Hello There. So most often I make sandwiches. And I like to experiment with the stuffing. I do not stick to same stuffing. And I try to include the most neglected but healthy ingredients.
Check out my other sandwich recipes – Caramelized apple cheesy sandwich, Beetroot carrot potato sandwich & potato peas sandwich
Today’s also I am posting a sandwich recipe.
Beetroot – 1 small
Carrot – 1 large
Apple – 1 large
Butter – 2 tblspn
Sugar/ Palm Sugar – 1 tblspn (Optional)
Cardamom powder – a pinch
- Peel and cut carrot and beetroot into big pieces.
- Cook them in water.
- Grate them.
- Grate apple and keep aside.
- In a pan heat butter.
- Add the grated carrot and beet and mix well.
- Add the sugar if required and cardamom powder.
- Mix well till the mix has come together. It should be thick paste like consistency.
- Take it off the stove and mix grated apple in. (I didn’t add sugar since my apple was sweet enough).
- Take a bread piece. Apply butter on one slice of bread.
- Spoon the mix on one side of the bread and spread evenly.
- Close with another buttered slice of bread.
- Toast it in a sandwich maker.
Enjoy it hot or pack it for tiffin.
If you are are regular to my blog you may know my love for pancakes. I have variety of pancakes that I make at regular intervals. Basic, Mango, Beetroot, Choco chip wheat eggless , banana and mulberry pancakes. I usually use honey or chocolate syrup or home made jams and sauces to go along with it. This time when we got fresh cherries I thought why not make this yummilicious cherry compote and store it for pancakes.
Do try it and you will not regret it. Make it before the cherry season ends.
Cherry – 1 cup (Pitted/De- seeded)
Orange juice – 1/4 cup
Sugar – 1/4 cup (or as desired)
- Take cherry, orange juice and sugar in a thick bottom pan and let it it boil.
- Simmer and let it boil for 10- 15 minutes.
- Keep mixing in between with a slotted spoon.
- Remove from flame when the compote is thick enough to coat the back of the slotted spoon.
Simple isn’t it. Look at that glossy, syrupy and delicious syrup. I am sure your kids will love it with pancakes. But don’t limit them to pancakes alone. Pair it as you like.
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.
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
- In a pan add butter and let it melt on low heat.
- Add jiggery and cinnamon and mix well.
- Add apples and mix well.
- Let it cook for some time. (I didn’t cook it completely since I wanted it to be little crunchy). Let it cool down.
- Butter the slices of bread.
- Place some apple filling on the bread and spread evenly.
- Grate some cheese over it.
- Close with another piece of bread.
- 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.
- Once nicely brown and crispy remove and cut into pieces and serve.
Hello. You know we humans face so many emotions. One such emotion is the emotion to denial. When something changes, we all fall in denial mode. And that’s because we are so much used to being in our comfort zone that our mind refuses to accept any changes. We really need to train our mind to handle the change. For instance a traveler never goes out thinking he/she will have a smooth planned day. There are bound to be unseen circumstances, risks, surprises and sometimes challenges.
There is another kind of denial. Denial for things that you may not have liked earlier. A kid may not like bitter gourd when he/she was a kid but as they grow up they may take a liking towards it. But without trying how will he/she every know ? Hence it is important to test your denials.
Today’s recipe surprised me. We usually try to bring home made food for our lunch and snacks. So my colleague had got this for her evening snack. But she opened it around noon and we all finished it within 5 minutes. I had never tasted this dish before. Also, I don’t like kozhukatta (basic version is made as steamed rice dumplings with coconut+sugar+cardamom stuffing). But this dish was an exception. What stood out with this recipe was the chilly chutney. The chutney is the most basis, flavorsome and simple.
Do try this recipe and let me know how it turned out. Ohh and it is super healthy since it is just steamed.
- Rice Powder – 1 cup
- Cumin/Jeerakam – 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
For chilly chutney:
- Chilly powder – 1 tblspn
- Salt to taste
- Coconut oil – 2-3 drops to combine
- Boil 2 cups water.
- In a bowl take rice powder, jeerakam and salt.
- Add hot boiling water little by little on the rice powder and mix with a wooden spoon.
- Continue mixing till it comes together. Remember to add water little by little.
- Once the dough is cool enough to handle use your hands to make a small dough.
- Pull out small balls out of the dough.
- Steam these balls till cooked.
- For the chutney mix together chilly, salt and coconut oil till it comes together.
Serve them both or take them for your evening snack. Remember the chutney is just to add a taste. Do not take a large helping of the chutney or your tongue with burn with the chilly.
Hey there. So this time I wanted to try something different. I was so bored of paratha’s and dosas and wanted to try something not attempted till now. That’s when I saw this post from a lovely blog known as Food Fashion Party. This is a rice pancake sort of dish from Karnataka. The spices and herbs used are simple and makes for a great breakfast.
Have you ever wondered on an average how much time a wife or mom spends on just thinking about “What to cook the next day? ” She has to consider everyone’s choice and then bring up a menu that’s suitable for all. Still I feel its a thankless job. Not that we need anyone thanking us but on those days that we burn our finger, on those days that get a cut or on those days that we leave kitchen drenching in sweat and tiredness seeps in our body, we expect people to “like”, “enjoy” and even “compliment” our cooking. It only humanly to expect this don’t you think ?
Moving on to today’s recipe, it is a must try at least when you want a change in your diet. Now the original recipe is a bit different from mine. I have adapted the recipe based on the ingredients I could find here. Do let me know if you liked them.
Rice Flour – 3 cups
Carrot – 1 peeled and grated finely
Coriander Leaves – 1/2 cup finely chopped
Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Roasted peanuts – 2 tblspn coarsely grounded
Roasted Cumin Powder – 2 tsp (coarsely grounded will be good)
Oil – 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
Oil – to cook the roti
- Keep 2 cups of water to boil.
- In mixing bowl, add the rice flour, carrots,coriander leaves, roasted peanuts, cumin powder, salt and mix everything well before adding the water.
- Add 2 tbsp of oil.
- Using a ladle add water little by little and keep mixing the using a wooden spoon.
- Mix everything properly. It will be a little sticky but will come together as a dough.
- Cover and let it sit till ready to make rotis.
- Heat up a tawa.
- Take cotton cloth and wet it well.
- Take a small ball of the dough and place it on the wet cloth.
- Using your hand pat it slowly spreading it across to make thin rotis as possible.
- Once the tawa is hot, slow using the edges of the wet cloth carry the cloth to the tawa and place the rotis on the tawa.
- Add ½ cup of water at a time. If the water is very hot to handle, use a wooden spoon to mix the dough. Mix everything well until the dough comes together. The dough will be sticky to the touch. It should all come together and not be dry. Make sure not to use all the water at once, you might not need all the water. Just use as much as you need to bring the batter together. Cover and let sit until ready to make it.
- Keep a griddle on medium heat. Let it get hot.
- Take a cotton cloth and wet it well. Sprinkle some water on the cloth, take a tennis ball size dough and pat it out with your fingers. You can make it as thin as possible, as you want.
- Using the edges of the cloth, carefully carry it over the griddle and slowly lower it on the griddle. Now, lift the cloth off the rotti. It will come off easily as you’ve used water. You could even use oil for flattening the dough out.
- Cook with a teaspoon of oil on both sides. It will cook in 2-3 minutes as we’ve used hot water to make the dough.
- Serve it immediately with some sugar (for kids) or chutney of your choice.
I served it with butter and honey.
Hello. So recently when I was shopping online for my grocery I saw an entry for fresh Strawberries and cherries. I was pleasantly surprised but skeptic if actually the picture shown would be what will be delivered. Anyways I ordered them and was sure it would be cancelled out. You may think why ? In my place you don’t get the juicy, fresh and vibrant strawberries, blueberries, etc.
So when I got beautiful strawberries we made these muffins. By we I mean to say me and my 2 year old. He helped me with the batter mixing and sorting out strawberries. But I wanted a healthy version hence skipped maida and replaced with whole wheat. Do try and let me know if you liked them.
Chopped Strawberries – 1 cup
Whole Wheat flour – 1& 3/4 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup (add more if you need more sweet)
Baking Powder – 2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Milk – 1/2 cup
Oil – 1/4 cup (I used sunflower oil)
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp ( I used cardamom powder)
Egg – 1
- Grease cupcake moulds with oil. If you are using silicone moulds then you can skip this step.
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degress celcius.
- Sift together flour, salt, baking powder in a bowl.
- Add sugar, milk, oil, egg and vanilla and mix well.
- Add 3/4 chopped strawberries and mix well.
- Add this batter in cupcake moulds. Fill only till 3/4 of the moulds.
- Top with remaining strawberries.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or till a skewer or knife inserted comes out clean.
Enjoy these colored beauties. Oh and by the way don’t discard this recipe if you don’t have strawberry. You can make this with chocolate chips too. Also if you love good photos do not forget to follow me on instagram.
You know these days I feel that 24 hours is not enough and I need more hour in hand. The health sections everywhere says it is ideal and good to get good 7-8 hours of sleep. And I hardly manage to get 5-6. So, the days when I oversleep (actually sleep healthy) I wake up in a hurry and do things in a hurry. Those days my patience is low and I am literally running around to catch up on things.
Does that happen to you? What do you think are the reasons for it? Well I think we women tend to take up so much on our hands. I am not saying we do not do a good job of doing them. Instead we end up doing maybe an average job on all and then end up tired. So, things like delegation, negotiation, work load division, etc. all come to the rescue. But it needs to used well and with patience. You may ask how a food recipe is related to all this. It is my friends. This recipe is a quick side dish recipe for rotis.
Soya chunks – 1 cup
Carrot – 1 cubed
Cream – 1/2 cup
Onion – 1 medium
Tomato – 2 medium
Ginger – garlic paste – 1 tsp (optional)
Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves – 2 tblspn
Oil – 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
- Boil soya and carrots in water till cooked.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Saute onions in oil.
- Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell leaves.
- Add chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are soft.
- Take it off the flame.
- Blend it together in a blender till smooth paste.
- Transfer it back to pan and add coriander powder, chilly and garam masala powder.
- Mix well.
- Add the soya and carrot pieces along with water.
- Boil for another 5 minutes.
- Add cream and mix well.
- Bring to a boiling point. But do not boil.
- Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with rotis.
Hello. Hope you had a great start to the weekend. Few days back when I went to grocery shopping in the fruits section I found this violet colored fruit that immediately transformed me to my childhood days. Jamun or black plum is a fruit we as kids would enjoy it during summer holidays. It used to stain our clothes and we used to get scolded by our parents. 😛 We used to have this fruit and rush to look at our tongues in the mirror. Hence I immediately picked up a packet and used them in two recipes that I will share today.
This recipe is for overnight oats. Overnight oats is an acquired taste. I am slowly starting to like it. And it is one of the healthiest recipes today that people of every age can enjoy.
Jamun – 1/2 cup pitted
Slim Yogurt – 1/4 cup
Slim milk – 1/4 cup
Honey – 4 tblspn
Chia Seeds – 2 tblspn
Cut Fruits – Banana, Jamun, Pomegranate
Sunflower seeds – 1 tblspn (optional)
- Take yogurt, jamun, milk and honey in a blender and blend.
- Take this a bowl and add oats and mix well.
- Add chia seeds and mix well.
- Close and keep it in fridge overnight.
- Before serving add sunflower seeds and chopped fruits.
You can add more milk if you need to make it of thin consistency. I carried it to my office. You can have your choice of fruits and nuts. Enjoy.
Holla. I find baking stressful. Because baking is a science and not art like cooking. You cannot adjust your recipe in between. Sometimes you cannot even see what’s happening in baking. Hence, I find it stressful. Add on it the fact that there will be more number of utensils to wash than in cooking. 😉
But you should never stop trying isn’t it? I make sandwiches for tiffin. Or a quick toast with omelette is also a good breakfast option. Hence, I like to have bread in my pantry. However, I do not like the idea of purchasing bread. Hence, I began baking breads.
So this is a whole wheat egg less bread. The difference is clearly evident when compared to flour/ maida bread. Flou/ Maida has that glutten that gives the elasticity in the white bread we enjoy. But we all know how dangerous and unhealthy that is for us. So I don’t completely avoid maida but try to whenever I can.
Hope you would give it a try and let me know your opinion.
Wheat flour – 3 cups
Dry Yeast – 1 tsp
Luke Warm Water – if required only
Luke Warm milk – 11/4 cup or as per needed
Sugar – 1/2 cup or as per needed
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Olive oil – 3-4 tblspn + for pan greasing
- In a small bowl take milk and mix sugar in it. Add in yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes for proofing. (you will see small bubble and cloudy texture at top of bowl)
- In another bowl take flour and add salt.
- Mix well.
- Make a well in the center of the bowl and add the yeast mix in.
- Combine all together to form a dough.
- Add olive oil and knead again into a smooth dough. (If your mix is dry add little lukewarm water)
- Place the dough in the bowl and cover and let it proof for one hour in a warm place.
- After one hour open the bowl and check if it has doubled in size.
- Take the dough out and start punching. This ensures the air incorporated in the dough is punched out.
- Kneed again for 5 minutes.
- Shape it like a bread loaf and place it in a greased bread loaf pan.
- Cover with a cling wrap and let if proof again for another hour.
- In the last 10 minutes of the proofing time, pre- heat up the oven at 220 degree celcius.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Let the bread pan cool for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove the bread from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
- Let the bread cool down completely before slicing.
- Sprinkle some sunflower seeds or any other seeds of your choice on the top.
Hi. How have you all been? I know I have been away from blogging from a long time now. There are many reasons behind it but nevertheless what more better day to return than on Mother’s day.
My mother is the strongest lady I know. The fact that I am here is because of her love, hard work, dedication and care despite all the odds we have been through. I guess every child would say the same thing for his/her mother and they should.
You know what I have realized. I am doing or saying those very things that my mom used to say to me and I got irritated. I guess its genes. But all the things mom said and everything she did seemed so correct and logical now. She is a real inspiration to me.
Today’s recipe is based on one of the lunch box dishes she made. On busy days she used to make stuffed chapathi with sweet coconut filling. This recipe is twist on the same. It is easy to gulp down in case of sore throat too. It is almost like a dessert. Perfect healthy recipe for kids.
Wheat flour – 1 cup
Sugar – 2 tblspn
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
Jaggery – 4 tblspn
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Honey – as required
Salt a pinch
Oil for greasing pan
- In a bowl whisk wheat flour, milk (or water), sugar and salt and make a thick batter.
- In another bowl take grated coconut, cardamom and jaggery and mix well.
- Heat a non-stick pan.
- Grease it with oil or ghee.
- Pour a small ladle of batter and spread by rotating the pan. It should be thin as crepes.
- Flip over to cook other side.
- Add the coconut stuffing in and fold the crepes.
- Place it on a plate.
- Drizzle over honey or choco syrup.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Hi. You know in my part of the world it is quite hot with a surprise drizzle sometimes. Hence, we try to keep ourselves hydrated and cool. Today’s recipe is a simple salad that I had in evening. There is a famous recipe of watermelon salad with feta cheese. Well I am not even sure we get feta cheese here. Anyways I wanted to have something light, refreshing and yet filling salad. So a little dressing and mix and match ingredients gave this wonderful salad.
Do try and let me know if you liked it.
- Cold Watermelon pieces – 1 cup
- Mint leaves – 4-5
- Lemon Juice – juice of half a lemon
- Honey – 1 tblspn
- Black salt – a pinch
- Puffed rice/ Murmure – 1/4 cup
- Nuts – your choice (I added chopped walnuts)
- Lets start with making the dressing. In a small bowl, add chopped mint leaves.
- Add lemon juice, honey and black salt.
- Whisk it well.
- In a salad bowl, add watermelon pieces.
- Pour the dressing over watermelon pieces and mix well.
- Garnish with puffed rice and nuts.
Hey there. How are you? 8th March is celebrated as International Women’s day. Though I feel women need not have 1 day to make them feel special but this one day brings about a change in many lives. So it is good to have a day like this.
Being a woman myself, I know how difficult a struggle you are facing. To challenge the society and traditional norms and still being the loving, caring adhesive that binds a family together is no simple task. I have learnt that no matter what you do people will always put you down. So girl, reach out for those stars without looking down. When you fall rise up again.Make mistakes again and again. No one said you should be perfect. Be guilty of some “me” time. You deserve it. Follow where your heart takes you. Be the princess of your father and remain a queen all through your life. Be comfortable in your plus size dresses and give back to those who puts you down on your weight. Become a mom when you want to. Buy yourself pretty gifts and don’t expect anyone to do that for you. Bake yourself chocolaty goodness and finish it off in one helping. Smile and laugh out loud and laugh at those who criticizes you. Be ambitious and work like you never did before. If that is what you want then don’t let others decide your working hours. Shop till you drop with your hard earned money. Be skinny and fly like a butterfly ignoring those hard stares. In short, do what you feel is right and stick to it. Do not fear to admit mistakes and learn from them. Adjust but don’t loose your identity.
So after all the ‘gyaan’ I wrote let me get down to today’s recipe. Mooli or radish is in season. And apart from paratha I didn’t knew any other recipes which I would like to have. Mooli has peppery taste that I like only in parathas. But I was surprised by this curry. The mooli doesn’t taste at all like mooli and was in fact yumm.
Recipe Source here
Do try and let me know how you liked it.
Radish – 1 (Chopped in thin slices)
Onion – 1 big
Tamarind – 1 small lemon size
Jaggery – 1 small lemon size
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Ingredients to Grind:
Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
Urad Dal/ Uzhanu – 3/4 tsp
Kadala Parippu / chickpea lentil – 3/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 3/4 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies – 3-4
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
Curry Leaves – 1 stem
Oil – 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Curry Leaves – 1 stem
Oil – tblspn
- In a pressure cooker add chopped onions, radish, tamarind, jaggery, turmeric and salt with a little water. Pressure cook for 1 whistle or till radish is cooked.
- In a pan heat oil and roast the ingredients mentioned under ‘Ingredients to Grind’ until golden brown.
- Let it cool down and blend it to a fine paste.
- Pour this paste inside the pressure cooker and mix well.
- Adjust the salt.
- In another pan heat oil for tempering.
- Splutter mustard seeds.
- Add curry leaves and switch off the flame.
- Pour this over the radish curry and mix well.
Serve this for rice or as a side for rotis. Enjoy till next time. Tada.