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Plantain Coconut Balls

My Son's school was celebrating Harvest Festival last Friday. Harvest festival is their tradition where kids make a stone soup based on the old folk story and parents make their choice of breads/appetizers/desserts. I had not planned anything and since it was a Friday my refrigerator was almost empty. As usual I was thinking of different options while driving back from work. Then I remembered I had few plantains in my fruit basket. We make most of the food for our harvest festival (Onam) with Plantains, why not make something with plantains? This is what I ended up making:

Ingredients:
3-4 plantains (Kerala bananas)½ cup fresh grated coconut (if you are using frozen, just roast it so that the moisture goes off)butter  – 2 Tbs.Cardamom powder – a pinch Directions:
Wash and remove both tips.Boil with skin on (Pressure cook with say ½ cup water for 3-4 plantains – cooks really fast so 1-2 whistles are enough)Remove the skin and mash (you can remove the black seeds in the middle if y…

Grilled Eggplant Sandwich

My son loves eggplant and it is always a joy to cook something new for him. Today's experiment was with this fresh eggplant I got from the farm near my office. I had one large eggplant and I was a vaguely planning to make grilled eggplant while driving home from work. After I took 3 big slices from the eggplant, I thought may be I can make a chutney with the remaining eggplant to use as a sandwich spread. OK so here I go..



Ingredients: (makes 3 sandwiches) 1 Large Eggplant2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil3-4 Chillies ( any kind, I used Serrano, it was really hot !!!)3 T Black channa (black chickpea)1 t Italian Seasoning1/4 t Turmeric powderJuice from 1/2 a Lemon1 or 2 garlic cloves slicedSalt as per taste6 Slices of whole grain bread. (I used my homemade wholewheat bread
Method: Take 3 big slices of eggplantSlice the remaining eggplant into small slicesMarinate all eggplant slices and sliced chillies with the salt, Italian seasoning, turmeric powder and olive oil for about 15-20 minutes.Me…

Spring Mix Strawberry Salad w/ Strawberry Kumato Dressing

Salad Ingredients:
Spring mix - 1/2 box (Organic spring mix from Costco)Mini cucumbers - 2Strawberry - 10Pears - 2Almonds - 10
Dressing Ingredients:
Strawberry - 3Kumato -1 (quartered) Raw honey - 1 TbsEV live oil - 2 TbsUnpasteurized apple cider vinegar - 1 TbsSalt and Pepper - As per taste
Directions:
Slice fruits and vegetables and mix with spring mix.Blend all ingredients for dressing (This can be made few hours ahead of time if needed)Enjoy!