August 9, 2011

Cool Down With Water Melon Granita (Raw-Vegan)

I have been getting a 'whole living' magazine for free for a few months now. I love some of their recipes which uses food as natural as it can get and which use the simplest of ingredients and still give 'cool' end product. This is one of that kind.

Watermelon: around 8 cups
Lemon Juice - 1 big
Honey - 2-3 T (optional)

Peel skin and remove the white part from water melon **
Chop into big chunks.
Squeeze the lemon to get about 1/2 cup of juice.
Work in batches in a blender to puree everything together.
Freeze in a glass baking dish for about 4-5 hours.
Now comes the fun part. Shave the frozen treat into glass bowls or martini glasses (be creative) and serve.

My guests have lots of fun taking turns 'shaving the ice'. Kids love this in summer, make plenty so that you don't run out when they come back for second and third helping!!!

** (I save the white part of water melon for later use in salads or as a substitute for white pumpkin in some of the South Indian dishes)

April 10, 2011

Avocado Chapati

When our kids are in music class, moms have a good time waiting outside, gossiping  about anything from movies to politics and also sharing recipes. This one is from one of the music class moms.

Avocado -1 (well ripened)
Wheat flour - 2 cups
Salt as required
Ajwain - 1/2 tsp powdered  (Omam or Ayamodakam)

Peel avocado and scoop out the meat. Add the remaining ingredients and add just enough water (around  1/4 to 1/3 cup) and knead to make a soft dough.( I use my Cuisinart mini-prep for kneading the dough, just have to work in 2 batches.) Keep aside for 30 minutes or more if you have the time.

While the griddle is heating, make around 8 to 10 balls out of the dough.
Start rolling the balls into circles around 8 inch diameter.

Start cooking chapatis on the hot griddle, when it starts to puff up on one side, flip it with your hand (or use a spatula). Flip again when other side also starts to puff up. Using a wet dish cloth (or use a spatula) start pressing from the sides to puff it up (phulkafy). Flip once again and keep pressing till it puffs up completely.

Repeat for the remaining chapatis.
Serve with Dal and salad.

April 6, 2011

Date-Almond snack balls

This is dedicated to my dear husband who would not eat a cracker/cookie or anything processed for a snack. I needed to come up with a healthy and wholesome snack which can be made in a jiffy..!!

Medjool dates - 5-6
Almonds - 3/4 cup
Dried coconut - 1/4 cup
Sesame Seeds (Optional) - 2 Tbsn

Start pulsing almonds and a dry coconut in a blender or food prep.
In about 1-2 minutes you should have a coarse ground almond coconut mixture.
Add pitted dates and continue pulsing for a minute or so.
If you are adding sesame, now is the time. Just give a turn or two to mix it in.
Transfer the contents to a bowl and make walnut sized balls.
This is a no cooking involved snack, using only wholesome ingredients, rich in nutrients and high in energy

Note: Be creative, substitute dates with other dry fruits like raisins, apricots etc.
also, substitute almonds with any nuts of your choice.

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February 16, 2011

Breakfast time...

As a family we consider breakfast to be an important meal of the day. We try to include whole grains, good fats, protein and finish with a freshly made fruit juice.

Saffron Flavored Whole Wheat Pancakes

Milk - 1 cup
Saffron - 1 pinch
Almonds - 15
Dried Coconut - 2 tbsp
Eggs -2
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Cane sugar/Agave Nectar - 2 Tbsp (optional)
Whole wheat flour - 1 1/2 cups
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp

Add saffron to milk and keep aside.
Powder the almonds and coconut in a food processor or blender.
Beat Eggs one by one in a bowl.
Add sugar, powdered nuts, yogurt and beat again.
Mix flour, salt and baking soda.
Add milk and flour to the egg mixture little by little and mix well.
Keep batter aside for 10-15 minutes.
Heat a griddle and make pancakes.
This makes about 10 medium pancakes.

Cardamom Oats pancake

Cardamom - 3-4 peeled
Almonds - 20
Oats -2 cups
Eggs -2
Milk - 1 cup
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Cane sugar/Agave Nectar - 2 Tbsp (optional)
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp

Powder almonds, cardamom and oats in a food processor blender.
Add salt and baking soda to and mix well.
Beat Eggs one by one in a bowl.
Add sugar, yogurt and beat again.
Add milk and oats mixture little by little and mix well.
Keep batter aside for 10-15 minutes.
Heat a griddle and make pancakes.
This makes about 10 medium pancakes.

Quinoa Idli

Quinoa - 1/2 Cup
Cracked wheat (fine) - 1/2 cup
Yogurt - 1 cup
Salt - as per taste
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp

Dry roast quinoa on medium heat till nice aroma comes for about 5 minutes
Dry roast cracked wheat for 5 minutes
Ground quinoa to a coarse powder.
In a bowl, mix quinoa, cracked wheat, salt and baking soda. Add yogurt, mix well and keep aside for about 15-20 minutes.
Make idlis in idli steamer (you can also pour batter on a greased plate and steam over a pasta boiler)
Serve with coconut or tomato chutney.

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