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spicy avocado yoghurt puree

11th January 2010

There are two things I missed most when I was in India. My beautiful, quiet, calm, abundant green garden which gently holds my heart when I spend time in it.  And the most beautiful fruit existing…..avocado!

They are also a part of our garden, as we have at least ten trees. This is the season for them. So when I arrived home from India at 5 o’clock in the morning, I waited and waited and waited until the first morning, golden light appeared, and I went out and picked a basket full from the trees. That week, I had to wait patiently for them to ripen.  After enjoying them daily, I remembered this wonderful dish that my friend Anna had created.  It goes so well with this kichadi, Donna’s baked potatoes, roasted vegetables or any rice dish.


The avocado is one of the world’s most perfect foods.  They contain a high amount of fruit oil at their peak, a relatively rare element that gives the avocado its smooth, mellow taste, nut-like flavour, and high energy value.  They have a perfectly balanced pH, neither acid nor alkaline, are easily digested, and are rich in mineral elements that regulate body functions and stimulate growth. Especially noteworthy are its iron and copper contents, which aid in red blood regeneration and prevent nutritional anaemia.  One of the most valuable sources of organic fat and protein, avocados, a regular part of your daily diet, will improve hair and skin quality and soothe the digestive tract.

spicy avocado yoghurt puree

Lately, I have been making a dairy-free version by omitting the yoghurt and increasing the avocados to four, adding a big handful of coriander and mint, the juice of a lemon or two, half a chilli, salt and pepper to taste and blend to the desired consistency.


2 large ripe avocados

½ – 1 cup full-fat yoghurt

¼ cup coriander, chopped

¼ cup mint, chopped

½ small red chilli – stalk removed, seeds intact (whole chilli if you like spicy foods)


1.  Seed the avocados and scrape the flesh into a bowl.

2.  Add the yoghurt, mint, coriander and chilli and blend until creamy using a hand blender.  All ingredients can be blended in a mini food processor or blender, whatever you have available.


Avocado health benefits from ‘Whole Foods Companion – A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers & Lovers of Natural Foods’ – Dianne Onstad

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