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Round here we call sweet potatoes kumaras. They are such a beautiful vegetable, full of beta carotene and so flavoursome.

The other day I was feeling really wholesome, and I imagined a kumara salad, made with golden, roasted kumara, with coriander, toasted sunflower seeds and cous cous. I think it would be even better with red quinoa though 😉

The outcome was this:

A colourful mish mash of textures a flavours


2 medium sized orange flesh kumaras, cut into small chunks

a little extra virgin olive oil, for roasting

1/4 tsp hing

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup lime juice

1 bunch of coriander, finely chopped

2 cups of cooked cous cous (or quinoa/ millet/ wholewheat cous cous) (I think quinoa would be best, actually, millet, cous cous etc keep absorbing more and more water even once they’re cooked, so it is hard for the salad to be moist- quinoa doesn’t do this so much?

Put the kumaras on a baking tray and toss with half of the salt, all of the hing and a splash of olive oil. Bake the kumaras on a high heat. I used about 200 degreees celcius, and I roasted them so that they stuck to the bottom of the pan and went brown. A well roasted kumara is brown and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They took about 25 mins to get to that point.

Meanwhile, cook your grain and dry roast your sunflower seeds in a fry pan. I do it over a low heat, stirring often so that they all go golden and none burn.

Mix the cous cous, kumara, corainder, seeds and add the lime juice. Add another splash of olive oil, black pepper, the rest of the salt and the paprika, and gently combine them together

Serve while still warm 🙂


Ok…. I’m back!

So, I think the last time I posted was new year.. and its now August. *ahem* Yeah, my life took a very interesting and wonderful turn and I stopped blogging.

First thing’s first, I moved to a farm community in west Auckland, new varshana. Its a temple on a  and its so incredibly beautiful. I moved into a tiny tiny unit that has a very limited kitchen, and I’m still living there.

Then, I realised I was in love with a friend of mine, Alex. It was like a completely overwhelming rollercoaster. Through Alex, I met my guru HH Bir Krishna Goswami. Long story short, my guru accepted me as his disciple on the 30th of April, and Alex and I got married on the 19th of July.


So now I’m a married woman with a husband who I really love to feed. Now we’re moving house in about a week to somewhere with a much larger kitchen… and I think its time to resume blogging where I left off! I’m also studying naturopathy full time so I think maybe that will also become part of this blog. Let’s see what happens.

Please forgive me everyone, for my prolonged absence.. watch this space 😀


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