Carrot Soup

20 Feb

Serves 4

  • 2tsp cumin seeds
  • 2tsp coriander seeds
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red chilli or 2tsp chili seeds
  • 600g carrots, washed and grated
  • 140g split red lentils
  • 1 1/2 litre hot vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh coriander to garnish

1. Heat large saucepan and dry fry cumin and coriander seeds for 1 minute until they start to jump around the pan.

2. Add olive oil into pan and heat for 1 minute. Take care to ensure the seeds do not brown. Add onion, garlic and chili and fry over a low heat until onions are soft golden, around 10 minutes.

3. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes until carrots and lentils have softened. Whizz up in the pan with a stick blender or transfer bit by bit into a food processor to blend.

4. Season to taste and garnish with fresh coriander. Perfect served with dumplins or crusty bread!



20 Feb

Makes 10

  • 4 cups S/R flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • sunflower/rapeseed oil for frying

1. Sift all dry ingredients together and mix.

2. Add water bit by bit as you mix and knead the dough gently. Try not to overknead the dough or it will become too tough.

3. Divide the dough into 10 balls and knead each ball a few times with floured hands.

4. Heat a couple of tsp of oil in frying pan over a medium heat. Flatten balls slightly and add to the hot pan. Flip over once golden, approx 5-10 minutes each side. Turn dumplins on their side and cook each side for a few minutes to ensure an even golden colour.

Hello world…

19 Feb


Here at a thrifty vegan I aim to bring you easy, economical, vegan recipes that will make your mouth water!

Being vegan has many positives however one that many overlook is how much money you can save by ditching the processed stuff for fresh healthy produce.

The question that I am asked most is ‘what do you eat?’ when in reality my diet is without doubt all the more varied since going vegan 6 years ago. I believe that eating well and cooking every day is not difficult, expensive or time consuming and my recipes will reflect that.

Recipes to be added this week…