I am pretty much head over heels in love with Heidi Swanson’s new cookbook: Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen. Unlike many cookbooks that I own, I’ve been pouring over each page of this one: I adore the way Heidi cooks and writes, and her photos are just so lovely.

indian spiced guacamole

Every recipe I have tried has been delicious, but I wanted to spotlight this one, which I just slightly adapted, because it was so unexpectedly great. I’ve never really attempted to change up guacamole (why mess with perfection, right?), but this Indian-inspired version is one I’ll be making again and again.

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Indian Inspired Guacamole

Adapted from Heidi's recipe for Avocados and Mustard Seeds in Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen


*2 ripe avocados, cut in half and pits removed
*juice of 1/2 lime
*1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
*1/2 cup chopped cilantro
*1 tablespoon organic, extra virgin coconut oil
*1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
*1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
*1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
*1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
*2 cloves garlic, minced
*1/2 teaspoon curry powder
*1 tablespoon minced jalapeno chile (or more to taste)
*1 medium tomato, chopped


1. Spoon out the avocado flesh and mash- not too much; you want your guacamole to be a little chunky- with lime juice and salt. Set aside.

2. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, lower the heat a bit and add the fennel and cumin seeds. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring every now and then.

3. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, until very fragrant and translucent, then add the garlic, curry powder, and the chile. Stir around for 20-30 seconds, then remove from the heat and stir into the avocado. Add the chopped tomato and mix again.

4. Enjoy with raw vegetables, rice crackers or pita chips. Heidi also recommends this as a topping for brown rice or warm tortillas.

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    LiztheChef — April 25, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Beautiful twist to a classic – I’m going to play with this recipe for certain!

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    dan — April 25, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    this looks awesome – got to try it! never thought of avocado in anything curry-like, but the creamy-ness must be great!

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    Irena — April 25, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Great recipe, I love guacamole and making it very often but in the same time adore Indian foods so this sound very tasty for me. I have to check out the book too. Thanks for the post:)

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    Kelly Wilson — April 25, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    This sounds so good. I am definitely going to try this.

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    Carol Sacks — April 25, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Your recipes looks divine, but the photography is beyond beautiful. I’ve been scrolling through your posts, marveling at Meyer Lemon Cakes and an adorable black and white cat in a bowl. I look forward to visiting your blog often.

    carol (@casacks)

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    Cookin' Canuck — April 25, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    What an unusual and enticing take on guacamole. This would make for wonderful guilt-free snacking.

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    Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs — April 25, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    I just love the flavors of Indian dishes so this sounds amazing. I will have to check out this cookbook. Thanks!

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    Jennifer (Savor) — April 25, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    I have never thought of adding those type of seeds to guac.

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    Deanna — April 26, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Wow – that sounds so yummy. Mexican and Indian are two of my favorite food realms. Putting them together? Brilliant.

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    Aubree Cherie — April 27, 2011 @ 6:06 am

    Hi Winnie – just wanted to let you know that I highlighted this recipe in my Favorite Recipes post for last week. Thanks! ~Aubree

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    Sonja — April 27, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Hi, I am a new visitor to your blog, but big admirer of HS, also got her brand new book and love it, love your take on the guacamole, your photos are also very nice, will be coming back for more, cheers, Sonja

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    Nutmeg Nanny — April 28, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Wow! This a guacamole that packs a punch of flavor! I love the addition of curry….yum!

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    Oui, Chef — April 28, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    I LOVE unusual twists on classic favorites. This will definitely be making it into our Summer rotation! – S

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    Delishhh — May 3, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    WOW – very interesting! I have to try this, very nice.

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