Friday, November 9, 2018

Paan Rolls

Paan Rolls

Ever since I've discovered the joy of eating betel leaves (paan) in exciting ways, there's no end to my experimenting. Right from Chocolate Paan, Chocolate Paan Bites and Paan Shots, to now Paan Rolls, the list is growing. This one is great as just a cool, refreshing appetizer or a sweet ending to a meal. Any way, it satisfies my sweet cravings. My friends just love the different creations with paan. Finally, we've all found a healthy solution for our sweet cravings.



Ingredients
Paan (Betel leaves) – 5 (big sized Calcutta paan)
Paan sweet mix (green coloured) – 1 tbsp
Dessicated dry coconut – 1 tbsp
 Date paste – ½ cup
Fennel (saunf) – 2 tbsp
Betel nut (supari) clippings – 1 tbsp

Method
Soak dates in water just enough to cover them
Let it remain for about an hour or more
Blend it to form a paste
Add all the ingredients to the paste and mix well
Make rolls
Decorate with coloured saunf, dessicated coconut or chocolate sprinkles
Refrigerate for about 15 mins
Serve as an after-meal digestive or dessert
Refrigerate the remaining if any


Health Benefits of Betel Leaf
Calcium rich
Contains Vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and B3
Improves appetite
Improves digestion
Reduces acidity
Has a component that reduces blood sugar
Said to increase metabolism
Helps in weight loss
Mouth freshener
Good for oral health
Aphrodisiac

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Traditional Way


Red Rice Sweet Flakes (Poha)


Ingredients
Red rice flakes (pounded rice) – 1 cup
Jaggery (powder) – ¼ cup
Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
Water – ¼ cup
Coconut flakes (fresh) – ¼ to ½ cup

Method
Heat water and add jiggery
Continue heating on low till jiggery melts and solution becomes sticky
Cool slightly
Add coconut and cardamom
Mix well with hands using pressing movements
Add rice flakes
Mix well and cover for 15 mins
Serve with baked sev and masala poha

Baked Sev


Ingredients
Chickpea flour (yellow gram flour) – 1 cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Hing – 1 tsp
Carom seeds (Ajwain) – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Oil – 3 tbsp
Water – 1/3 cup (depending on moisture level)
Method
Mix dry ingredients
Heat oil
Add to the mix
Mix well to form crumbs
Add warm water  and slowly mix to form a dough
Grease a sev mould and place the dough
Bake in a preheated oven for 5 to 10 mins
Let it cool

Red Rice Masala Poha


Ingredients
Red rice flakes – 1 cup
Onion (large) – 1
Green chilies (optional) – 1 or 2 slit
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
Coconut (fresh) – ¼ cup
Red chili powder – 1 tbsp (vary according to taste)                    
Jaggery powder – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Coriander powder – ½ tsp
Coconut oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Method
Heat oil in a non-stick pan              
Add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add curry leaves
When they turn crisp, add onions and stir fry till they soften
Take off the fire
Add salt, chili and coriander powder
When it cools add coconut and mix well
Squeeze the mixture with your hand as if extracting juice from the coconut
Add rice flakes slowly little at a time and mix well
Serve immediately with ripe bananas and hot tea or coffee for a blissfully healthy breakfast  

Health Benefits
Red Rice Flakes
Gluten free
Has iron, vitamin B, carbohydrates and proteins






Sunday, November 4, 2018

Diwali Prepping - Chocolate Rum Bombs...Assorted Crackers


Chocolate Rum Bombs



Ingredients
Cake crumbs (leftovers) – 1 ½  cups
Dark rum – 20 to 30 ml (depending on your preference)
Melted cooking dark chocolate – ½ cup
Mixed nuts – 2 tbsp
Tutty frutty – 4 tbsp

Method
Blend all the ingredients (except the tutty frutty) in a mixie
Mix the peels and shape into balls of desired size
Let it dry for an hour before you enjoy this slightly sinful version of rum ball
Note: I used leftovers of healthy pumpkin cake





Assorted Crackers


Ingredients
Wholewheat flour (slightly coarse variety) – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
Asafetida (hing) – 1 tbspOnion seeds – 1 tsp
Carom seeds (ajwain) – 1 tsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Oil – ¼ cup
Warm water – ¼ cup (approx)


Banana flavour


Ingredients
Wholewheat flour (slightly coarse variety) – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
Black pepper (crushed) -  1 tsp
Oil – ¼ cup
Warm water – ¼ cup (approx)
Banana (ripe) mashed - 1

Method
Add all dry ingredients to flour
Mix well
Heat oil slightly and add to flour
Mix and check if you can make loose balls with it
If not, add little more oil
Add water little by little and mix to form tight dough

Different shapes




Shape 1
1.       Take small portion of the dough and roll it out
2.       Spread little oil or ghee all over and wholewheat flour over it
3.       Roll it to form a cylinder
4.       Cut into 1 inch pieces and flatten
5.       Roll out each piece to form circles
 
Shape 2
1.       Take small portion of the dough and roll it out
2.       Spread little oil or ghee all over and wholewheat flour over it
3.       Roll it to form a cylinder
4.       Cut into 1 inch pieces













Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Treats

It's the time of the year for Pumpkin Goodies






Pumpkin Cheesecake


To Make Cream Cheese
Ingredients
Cottage cheese (low fat paneer) – 200 gm
Curd (hung) – 2 tbsp
Milkmaid – 2 tbsp
Method
Blend all of it together



Cheesecake Base
Ingredients
Marie biscuits – 90 gm
Butter – 2 tbsp
Jaggery powder – 2 tbsp
Method
Crush the biscuits
Add jaggery and butter. Mix well
It should hold together
Grease a springform pan well
Spread this mixture well on the base of the pan
Refrigerate for about 30 mins


Cheesecake
Ingredients
Cream cheese (lowfat, homemade) – 2 cups
Pumpkin puree – ½ cup
Egg - 1
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves powder – ½ tsp each
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
Method
Mix all the ingredients except the puree
Divide the cream cheese into two parts
Spread one part over the base
Mix puree with the second part and spread it over the first part
Bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees C for about 12 to 15 mins
Let cool
Cut and serve


Pumpkin Donuts




Ingredients
Wholewheat flour – 2 cups
Baking powder – 2 tsp
Egg – 1
Oil – 2 tbsp
Jaggery powder – ½ cup
Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg powder – ½ tsp each
Milk – ½ cup
Pumpkin puree – ¾ cup
Salt – ½ tsp
Method
Sieve baking powder and flour once
Beat egg
Add milk, essence, oil and beat well
Add pumpkin puree, salt, jaggery powder and beat
Add the flour mix and mix
Grease a doughnut pan
Fill the mixture and bake at 170 degree C for about 20 minutes
Cool slightly



Topping
Ingredients
Butter – for dipping
Cinnamon powder – 2 tbsp
Jaggery powder or sugar – 2 tbsp
Method
Dip the doughnuts in butter and then roll in the cinnamon mixture

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Rich in vitamin A
Antioxidant rich
Immunity booster
Has nutrients helpful in strong eyesight
Rich in fibre..helps in weight loss
Promotes heart health
Healthy skin








Sunday, October 28, 2018

Butterscotch Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes

Butterscotch Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes


Ingredients
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Jaggery (powdered) – 1
Eggs – 2
Pumpkin puree – ½ cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Coconut oil – ¼ cup
Sour cream or strained curd  – ½ cup
Milk – ¾ or 1 cup (to adjust consistency of batter)
Apple cider vinegar – 1 tbsp
Cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg powders – ½ tsp each
Butterscotch chips - 1/4 cup


Method
Beat eggs with salt, vinegar and curd
Sieve flour twice with baking powder and soda
Add slowly to the beaten egg
Add oil and milk
Beat well again
Add pumpkin puree and mix well
Add jaggery, butterscotch and the spice mix
Bake in an oven preheated to 170 degrees C for about 15 mins
Let cool
Enjoy warm with tea or coffee
Drizzle hot chocolate sauce on top or spread chocolate ganache if you want to eat it as dessert 
Decorate it if you desire

Friday, October 26, 2018

Thai Red Curry With Prawns


Thai Red Curry With Prawns



Ingredients
Fresh prawns (big sized)  - 6
Ginger (grated) - 1 inch piece
Onions (medium) -  2 or 3
Tomatoes (big) - 1
Thai Red Curry Paste - 3 or 4 tbsp (heaped)
Red chilly powder (if more spicy desired) – 1 to 2 tbsp (heaped)
Basil leaves - 1 big handful (more if desired)
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Coconut milk (medium consistency) - 1/4 cup

Method
Heat oil in a non-stick pan
Add ginger and fry it
Add onions and pinch of salt
Saute on slow fire to soften it
Add tomatoes and mix well
Saute for a minute till it softens
 Add the Thai curry paste and mix well
Add chili powder if you like it more spicy
Add basil leaves and mix well
Add water and cook on slow fire for 10 mins till it becomes a nicely blended mixture
Add prawns, salt, mix, cover and cookfor 5 mins
Add coconut milk, mix well and cook for 5 mins
Eat with steamed brown rice  



Health Benefits of Basil
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
Cancer-fighter
Pain-reducer (analgesic)
Fever-reducer (antipyretic)
Diabetes-preventer
Liver-protector (hepato-protective)
Blood vessel-protector
Anti-stress solution
Immune-booster

Health Benefits of Prawns
Good source of selenium, an important antioxidant
Has omega-3
Protein rich
Good source of vitamin B12, iron and phosphorus



Sunday, October 14, 2018

Beer Cake

Beer Cake

Ingredients
Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
Jaggery (powdered) – 2 (can increase if you want it sweeter)
Cocoa – ¾ cup
Baking soda – 2 tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Coconut oil – ¼ cup
Sour cream or strained curd  – ½ or ¾ cup
Eggs – 2
Beer – 1 cup
Apple cider vinegar – 1 tsp
Mix of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg powders – 1 tsp 


 
Method
Beat eggs with salt, vinegar and curd
Add oil and beat well again
Sieve flour twice with baking powder and soda
Add jaggery and the rest of the dry ingredients
Add dry ingredients little by little to the egg mixture         
Bake in an oven preheated to 180 degrees C for about 20 to 25 mins
Let cool
Enjoy warm with tea or coffee
Drizzle hot chocolate sauce on top or spread chocolate ganache if you want to eat it as dessert