One obvious limitations of the past few months is not being able to travel. While we know how fortunate we are within our gorgeous locations in Austria and Croatia, we still have a burning desire to explore. Lockdown has started to ease in both countries and for that we are grateful. With our travel urge being put on hold for a little longer, we decided to cook plant based meals from countries whose food we wanted to experience and places we have been fortunate to travel to in the past.
We cannot stop trying recipes from the Meera Sodha ‘East’ cookbook. The author also now writes recipes for The Guardian, so even if you don't have a copy of this amazing Vegan/Vegetarian book you can check out her contributions on the online food columns. For this recipe we are traveling to India. A place that some of us at MoaAlm Mountain Retreat have already travelled, either for or a Yoga retreat, community work, workaway or simply to explore and eat. We have also used this recipe to travel to Italy, Lebanon and Mexico, just by adjusting the herbs and spices and dreaming of future adventures!
• 500 g Potatoes
• 2 tbsp Rapeseed Oil
• 1 tsp Salt
• 4 cm Ginger Finely grated
• 1 Red chilli Finely minced
• 3 tbsp Chopped fresh herbs such as coriander
• 1 Red onion finely chopped
• 1 tsp Cumin seeds
• 200 g Flour
Peel and cut potatoes into chunks. Place them in a pot with boiling water for 15 minutes or until soft. Drain the water and place them back into the pot. Add the oil, salt, ginger, chilli, herbs, onion, cumin seeds and mash together with the potatoes. Knead in the flour until a smooth dough forms. Separate into eight pieces. Prepare a work surface with flour and roll out each dough-ball about 15 cm in diameter. Use extra flour to avoid sticking. Heat a non-stick frying pan to medium/high heat without oil and place the bread inside 1-2 minutes each side until golden brown, then flip and wait until there are no more doughy spots.
We like to serve these breads with a curry, such as a Coconut and Turmeric Dhal.
In Austria, as of May 29th Hotels are able to reopen. We have made the decision to reopen MoaAlm Mountain Retreat on the 18th July. This means that with the current Covid 19 travel restrictions gradually lifting in most of Europe, we are very hopeful that all our guests can come to us and experience a week of hiking and yoga in this quiet region of Austria in East Tirol. With the health and safety of our team and guests being of utmost importance, we are ready to make sure that a daily dose of city escapism, mountain isolation and Alpine fresh air will be waiting. MoaAlm can't wait to breathe new energy and holiday enthusiasm into everyone that visits us this summer.