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Make your way to a veggie Christmas

This festive season get your veggies in line, for a delicious Christmas dinner!

A wintry Christmas calls for a warm and cosy meal with friends, family and those you hold close to your heart. But most recipes cross over the line of vegetarian recipes. We have here a complete dinner meal with the famous must-have Christmas roast in a veggie rendition with a vegan dessert to finish off the meal. The recipes are easy to make from scratch. And guess what? They are all vegetarian.

A vegan roast with gravy

This recipe takes one hour at max. Get chunky pieces of your favourite veggies, carrots, roast potatoes, and whatever floats your boat. You will need onion, vegan gravy granules, rosemary, garlic, olive oil and cranberry sauce. Toss the chunks of veggies on a tray with olive oil and roast it for 20 mins, take out add garlic, rosemary and toss again, follow with a 30 min roast. For the gravy add oil to the pan and fry the onions till golden brown, add around 200ml of water and then salt, cook till water evaporates, then add 1 tablespoon of flour, and cook for a minute, add gravy granules, and 500 ml of hot water. Simmer, till the mixture thickens. Serve in a bowl with the gravy at the bottom topped with roasted veggies and sprinkle the cranberry sauce on top.

Chai flavoured plum cake for the finish

Takes an hour to prep and cook. You will need 2 plums, a cup of almond milk,  ½ cup of nuts (pecan or hazelnut), ½ cup of maple syrup,  coconut oil, 2 ½ cup of flour, coconut sugar, two chai tea bags, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, fresh pepper, cardamom, vanilla extract, sea salt and apple cider vinegar. Preheat the oven to 350F; brush a mold of your choice with coconut oil. In a bowl add flour, baking powder, soda and mix. Add cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of sea salt and a dash of pepper to the mix and mix further. In a pan heat coconut oil, milk and maple syrup with added vanilla extract. Pour it into a cup and add the tea bags. Once it takes the colour of chai add this mix to the dry mix and make the batter, add the cider vinegar. Pour the dough into the mold and top it with sliced plums. Drizzle the top with coconut sugar and bake for 40 minutes.

Debapriya Chakraborty

Author is an aspiring creative writer, food-buff and bookworm. Loves to travel, bunks in lesser known bnbs and loves her chai more than anything else. She adds her two cents to every idea and has been a scriber for more than a decade now!
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