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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Orange and Peach Creamsicle Shake

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Every day is 90+ temperature so for that time you don't like something hot and spicy to eat or drink. So what do you do when kids want some healthy snack? Well make something cool so its good for them too and still they love it. So made this orange creamsicle shake, just orange juice, frozen banana , ice cream and they loved it. You can put whip cream on top or same vanilla ice cream what ever you like or kids like and enjoy it on hot sunny day.

Skip the ice cream and you can have it Vegan milk shake with almond, hemp, cashew or soya milk.


Ingredients : 


1 Frozen Ripe Banana cut in chunks
2 tsp. Vanilla essence
1/2 cup each orange and Peach juice (you can either of it)
2 big scoops of Vanilla ice cream, 1 scoop extra to put it on top
2 tsp. Orange Zest - Optional

Method:


Put everything in blender and mix it till nice and frothy.

Pour it in Tall glass and put one scope of ice cream or whip cream on top and enjoy it.









Saturday, July 9, 2016

Black Beans "Meatless Balls" and Book Review

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After I tried Tempeh Meatballs I wanted to try bean balls too. So one fine evening when I was deciding what to make for diner I thought lets make bean balls and throw that in sauce along with  vegetables and boiled pasta and my diner will be done. And it was exactly as per planned happen. You can fry, baked, shallow fry this balls but I use my paniyaram pan to cook this. I didn't add any egg in it so it was soft but if you want you can add egg and make it.

When I was going thru books  from Blogging for Books , this is the first book catches my eyes, because its based on Tabasco sauce and I am a lover of spicy food. The book is by Barbara Hunter.

In my daily life Tabasco goes in every thing. Little drops of that sauce makes wonder in food. So I choose this book and when I got it in mail about two months ago, because of my hectic schedule I didn't get any time to post this recipe which I specially made it to use that sauce and believe me, that sauce added a punch to this recipe. So I was going thru recipes and I cut down meat and sea food recipes but my favorite one was Nacho with Mushrooms catches my attention. So that's goes to my to do list.







But I was making this "meatballs" and I use sauce in my recipe.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”





Ingredients :

4 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and well drained
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats
1 cup walnuts
2 medium carrots
1 medium onion
1 tsp fennel seeds
5-6 drops of Tabasco Sauce or as per your taste
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp paprika powder
½ tbs kosher salt
½ cup chopped parsley leaves

Method : 
In a food processor, chop black beans to small chunks but do not puree. Transfer the chopped black beans into a large mixing bowl. Add oats and mix briefly. Set aside.

Finely chop walnuts, carrots, onion, fennel seeds, garlic in food processor. Stir the mixture into the black bean-oat batter. Mix in the rest of ingredients along with Tabasco sauce  and combine well.

Cover the mixing bowl with lid or plastic wrap and let it chill in refrigerator for at least on hour.
Remove the mixing bowl from refrigerator. Make balls and keep it aside. At this stage you can fry it or bake it. I took out my paniyaram pan, add  dot of oil in all the holes. and slide single ball in each of the hall. 

Cook it on all side and take it out. 

You can add this in pasta sauce and served over spaghetti just like meatballs and pasta. or eat it as it is with  a marinara sauce on side. 

I add it in my sauce and vegetables mixture and serve it over pasta. 









Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tuver Na Thotha | Dried Pigeon Peas Curry

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This dish mostly eaten in winter because it has lots of green garlic, green onion which are plenty of in season during winter days. my mom used to make this one when we were kids , we call bakda. Never knew it was called thotha until this year when I saw lot of people were in one of my FB group was making and posting it. So I thought let me share my version of this dish too. Here in US we got everything mostly year around so I can make this and enjoy it anytime. It is a very tasty dish with the full bowl of protein which we need it anyway and generally it's eaten with bread but I had it with roti and baigan bhartha.

Ingredients : 

1 cup soaked and boiled Pigeon Peas
6 green onions chopped finely
2-3 Green Garlic chopped finely
2 tomatoes chopped
1 tbsp. grated ginger
1 Green Chill chopped
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. mustard seeds
Pinch of hing
1 piece of Dry Red Chill
1 Tsp. Turmeric powder
2 tsp or as per taste Red Chili powder
1 tsp. Cumin coriander powder
1 tsp. Garam masala powder
Salt as per taste
Finely chopped Fresh Coriander leaves.

Method 

Wash dry  whole tuver and soaked in plenty of water for at least 8 hours.
then Pressure cook it with 5-6 whistles or until its soft . Let the cooker gets cool down before opening the lid. Check if tuver is boiled properly by pressing a bean between your fingers.



In a Pot, add oil, add mustard seeds and let it popped, when its done popping add hing, dry red chili  and onion and cook till its little browned. 

Add ginger, garlic and chili and cook till everything nicely cooked. 
Add tomatoes and cook till its mushy.
Add all the powder masala and water from cooked beans so it thickens.

Add cooked Tuver beans along with little bit water or depend upon your liking of gravy. 

Add salt and cook it till it boils. Sprinkle coriander leaves. 

Traditionally, it tops with sev and eaten with bread. But I had it with roti and Bartha. 







Hearth and Soul Blog Hop: July 3rd week - Zesty South Indian Kitchen







Saturday, June 25, 2016

Polenta Disks with Roasted Vegetables in Marinara Sauce

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When I had Polenta with Mexican Toppings and Salad ,  I was hooked on this yummy creamy buttery spread. So this time I made it and roll it and freeze it and when it was time for diner, cut it in disk, glazed it with olive oil , salt and pepper and grill it and top it with marinara sauce with roasted vegetables in it and diner is done in no time. This is just perfect for my weeknights when I come home at 7:15 and kids bed time is 8:30, I have to cook and put them in bed so I can spend some time with them. Usually I am done by 8 and we all eating at that time so half hour is good family time on dining table and then to the kids room for half an hour. This was done in 20 minutes with the help of my hubby, by the time I cooked vegetables in sauce , he grill the disk and we are off to dining table to enjoy.

Ingredients

12 polenta disks
2 carrot chopped
1 onion chopped
2-3 cloves of chopped garlic
¼ cup chopped zucchini
Few florets of Broccoli
¼ cup Yam chopped
1 Green and red capsicum each chopped
½ jar of Bertolli Marinara sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
As per taste red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. olive oil
Parmesan or any hard cheese

Method:

From the roll of polenta, cut it in 3/4 “ thick disk.
Heat a flat pan , add olive oil and when its hot grill the disk, season it both sides and keep it aside.
In other pan, add olive oil, add garlic and sauté for a minute, add yam, carrot first and cook it , when its ¼ done, add capsicum , onion, broccoli, zucchini, salt and pepper and cook for a minute.
Add marinara sauce and cook it on medium to slow flame so everything cook nicely and know each other.
At the time of serving , heat up grill again, put the disk on , spread cheese and melt the cheese and then take those disk on plate, generously take sauce with vegetables and sprinkle more pepper or red chili flakes and Parmesan cheese and enjoy. 









Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Egg & Potato Salad with Spicy Jalapeno Cream Dressing

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I love egg salad and potato salad too. But this time I just made it in one bowl. For my curry potato salad you can see this link.


But to make this kind of salad , its very easy and its perfect for summer grilling. It very easy to put ingredients together and small or big batch , just adjust the ingredients and you can feed the crowd with this dish. To make it spicy, I made spicy jalapenos creamy dressing go to with and boy , it was a nice kick every bite. 

Ingredients : 

3 Large eggs boiled and cut in squares
3 potatoes boiled and cut in squares
1 stalk of celery with leaves finely chopped

For Mayo Dressing :
2 Jalapenos finely chopped (If you prefer less heat, take out the seeds)
1/2 cup Mayo
2 tbsp. Yellow Mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. Chopped green onion
Lime juice to taste

Method:

Mix the ingredients of dressing and keep it aside.

In a big bowl, add eggs, potatoes, celery and mix the dressing, 

Its better to keep it at least 30 minutes to flavor get combined but its good to go at once too. 

Enjoy it with your favorite grilling meat, vegetables , burgers. 

Happy summer.

I had it with mix berry smoothie.


















Hearth and soul blog hop; June last week - Zesty South Indian Kitchen



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Breakfast Egg Burrito with Hash Browns

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You need healthy and heavy breakfast in the morning when you don't know where and when you next meal is going to be or to fuel the body also you need hearty breakfast. For my everyday I just do breakfast when I reach to work, but weekends are busy and I am home so I try to eat heavy breakfast in the morning because I have lot to do in two days so this comes handy. I made eggs in mug and spread it with  beans, cheese, hot sauce in warm tortilla and made quick hash brown, along with my ginger tea and croissant. And I am good to go till 6, generally on Saturday, I don't do lunch so this is perfect. Recipe is for one person.


Ingredients :

2 large eggs
3 tbsp. milk
1 Whole wheat tortilla
1/4 cup of cooked black beans or re fried beans
1/4 cup of cheese
Salt and pepper and hot sauce as per taste
You can add your favorite vegetables also and make it perfect omelette in burrito too.

Method:

Spray your mug and crack eggs in it, add salt and pepper and hot sauce , milk and microwave it for 1 and 1/2 minutes to 2 minutes, till eggs are perfectly cooked.
Add cheese and cook for 30 more seconds.
Warm your tortilla on flame, take the eggs out and spread it on tortilla, sprinkle your beans, add more hot sauce, salt and pepper and roll it.

Hash Brown : Grated 2 potatoes , season with salt, pepper , hot sauce .
take water out from potatoes and spray oil in non stick pan, spread potato mixture in there and cook  till nice and crispy on both sides. You can use potato masher to make it thin so its cook nicely and quick and crunchy.

Serve with your burrito and tea.











Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gluten Free, Vegan No Egg, No Flour , No Bake Brownies

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So this post belongs to all the brownie lovers, who love baked, ooey gooey butter, all purpose flour, eggs loaded brownies. I just discovered that brownies can be healthy too and that too without all those ingredients I mentioned. How ? so read this post and you will know. I made this from dates and almonds and cashews, you can make vegan ganache on top with coconut oil , almond milk and dark chocolate but I didn't had patience to wait for that so just made brownies and still feel satisfied. This will be ready in no time so its very convenient too. So here you go with the recipe.

Ingredients :

2 cups pitted dates
1 1/2 cups walnuts, pecans
1/2 cup Cashews 
4 tbsp. cocoa powder
1  1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp. water
1/8 tsp salt


Method :

Combine dates, nuts, cocoa, vanilla , water and salt in food processor. 

Process until smooth, scarping down the sides. Now its up to  you, you want smooth or little crunch, I like little crunch so I didn't make smooth paste. It will form a bowl, looks like it need more liquid but don't add any extra water.

Lightly spray or grease 8 inch baking pan or line the pan with parchment / wax paper.

Transfer the dough to pan and press very firmly so it's evenly distributed in pan.

Leave it in fridge for hour or so, take it and cut it and enjoy,

If you have patience you can make ganache for this and when its cooling , spread it on top and leave it for 1/2 hour more and then enjoy. 

























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