May 13, 2016

Turmeric Cumin Oats w/ Lemony Avocado Cream

I gave you a sweet breakfast in my last post, but today I have a savory breakfast idea. Made with a small list of wholesome and clean ingredients and can be put together in no time. There is a lot of buzz around turmeric these days, but that is not something new to Indian cuisine. Indian cuisine uses turmeric in pretty much everything. Here, I am just adding a dash of Indian flavors to the simple, everyday oatmeal. 



Ingredients:
  • Thick rolled oats - 1 cup (optionally soaked overnight)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sea salt - as per taste
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Directions:
  • Start boiling oats in 2 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder. Cook till well done.
  • Toast cumin seeds in a small pan and mix with the cooked oats.
  • Serve warm with a dollop of lemon avocado cream.
  • Makes about 3 servings. Enjoy!!

Lemon Avocado Cream:
  • Avocado - 2
  • Lemon juice - from half a lemon
  • Green chilly minced - 1-2 (optional as per taste) 
  • Sea salt - as per taste
  • Cilantro chopped - 1/4 cup (substitute with your preferred chopped herbs)

Directions:
  • Take out meat from avocado and mash with the back of a fork. Mix remaining ingredients and whisk till creamy.
  • Enjoy!!

May 9, 2016

Apple-Pie Chia-Pudding

Apple-Pie Chia-Pudding does sound like a dessert right? I am talking about an awesome breakfast idea though. If you are using wholesome and clean ingredients, you don't really need to worry about eating dessert for breakfast anyway :). The best part is that you can put this together the night before, and you have a high energy, wholesome and satisfying breakfast to start your busy day. Made with wholesome and organic ingredients, and sweetened with only dates and an optional dose of raw honey. No refined or processed ingredients are used and it is gluten free, dairy free, raw, vegan-friendly and quick'n'healthy:). 



Ingredients:
  • Apples - 3 
  • Dates - 1/4 cup 
  • Honey - 1 Tbs (optional)
  • Fresh ginger - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg - 1/4 tsp
  • Cardamom - 1 skin removed
  • Himalayan pink salt - a pinch
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbs 
  • Chia seeds - 6 Tbs
  • Homemade almond milk - 2 cups

Directions:
  • Soak chia seeds in almond milk overnight
  • To make 'apple pie': 
  • Roughly chop one apple. Add to a blender jar along with dates & spices and blend to make sort of an apple sauce. 
  • Chop remaining apples fine, toss with lemon juice. Mix with the 'apple sauce' and honey (if using). Leave this mixture on your counter-top overnight. 
  • When ready to serve, divide chia pudding into serving bowls and serve topped with 'apple pie' on top. 
  • This makes 2 to 3 servings. Enjoy!!

May 3, 2016

Coffee Bites

For the coffee lover traveler looking for a good bite, here is something just for you. When I am on travel or just on a long drive I like to carry a bunch of homemade goodies with me that I can reach out when I need a quick bite. Usually I make small bite sized bars or balls which give you some quick energy. Here is a recent addition that was added to that collection. This one is for the coffee lovers who like good coffee flavor and are looking for a quick coffee feel without the diary and sugar that goes with a cup of coffee. Made with organic German instant coffee powder and pure raw cacao powder, and sweetened with only dates. Clean, gluten-free, diary free, no-sugar-added snack coffee bites for your long afternoons at work, for long drives, pre-workout or any time you need a quick bite, a coffee bite. 



Ingredients:
  • Almonds - 1 cup
  • Dates - 1 cup packed
  • Organic instant coffee powder - 1 Tbs
  • Cacao powder - 2 Tbs
  • Himalayan pink salt - a pinch
Directions:
  • Pulse almonds in a food processor or blender to almond meal consistency.
  • Add dates and process till dates and mashed and binds everything together.
  • Add remaining ingredients and continue till everything together forms sort if a dough. 
  • Make small walnut sized balls and roll them using your palms. 
  • Store in an air tight container.
  • Makes about 24 balls. Enjoy!! 

March 25, 2016

QuickNHealthy Avalose Podi

Avalose podi is a snack which is made with coconut and roasted rice flour, and a hint of ginger and cumin. It is served as-is with a sprinkle of sugar, or with mashed bananas and warm milk, or as a combination of all of these.  It is a staple snack from Kerala, which many of us malayalees might remember fondly as an after-school snack.



Like many other regional delicacies, I have never tried making the original version :), I have only tasted versions made by different people I know.  This one here is a quicknhealthy version, and that is not surprising right:-). In this version, I am using flattened rice (aka poha) instead of rice, and I am using dates instead of sugar. As always I try to use as much of organic ingredients as possible. Here is a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free snack.

Ingredients: 

Directions:
  • Powder flattened rice using a dry blender.
  • Dry roast in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat for about 15 minutes, or till slightly turning brown and nice aroma starts coming. 
  • Dry roast the coconut till golden brown. 
  • If using fresh ginger, dry roast till excess moisture is absorbed.
  • Let everything cool and powder in batches to get a coarse powder. 
  • Store in airtight container. 
Serving Suggestions:
  • Just like that, enjoy spoonfuls :-)
  • Serve with sliced banana and/or warm milk as a filling snack or as a breakfast.