Hits 4055 | Created 2007-05-17 | Modified 2007-05-31Welcome to the Vegetarian Recipes section of Ralpharama. The first vegetarian meal I ever cooked was perhaps ten years ago, and whilst my house mates were all out, I thought I'd surprise them with a curry.
I looked through the kitchen and found a cookbook that had a 'vegetable curry' in it. Perfect, I thought. We had most of the ingredients and I only had to buy a couple of things at the local corner shop to make up the rest.
I followed the instructions dutifully and it didn't look or smell bad when it was all in the pot cooking.
However, upon taste I discovered that it, well, didn't have any. It just tasted like water, and what's worse was that the potatoes weren't cooked. They were, in fact, raw.
At this moment, everyone came home and said things like, 'Oooh a curry, great! I love curry!'
I admitted there were problems and the girls stood in the kitchen and examined my pot.
'You didn't cook the potatoes before putting them in?' They asked, as if I was the most stupid person on the planet for not knowing that I should do this.
'The recipe didn't say I should.' I defended myself.
And it didn't. You're just expected to know about cooking potatoes. Well, rather than putting me off, I redoubled my efforts and over the course of many a year, I'm now not bad in the kitchen. I seldom use recipes - only in the last year or two have I started, and now they go well because I have 'cooking experience' which means that I know if I should add more water, turn down the heat, par-boil the spuds, and so on.
Anyway, hopefully these recipes are fairly idiot-proof, but I must confess that I don't really measure amounts of things as a rule, I do it by look and taste ('It's like witchcraft mate!' Said an Oz friend to me once, watching me cook a curry). So if you follow the amounts to the letter, they should all be fine, but feel free to alter them according to your taste.
Enjoy, and if you have any comments, questions, etc, then do drop me a line.
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Article Alingan Bajis recipe
Hits 5400 | Last Modified 2009-10-05These cheese and potato bhajis are a popular snack in north-west India. They are very easy to make and hard to get wrong! Best served with chilli sauce, chutney, curd or yoghurt.
Misc American Style Pancakes Recipe
Hits 28747 | Last Modified 2009-10-05These are great. There are a lot of pancake recipes around and this is the result of trying a lot of them. I make this at least once a week. Simply double up the recipe to make more.
Misc Apple Crumble Recipe
Hits 281597 | Last Modified 2009-10-05The classic dessert that they forced me to learn in Home Economics class at school. It remains unchanged except that I now make my own apple sauce, rather than buying it.
Misc Apple Wine Recipe
Hits 198775 | Last Modified 2009-10-05An old, trusted recipe. However, be sure to make extra care with sterilisation, and be aware that the type of apple dramatically changes the finished flavour.
Article Banana Licuado
Hits 6467 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Don't listen to the others, this is the real deal - a proper Banana Licuado recipe.
Misc Basic Curry Problems
Hits 11765 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Problems with your curry? Some of the most common listed here. Too bland, watery?
Misc Blackberry Wine Recipe
Hits 65288 | Last Modified 2009-10-05A nice dark wine, I like it sweet.
Misc Carrot Wine
Hits 26967 | Last Modified 2009-10-05This is pretty hard-core stuff, more whisky than wine! Matures over a year or so in bottles well.
Misc Chana Balti Recipe
Hits 6931 | Last Modified 2009-10-05That is, Balti-chick-peas.
Misc Cheese, Onion, Leek and Potato Pie
Hits 29542 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Quick and easy pie, tastes great, vegetarian. Prep 20 mins, cooking, 30 mins. Serves 3-4.
Article Curry Glossary
Hits 12500 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Here are just a few curry terms to get you going, if you get stuck.
Article Damson Gin
Hits 6194 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Another 1960s recipe for Damson Gin this time, though it is probably older than that. Requires 1lb damsons, 3oz sugar, 1 bottle of gin, makes 2 bottles of damson gin. Takes about 3 months.
Misc Damson Wine Recipe
Hits 53444 | Last Modified 2009-10-05A pleasant, dark, full wine. I like it sweet.
Misc Easy Potato Wine
Hits 62759 | Last Modified 2009-10-05I recently drank a 12-year-old bottle of this and it was fantastic - a cross between a liqueur and sherry. Can't remember what it was like just after being made, but the fact that I left it for so long means that it is probably best aged a little...
Misc Easy Vegetarian Thai 'Pesto' noodles
Hits 3607 | Last Modified 2009-10-05I found this recipe somewhere and adapted it slightly - it's an amazingly tasty 5 minute sauce that you simply stir into noodles. Super-quick and good food. Needs holy basil or sweet basil leaves. This is also vegan.
Misc Ferrari cocktail
Hits 6624 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Recipe for a 'ferrari' cocktail. Discovered whilst having too much Amaretto in the house.
Article Home-made re-fried beans, the easy way
Hits 5876 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Refried beans are great. This is a quick and easy way to make them using a tin of kidney beans. Just double up the recipe for larger amounts. Serve as a dip, in quesedillas, alongside chilli, etc.
News How to make Absinthe, the easy way
Hits 21446 | Last Modified 2009-10-05This recipe is based on a few on the net that I found, and merged into one. The active ingredient, Wormwood or Absinthium (Artemisia absinthium) can be found in specialist shops, mail-order, or on a holiday to North Africa, for example.
Article How to make easy Mead recipe
Hits 64781 | Last Modified 2009-10-05I thought I'd try my hand at mead. This recipe is a mix of a few I found on the net. It is pretty easy and requires little special ingredients or equipment.
Misc Kedchari, Chamba Style
Hits 3235 | Last Modified 2009-10-05This is a recipe taught to us by Sne when we were staying in Chamba, India. It's a great alternative to plain or pilau rice, and damn tasty too. The flavour that comes out it pretty unique.
Article Manju's Curry Powder
Hits 5583 | Last Modified 2009-10-05A curry powder from Brit Spice by Manju Malhi.
Article Marijuana wine recipe
Hits 41035 | Last Modified 2009-10-05I met a guy who made his own cannabis wine, I asked for the recipe out of curiosity and offer it here for your interest. He said it was good, but I have no idea if it is or not.
Misc Oven-free 'Pizza'
Hits 2711 | Last Modified 2009-10-05If you don't have an oven, this pan-cooked alternative is worth a try. It would be vegan, but the egg white really lifts
the texture so it doesn't feel like you're eating simply fried flour with cheese on the top...! It isn't exactly like a pizza, but
it is good and filling and easy. You can load up the toppings, of course, like a normal pizza.
Article Paneer Tikka Masala BBQ Skewers
Hits 4477 | Last Modified 2009-10-05This is a great vegetarian BBQ option if you're bored of the usual skewers. Plan to make it a few hours in advance. Remember to make or buy your paneer, and check the notes on chaat masala).
Article Perfect Fairy Cakes
Hits 2551 | Last Modified 2009-10-05These fairy or butterfly cakes are ideal for parties. If you make them with real whipped cream and tangy fruit centers then they're an adult treat too, rather than the slightly-too-sweet and sickly ones from your youth...
Article Quick and Easy Vegetarian Thai Curry
Hits 6702 | Last Modified 2009-10-05When you want a quick and simple Thai curry, you don't want to make the base from scratch, you want to use a paste - it's not a bad thing, they use them in Thailand too! This is vegetarian and vegan too, but read your paste ingredients carefully. Takes 30 mins, serves 2-3.
Article Salt and Pepper Crackers
Hits 2731 | Last Modified 2009-10-05These are based on a traditional Indian recipe for crackers that are deep fried and last for several weeks. This is essentially the same except I bake them in the oven instead. They are a good snack and very quick and easy to make.
Article Seaweed Soup
Hits 3270 | Last Modified 2009-10-05This is a quick, basic, tasty and easy soup that I often make on a lunchtime. You can have it as it is, or with noodles to make it more substantial.
Article Sloe Gin
Hits 6112 | Last Modified 2009-10-05A 1960s sloe gin recipe. Requires 1lb sloes, 5oz sugar, 70cl Gin. Takes about 3 months. Makes 2 bottles of sloe gin from 1 bottle of gin.
Article Sour Cream Cake
Hits 3396 | Last Modified 2009-10-05This is based on a net recipe that I have since lost the bookmark for. Light, very rich, quick and easy and tasty. Needs sour cream, eggs, butter, flour, some nuts and sugar.
Article Special, Easy Vegetarian Quesadillas
Hits 2732 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Quick, easy and oh so tasty, these quesadillas have evolved over many years of making them. They are basically tortillas filled with salsa, cheese and refried beans. Take half an hour, start to finish. Serves 2-3 people.
Misc Summer Punch Recipe
Hits 4795 | Last Modified 2009-10-05This is a traditional Shropshire Wassail drink that has been adapted for summer-time sipping. Basically we remove all the egg and cream from the thing, don't bother with the 10 baked apples and instead chill it and serve with ice. It's very refreshing in the sun! If you find it too bitter, then add more honey or sugar, likewise, if using sweet cider, then use less.
Article Vegetarian Cooking
Hits 4056 | Last Modified 2009-10-05Welcome to the Vegetarian Recipes section of Ralpharama. The first vegetarian meal I ever cooked was perhaps ten years ago, and whilst my house mates were all out, I thought I'd surprise them with a curry.
Article Vegetarian Porcini Mushroom Casserole with Dumplings
Hits 6331 | Last Modified 2009-10-05A very rich and comforting stew for those long winter months. I like it made just like this Ė with butter instead of oil, thick and rich. You can use half the amount of corn flour if you donít like it that thick, and oil if you like. Takes about 2 hours cooking, 15-20 mins prep time. Serves about 4.
Article Vegetarian Thai Spring Rolls
Hits 4277 | Last Modified 2009-10-05People get excited when I make these :) Delicious! It is based on a recipe I found on the net some time ago, but have since lost the link for. These are the tastiest spring rolls I have ever encountered :)