CARAMELIZED FOX NUTS/ LOTUS SEEDS/ MAKHANA – A TASTY WAY TO EAT HEALTHY

Hey There.

Do you know Makhana? In my place very few people are aware of what a makhana is. Makhana, also known as Fox Nuts or Lotus seeds are very healthy seeds that is very good for all. In north India is it commonly known as fasting food. It is also high in fibre and hence aids in weight loss. Do read up on the advantages of Makhana and try to incorporate it in your diet. If you follow my Instagram or Facebook stories, you would know that I eat Caramelized Makhana as my snack in office.

Makhana is bland in taste. It does not have a taste of its own. You also need to roast the makhanas for it to become crisp. Kids will love it and consider it as popcorn. Go on. Do try Caramelized Makhana recipe and let me know if you liked it.

Caramelized Makhana

 

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CARAMELIZED FOX NUTS/ LOTUS SEEDS/ MAKHANA - A TASTY WAY TO EAT HEALTHY
I believe if you are prepared then you won't eat unhealthy. Only if you carefully plan and prepare for what you have to eat only then you can avoid junk or binge eating. When you plan well you know what to eat and then you buy and prepare accordingly. Today's post is just that. Healthy eating. This ingredient is commonly used in north India especially during fasting. Caramelized Makhana is just like caramelized popcorn. So the kids will love it too. It is sweet and crispy. Makhana is usually found in all major hypermarket or in nuts and dry fruits store.
Caramelized Makhana
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Caramelized Makhana
Instructions
  1. In a pan take makhana.
  2. Roast it on low flame for around 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and mix well.
  4. Keep roasting. Take a makhana and crush it between your fingers. If it crushes and gets powdered then it is roasted completely. If not then continue till this happens.
  5. If roasted add 1 tblspn sugar and mix.
  6. After a minute mix again. You will notice that the sugar when comes in contact with the hot pan dissolved and forms a brown caramelization.
  7. Add another tblspn sugar and mix again. Repeat the process till the sugar is finished or till your desired amount of caramelization is reached. I added very little sugar because I don't like much sweet.
  8. Switch off the flame and let it cool. Store it in airtight container.
    Caramelized Makhana
Recipe Notes
  1. Only after makhanas have roasted completely, start adding the sugar.
  2. Do not touch the caramelized makhana when hot.  You may burn your fingers. Wait till it cools down.

MINI JAM PANCAKES – PERFECT KID’S TIFFIN BOX RECIPE

Are you struggling with kid’s tiffin box recipes? Especially if your kid is just starting schooling, I know what kind of emotions a mother goes through. Especially food related. Try this Mini Jam Pancakes and you have a regular kids favorite recipe now.

You can either use home made jam or store bought jam.

Try other pancake recipes from this blog.

Mulberry Pancake

Beetroot Pancake

Banana Pancake

Custard Pancake

Choco Wheat Eggless Pancake

Basic Pancake

 

Jam Pancakes

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MINI JAM PANCAKES - PERFECT KID'S TIFFIN BOX RECIPE
Kids love pancakes. And kids love jams. Why not mix both. Till now I have only served jam with pancakes.But this is different. This is jam flavored pancakes. Do give this Mini Jam Pancakes a try and let me know if your kids love it.
Mini Jam Pancakes
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
Servings
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Ingredients
Mini Jam Pancakes
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a pan.
  2. Take a bowl and add egg, sugar, milk and melted butter and beat till it is slightly fluffy.
  3. Add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix so no lumps form.
  4. Take jam in a small bowl and cream it by whisking it with a whisk. Add it to the batter and mix well.
  5. Heat a tawa/griddle and once hot grease it with butter. (if using non-stick then no need)
  6. Take a little batter in ladle and pour on tawa. Make small pancakes. No need to spread as we do for dosa.
  7. Cook on medium and when bubbles form on top flip the pancake to cook on other side.
  8. After a minute remove from griddle and repeat the same process to make more pancakes.
  9. Serve the pancakes with syrup, jam, butter, fruits or honey.
    Mini Jam Pancakes

DALIYA OATS IDLIS

So I had to take an unintentional short break again. Schools have started and like every mother I too was freaking out. One of the concerns I had was tiffin box. I wanted to give him healthy yet tasty food. The kind kids would like. Also, since he’s is small he is still unaccustomed to feed himself properly without spilling. Expecting a 3 year old to break rotis, take some curry and feed himself is high expectations. So I had to made sure that I give him finger food or something that he can manage with spoon. DALIYA OATS IDLIS are a result of this need of a mother. I made these idlis in  a flat plate and I have made use of cookie cutters to give these idlis kids lovable shapes. Also check out carrot idli, oats idli and stuffed idli for other variations of idlis especially for kids.

Daliya Oats idlis

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DALIYA OATS IDLIS
So this recipe came up when I had a packet of broken wheat almost reaching expiry date. Also, I am doing meal planning and prepping for the week. Check my insta/FB stories every weekend as I share my plan there. And it has helped me to make use of my ingredients well and finish them on time. DALIYA OATS IDLIS is a good way to eat healthy yet it is a different dish. Pair it up with a good chutney and you are sorted. Go on and try this recipe. Don't forget to read the recipe notes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Take Broken Wheat Powder and Oats in a bowl..
  2. Add in grated carrot
  3. Add salt and curd and whisk well.
  4. Keep is aside for half an hour. If using immediately then add baking soda and mix well.
  5. In a tadka pan, heat oil.
  6. Splutter mustard seeds.
  7. Add finely chopped green chilly.
  8. Add asafoetida powder.
  9. Pour this over broken wheat/oats batter and mix well. Add water to adjust the consistency, It should be thick like idly batter.
  10. Grease a idli plate and heat up the idli stemer. If you want to give shapes then use a flat plate or dhokla plate to pour the batter in.
  11. Steam for 5-8 minutes or until done.
  12. Let it cool down for a bit. De-mould. If you needs shapes then shape the idli using cookie cutter.
  13. Serve them with chutney of your choice. I served it with peanut tomato chutney.
    Daliya Oats idlis
Recipe Notes
  1. You can skip baking soda all together. I did not use soda at all. The idlis won't be very fluffy but is good enough.
  2. Add more veggies of your choice.
  3. You can skip green chilly.
  4. If you do not have cookie cutter then use a knife to cut into desired shape - diamond, square,etc.

BREAD MILK NUTS BALLS – EVENING SNACK DONE RIGHT

Hey There. A very quick post today. Its a very busy weekend and am literally running out of time not to forget unexpected problems popping up. Today’s recipe of Bread Milk Nuts balls are from my teenage days when mom tried this recipe and it became a hit. So during exam preparation time to satisfies between meals hunger mom used to prepare some snacks and store it. She knew if I am hungry I will enter the kitchen to prepare something thus loosing some precious study time. Hence she used to prepare murukku, sweet mixture, achappams, banana chips, etc. This came as a result of trial and error recipe. I have added my health twist to it and loved it. It is perfect for kids snacks and finishes your leftover bread. Do try and let me know how it turned out for you. I would love to hear from you. I will feature your pics in my facebook and instagram stories if you share your wonderful dishes tried from my blog.

BREAD MILK NUTS BALLS

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BREAD MILK NUTS BALLS
As the title suggests, Bread Milk Nuts balls, have the goodness of milk and nuts. I have used almonds since it is the least consumed nut in my house. Finish your leftover bread with this fried snack that goes very well as tiffin box snack idea.
BREAD MILK NUTS BALLS
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
BREAD MILK NUTS BALLS
Instructions
  1. Powder the bread slices in a blender
  2. Add the almonds, cardamom, sugar and blend again
  3. Keep the oil for frying in low heat
  4. Take the blended mix in a plate and add 1 spoon of milk at a time and mix.
  5. Mix and try to make balls of it. Add only as much milk for it to stay together.
    BREAD MILK NUTS BALLS
  6. Once the balls are ready deep fry them till brown from outside.
    BREAD MILK NUTS BALLS
Recipe Notes
  1. I used white milk bread which is already sweet. If using wheat or brown bread increase the sugar as per your taste.

2. You can also try frying them in appe pan hence not deep frying.

3. Add some raisins if you feel like.

Chocolate Almond Date Balls

Hello. You know I feel that current times, we are so overwhelmed with information that it sometimes plays to a disadvantage. Like for instance the super foods or energy bites (like today’s recipe Chocolate Almond Date Balls)  or even green smoothies. Agreed, that these recipes were developed to fit into our ever changing and fast lifestyle. But somehow trying to catch up with the every changing trends is taking a toll on our health too. Having said that I also read an article in Vogue that Millennial are more health driven and conscious of what goes in their body.

I am not an expert or a nutritionist. I am just a plain mother who tries to give my child what my mother taught me and also learn from the current food/ nutritional needs. I am personally not a fan of almonds or dates. I am more driven towards walnut. But kids, they like only cashews.  They will not entertain nuts in any form. The advertisement that is shown on TV of giving your child soaked, peeled almonds in the morning, well, it does not work. At least not with my kid.

Of course when i saw this trend of energy balls I knew that this is it. Although I already have a protein bar recipe with sprinkles in this blog (check here). Even for this recipe there is only 70 percent chances of my little one enjoying it as healthy snack since it is too sweet (Thanks to dates and honey). So kids who are more inclined towards spicy snacks mothers you need to dig in more.

Chocolate Almond Date Balls

 

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Chocolate Almond Date Balls
Chocolate Almond Date Balls are these cute balls of overloaded but natural sweetness. These were created for my little one's school party. It is made with not so favorite nuts - almonds. Since it has chocolate flavor chances are that sweet loving kids would love these balls. Plus it is good for elders too. Makes for an healthy and easy grab it snack. Make it over the weekend (spare only 30 minutes) and store it for good 4-5 days (that is if it stays that long).
Chocolate Almond Date Balls
Prep Time 20 min
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 20 min
Servings
people
Ingredients
Chocolate Almond Date Balls
Instructions
  1. Take almonds in blender and blend it coarsely. Careful not to blend too much or it will become butter.
    Chocolate Almond Date Balls
  2. Now add in pitted dates, honey and chocolate spread.
    Chocolate Almond Date Balls
  3. Blend it.
    Chocolate Almond Date Balls
  4. Now grease your hand with little oil and make small balls. Don't make it too big as it is heavy on stomach.
    Chocolate Almond Date Balls
  5. Done. Your Chocolate Almond Date Balls is ready. Pack it up or store it in fridge.
    Chocolate Almond Date Balls
Recipe Notes
  1. Instead of chocolate spread (which is already sweetened) use cocoa powder. I didn't have it in hand hence used spread.
  2. Don't use strong flavored oil for greasing your hand like coconut or even ghee. Sunflower will be good.
  3. Roll the balls in your choice of flavors. Few examples - Dry coconut, sprinklers or even nuts.

Caramelized Apple Cheesy sandwich

Hi. If you are regular on my blog you will know my love for sandwiches. Not the regular tomato- onion sandwich but variations of sandwiches. I keep trying new combos. Today’s sandwich is one such variety sandwich. It was born out of my aim to finish the leftover apples. So off you go straight to the recipe.

1INGREDIENTS:

Brown Bread/Multigrain Bread – 4 slices

Butter – 2-4 tblspn

Apple – 1 peeled and cubed into small pieces

Jaggery – 4-5 tblspn

Cinnamon – 1 tsp

Cheese – as needed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pan add butter and let it melt on low heat.
  2. Add jiggery and cinnamon and mix well.
  3. Add apples and mix well.
  4. Let it cook for some time. (I didn’t cook it completely since I wanted it to be little crunchy). Let it cool down.
  5. Butter the slices of bread.
  6. Place some apple filling on the bread and spread evenly.
  7. Grate some cheese over it.
  8. Close with another piece of bread.
  9. Make the sandwich in sandwich maker. Don’t worry if you don’t have sandwich maker. You could use a grill pan or a tawa too.
  10. Once nicely brown and crispy remove and cut into pieces and serve.

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VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI

1Hello. You know my love for spaghetti. I have 2 recipes for spaghetti – cheesy spinach and aglio olio. Today I am sharing a veggie spaghetti. I hear lots of parents complain about kids not eating veggies especially carrots, beans, beets. I make lots of dishes in a week that includes these veggies regularly. This is one such recipe.

Its pretty simple too.

2INGREDIENTS:

Wheat spaghetti – 1 cup

Carrots – 1/4 cup sliced very thinly

French beans – 1/4 cup sliced very thinly

Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

Garlic – 2 cloves sliced thinly

Mixed dried herbs – 1.4 tsp

Salt to taste

Olive Oil – 2 tblspn + 1 tbslpn

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil lots of water in a tall pot. Add salt and 1 tblspn olive oil. Add the spaghetti and let it cook till al dente.
  2. While the spaghetti is getting cooked heat a pan with olive oil.
  3. Add garlic and saute till light brown.
  4. Remove the garlic pieces and add carrots and beans.
  5. Saute for 30 seconds.
  6. Sprinkle 1 tblspn water. Close and cook with close lid for another minute.
  7. Add black pepper powder, mixed herbs and mix well.
  8. Now add strained spaghetti and toss well.
  9. Adjust salt.

Serve hot.

NOTE:

  1. Play around with the recipe using capsicum, baby corn etc.
  2. Add ketchup in the pan and toss well to add a zing to the recipe.
  3. Add scrambled eggs to make it more nutritious.

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STUFFED BUNS

1Hey There. How is it going ? Well we have been in and out of sickness. The official sickness season is here and can expect one or the other in the family to be sick. So currently, I can’t hear properly from one of my ears, my nose is gone on hartal and does not smell anything, my voice is more like croaking and every muscle is refusing to co-operate with me in my daily chores.

Anyways moving on today’s recipe. When I saw this recipe on my friend blogger’s news feed I immediately wanted to try it for 3 reasons. Firstly it is like a fusion of wada pav. Except the wada need not be fried here and instead it is stuffed and baked. Secondly, it is a snack in itself. You do not need anything else to go with. Okay you can have it with ketchup but that’s it. Third and most important. It is not completely maida instead it is mix of both maida and wheat buns. Good isn’t it?

So make it, bake it and enjoy it.

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INGREDIENTS:

Wholewheat flour – 1 cup

All purpose flour – 1 cup

Instant yeast – 1 tbsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Sugar – 2 tbsp

Lukewarm water (approximately) – 1 cup

Olive oil – 2 tbsp + more to brush.

FOR STUFFING:

Potatoes – 2 medium (350 gm), boiled, peeled and mashed

Oil – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – ½ tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Chilli powder – ¼ tsp

Garam masala powder – ¼ tsp

Amchoor powder – A pinch

Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tbsp

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. First let’s prepare the bun dough. Mix the dry ingredients. Add water slowly and knead to a smooth dough. Add the olive oil and knead to incorporate.
  2. Transfer to a clean oiled bowl,close  and allow it to double in size, around one hour.
  3. In the meantime, let’s prepare the stuffing.
  4. Heat oil in the saucepan and crackle the cumin.
  5. Fry the ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell leaves.
  6. Add the mashed potatoes. Add turmeric,chilly, garam masala and amchoor powders and give it a good mix.
  7. Add salt.
  8. Allow to cook on low flame for five minutes.
  9. Mix in the coriander leaves and switch off. Allow to cool.
  10. Once the dough has doubled, punch down and knead for another couple of minutes.
  11. Grease a baking pan and set aside.
  12. Divide the dough and the filling into six portions.
  13. Slightly roll one dough portion into a circle. Spoon in one portion of the filling and shape into a bun. Place it on the greased pan.
  14. Repeat with all the buns and filling.
  15. Brush the top of the buns with some oil. Cover and allow it to proof for 25 minutes.
  16. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  17. Bake for 25 minutes until the top looks golden brown and is smooth to touch.
  18. Pull out the buns and brush on the top with little more oil while still hot.

Serve hot with ketchup or even tamarind chutney.

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PALAK WADAS/ SPINACH FRITTERS

2Hey There. Its lovely rains in this part of the world. The weather is cooler. The trees are bathing everyday. Washed clothes are begging for some sunlight. So with this weather its time for deep fried goodies. Why don’t a add a healthy twist.

Today’s recipe is just that. Palak wada is your usual wada with the goodness of palak.

INGREDIENTS:

Palak – 1 cup chopped

Urad dal – 1 cup soaked minimum 3-4 hours

Green chilly – 1

Shallots – 2-3

Black Pepper – 1 tsp (Optional)

Oil – for deep frying

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take chopped palak in blender and blend.
  2. Add soaked urad dal, shallots, green chilly, salt and blend. Add little water if required. Blend till a smooth batter is formed. 1
  3. Add whole black pepper and mix well.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying.
  5. Take spoonfuls of batter and drop it in oil. If you can shape it like wadas well and good.
  6. Fry till both sides turn golden brown.
  7. Drain on tissue or soaking paper.

Enjoy with a chutney of your choice. 3

 

 

BEETROOT CARROT POTATO SANDWICH

Hey There. So how have you been ? When I watch food shows and they show a whole variety of sandwiches but I wonder if our taste buds would love those sandwiches with bacon, meat, different kind of cheese and veggies.

I try to include veggies in my sandwiches. So the veggies that are usually ignored I try to include them in pastas and sandwiches. Do try out this recipe and let me know if you liked it.

1INGREDIENTS:

Bread Slices – 8

Boiled mashed potato – 1/2 cup

Cooked grated carrot – 1/2 cup

Cooked grated beetroot – 1/2 cup

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

Black salt – as per taste

Grated cheese – as per taste

Butter – for greasing

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix mashed potato, beetroot and carrot in a bowl.
  2. Add cumin, pepper and salt.
  3. Take bread slices and spread a little butter on each slice
  4. Place the stuffing in between two slices.
  5. Add grated cheese.
  6. Cover with second slice of bread.
  7. Place it in sandwich maker and grill till nice, crispy and golden.

Serve hot with some ketchup. 2

 

JAMUN YOGURT POPSICLE

2As promised this is my second recipe for today. With the flavorful Jamun. Jamun is a fruit that is not exceptionally sweet. It is an acquired taste. But it is medicinal and healthy for you.

This recipe is super simple and healthy. All the ingredients are healthy for us and during summer this recipe is apt to quench your thirst.

3INGREDIENTS:

Pitted Jamun – 1 cup

Slim Yogurt – 1/2 cup

Honey – 4 tblspn

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a blender take yogurt and honey and blend till smooth.
  2. Remove half of the yogurt honey mix into another container.
  3. In the remaining yogurt honey mix add the pitted jamun. (keep some jamun spare if you like pieces in your popsicle.
  4. Blend it well.
  5. Take the ice cream moulds.
  6. Add jamuns in each mould.
  7. Add yogurt honey mix till mould is half full.
  8. Now add the yogurt honey jamun mix till the mould is 3/4 full. Do not completely fill the moulds.
  9. With a skewer swirl the contents of the moulds.
  10. Close the lid of the moulds and freeze it for atleast 5-6 hours or overnight.

Simple isn’t it. So don’t rush to buy ice cream when kids demand it. Prepare this yummy and healthy Popsicle at home. Enjoy. 1

 

 

CARROT RICE

Hello. How are you today? So I have been experimenting with food a lot. I am making an attempt to try new things and learn new things. That also means I am enjoying cooking. How about you? Are you learning new things? Now that the kids have holidays here are you trying out new recipes? Do try new things that interests you.

Today’s recipe is an interesting one. Most of us dread away from carrots. But I make sure to buy and use them in my day to day cooking. Hence, this recipe. You will find many variations of this recipe on the internet. Mine is a simple recipe. Do try it for your tiffin box.2

INGREDIENTS:

Grated carrot – 3/4 cup

Cooked Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

Peanuts – 1 tblspn

Dry Red Chilly – 1

Onion – 1 small finely chopped

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Sugar – ½ tsp

Oil – 2 tblspn

Salt to taste

Coriander Leaves – Optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat 1 tblspn oil.
  2. Saute peanuts and red chilly for a minute.
  3. Let it cool down.
  4. Blend it coarsely.
  5. Heat another tblspn oil and splutter mustard seeds.
  6. Add onion and saute till translucent.
  7. Add grated carrots and cook slightly on low flame.
  8. Add few drops of water and close and cook. (you can skip this option if you want raw carrots).
  9. Once carrots are cooked add the blended peanut masala and mix well.
  10. Add cooked rice, turmeric, salt and sugar and mix well.
  11. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Enjoy.

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