipe. Calls for yogurt. The dumplings (wadas) are made from lentils, herbs and spices. Here’s my recipe for the wadas which I made oil free, in the airfryer.

Now this particular dish used to be a staple in my household for the month of Ramadan. Was made almost every single day. But ever since I went vegan, it was stopped. Because, obviously, I wouldn’t make it anymore.

Last Ramadan though, I did attempt to make it Vegan, using home made soy curd, which you could take a look at here.

This year though, I was determined to try making a raw curd. Did have a couple of unsuccessful attempts, but I finally got it right.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1/2 cup cashews, soaked
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1/2 lime’s juice
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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend all ingredients together
  2. Let it sit and ferment in a bowl for a couple of hours, or overnight, in a warm and dark place. Refrigerate after.

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Now that I got the curd right, the dumplings would just be a piece of cake to make, because until the step before deep frying, the batter for the dumplings are technically raw. All I had to do was adjust the consistency a bit, for it to be eaten raw.

Also, typically, split white lentils (urad beans) are used. But I didn’t exactly want to use the split variety, so I used the whole one. And not just whole soaked, but sprouted too, for three days.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 cups of whole black gram, soaked and sprouted
  2. 2 fresh green chillis
  3. 4-5 cloves of garlic
  4. One small bunch of fresh coriander
  5. 1 tsp cumin powder
  6. 1 tsp Chaat masala*
  7. 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  8. Black salt, to taste (optional)
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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Dump all the ingredients into the food processor and process until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Transfer into a bowl and let it rest for 15 minutes, to allow the ground flax to do it’s work.
  3. Form into patties/dumplings, and let it rest for another 15 minutes for the shape to set. Alternatively, you could use the dehydrator or set it out in the sun for a couple of hours, flipping half way through.

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*Regarding the Chaat masala, find a brand that has all the ingredients raw. As in, dehydrated. If you aren’t that particular about it, at least just make sure there are no preservatives in there, no citric acid, malic acid or anti caking agents. Just straight up spices is what we are looking for.

Now that we’ve got our Dahi (curd) and Wadas (dumplings) ready, all we have to do is assemble and garnish. Depending on the kind of dish you use, square, rectangular or a bowl, layer them, the last layer being the curd, and then garnish with your choice of herbs and spices.

What I’ve used is red chilli powder, cumin powder, Chaat masala and chopped coriander.

Enjoy! 🎉

What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 3

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part three!

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. And here is Part 2.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:15 PM.

Day 11:

Suhoor, a smoothie with three huge bananas, some pineapple, a few dark sweet cherries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, watermelon and mango.

Dinner, leftover fruit salad with tahini.

Water, 2L in.

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Day 12:

Suhoor, smoothie with frozen bananas, frozen cherries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, watermelon and mango.

Dinner, leftover fruit salad+tahini, followed by raw brownie and nicecream. (Recipe here).

1.5L water in.

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Day 13:

Suhoor, smoothie with bananas, cherries, dates, soaked cashews and walnuts, half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad, a litre of fresh watermelon juice.

Dinner, Fruit salad + tahini

1.5L water in.

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Day 14:

Suhoor, smoothie with 5 bananas, handful of blueberries, dates, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad, mango and grapes.

Dinner, fruit salad with Tahini

2L water in.

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Day 15:

Suhoor, a litre of watermelon juice.

Iftaar, one date, fruit salad, some watermelon followed by a small salad with a tahini dressing.

Dinner, zoodles in tomato sauce plus olives and chilli flakes. (one zucchini, spiralized. Tomato sauce was one tomato, fresh coriander, green chutney and tahini).

1.5L water in.

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15 days, half way through already!

Stay tuned for Part 4, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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No Bake Chocolate Brownie and Nicecream Recipe

First attempt at no bake Vegan Chocolate Brownies and raw nicecream! I’m not calling the brownies raw too because I used what I had on hand, that was cocoa powder, and not raw cacao or carob powder. And cocoa powder technically isn’t raw. You see, tiny things like this, I’d let it go, you know, “Live a little”.

I spend hours looking up a perfect raw brownie recipe, but all of them called for either crazy amounts of unsoaked nuts (no thank you), liquid sweetener (had none on hand), or lots of oil (I ain’t about the tin man life right now, even if it is extra virgin, cold pressed, raw coconut oil, it’s still a no thank you from me). So here is how I made my Brownie.

1 cup soaked walnuts
10 pitted dates
Pinch of sea salt
Dash of cinnamon
1 tsp cocoa powder

Processed until it formed a dough, pressed it into a square-ish shape, and tadaa! I’ve got my brownie!

Now for the nicecream, it’s just

1/2 a cup of soaked cashews

3-4 frozen bananas
A pinch of sea salt

Combine the two together, that dense, decadent brownie, in contrast with that rich and creamy nice cream, it’s a match made in heaven! 💕

What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 2

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part two!

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:15 PM.

Day 6:

Suhoor, a smoothie with 7 small bananas, a handful of Blackberries and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, followed by fruit salad+soaked basil seeds. Some watermelon. Also got in another litre of water.

Dinner, a salad with cucumber, tomato, celery, coriander, olives, avocado, tahini and green chutney.

Total water in, 3L. Thanks to no juices today!

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Day 7:

Suhoor, citrus juice. Two grapefruits, seven oranges, gave me a litre of Juice.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds followed by fresh pineapple.

Dinner, salad with tomato, cucumber, olives, tahini, avocado and green chutney.

Water in, 2.5L.

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Day 8:

Suhoor, a smoothie with 7-8 bananas, handful of Blackberries, half litre water.

Iftaar, 3 dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, pineapple, watermelon.

Dinner, salad with tomatoes, olives, coriander, green chutney, tahini and sumac. Had a couple of dates after.

Water, 2L in.

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Day 9:

Suhoor, smoothie with 3 bananas, couple of dates, handful Blackberries, two tbsp ground flax seeds, half litre water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, lots of mango and some pineapple.

Dinner, more mango, leftover fruit salad with tahini. So good!!

Water, 2L in.

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Day 10:

Suhoor, smoothie with five bananas, Blackberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, 3 dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, mangoes.

Dinner, salad with tomato, cucumber, olives, mango, Tahini, green chutney.

2L water.

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10 days, that’s 1/3rd of the month. So far so good!

Stay tuned for Part 3, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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