Cauliflower and hazelnut salad with roasted coriander seeds

Jazz up a green salad with the addition of in-season crunchy cauliflower. At Purna Cafe we just step out into our organic garden to gather the fresh greens and herbs.


Mango Lassi

Cool off this summer!

What better way to beat the summer heat than with a chilled, delicious mango lassi?
(with thanks to SBS & Feast magazine for this recipe)


Raw Chocolate Cake

Guilt-free chocolate indulgence!

Spring is a great excuse to make this amazing, sugar-free chocolate cake, topped with delicious seasonal stawberries. Served cold, it’s beautiful on a warm evening – or anytime of day really!



Hearty Minestrone with Gitam's Cornbread

Keep warm this winter from the inside out


What better way to warm and nuture our insides than with a beautiful vegie soup like this one. With a side of Gitam's Golden Spicy Cornbread, this is the perfect winter meal!


Gitam's Pumpkin Soup

Delicious autumn fare


With pumpkins aplenty in the Purna vege patch, and the weather getting a little cooler, what better time to cook up a batch of pumpkin soup!


Pacific Punch Smoothie


Just look at the photo and the ingredients: do we need to say how delicious and simple this is?? 




Raw fruit tart

Simple, scrumptious and sugar-free!


Delicious Khitchari

With thanks to The Ayruvedic Institute for this delicious recipe.

Kitchari means mixture, usually of two grains. This is one kitchari recipe that is particularly nourishing and easy to digest. Please note the options below for some alternatives.


1/2 cup basmati rice

1 cup mung dal (split yellow)

6 cups (approx.) water

1/2 to 1 inch ginger root, chopped or grated

a bit of mineral salt (1/4 tsp. or so)

2 tsp. ghee

1/2 tsp. coriander powder

1/2 tsp. cumin powder

1/2 tsp. whole cumin seeds

1/2 tsp. mustard seeds

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)

Handful fresh coriander leaves

1 and 1/2 cups assorted vegetables (optional) -  such as zucchini, asparagus, sweet potato 

For Vata or Kapha constitutions: add a pinch of ginger powder

For Pitta: leave out the mustard seeds



Pear and Walnut salad

Written by Gitam Garden

Preparation time 5 minutes

Serves 4


  • 100gm baby spinach leaves
  • 100gm snowpeas
  • 2 ripe pears
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Rhubarb Delight

Written by Gitam Garden

Preparation time 30 minutes - Serves 2

On a recent trip to Tasmania I was presented with a large bunch of fresh rhubarb, which inspired a delicious breakfast to eat on the verandah overlooking the ocean.


  • 1 bunch rhubarb
  • 2 sweet apples
  • 1-2 teaspoons agave syrup
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 apricots, nectarines or peaches
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1 cup toasted muesli or chopped nuts, reserving a few whole nuts for decoration
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