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 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.
Roast it on low flame for around 2-3 minutes.
Add a pinch of salt and mix well.
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.
If roasted add 1 tblspn sugar and mix.
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.
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.
Switch off the flame and let it cool. Store it in airtight container.
- Only after makhanas have roasted completely, start adding the sugar.
- Do not touch the caramelized makhana when hot. You may burn your fingers. Wait till it cools down.
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.
Choco Wheat Eggless Pancake
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.
Take a bowl and add egg, sugar, milk and melted butter and beat till it is slightly fluffy.
Add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix so no lumps form.
Take jam in a small bowl and cream it by whisking it with a whisk. Add it to the batter and mix well.
Heat a tawa/griddle and once hot grease it with butter. (if using non-stick then no need)
Take a little batter in ladle and pour on tawa. Make small pancakes. No need to spread as we do for dosa.
Cook on medium and when bubbles form on top flip the pancake to cook on other side.
After a minute remove from griddle and repeat the same process to make more pancakes.
Serve the pancakes with syrup, jam, butter, fruits or honey.
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
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.
Powder the bread slices in a blender
Add the almonds, cardamom, sugar and blend again
Keep the oil for frying in low heat
Take the blended mix in a plate and add 1 spoon of milk at a time and mix.
Mix and try to make balls of it. Add only as much milk for it to stay together.
Once the balls are ready deep fry them till brown from outside.
- 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.
Hey There. How have you been ? Here is the story behind today’s post “Banana Flavored Syrup”. So recently it so happened that I was to make pancakes for my little one’s tiffin. And I was out of stock of any sort of syrup or chocolate sauce. I said “Oh well, then let me make stuffed pancakes by adding my home made papaya jam as stuffing.” See mother’s are so handy and flexible to cook up a storm in minutes. But still I was not satisfied and wanted to give some kind of syrup of jam as sides. I again gave two minutes thought and came up with the idea to make a simple syrup. But the twist I introduced was to add some ripe chopped banana. I brought the whole thing to jammy consistency and it was just wow.
So when I added the pic in my Insta Story (btw if you are not already following me there you are missing on much), it got so many comments and questions. So decided lemme share this super simple recipe. Do try this Banana Flavored Syrup and let me know how it turned out for you.
BANANA FLAVOURED SYRUP
This is a very simple recipe. Kids would love it since its sugary and has bananas. Though personally I don't prefer it much due to the amount of sugar involved. But it is far better than store bought one, correct? At least we know what goes in.
In a pan take sugar and water.
Add cardamom powder or vanilla essence.
Keep stirring till it comes to 1 string consistency. Basically 1 string means if you lift up your spatula it should form a string.
Add finely sliced banana pieces and mix.
When the bananas have softened slightly mash the bananas.
If you want jam consistency then keep stirring a little more. Else switch off the flame.
Serve with pancakes or rotis.