Friday, July 30, 2010

Peanut Cookies

Wonderful cookies with a taste of peanuts...

3/4 cup All purpose flour (maida)
1/2 cup Peanut butter
2 tbsp roasted peanuts (roughly crushed)
1/4 tsp soda bi carb
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
3/4 cup brown sugar (can use plain sugar also)
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup desicated coconut
1 tsp lemon rind
1. Take the flour, soda and sieve in a vessel.
2. Then add peanut butter, crushed peanuts, cinnamon powder, lemon rind, desicated coconut and mix.
3. Add honey and lemon rind, sugar and rolled oats. Mix well and knead it with as much water needed.
4. Put in aluminium foil and keep in refridgerator for half an hour.
5. Take it out from fridge and then make lemon size balls from it, and press it a little.
6. Preheat oven at 180 degrees celcius for 10 min.
7. Place the cookies tray in the oven and bake for about 10 min.
8. Keep checking. If the cooking are not done keep for some time more.
9. Remove from oven and keep on wire rack for cooling. Once cool store in airtight container.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Oats Roti

Oats are generally considered "healthy", or a health food. My daughter when I gave her oats porridge she was reluctant to eat... I was really thinking about how do I make her eat oats... Then thought about this recipe.... I made it very very simple as my daughter doesnt eat spicy...

1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup onion finely chopped
2 tbsp coriander
2 tsp oil
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
(You can add 2 green chillies or chilli powder as per taste if you want the roti to be a bit spicy)
1. Combine all ingredients with water and make a soft dough.
2. Leave it to rest for about 20 min.
3. Divide the dough into small balls and then roll out thick rotis of that.
4. Cook on tava leaving oil from sides and serve hot with fresh curds.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Kurmura Laddoo

Its holiday season and kids always want some snack. My daughter loves sweet and always asks for chocolate. Its really difficult to say no everytime so I prepared these laddoos....

1 cup Jaggery
1/2 cup water
150gms of Kurmura (puffed rice/murmura)
2tsp cardamom powder

1. Grate or make small pieces of jaggery and take in a heavy bottom vessel. Add water in it and then let it boil.
2. Boil it for around 5-10 min and then when the syrup starts to become thick then take a little water in a dish and put a drop of the syrup in it. Leave for 2 seconds and then check if it forms a balls at once then the syrup is done.
3. Add cardamom powder and mix. Then add puffed rice and mix everything well.
4. Wet your palms a bit and then make balls of the mixture.

Tip: You can add roasted peanuts in the jaggery syrup to make peanut laddoo. Or even mix peanut and puffed rice in equal quantity (75gms peanuts and 75gms puffed rice) and make peanut puffed rice laddoo.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Vegetable Samosa

A very spicy and tasty mouthwatering snack. I used to have samosa's and kachori's a lot when I was in India. Here also we do get samosa's nowadays in some restaurants. Even frozen samosas are available nowadays. But the taste or fun of eating samosa that we get back in India in the small road side shops is not there.. But any ways I gave a try to this last weekend.. It came out quite good...

For the pastry
1 cup plain flour (maida)
1 tbsp semolina (optional)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
1/4 cup warm water
For the vegetable
1 cup green peas
2 big potatoes
2 green chillies
1 1/2 tsp dry mango powder (amchoor)
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp oil
salt to taste

For the pastry
1. Mix all the ingredients of the pastry and make a stif dough and keep in a wet muslin cloth for 1/2 an hour.
2. Then make round balls of the dough and roll them into chappatis. Cut the chappati in half and then make the edges wet and stick to make a cone shape.
For the Filling
1. Put oil in a vessel. When it is hot add cumin seeds.
2. When the cumin seeds crackle add peas and fry for 2-3 min. Then add garam masala, coriander powder, green chillies finely chopped and mix.
3. Then add boiled and cubed potatoes and salt and amchoor powder. Check the taste of the vege if you want more spicy then add red chilli powder.
4. Remove from pan and put the filling in a plate to cool.
Final stage
1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
2. In the cones made from the dough put the filling and close the samosa cones nicely.
3. Make all the cones similarly and then deep fry till golden brown.

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