Food, Vegan, Veggie

Masala Chai recipe (Vegetarian/Vegan)

I’m a tea fanatic, I drink tea every day in winter and in summer. My ultimate favorite is Chai masala. The best ones I’ve had were in India. It’s actually one of the best memory I keep from my first visit in this country. My friend and I could simply not stop ourselves from having a masala chai break whenever we could.

In Europe we often order Chai tea, chai tea latte. Originally, in Hindi Chai means “tea” and masala means spice. That’s why in India we call this beverage Chai masala (spiced tea). An authentic Chai masala is not just tea, it’s a strong, sweet, silky, delicious drink, traditionally made with black tea, thick buffalo milk and way too much sugar. What makes it special is the use of spices.

In India, each person has its own recipe and unique combination and it can be tasted at every single corner. There is no right way nor perfect way to make Chai masala, if like me you’re an addict, you can simply find your own perfect combination. Here’s mine…

Preparation time: 20 min

Servings: 2 people


Ingredients

  • Fresh ginger roots
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cup of water (1/4 L)
  • Organic black leaf tea (2 tablespoons) or 2 black tea bags
  • 1 cup of milk (soy, oat, almond, coconut – as you prefer)
  • 1.5 tablespoon of coconut sugar / agave syrup

Preparation

  1. Cut the ginger in slices. Add as much as you want. I usually put a lot of ginger because I really like the extra spiciness
  2. Crush the spices (cardamom pods, cloves, anis)
  3. Bring 1 cup of water to boil
  4. Add the crushed spices, ginger slices and the tea to the water. Let it boil for 2 minutes, then let it steep on a low flame for about 10 min.
  5. Add 1 cup of milk and bring the tea to simmer again for a couple minutes. For a thicker, richer tea, use less water and more milk.
  6. Sweeten your tea by adding the coconut sugar or agave syrup.
  7. Strain and serve


Notes

I prefer to use organic soy or oat milk, wereas the indian tradition would rather be to use whole milk. Choose what you like most.

To sweeten my tea I like to use 1.5 tablespoon coconut sugar or a dosis of agave syrup. You can choose to add brown sugar instead.

Food, Uncategorized, Vegan, Veggie

Vegetarian lasagna (vegan option)

4 people

Preparation time 35 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes

Ingredients Lasagna
1 large zucchini
3 tomatoes
500g pumpkin
2 onions
1 clove garlic
Salt, pepper
1 red chilli pepper, optional
1 can of tomato sauce
125 g Mozzarella (vegan option:Violife Mozzarella 200g)
150 g Vegan parmesan (recipe below)

Ingredients Vegan Bechamel
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp flour
500 ml soy milk
Salt, pepper, nutmeg

Ingredients Vegan Parmesan
150 g cashews (unsalted)
4 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 200°C
  2. Prepare the vegan parmesan: Grind all the ingredients in a grinder or food processor
    Cut the pumpkin in dices, add a tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper, roast in the oven for 20min.
  3. Clean the tomatoes and zucchini, peel the zucchini, cut everything in dices
  4. Chop the onion and garlic, roast in a pan with a fair amount of olive oil
  5. Add the tomatoes and zucchini, a cup of water, cover and let it cook for 15min
  6. Add the tomato sauce, salt, pepper and red chili, cover and let it cook for 10min
  7. Add the pumpkin last
  8. Prepare the vegan bechamel: Heat the oil in a pot (medium to high heat), add the flour and actively stir. Add the soy milk all at once and stir. When you’ve reached the desired thickness add salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  9. Assemble your lasagna: add about one cup of bechamel to the bottom of your lasagna pan. Spread evenly, then add 4 lasagna noodles (uncooked). Add your first layer of lasagna prep, spread some mozzarella on top. Add another layer of lasagna noodles, repeat. When your lasagna pan is full, spread the bechamel sauce over the top evenly.
  10. Bake for 25 min at 200 degrees.
  11. Add the Vegan parmesan on top of your lasagna, put your lasagna back in the oven for 10-15min.
  12. Remove, let cool for 10min and serve.

Food, Vegan, Veggie

Amsterdam Vegan & Vegetarian hotspots

Vegan Streets

Street food – Restaurant & to go

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian friendly

“The best vegan hot dogs in Amsterdam!”: Their slogan says it all and is really accurate: hotdogs lovers, this place is for you. You can choose from a range of hotdogs (Berlin with sauerkraut, Mexico with pico de gallo & jalapenos, Tokyo with Teriyaki sauce and so on). I highly recommend their sweet potato and red onion side salad: delicious!

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Adress: Johan van Hasseltweg 68

Website: N/A


Cafe de Ceuvel

Cafe – Restaurant – Bar

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian friendly, carnivore options

A perfect hotspot outside out of the crowded city center. A small heaven for vegans (non vegan options available) where you can enjoy some live music, participate in numerous events (second hand clothes market, yoga sessions, readings…) all year round and even take a dip in the canal when the sun is out. The cafe was entirely built out of recycled materials. A must do and a second home from me!  Located at De Ceuvel, an “award-winning, sustainable planned workplace for creative and social enterprises”. 

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Address: Korte Papaverweg 2 t/m 6

Website: https://deceuvel.nl/en/


De Kas

Restaurant

Diet: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan & Gluten Free Options

“From plant to plate”

De Kas cultivates more than 100 delicious vegetables in their own sustainable & organic garden. Their menu changes weekly and offers a large variety of fresh products Fixed menus ( 3 or 4 plates for lunch, 5 or 6 for dinner – no a la carte) can be tailor-made for you if you have any allergy and plates can be paired with a selection of wine. An an extra you are able to visit their garden on spot, well-worth the experience!

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Address: 3 KAMERLINGH ONNESLAAN

Website: https://restaurantdekas.com/


Mr & Ms Watson

Restaurant

Diet: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan & Gluten Free Options

Vegan kitchen, gourmet comfort food. A good choice for cheese lovers: a great variety of (awarded) vegan cheese is available, you will barely notice the difference.  Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff as a plus!

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Address: Linnaeuskade 3h

Website: https://watsonsfood.com/?utm_source=tripadvisor&utm_medium=referral



The Avocado Show

Restaurant & To-go

Diet: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan & Gluten Free Options

“Pretty healthy food”: a mix of great looking, delicious dishes. A perfect pick for avocado lovers, of course: it’s declined in multiple dishes from main to dessert or drinks. Pretty busy, especially during week-ends. Make sure you can be patient, no reservation is possible at the original De Pijp location. 

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Address:

DE PIJP: DE PIJP: Daniël Stalpertstraat 61 HS (restaurant)

DOWNTOWN :Keizersgracht 449 (restaurant – reservation possible)

TO GO: Willemsparkweg 152-

Website: https://theavocadoshow.com/


Golden Temple

Restaurant

Diet: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan & Gluten Free Options

Indian restaurant; intimate location where they keep their motivation to offer the most conscious delicious cuisine to a wide variety of dietary preferences. A selection of raw and living foods is also available. You will want to come back.

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Address: Utrechtsestraat 126

Website: http://www.restaurantgoldentemple.com


Meatless District

Restaurant

Diet: Vegan, suitable for vegetarians

Serving fresh dishes, mostly organic and homemade. Seasonal menu 100% vegan with great variety. Recommending the delicious hummus!

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Address:

DE PIJP: van Woustraat 189-191 hs

OUD WEST: Bilderdijkstraat 65-67 hs 

Website: https://meatlessdistrict.com/