Raw Tuesday recipes: Indian saag with biryani and pear crisp

This week’s raw vegan take-away was an amalgamation and adaptation of a few different recipes. One of the great things about working with raw food is that you can feel free to mess around with recipes. It’s not like baking a cake, where the ingredients need to be just right or the chemical reaction won’t work. With raw meals, you can’t really mess up. Whatever you do, it will be fine.

Raw vegan curried spinach with carrot & cauliflower "rice"

Raw vegan saag (curried spinach puree)

I got this recipe from a lovely little raw recipe book by Jonsi and Alex. It’s a free download. I highly recommend it. So far, everything I’ve made from their book is delicious.I modified their recipe slightly, but not much. It’s tomato, avocado, garlic, ginger, curry and other spices, and spinach, all mixed in the food processor or blender. Then you can sprinkle chopped veggies on top– onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc. Even sprouted lentils.

Carrot & cauliflower biryani

This one comes from the recent “Hot Raw Chef” competition hosted by Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, a raw food culinary school in California. A bunch of people entered the competition with a wide range of raw vegan recipes– some simple, some complicated. I’ve tried a few and they’ve generally been ok. While I usually like making my rice from parsnips, I thought it would be good to try something different. Normally I find cauliflower rice to bitter, but the combination of equal parts cauliflower and carrot, with shredded coconut and spices, is sweeter. I add raisins to mine for a little extra sweetness. You can watch the video for the recipe at the Hot Raw Chef site. For the recipe booklet, I think you need to sign up on their mailing list.

Raw vegan pear crisp

Raw vegan pear crisp recipe

This recipe was inspired by a lovely apple pie by Heathy Pace. I was going to share the “play by play” photos of preparation, assembly, etc but they were too dark. Sorry.


1 cup almonds, soaked overnight

1/2 cup dates, pitted

pinch of salt

pinch of vanilla

4 pears

juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of nutmeg

1 Tbsp agave syrup

Instructions: To make the crust, process nuts in food processor until ground. Add dates, vanilla and salt and process until crumbly.

Press half of the crust mixture into the bottom of muffin or tart pans.

To make the filling, peel and core 2 pears, slice them and put them in food processor or blender with lemon juice, nutmeg and agave. Process until smooth. Peel and core the other two pears and chop them finely (small dice). Mix the diced pears into the pear puree. Pour this over the crust in the muffin pans, then sprinkle the rest of crumbly mixture on top. Set at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.

The filling for the pear crisp

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