Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mushroom casserole with Indian spices

After a while afternoon of baking muffins and cake, idea of cooking dinner was really wasn't too exciting. A quick look in the fridge and hot oven got me creating this healthy delicious dish.
250 gms halved mushrooms
1 cubed onion
1/2 cubed bell pepper
1-2 cup curd
1 tsp chili garlic paste
3-4 tbsp oats meal
Chilli powder
1 tsp Sabzi masala / garam masala
1 tsp oil
Mix all the ingredients well.
Put into hot oven and bake till golden on top and it looks cooked.
Enjoy just the way it is. 
Delicious and healthy !

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Baked cheesy sesame garlic squares

Baked cheesy sesame garlic squares
A crunchy garlicky squares great for pick up snacks  for parties with dips or as side snacks for kids. 
1 kg all purpose flour
1/2 cup warm oil
2 tbsp garlic chili paste
1 cup curd
1 tbsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup grated cheese 
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp ajwain
1 tbsp vinegar
Salt to taste 
Mix flour with all the ingredients and mix well. 
Add enough hot water to make a medium soft dough.
Keep for 15 mins.
Roll and cut into squares.
Poke with a fork and bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg C.
Bake till brown and golden. 
Store in sealed containers.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Buckwheat cake

Buckwheat atta cake , vegan cake
Defying the regular cakes, this one was super moist, yummy and extremely filling and satisfying with coffee. Try this for your next fast! 
1 cup Buckwheat flour / kuttu atta
1 cup ground oats
1 cup roughly ground almonds 
1 cup soaked and crushed dried dates
1-2 tbsp honey 
500 ml apple sauce
1 grated Apple 
1/4 cup oil
3 tsp baking powder 
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla / cinnamon 
Mix all the ingredients well. Adjust sweetness and consistency.
Pour into a prepared dish.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg C. 
Cover half way through and cook till a needle comes out clean.
Top with home made apple chips. 
To make apple chips, slice apples and bake in oven turning it once. 
Then microwave them to dry.
Enjoy healthy cake !

Buckwheat healthy daal dhokli

Buckwheat dal dhokli
When I have different new ingredients, my brain starts to spin and I start thinking how I could make a different dish out of it. Who says dal dhokli can't be made with another kind of flour? So I tried buckwheat and was ready it might fall apart inside the dal as I boil it. I also used a local dal called green lentil. It looks like a bigger firm of black masoor and looks like tuar inside.  But it worked well. Here it goes. Healthy and yummy recipe. 
1 cup green lentil/ tuar dal. 
1/2 cup kale leaves chopped
1 onion chopped
500 gms chopped tomatoes 
1 tbsp garlic crushed
1 tbsp grated ginger
1-2 chopped green chillies
10-12 curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp each of cumin and methi seeds
1/5 tsp hing
1-2 cup crushed peanuts 
Walnut size tamarind soaked in water
1 tbsp jaggery
Chilli powder 
Dhaniya powder
Garam masala 
1 tbsp oil
Chopped coriander 

For dhokli..
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup oats meal optional 
1/4 tsp ajwain
Chili powder 
1 tbsp oil

Mix all the flours and other ingredients for dhokli and make into a stiff dough. 
In a pressure cooker add dals, kale leaves, salt , haldi, tomatoes, crushed peanuts and boil well.
Heat oil  add hing, cumin, methi and mustard and let them crackle.
Add ginger, garlic , green chillies and curry leaves and sauté.
Add chopped onions and sauté.
Add the dry masalas and pour dal in it.
Add water to make it a little thin.
Add jaggery and tamarind pulp.
Roll dough and cut into small squares.
Put these into the boiling dal.
Boil for about 15 mins till dhoklis float.
Add chopped dhaniya and ghee and serve it with rice or just the way it is. 
Enjoy the healthy dish on a rainy or cold day ! We love it.  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Buckwheat/ kuttu bread

Buckwheat / kuttu bread
A dear friend is on special diet and is off wheat products. As she craved for something different , I tried my hand on this idea of using buckwheat. Just a mix and bake kind of bread but relished by us too. Do try!
1 cup buckwheat
1/2 tsp fresh yeast
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp chili flakes 
Buckwheat groat to sprinkle 
Mix all the ingredients with warm water and make into a thick batter.
Beat for few mins. 
Pour into a greased baking dish.
Top with buckwheat groat.
Keep for 1 hour for it to rise.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg C till golden brown on top and knife comes clean. 
Cool and slice. Top with butter and enjoy the good healthy bread.

Healthy and spicy seeds chutney

I like to make various chutnies and this one is delightful! High on taste and great on health.

1/4cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
5-7 pods of garlic 
1 tsp chili powder 
Salt to taste
Roast the seeds till golden.
Cool and add other ingredients and grind to a rough powder.
Eat as you like... Over dosas, idlis, sprinkled over eggs or on vada pao.