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Vegan Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen are traditional Purim cookies that represent Haman's hats. 

2 cups organic prunes
1 cup water
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup vegan cane sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 flax eggs (1flax egg = 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup sunflower oil
3 tablespoons warm water

Curried Lentils and Vegetables

In the 17th through 19th centuries, British, Dutch, and Portuguese traders sailing the Spice Route made a mandatory stop in the Moluccas (Spice Islands) for nutmeg, mace, and cloves; and Sri Lanka and the Malabar Coast (on the southwestern tip of India) for their exclusively grown Malabar cinnamon and Malabar black pepper.

1 cup red lentils
2 medium onions, chopped
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 good pinches of ground cloves
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces sliced mushrooms
3 yellow crookneck squash, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 cup vegetable broth
1⁄2 6-ounce can of tomato paste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 8-oz. can chickpeas, drained
3 cups of cooked basmati or jasmine rice (1 cup raw rice + 2 cups water)
1⁄2 cup roasted peanuts
1⁄2 cup unflavored yogurt (thick Greek yogurt is best)

Persian Mast o Khiar (Cucumber Yogurt Salad)

While Greek tsatsiki offers up a blend of refreshing cucumber, yogurt, and dill, the Persian version features the elegant and elaborate use of fresh herbs and fruits. And thinning this mixture with about 1 cup of water will give you an incredibly delicious cold soup!\.

1 cup thick Greek yogurt—whole or 2%
1⁄4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1⁄4 cup golden or dark raisins, coarsely chopped
1⁄2 of 1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into 1⁄4-inch dice (approximately 3⁄4 cup)
2 Tablespoons fresh mint, finely minced
2 Tablespoons fresh dill, finely minced
2 Tablespoons fresh chives, finely minced
2 Tablespoons fresh basil, finely minced
2 Tablespoons dried rose petals, crushed or minced (available at Middle Eastern markets)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Additional whole dried rose petals for garnish (optional)
1 Tablespoon finely ground walnuts for garnish (optional)

Hamantaschen de Panama

In Mexico and parts of Central America you'll find a large Sephardic population from Syria and Lebanon, as well as a substantial Ashkenazi community.

3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of one small lemon
1 stick margarine or 1/2 cup refined coconut oil or Crisco cut into eighths
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into eighths
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 or more tablespoons brandy or rum
Milk (optional)
Confectioner's sugar
Poppy seed, prune, or apricot filling, store-bought or freshly made