Sunday, March 29, 2020

SAVOURY PANCAKE WITH AVOCADO, SPROUTED MOONG AND VEGETABLES / HEALTHY WHOLEWHEAT AND QUINOA SAVOURY PANCAKE


Hear is a recipe of healthy pancakes made with whole wheat and quinoa flour. I have also added vegetables, bean sprouts, avocado, flax seeds which makes them all the more healthier and flavourful. You can find the quinoa flour easily these days. If you don't have you can grind the quinoa grains in a dry grinder / coffee grinder at home.

This recipe is part of the , "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly" challenge where a group of bloggers are paired with a different partner each month. They choose two secret ingredients from the chosen theme and we have to prepare the dish using them.
The theme for this month is - Pancakes 
I am paired with Priya Vijaykrishnan who blogs at Sweet Spicy Tasty gave me the two secret ingredients - Quinoa and Bean Sprouts



Ingredients:
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Quinoa flour .......... 1/2 cup
Flax seeds .............. 1 tsp
Bean sprouts ......... 1/4 cup
Avocado ............... 1/2 (cut into small pieces)
Spring onions ....... 2 (with the greens)
Red, yellow and green bell peppers  ..... 1 tbsp each (finely chopped)
Coriander leaves ........ handful
Green chillies .......... 1
Yogurt ........... 1 cup
Salt ....................... to taste
Oil or ghee ....... as needed to make the pancakes

For the salad :
Avocado ...... 1/2  Cut into slices or small pieces
Bean sprouts ... 2 tbsps
Bell peppers ..... 1 tbsp of each colour
Mayonnaise ...... as needed
Celery seeds .... 1 pinch
Mint leaves ... few
Salt ... add little if required
Black pepper ... 2 pinches


Method:
1. To make the pancakes Mix all the ingredients in the first list except oil.
2. Spread a ladle full on a griddle.
3. Cook it on both sides adding little ghee or oil.
4. To make the salad mix together all the ingredients mentioned in the second list.
5. Spoon a little salad on the pancakes or enjoy it on the side.


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Saturday, March 28, 2020

AMROOD KI SABZI / GUAVA CURRY / NO ONION NO GARLIC RECIPES


This is a simple and delicious curry made with guava fruit. It has no onion and garlic added to it and can be served during the Navratras when many people abstain from eating these.

Ingredients:

(For grinding)
Tomatoes ..... 2
Cashew nuts .. 8 -10

Other ingredients:
Guavas ........... 2 (select firm ones)
Raisins ........... 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts ... few (slit into halves)
Jaggery ........... 1 tsp (optional)
Kashmiri chilli powder ... 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder ......... 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds .............. 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder ............ 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder ........ 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder .... 1/4 tsp
Yogurt ......................... 3-4 tbsps
Coriander leaves ........ handful
Oil .......................... 5-6 tbsps



Method:
1.Grind the tomatoes and cashew nuts.
2. Heat the oil and fry the cashew nuts lightly. Remove in a bowl.
3. In the same pan crackle the cumin seeds and add the ground paste.
4. Saute it for a minute and simmer until the oil separates.
5. Meanwhile slice the guavas. If the seeds are tender you need not discard them. But if you take large guavas you have to cutout the portion that has seeds.
6. Now back to the simmering gravy to add the spices.
7. Add the salt and spice powders. Stir everything well.
8. Next add the whisked yogurt and stir with a spatula immediately.
9. Tip in the guava slices. Saute them a bit.
10. Add the garam masala powder and the jaggery. If the guavas are sweet then skip the jaggery.
11. Stir in the raisins and fried cashew nut halves.
12. Add the coriander leaves and simmer for a minute. This curry does not take long to cook. Do not overcook.
13. Serve it with rotis or parathas.

Note: This curry has no onion no garlic. During Navratras you can serve it with Buck wheat flour rotis / puris or water chestnut flour rotis / puris.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

PASSION FRUIT LASSI


Make and enjoy this tangy, sweet and flavourful lassi with passion fruit. This fruit is seasonal and you can store the pulp with seeds in the freezer to enjoy the juices and desserts when not in season.
Ingredients:
Passion fruit juice ... as needed
Yogurt ................... 1 cup
Passion fruit .......... 1 (scoop it out)
Honey ................... 1 tbsp or as needed
Water (chilled)................ As required

Method:
1. Extract the juice from 2-3 passion fruits by Squeezing the pulpy portion of the fruits using a strainer.
2. Now in a jar take the juice, honey, yogurt and chilled water.
3. Whisk everything well.
4. Pour it in a glass and garnish with the pulp and seeds from the passion fruit.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

KUTTU KA PARATHA / BUCKWHEAT FLOUR FLATBREAD / FARALI RECIPE / NAVRATRI SPECIAL


Kuttu or Buckwheat flour parathas are usually made on fasting days especially during Navratri when most of the grains and vegetables are not allowed. These are actually vegan, gluten-free and very healthy.

Ingredients:
Buck wheat flour / kuttu ka ata ..... 1 cup or as needed
Desi ghee or oil ..................... as needed
Potato ................. 1 (boiled and peeled)
Coriander leaves .... handful
Green chillies ........ 2 (finely chopped)
Cumin seeds .......... 1/2 tsp
Rock salt / senda namak .... to taste

Method:
1. In a large plate or bowl mash the potato.
2. Add the buck wheat flour.
3. Add all the ingredients and 1/2 a tbsp of ghee.
4. Mix them together.
5. Knead them together adding little water as the boiled potato already has the moisture.
6. Rub a little ghee in your hands and knead it to a smooth texture.
7.Cover it with a cloth and set aside for 15 minutes.
8. Divide the dough into 4-5 portions.
9. Grease the parchment paper and roll out the parathas.
10. Transfer it to the hot griddle.
11. Make the parathas flipping the sides and spooning a little bit of ghee on them.
12. You can serve them with curd or any farali sabzi.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

SPICY MANGO SALAD


Here is a delicious summer salad made with mangoes. As it is the beginning of the mango season sometimes they are not very sweet. So you can make this salad and relish.

Ingredients:
Mangoes ...... 2
Spring onions .... 2 (with the greens)
Chilli flakes ...... 1/4 tsp or as needed
Salt ................. to taste
Olive oil ........ 1 tbsp (optional)
Lemon juice ... 1 tbsp

Method:
1. Peel the mangoes and cut them into pieces.
2. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl to make the dressing.
3. Transfer the mangoes into a larger mixing bowl.
4. Stir in the dressing and mix gently.
5. Dish it out in a serving bowl and sprinkle some chilli flakes on top.
6. Serve it at room temperature or chilled.

Note: You can also replace the spring onions with normal onions and add few basil leaves or mint leaves.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

FRUIT SALAD WITH QUINOA


Here is a healthy and refreshing fruit salad with quinoa.. best one to eat in summer. You can use any fruits available and enjoy the nice and chilled salad.

Ingredients:
Water melon ........... 4 cups (remove seeds and cut into pieces)
Tangerine ............... 1 (peel and remove the segments )
Plums ................... 2-3  (cut into pieces)
Mangoes .............. 1 large or 2 small (peel and cut into pieces)
Apple ................ 1 (cut into small pieces)
Pear ................... 1 (peel and cut into pieces)
Mint leaves ....... handful
Quinoa ....... 1/2 cup (Wash, soak it and cook with 1 cup of water adding little salt)
Rock salt ........... to taste
Crushed black pepper .. 1/4 tsp
Roasted cumin powder .. 1/4 tsp
Chaat masala powder .... 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice ............. 1 tbsp

Method:
1. In a large mixing bowl add the desired quantity of fruits, cooked quinoa and some finely chopped mint leaves.
2. Add the salt, crushed black pepper, chaat masala powder, cumin powder and the lemon juice.
3. Give it a stir to mix everything together.
4. Serve chilled.

Note: For variation you can add parsley or basil leaves too.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

MANGO ICED TEA WITH SAFFRON AND CARDAMOM FLAVOURS


Summer is here and so is the mango season. Let us enjoy refreshing drinks made with the king of fruits. This is a very flavourful iced tea made with mango puree and flavoured with saffron and cardamoms. You are surely going to love it.

This recipe is part of the A-Z Recipe Challenge in a facebook group wherein we bloggers come together and choose  key ingredients alphabetically to make and post a dish every month. The alphabet of the month is M and I am presenting this flavourful mango iced tea 

Ingredients:
Mango puree ... 1 cup
Water ............... 6 cups
Green cardamoms .. 5-6 (crushed)
Saffron ................... 2-3 pinches
Tea ....................... 1 tbsp
Stevia ..... ............ 2 packets or 2 tbsps of sugar



Method:
1. Boil water in a pan.
2. Add the crushed cardamoms and saffron.
3. After the colour changes and you get a nice aroma add the tea leaves.
4. Bring to a boil. Switch off the gas and let it cool.
5. Meanwhile place a saucepan on gas and add the mango puree.
6. Stir it for a minute or two and switch off the gas. Add the stevia and mix well. If you are using sugar add it while making the mango compote.
7.Remove the compote in a bowl and let it cool.
8. Strain the cooled tea into a jar.
9. To make the iced tea add about 2 tbsps of mango compote in a serving glass.
10. Pour the tea into it and stir it. Add some ice cubes. If you like your tea very sweet then add a little honey or more sugar in the compote.
11. Decorate the glass with a fancy umbrella and insert a straw.
12. Serve it chilled.
This quantity makes 3 servings.

Note: You can even directly add the mango pulp in the tea but if you make mango compote you can store it and use as a dessert topping as well and to make some juices.
For variation you can also flavour the tea with lemon and mint instead of saffron and cardamoms.

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