SPINACH ‘N’ TAHINI BUNS


The glisten of the spinach leaves in my culinary

patch attracted me to make this for breakfast

today .

In regular , I make it a point to plan breakfast

for the next day, as I don’t like to rise with

confusions of what to make the next day .

As planned it was cinnamon buns for the

morning .The habit of watering my plants early

in the morning diverted the plans from sweet

to savoury.As it was Sunday, and that too a

lockdown Sunday I didn’t mind the change.

Anyway…let’s get into the recipe now .

INGREDIENTS

3 cups wheat flour

1 cup fine semolina ( rawa)

2 tsp.yeast

1 cup spinach leaves ( ground)

1 tblsp.curd

1/4 cup oil / 50 gm butter

Enough lukewarm water to bind .

1 tsp salt

METHOD

Mix all together with lukewarm water, and set

aside for 30 minutes.

Once it is double in size ,roll into one big circle,

spread the tahini paste on one side and roll to

make a single roll. Cut into portions,press

lightly , and place on a greased tray .

Brush the tops with egg yolk,and bake in 200C

oven for 25-30 minutes.

TAHINI PASTE

1 cup sesame seeds ( toasted)

2-3 tblsp olive oil

2 tblsp chilli flakes

1 tsp lime juice

Salt to taste

Grind the sesame seeds, oil,and salt to a paste .

Add chilli flakes and lime juice.

Apply the mixed paste on one side of the dough

This recipe is another innovation of mine , so

do send in your comments, and suggestions!

HEALTHY CILANTRO JUICE


Make your juices green,for the extra boost to

immunity building!

Some suggestions for the addition of greens

Cilantro or coriander,Spinach or Palak,Moringa

Mint ,are the greens which I usually include in

breakfast drinks.

When it comes to addition of green vegetables,

it is a long list . I will be posting combination of

vegetables too.

It’s always best to include a vegetable with the

fruit juice.

As gooseberry is considered to be the little

wonder it’s best to include it daily in any form.

So …to today’s drink with the gooseberry /Amla/Nellikai.

INGREDIENTS

A handful of coriander leaves

Amla 2-3

1 Pear / green apple

2-3 gooseberry ( Amla , Nellikai)

A tiny piece ginger

Honey to taste

A pinch of turmeric

A pinch of pepper

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Blend all ingredients together with water.

Strain and serve!

POHA-SEMOLINA IDDLI


Healthy , low calorie,healthy iddli . Fermenting

time is just 20- 30 minutes.No need to use fruit

salt.

I tried using a pinch of baking powder in a

tsp of vinegar ,after soaking to create the

fizz ,and it worked.

Grind the poha (rice flakes /Aval in Tamil)

coarsely, without adding it whole.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coarsely ground poha ( rice flakes/AVAL)

1/2 cup semolina ( rawa)

1 cup curd

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp.pepper corns coarsely ground

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

Few coriander leaves chopped

A small piece ginger chopped

1 green chilli chopped

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together ,cover and set

aside for 20-30 minutes.

After 30 minutes , add a little water to get the

consistency of iddli batter.

Pour into iddli moulds and steam for 10

minutes.

Serve hot with chutneys of your choice.

The same can be mixed and kept overnight for

the next morning breakfast.

So , do try and post in your comments and

suggestions!

CARROT,PINEAPPLE,ORANGE JUICE


As we are in a stage ,where we have to think of

all possible ways to be healthy , and boosting

the immunity of our family I’m posting juices

along with my other recipes.

This is not a remedy ,these are just measures

you could take when you serve juices like this .

In my previous post,I have given pointers for

making juices ( please do check it).

Today’s juice recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chopped pineapple ( remove core)

1 big carrot

1 orange

A pinch of turmeric

A pinch of nutmeg powder

Salt

Country sugar/brown sugar/palm candy/ honey

METHOD

Blend all these together fine .Add water

Strain and serve.

I’m not giving the amount of water to be added ,because some drink like smoothies , some like. it with more water ,so it’s your choice!

PINEAPPLE,ORANGE,PEAR JUICE


A juice with high content of Vitamin C .A good

immunity booster. Mostly yellow fruits and

vegetables should be included in your diet .

•Always use country sugar or honey .

•Add a pinch of Himalayan salt to any juice you

make.

•If you are not adding ginger , make it a habit to

add a pinch of dry ginger powder.

•Add a pinch of turmeric compulsorily.

Add a pinch of nutmeg powder to any juice you

make .

Some pointers I thought to share,and to the

recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chopped pineapple

2 pears

1 orange / sweet lime

A pinch of salt

A pinch of dry ginger powder

A pinch or turmeric

Honey / country sugar / palm candy to taste

METHOD

Blend all the fruits , in the juicer fine .

Add water to your choice

Strain and serve!

COCONUT MILK METHI WHEAT PAROTA


This wheat parota can be made instantly.

The richness of the coconut milk adds taste

to the parota.

For the layers I made a paste with rice flour

and ghee and used as a smear in the making.

You can substitute cornflour for rice flour too.

No maida was used.

So let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3 cups wheat flour

Enough coconut milk to bind

1 egg

2 tblsp curd

1 tsp. sugar

2-3 tblsp dried methi leaves

Salt to taste.

METHOD

Add a little coconut milk in a bowl first.Add the

rest of the ingredients and gradually add wheat

flour and enough coconut milk to bind to a soft

dough.

Apply a little oil / ghee on the dough .Cover and

set aside for minimum 15 minutes.

For smearing

Make a paste with 2 tblsp rice flour/

cornflour and 1/4 cup ghee .

Divide the dough into portions .Roll out each

into circles . Apply the rice flour mixture on

one side and make tiny pleats ,to form a strip .

Now roll the strip to a circle . Press down and

roll out to the shape of a parota.

You could roll out the whole dough into one

big circle smear with ghee on one side .Roll

it into one big roll and cut into portions and

make.

Heat a pan , add a little ghee or oil and cook on

medium flame till golden .

Serve with any curries or kormas of your

choice!

WHEAT FLOUR BREAD


This bread is made with wheat flour and a

handful of all purpose flour .

If you are using rapid yeast, not much of

kneading is required .Soft,fragrant wheat bread

is always baked in my home , and I do not buy

bread.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3 cups wheat flour

2 tsp yeast

1 tblsp.sugar ( preferably brown)

2 tblsp milk powder/ milk

1 egg ( optional)

50gm butter

Lukewarm water to bind the dough

METHOD

You can mix all the ingredients together and

bind to a sticky dough.

Allow to rise,knead for 10 minutes on a floured

board (count to 50 turns of dough for best

results).

If you have a Kitchen Aid it will do the trick.

Separate into 2 loaves and drop into greased

loaf pans (I used coconut oil ).

Let it rise for another time .

Brush the tops with egg yolk , and bake in a

200C oven for 20 -30 minutes .

Remove from pan and allow to cool .Cut into

slices.

Note: You could include flax seed powder to the dough or add flax seeds for that extra crunch

POMEGRANATE BEETROOT JUICE


Another healthy juice to my healthy juices list.

Beetroot and pomegranate are one of the best

nature has offered us.

Best to strengthen your immunity system,best

for anaemic patients .

Tip for the healthy juices: Always include a

piece of ginger , and a pinch of turmeric.

Do not use white sugar , use only country

sugar honey or palm candy sugar.

Now to the red,red healthy recipe!

INGREDIENTS

3 pomegranates

1 beetroot

1 small piece ginger

A pinch of salt

Country sugar/palm candy/honey

A pinch of turmeric

METHOD

Blend all the above ingredients with a little

water fine .

Add 2-3 cups water , mix , strain and serve!

So do try this immunity booster , and post in

your comments!

MODAKS /KOLUKATTAI


Today I’m going to share with you 2 varieties of

kolukatai.

One which I had planned to do , the other came

up when the filling was over.

As there is a saying “Necessity is the mother of

invention “-this chocolate and coconut had the

taste of biting into a bounty piece of chocolate.

Just little squares of Amul chocolate and a little

dessicated coconut did the trick .

So let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rice flour / kolukattai flour

2 -3 tblsp ghee

2-3 cups hot boiling water

Salt to taste

A little tender coconut water – ( optional)

For the filling

2 cups grated coconut

Jaggery powder/country sugar to your taste

2 tblsp gram dal flour( besan)

1 tblsp rawa ( semolina)

1 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of salt

2-3 tblsp ghee

METHOD

Mix ghee into the flour with salt.

Pour boiling water and bind to a soft dough.

Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes knead the dough well .

If the dough looks dry, add a little ghee and

knead to get a soft texture.

Divide into portions and keep a spoon of the

filling . Seal the edges firmly and steam for 7-10

minutes

Method for filling

Heat ghee and add the besan flour and roast

for a minute.Next add rawa , nuts. and the rest

of the ingredients, and remove from fire.

Chocolate filling method

Insert a square of chocolate with dessicated

coconut . Seal the edges and steam .

You will get a steamed chocolate lava effect

when you cut into.

My kids loved it and they said it was the best

taste in kolukattai . So do try and send in your

comments .

Note: Using moulds like this is very easy , so do

try your favourite shapes

PAN FRIED PALAK CHICKEN


Get in the greens, in your meal come what may

this season of care.

A quick side dish for today’s lunch.Yummy and

a tic -tac-toe innovation from my kitchen.

Let’s get into the recipe now !

INGREDIENTS

250 gm chicken

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp gram dal flour

Salt to taste

METHOD

Marinade the chicken with the ingredients and

set aside for few minutes .

For the Palak sauce

1/2 cup finely chopped onions

2 cups Palak leaves ( spinach)

Few cashewnuts

1 tsp cummin seeds.

1 capsicum cut into cubes

1/4 tsp nutmeg grated

Salt to taste

2 tblsp oil

METHOD

Heat oil in a shallow pan and fry the chicken

till it is browned . While frying the chicken,add

the onions in the side of the same pan.Saute till

onions are brown.

Grind the Palak leaves,with cashews and

cummin, and add to the chicken with nutmeg.

Add the chopped capsicum and remove from

fire after 5 minutes.

Good to serve with any rice rotis!

Post in your comments and suggestions!