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Purtassi 2017 with Almond Breeze

 When I first started cooking I loved getting creative in the kitchen, but I didn’t realise just how creative I’d need to be once I started working with different clients. I love every minute but what is even more enjoyable is how much I learn. Every day I learn about the ingredients I cook with and about the different places, people and cultures I prepare food for.

I was very excited to work with Almond Breeze Almond Milk to develop recipes for Purtassi 2017. Lately, some my clients have been shifting from consuming dairy to healthier dairy alternatives which means I often have to develop recipes that cater to their needs while not compromising on taste. When I develop dairy-free recipes I don’t necessarily want to reinvent the wheel, which is why I love using Almond Breeze; it allows me to cook old favourites easily.




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Chickpea fritters


Yields 9 fritters

These guys were my favourite creation!!! I topped them with avo and fresh lemon juice and enjoyed them for breakfast.


  • 400g can chickpea, drained and rinsed
  • 5 tbsp Almond Breeze Almond Milk (Unsweetened)
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 tbsp of chives
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 4 tsp harissa
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil




  1. Blitz half the can of chickpeas in a food processor until smooth
  2. Add flour, baking powder, garlic, harissa and seasoning
  3.  Add Almond Breeze Almond Milk and fold in the whole chickpeas, chopped spring onions, chives, and mint
  4. Heat the oil and fry in batches until golden brown, enjoy


Purtassi is a period of observance in which Hindus abstain from eating meat, fish, eggs and any intoxicants. We wanted to show that vegetarian dishes can be delicious, fun and easy to make, so together with bloggers Miss_Dhanausha and InstaEats we developed five recipes that are perfect for the month of Purtassi.





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Almond milk curry     











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Vegan palak paneer with tofu


With my cooking experience and Dhanusha’s knowledge of Purtassi favourites, it was such fun creating, experimenting, cooking and tasting these delicious dairy and meat-free dishes. AND we received incredible feedback on the recipes and #AlmondBreezeSAPurtassi campaign.






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Gulgulas (mini doughnuts)    





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Sweet rice pudding with pistachio crumble

If you want to try these delicious recipes find them on www.almondbreeze.co.za/recipes/ . I am always looking for new recipes so please do share your recipes with me.


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