Vegan Bagel : Chef Joseph’s creative assembly may steal your heart…

Who doesn’t love a fresh delicious bagel!  Bagels go well with a morning coffee and are a great centre-piece for long brunches.  The best thing about these doughy rings is they are easy to assemble.  Says Karma Kandara’s Chef Joseph: ‘I was inspired by my New York days to create a healthy approach to this favourite breakfast on the go.  ‘When preparing this dish, the big joke in the kitchen was:“Begel Hatiku” which is Indonesian for  “steal my heart”.’

Smoked Carrot Lox
  • Prep Time:3 hours
  • Yields:4 portions


  • 500 grams
  • 20 grams
  • 20 ml.
  • 25 ml.
  • 60 ml.
  • To Taste
  • To Taste/ A lot


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for two hours.
  • The next day, prepare your smoker to manufacturer’s directions: hot smoke
  • Drain the marinate off of the carrots and reserve.
  • Place in smoker, smoke for approximately 30-40 minutes, just until the carrots “soften slightly.”
  • Remove from smoker and pour half of the marinate back onto the carrots.  Let cool to room temperature.
  • Cover and place in the fridge overnight or until chilled through.
  • Adjust the seasoning to taste with more salt, black pepper and fresh chopped dill if desired.
  • Store up to five days and use as you would any lox application.

Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Yields4 portions


  • 400 grams
  • 100 ml.
  • 15 ml.
  • 3-4 grams
  • 3-4 grams


  • Melt the coconut oil and cool to room temp.  reserve.
  • Place the tofu, vinegar, nutritional yeast and salt in a deep bowl.
  • Puree smooth with an emersion blender while slowly drizzling in the coconut oil.
  • Season to taste with more salt if desired.
  • Transfer to a storage container with lid, place in fridge for 4-6 hours until set up.

Note, all the coconut oil may not be needed, depending on how pressed the tofu is before processing.  Adjust consistency to your liking.


Have fun while adding your favourite flavourings such as scallions, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, olives etc.   This is a blanket canvas to allow for your own creativity.


Your favourite Bagel
Smoked Carrot Lox
Vegan Cream Cheese
Lemon wedge

  • Cut your favourite bagel in half.  Toast or not.
  • Spread on the vegan cream cheese.
  • Add the carrot lox. 
  • Squeeze the lemon over the lox.
  • Sandwich back together, cut in half or not.- Enjoy!

Note: you can also add any other ingredient such as sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, capers etc.  It’s totally up to you!

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