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Sep 16, 2014

Soya chunks Manchurian sandwich - Kids healthy food recipes

          Blogging is great a stressbuster for me.Though I am almost posting every alternate days now, today I just decided to do a post to ward off a possible upcoming depression. Each time I make a post, I feel the same kind of happiness and excitement as I felt for my first post. And I am already feeling better after doing this post. Editing the pictures and writing the recipe carefully keeps my mind occupied. I may not be a great cook or a great writer or a recipe developer.Though I would love to be in near future. But of course I am learning new things each day when it comes to cooking,blogging or photography which keeps me occupied along with the daily routine rather than developing devillish thoughts in my mind just sitting idle. This rant is for all those people who ask me sarcastically or seriously about why I blog or why I cook!!!And a huge thanks to all those people who have always appreciated and encouraged my blogging activity!!Hugs!!
indochinese recipes
     There was a time when I had just started blogging couple of years ago when there used to be a number of food events going on. I used to cook sometimes based on the event. Later with time constraints and all , I was unable to participate in such events.Leave alone the event ,even regular blogging became  difficult. But recently when I was approached by indusladies to participate in their event featuring kids lunchbox recipes where the recipes are going to be put up in a downloadable e-book, I decided to do it because I love making different dishes for my kids lunchbox.And this would give me a good scope for creativity. So I will have more recipes coming soon. The first one is the popular indochinese manchurian , but being stuffed inside the bread making it more filling and healthier for your kids. Thanks to my sis and reader of this blog who gave me this recipe idea.So do try this one, I am sure you will like it!!
soyachunks manchurian sandwich
 Ingredients-
Bread - 8 slices
Soya chunks - 1 cup
Red chilly powder,cornflour 1tsp+2tsp
Soya sauce - 1tsp + 1tbsp
Spring onions - 2 bunches chopped fine
Tomato sauce- 1tbsp
Ginger garlic green chilly paste -1tsp
Capsicum - 1/2 of a medium sized capsicum chopped into small pieces
Salt to taste
Oil- 1tbsp+1tbsp
Butter- Around 1tbsp

Method-
Wash the soyachunks in water and drain the water.
Add cornflour(1tsp),red chilly powder and soya sauce and mix well.
how to
 Heat oil in a pan.
Add the soya chunks and fry by sauteing it well for around 5 minutes.
Remove and keep aside.
make
 Heat oil in a pan.
Add the ginger garlic paste.Saute for few seconds.
Add the spring onions along with capsicum and saute for a minute.
Add soya sauce and tomato sauce. Mix.
soyachunks
 Add a glass of water.
Allow it to boil.
Add the prepared soya chunks.
Mix and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
Dissolve 2tsp of cornflour in water and add it to the soya chunks gravy.
Add salt to adjust the taste.
It will take around 4-5 minutes to thicken properly.
manchurian
 Apply butter on both sides of your bread slices.
Place a portion of the soya chunk manchurian on the bread slice.
Cover with another slice.
Place it in a griller or your sandwich maker.
Cook till it is done.(Bread slices is roasted to a golden brown colour.)
kids lunchbox recipes
Notes-
1. You can deepfry the soya chunks instead of shallow frying in oil.
2. You can add finely chopped green chillies in the manchurian. Add along with ginger garlic paste.
3.Use small sized soya chunks.
4. Use any variety of bread- white,wholemeal or multigrain etc.
5. Ensure the gravy thickens and is absorbed thoroughly by the chunks. The mixture should be completely dry so that the bread does not turn soggy.

I am sending this recipe to the indusladies kids lunchbox recipe event.

Sep 14, 2014

Mooli ka paratha/radish paratha - Indian flatbread recipes

      I find paratha is the best way to sneak the vegetables into your family meals. Radish is something I rarely buy as I make only radish sambar with it. But after making this parathas some couple of weeks back , I have started buying them quite regularly. That is whenever I visit the Indian shops. I love the long slender ones rather than the fat big ones though the latter ones are a less pungent.
      I usually try to incorporate the vegetables directly into the flour while making the dough. But nowadays  I make the dough in advance as I have to make phulkas/chapati quite early in the morning. But then I do make some stuffed parathas for the kids later in the morning. I have tried adding grated radish into the flour while kneading the dough. And the parathas made this way tastes great too!!Below is the recipe of how I make stuffed parathas.
how to make mooli paratha
Ingredients- (makes 6)
For the dough-
Whole wheat flour -2 cups
Salt - 1/2tsp
Oil- 1/2tbsp
Water- 1 cup(add as required)

For the filling
Radish/mooli- 2 cups grated(1-2 medium sized radishes)
Ginger garlic paste- 1tsp
Red chilly powder- 1tsp
Coriander powder- 1tsp
Salt- 1tsp
Stuffed paratha masala- 1tsp(optional, if you have it)
Oil- 1tsp

Ghee for brushing on the parathas

Method-
Take the flour in a mixing bowl.
Add salt to it.
Add water little by little and knead with your fingers and palms till the flour comes well together.
Add oil in the end and knead further to form a non sticky and a firm but smooth dough.
easy paratha recipes
Squeeze out water from the grated radish.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute for few seconds.
Add the grated radish along with the spice powders(mentioned below the ingredients used for filling)and salt.
Mix well.
Cook till the mixture is completely dry.
how to make paratha
Pinch a lemon sized portion of the dough.
Roll it to smooth ball.
Now using a rolling pin,flatten the ball.
Place a small portion of the filling in the center of the disc.
Seal the ends of the dough properly by bringing them together.
Now roll them with a rolling pin to a flat disc of 1 inch thickness.
Rub some flour while rolling if you find it too sticky and it will be much easier to roll.
Heat a tava.
Place the paratha on it.
When the bottom slightly cooks, flip and cook the other side.
Rub ghee on both sides and cook by flipping again.
Black spots should appear on the surface.  and should be cooked properly.
Repeat the same for rest of the dough.
Serve warm with pickles and curd.
easy indian flatbread
Notes -
You can saute some finely chopped onions before you add the grated radish.
Ensure the filling mixture is completely dry, or it will be mess when you roll out the dough.

Sep 12, 2014

No churn Vanilla icecream - easy eggless icecream recipes

  This icecream recipe really intrigued me.
It does not require icecream machine.
It does not have to beaten again and again to avoid crystals.
It is eggless.
It requires just 2 ingredients.
Its a fool proof recipe. The icecream is really going to be soft and creamy,
Its really going to impress your loved ones.
        So I had to give this a try. I immediately went to the supermarket and got some whipping cream.
I got my things ready on my kitchen table. To my luck, the electric beater gave off:(
I was unable to find my whisk.
I had to use my spatula. I kept on beating the cream, it thickened . I got excited seeing the way it was turning up. I was also in midst of phone call, I beat the cream so hard till it turned to butter!!Then I stopped and then baked a cake instead.
But I was so restless about trying this recipe. I went and bought the cream again. As my beater was not working, I used my whisk and I was also a bit worried about it turning into butter again. I was cautious this time. I thickened and formed soft peaks and I stopped.But you have to do it a tad more till it forms stiff peaks and also doubles in volume. But the result was wonderful. It was soft and creamy and delicious too!! So I do have plans of using this recipe to make other flavours too. But that will be after a few days as I am not comfortable using rich cream and condensed milk so often. But of course, I have been trying more icecream varieties  without cream and all and will post it soon!!
How to make easy vanilla icecream

Sep 9, 2014

Whole wheat oats and apple muffins - Healthy and eggless bakes

         I love to have this kind of healthy muffins for mid morning or evening snacks. I always use atta, oats or other kinds of healthy flours when I am baking for such kind of regular snacking. Maida or all purpose flour is reserved for cakes during special occasions. I once made muffins using finger millet flour and my kids had them thinking it was chocolate cake. I love to use fruits in my bakes and have used apples before in my cakes. I made muffins this time and it always pairs well with some walnuts. I generally try to avoid eggs in my baking nowadays as most of the readers ask for a eggless version of the recipe when I post my bakes with eggs.But of course if you want egg in this recipe, then add one egg in place of the yogurt.
apple muffins
         

Sep 6, 2014

Tofu and mixed vegetable curry with chickpeas - Side dish for rice or quinoa

         Rice is quite tempting for us. But as we have been avoiding it as much as possible for quite sometime now and  have been using wholegrains in our cooking. I have mentioned this before and highly proteineceous quinoa is one of them. So I make tomato quinoa or lemon quinoa or some salad with it. The other day, I saw this recipe of a vegan side dish served with quinoa in one of the blogs, I quickly bookmarked it and made it very soon. I changed the ingredients to my convinience and taste. I loved the combination of tofu and chickpeas along with other vegetables. And everything dunked in creamy coconut milk simply enhanced the flavour of the whole thing. I just added sambar powder and so it was mildly spiced ,my family loves it that way. I served it with some cooked quinoa and it was simply delicious. I think I ate a lot that day. You can even serve this with hot rice or cumin rice. This is a very simple curry without a complex recipe and using healthy ingredients and as usual takes very little of your time.
tofu chickpea curry


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