CHICKEN’N’CASHEW PAKODA


Pakoda or Pakora is an all time favourite snack of India.There are many varieties of pakodas sold in the streets of India.

Considered a street food there are amazing vegetarian and non vegetarian combinations of pakodas.

Today’s crunchy food recipe is one with chicken,cashewnuts and mint leaves.You can add peanuts to replace cashew.

Curry leaves can be used instead of mint,so go ahead with your favourite combinations and try this appetiser/snack.

Share your comments and suggestions…

INGREDIENTS

250 gm of chicken cut into thin strips

1 cup gram flour

1/4 cup rice flour

2 tsp hot butter/ghee/oil

3 cloves garlic chopped fine

1/4 cup broken cashew nuts/peanuts

2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp.turmeric powder (optional)

2 chopped green chillies

1 big onion chopped fine

1 tsp saunf(perumjeeragam)

few mint/curry leaves

water

salt to taste

oil for frying

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients by only sprinkling water .The mixture should be crumbly (not like a batter).

The correct texture will be when you are able to hold the mixture with you fingers.Minimal water will add to the

crunchiness.

Drop tiny portions in hot oil, and fry till golden brown.

Tip: If you want the crunchiness to stay longer ..half fry ,remove and fry till it’s golden brown.

MINT(PUDINA)-CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


This mint is not peppermint, or spear mint, it is the mint used for biriyanis etc.To make it clear only I had bracketed in

the title.

Well…the taste and colour was good and something different .As I baked this for the first time I made 3 varieties ,one

with almonds to top, another with cashews, and finally only chocolate chips.Confused to endorse rankings as all 3

tasted good.Soon to try the salt recipe and post.

Let’s get into today’s recipe….

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup mint leaves only

1 egg

100 gm butter (room temperature)

100 gm sugar (white.. if you want the look of green)

200 gm flour mixed with 1 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt (if using unsalted butter)

chocolate chips

nuts of your choice

METHOD

Blend the sugar and mint well.

Beat the butter till creamy and add the mint mix.

Beat egg lightly and add to the butter mix.

Lightly fold in the flour and blend well.

You can add the chocolate chips finally or just press on each cookie before baking.

If you get a sticky dough, cover and leave in the fridge for some time.(20 minutes)

Divide into portions and place on a greased baking tray 1 inch apart.

Bake in 180C oven for 15-20 minutes and allow to cool.(cookies will turn crisp after it has cooled ).

NOTE:You could dip half of cookie in melted chocolate for a visual treat ..!

Would love to get your comments and experiences on how the recipe turned out for you ..Happy baking!

BAKED BROCOLLI, CHEESE SANDWICH


A dish to be endorsed as healthy and wholesome. Broccoli and cheese decked on one side ,egg and

home made mayonnaise on the other side, the taste is exemplary.A double decker sandwich!

The vibrant green florets is a visual treat I must say.This is a baked sandwich, easy and quick to make.

As I do not like too much crunch on a sandwich, had the broccoli tossed in a blob of butter before baking.

Mayonnaise and egg to be added after baking.

I used butter only to toss the vegetable as mayonnaise and cheese are used in this sandwich.(Trying to

cut down calories)

To the recipe …

INGREDIENTS

Broccoli florets tossed in a little butter,salt,and a pinch of nutmeg powder

Cheese slices(any cheese of your choice)

Egg (boiled egg slices/scrambled egg/poached egg

Mayonnaise

Bread slices

METHOD

Grease the baking tray with a little butter and arrange the bread slices.

Next the tossed broccoli florets, and cover with cheese slices.

Press on another slice of bread on each and bake in a preheated 200C oven for 10-12 minutes.

Keep the rest of the bread slices and bake with it (the slice to place egg and mayo).

Once baking is complete, add the egg and a drizzle of mayo and top with another baked bread slice.

Cut and serve.

DILL LEAVES ‘N’ EGG WRAP


This is a good recipe for breakfast snack, and a good option for a wholesome lunchbox category.

Dill leaves is a fragrant leaf, with a strong flavour.It has excellent digestive properties,anti-flatulent and anti-diabetic

properties.

This leaf can be cooked with dal ,meat ,added to biriyanis, soups, salads .Even juices are made with this herb as it

prevents excessive acid formation in the digestive system, reduces bloating…..and many more if you search for the

health benefits.

Check for another post with dill leaves CHICKEN DILL LEAVES BIRIYANI

Now today’s recipe is a simple an easy recipe with only few ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

4-5 eggs

1-2 tbsp butter/oil

a little pepper (optional)

1/4 cup milk

1 big onion chopped

salt to taste

Grind to a coarse paste

2-3 green chillies

a small piece of ginger

2-3 cloves garlic

few dill leaves (3 tbsp)

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan, add onion, eggs and scramble .After a minute add the milk and then the ground paste.

Scramble till slightly moist .(do not make it too dry)

Use as a filling in chapathis,or any type of wrap.

Can be used in sandwiches too.

Do try this recipe and post in your suggestions and views.

GOBI-CHEESE PESTO PARATHA


This is a stuffed paratha with grated cauliflower, cheese and basil pesto.Good for a snack or breakfast .

You could make this with finely chopped cabbage too.The blend of the pesto and the cheese makes the

recipe special.You can make any shape you prefer.(Photo shows roll shaped paratha).

Do try this recipe and post in your comments and suggestions!

To the recipe …

INGREDIENTS

For the paratha

2-3 cups wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup curd

1 tsp sugar mixed in 1/2 cup milk

1 tsp salt

oil to soak the dough

METHOD

Mix all to a soft dough with water if needed.Apply a little oil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Divide into portions and dip each portion in a bowl of oil and allow to rest for minimum 1 hour.

Apply oil on the rolling board and spread the dough.

Keep filling in the centre, and roll into any shape you like.The thickness of the rolled dough should be a little more than

a chappathi.

Cook with butter/ghee on both sides.

You can make this dough 1 day ahead and keep in the fridge (after the resting time).

Wrap in cling film tight to retain moisture.

A note about the resting time-The more the resting time the texture will be good.

You could prepare the dough at noon, and keep in the fridge at night if you have planned for breakfast.

Ingredients for the filling

2 cups cauliflower gratings

1/2-1 cup grated cheese (any cheese of your choice)

1 tbsp butter/ghee

1/2 -1 tsp.pepper powder/chilli flakes

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

salt to taste

1/2 cup basil leaves ground coarse

Method

Heat butter in a pan,and saute the cauliflower for 5 minutes.

Add the grated cheese, and switch off the flame.

Next add the rest of the ingredients .

Check salt and use as filling.

BROCCOLI-MAYO CUTLETS


Broccoli belonging to the cruciferous family of vegetables has high amounts of fibre,protein,iron,calcium,magnesium and

vitamins like A,C,E,K,B with folic acid.

The negative side of this vegetable is that it causes, gas and bowel irritation.Those using blood thinning medications, should

take care in consuming broccoli, as the efficacy of the medication may be hindered.

I have given the pros and cons of this vegetable briefly, and will be moving to the proceeds of the recipe directly.

This recipe is made with steamed broccoli, mint mayo (homemade)breadcrumbs and a minimal amount of cheese.You could opt out

the mayonnaise and opt in any cheese of your choice if you like.

Instead of mint you could use spinach.Broccoli should be not be overcooked as you may lose the benefits in store.If you are steaming

or boiling 15-20 minutes is sufficient.

These crispy cutlets can be served as starters, or as an accompaniment with any meal.Good to slide in to a burger bun and serve as

snack and a quick lunch.

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

Florets from a medium sized broccoli (steamed or boiled)

1 cup mayonnaise or cheese

a handful of mint leaves(ground)

1 onion chopped fine/spring onions

2-3 green chillies chopped

3-4 cloves garlic chopped fine

1-2 tsp chilli flakes

a pinch of mace powder

A cube of cheese ( any cheese )

1-2 tsp lime juice

1/2 cup breadcrumbs to bind broccoli

breadcrumbs for coating

1-2 eggs

oil for frying

METHOD

Mash the broccoli coarse and mix in the ingredients except the last 3 in the list.

MINT MAYONNAISE-CAULIFLOWER SALAD (link to homemade mayonnaise)

The consistency of the mixture should enable you to roll into cutlets.

Refrigerate for some time.

Dip in beaten eggs and coat with breadcrumbs and fry .

Deep fry till golden brown.

If you want to shallow fry you could make flattened cutlets.

Variation :Boiled or roasted minced meat could be added.

PEANUT-RADISH FRITTERS


Another crunchy recipe from my kitchen. In fact I got the idea of using radish for a fritter from a fellow blogger in WordPress.

This vegetable has a pungent smell and a peppery flavour.Even though the smell doesn’t attract many,this root vegetable hosts many

health benefits.

If you check my previous posts I have posted radish paratha,sambhar,and a vegetable side dish with carrot .

This is the second time i have made this fritter.The first time I made was with the bajji mixture, fried and dropped into buttermilk

curry (mor kolambu).All loved the taste, and I forgot to click a photo so the post is delayed.(will post soon as it’s worth the try)

Today’s crunchy recipe is with different ingredients, and spiced different too..so let’s move to the recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

3 medium sized radish peeled, washed,grated,and water squeezed out lightly

A handful of roasted/raw peanuts

1 onion chopped fine

2 green chillies chopped fine

2-3 cloves garlic chopped 

1 cup wheat flour

2 tbsp rice flour

1/2 cup gram dal flour

1-2 tsp sambhar powder

a pinch of asafoetida

few curry leaves 

salt to taste 

oil for frying

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients except the oil.Do not add much water as the radish will give out moisture..You should be able to hold the

dough with your 4 fingers.(that’s the consistency you require).Add water only if needed.

Heat oil, and take a tbsp from the heated oil and pour into the flour mixture.Mix and fry till crisp and golden .

 

WHEAT ‘N’ NUTS JAGGERY COOKIE


This is a no sugar cookie,and no white flour

cookie .

Crunchy,tasty,healthy cookie !

Do try this recipe and post in your comments.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 cups wheat flour

1/4 cup finely sliced almonds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1.5 cups country sugar/ jaggery

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/2 cup rawa ( semolina)

100 gm butter/ghee

1/2 cup milk /almond milk

1.5 tsp baking powder

METHOD

•Mix all ingredients together,and bind to a

dough ( lightly crumbly ).

•Divide into portions,flatten lightly and place

on a greased tray or parchment paper.

• Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes .

CHEESY HERB TWISTED ROLL


This is a good roll for breakfast or for a quick

meal .I have posted many recipes of cheese

buns,and rolls recipes.

This recipe is a little different from the

previous posts ,and the difference is honey

replaced for sugar ( to ferment ),and butter is

added to the milk and warmed.( lukewarm).

Now,to today’s recipe with lots of cheese and

herbs . Why I added as ‘ herbs’ to the title,

without specifying one is,because you could

use any type of herbs to your choice like

parsley,spinach,basil,….or your favourite

combination with cheese .You could choose any

type of cheese.

This roll has to be folded with two pieces of

dough with grated cheese,and herbs in

between.You could also use sun-dried tomatoes

Well,I removed the seeds of the tomato and cut

fine to add with the cheese and parsley .

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2.5 cups flour

1.5 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp honey

50-75 gm butter

1-2 cups milk

1 egg

1 tsp salt

For the cheese filling

1-2 cups grated cheese

Finely cut parsley or herb of your choice

2 tomatoes (finely chopped and seeds

removed )

1 tsp chilli flakes

METHOD

•Warm the butter and milk together.

•Add yeast,honey to the flour and mix well.

•Next add the warmed butter and milk with

salt, and mix to a soft dough .

•Add egg and knead for 5 minutes.

•Cover and allow to rise double .

•After it has risen,knead again on a floured

board for another 5 minutes.

•Cover and allow to rise again .

• Divide the risen dough into equal portions.

• Roll out each into long strips . Use 2 strips for each roll .

•Apply butter before placing the filling.

• Spread the filling .Keep another strip of dough on it .

• Seal the edges lightly,and make another fold ( 4 edges overlapping).

• Slightly twist and place on baking tray .

• Brush with egg yolk on the top .(I brushed

with the remaining butter and milk )

•Sprinkle with nuts if you like .

Do try and please give me your feedback!

CHICKEN ‘N’ LEEKS QUICHE


Quiche is considered to be from the French

cuisine .

It has a pastry crust and a savoury custard,

consisting eggs,cream,cheese, with vegetables/

meat variants .

This could be made into mini quiches too.

Though quiche variants are many, the basic

ingredients of eggs,cream and cheese have to

be compulsorily included.

The cream has to be full fat if you need a nice

and puffed up quiche.

The pastry for the crust can be made

beforehand,and kept in the fridge .

Well,my pastry making time was,/till I made the

filling only, and the outcome was excellent!

I made 2 quiches-8 inch quiche +5 inch quiche

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

2 cups flour ( all purpose)

100 gm butter ( cold )

1 egg

1 tsp salt

Ice water enough to bind

METHOD

First crumble the butter,flour and salt till well

mixed .

Next add the rest of the ingredients and bind to

a firm dough .

Cover and allow to rest in the fridge till you

prepare the filling .

After the testing time,roll out the pastry and

line the tart tins.

Apply cornflour on the base inside ,to prevent

sogginess,and pour in the filling

For the filling

100-200 gm chicken shreds

1 big leeks chopped

3-4 garlic chopped

2-3 green chillies thinly sliced

1 cup full fat cream

100-150 gm cheese

6 eggs

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

Pepper powder to your taste

1 tbsp butter/ oil

Salt to taste

A little cornflour to brush the tart shells

METHOD

First lightly sauté the chicken,leeks,and garlic

for 2-3 minutes, and set aside.

Mix the eggs,cream,nutmeg powder,salt.

Add in the cheese,chillies ,pepper powder ,and

the sautéed chicken and leeks.

Mix well and fill the prepared pastry shells .

Bake in a 180C oven for 35 mins.

SRILANKAN ‘POL ROTI’ WITH ‘POL SAMBOL’ STUFFED


Pol is a Sinhalese word for coconut .This roti is

purely from the Srilankan cuisine.I have posted

recipes of Pol roti and Pol sambol before .

Today,I thought to envelope the pol sambol into

the roti and it was delicious.

This recipe was copy pasted with a few changes

from my previous post of the same .It was too

easy to post this recipe 😉

INGREDIENTS

For the pol sambol

1 cup coconut scraped

1 onion or 7-8 small onions

1/2 green chilli ( optional)

2-3 curry leaves

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp chilli powder ( can add more if you like it hot)

Two teaspoons maldive fish powder ( optional )

juice of 1 lime

Salt to taste.

METHOD

Except the grated coconut, pound or blend the

ingredients to a coarse mix.

Add the coconut and mix well.

For the roti

INGREDIENTS

3 cups plain flour

1 coconut scraped (coconut can be cut and

ground coarsely with 1 cup water and  used )

salt to taste

METHOD

Bind all these to a slight sticky dough .

Divide portions out of the dough.

Grease a plate with coconut oil,flatten with the

palm of your hand.

Keep a tbsp of the coconut sambol.

Fold in like in the photo.

Cook on a griddle till cooked on both sides.

SESAME(TIL)CHIKKI/BRITTLE


Sesame seeds/Til (Hindi )Ellu (Tamil),though it

looks tiny,it has a rich source of nutrients,fibre

protein needed for the human body .

It is extensively used in,Middle Eastern dishes.

Sesame oil,is extracted from this humble seed.

Asians,also use this seed in the making of

savouries and sweets.There are countless

recipes with this seed,and this recipe that I’m

going to share now,can be seen or bought from

any store in India.

Earlier,I thought this chikki needed expert

hands to make it.After trying this,and peanut

chikki which is my favourite,I learnt it’s just so

easy to make . Henceforth, peanut brittle,and

sesame brittle will be homemade 😀.

Peanut brittle/ chikki is the same recipe .The

only difference,is that peanuts have to roasted

crisp .

Another useful and important tip is that,you

should never add the peanuts or sesame seeds,

to the syrup with the flame on.

Once the consistency ,of the syrup is right ,

switch off the flame and then toss in the nuts.

Will be posting peanut chikki soon.

To today’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup jaggery pieces

1/4 cup water

1 tsp liquid glucose ( optional)

1/2 tsp ghee

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

a pinch of nutmeg powder

METHOD

• Melt the jaggery in 1/2 cup water with glucose,

and 1/2 tsp ghee,till it reaches a thick bubbling

syrup .Add spice powders.

•Add a drop in a little water.If it crystallises

and you are able to shape it in between your

fingers,remove from fire.

•Add the sesame seeds and mix well.

•Transfer to a greased board/ parchment paper.

•Flatten it with a greased rolling pin .

•Cut into shapes,when lightly cool .

• Allow to cool completely,and remove pieces.

Tip to compulsorily follow : Keep mixing the

jaggery syrup while cooking ,as it may get

burnt .

COFFEE ALMOND BUNS


This is a ‘wow’ recipe I came across yesterday .

As usual made my changes to the recipe,it was

soft and the coffee taste was too yummy!

The changes I made was,adding almond flour

to crown each bun.As I liked the texture baked

some plain buns too, and served with boiled

egg slices, butter, cheese,pepper and slit green

chillies ( just to get the flavour).This is simple

but a delicious egg bun recipe .

Moving to the subject of this post – Coffee buns.

INGREDIENTS ( tried kneading by hand )

3 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp yeast

200 ml warm milk

75 gm butter

1 tsp salt

Method

Mix in all the ingredients together,except

butter and bind to a soft dough.

After binding,add in the butter and knead till

the butter is well corporated.

Allow to rise double.

After it has proven,punch down the air,and

knead again for few minutes .

Divide into portions,and place each dough on a

greased tray .(It’s best to use parchment paper)

For the icing

1 tsp instant coffee powder

A tsp of water to mix the coffee

2.5-3 tbsp sugar

1 egg ( lightly beaten)

3 tbsp butter

1/2 cup almond flour

1 tsp cornflour

Method

Mix all the ingredients together .

Transfer to a piping bag,and pipe only half

from the top downward.( as the cream will

spread down .

After making I realised, that I could have

sprinkled some slivered almonds for a

richer taste .

Anyway without almonds,it was awesome !

Do try this excellent recipe .

PALAK CORN ‘N’ EGG


This is an amazing dish with rotis or as stuffing

for puff pastries,or buns .

Corn contains valuable vitamins and minerals

necessary for your overall health.

Corn is one food, which can be added to many

preparations and many cuisines.It will be a

long list if,I have to name each dish with corn,

and baby corn ,so I will move on to the recipe

right away 😀.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup corn pellets/ baby corn

2 cups spinach( Palak)

2 green chillies

5-6 garlic cloves

1 tsp cumin seed

2 tbsp almonds/cashew ( powdered coarse)

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 onion chopped

1 piece cinnamon

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp amchur powder/ 1 tbsp curd /1 tsp lime

juice.

Salt to taste

1-2 eggs

2 tbsp fresh cream ( optional)

2 tbsp butter/ghee

METHOD

• Grind the washed palak leaves,with green

chillies,cumin seed,garlic to a coarse paste.

•Heat butter/ghee in a kadai,and add the onions

•Add cinnamon,and let the onions brown

lightly .

•Next add the corn pellets,and sauté for 2-3

minutes.

•Add the eggs, and mix

• Next add the ground palak mixture,and the

remaining ingredients .

•Cook for few minutes ,on a low flame till corn

is well blended with the Palak mixture.

•Remove from fire .

•Add fresh cream and serve .

SWEET POTATO FRIES


Sweet potato has numerous health benefits.

Sweet potatoes help to improve insulin

resistance,and it is found that people who

consume lot of sweet potato have a less risk of

diabetes due to its fibre content.

This is just an outline of the health benefits.

If more healthy tips are preferred,you could

search the Internet.

Now to the recipe today.

INGREDIENTS

Sweet potatoes ( the quantity is your requirement) peeled or unpeeled and cut into strips.

1-2 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Cornstarch ( a little to coat lightly)

Oil for frying

METHOD

•Boil the sweet potatoes with vinegar and salt.

•After it reaches a good bubbling boil,strain

and allow to cool lightly.(Spread it on a kitchen

towel )

•Add cornflour to a bowl and mix the sweet

potatoes lightly with your fingers.

•Fry till golden brown and crisp .

Tip : Fry 3/4th,and remove from oil .After

you have fried all the chips,refry to retain

crispness

This tip applies to all fried food .If you need

the crunchiness to last for some time you

could try this method .

AVOCADO WALNUT BROWNIE


This is a lovely brownie with more of a

chocolatey taste.

If you have it just out of the oven,you may get

the taste of avocado.Allow it to cool ,or have it

the next day .Very moist,no need to add butter,

less on flour too .

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 big avocado or two medium sized avocado

1 cup sugar ( 1/2 cup brown )

4 eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

200 gm melted chocolate

A handful of walnuts

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Beat the eggs,sugar and salt till light in colour

Add the cocoa powder,flour and the melted

chocolate

Mix till well corporated.

Add walnuts .

Transfer to a greased tray and bake at 180 C in

a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes .