Monday, January 20, 2014

Fruity Oats Smoothie



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This smoothie may not be attractive by the looks or that appetizing but its the best and healthiest drink i have ever had. All kind of goodness in just one glass. I have this every morning for the breakfast, this keeps me filled till my lunch and keeps the hunger at bay for a long time. The main advantage in this smoothie is its totally sugar free which makes it more healthier... Here we go to the goodness recipe.



Ingredients:

4 dates pitted
1 prune pitted
4 almonds soaked overnight
1/2 cup oats powdered
1 tbsp of powdered flax seed
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup milk
a dash of cinnamon
any fruit of ur choice (eg: apple, banana, strawberry, etc)

Method:

* Almonds: Soak the almonds over night or add water and microwave for 1 min. I soak 1 cup of almonds for 10 hours, drain and store in the fridge.
* Dates: Soak over night in hot water or add with water and microwave for 1 min.
* Prunes: Soak it overnight with the dates.
* Oats: Add to the blender and make it to a fine powder, you may dry roast it if u prefer.
* Flax seed: I used my blender to make the seeds into a powder.
* Add all the ingredients to the blender or hand blender and blend it till smooth.
* Serve chilled, Enjoy the goodness.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chilli Fish/ Fish Manchurian



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Manchurian is one of the yummiest word... mmm. A Manchurian made out of anything will surely taste good according to me. To be frank this was the first trial of Manchurian at home and of course it came out great. I actually had a hesitation to try this recipe with fish but i had no other choice b'coz i had only fish at hand, so started to do it. Which turned out to be a wonderful dish. If anyone out there have hesitations like me pls go ahead with this recipe as this was quite easy to prepare.... here we go in to the recipe.




Ingredients:

250 gm of cut into small cubes, deboned fish (any fish with a firm flesh would do, or use deveined prawns)
3 tbsp + 1 tsp of cornflour / corn starch
3 tbsp of maida / plain flour
1 tsp + 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste
1 tsp of black pepper powder
Oil for frying (shallow or deep frying as per ur wish)

1 capsicum / bell pepper, cubed
1 onion, cubed
1/2 to 1 tbsp of soya sauce
1 tsp of green chilli sauce (i replaced chilli sauce with fresh chopped chilli)
1 tsp of tomato sauce
A small bunch of spring onions or coriander leaves, chopped fine

Method:


Make a thick batter of 3 tbsp cornflour + flour + 1 tsp ginger garlic paste + salt + pepper powder + water
Dip the fish pieces in this and fry in oil until golden brown (in small batches without crowding the pan).


Drain and set aside. 
In the same oil, add the onions and capsicum. 
When the onions start to turn pink, add the ginger garlic paste and saute until fragrant.


Turn heat to high and add the soya sauce, chilli and tomato sauce.
Mix well and reduce heat. 
Add the fried fish pieces.
Mix well and cook on low heat.


Meanwhile, mix the 1 tsp cornflour in 4 tbsp water without lumps. 
Add to the fish mixture and cook until the sauce thickens and coats the fish.
Add chopped coriander leaves or spring onions and remove from stove.


Serve hot n enjoy.




Friday, January 17, 2014

Baked Garlic Zucchini



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Zucchini... the wonder veggie. I have never heard about this veggie before an year, but after knowing about it this has taken place in almost every grocery shopping list. We love it alot. I try and feed everyone in the family with this veggie in some form or other. I use it in salads most of the time, and in muffins with the combination of carrots but this is the first time i am baking zucchini. The result was wonderful. We loved the combo of garlic n zucchini, hope everyone will love like we did.



Ingredients:

Zucchini 4
Tomato sliced thinly or cherry tomatoes halved
Garlic 5-6 large cloves
Olive oil for drizzling
Salt n Pepper to taste
Cheese any kind of ur choice ( i used cheddar cheese)
Herbs of ur choice ( i used fresh basil from my garden)

Method:

Slice the zucchini into half lengthwise, then scrape a lengthwise skin from the backside of each piece as shown in the below picture (this helps the zucchini to keep stable).



Now arrange the zucchini in the baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.



Crush the garlic and then chop very finely or grate the cloves finely. Place the sliced tomatoes on top of each zucchini and sprinkle with the chopped garlic n herb ur using, then sprinkle with salt n pepper.



Grate the cheese of ur choice on top of the arranged zucchini's, now its time for baking...


Bake in the preheated 375 F/ 190 C oven for 20 to 30 mins or till soft.



Serve while hot... enjoy.

Please leave your comments, Love to hear from you...


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Soft Pretzels With Honey Mustard Sauce



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Hi everyone, Happy New Year to one and all... Hope everyone had a great start of 2014. If you guys are looking for something very easy and good to bake.. here it is. Pretzels... wow the name says everything about the dish. I was very eager to bake them from the time i returned from US. But now i got the time and mood of making them, very easy to make but tasty to be eaten... Actually the preparation, baking and  all the work was done almost within an hour and a half. Everyone in the house enjoyed it alot. Sure everyone should give it a try.



Ingredients:

For Dough

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp dried yeast (1 package)
1 cup warm water + extra as needed

For Topping

1/2 cup warm water
1 tbs baking soda
2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
salt for sprinkling

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:

3 tbs light mayonnaise
1 tbs Dijon mustard
3 1/2 tbs honey
1/2 tsp lemon juice



Method:

First, combine warm water, sugar and instant dried yeast in a small bowl. 
Cover and let sit for five minutes, until the mixture is frothy. (This is known as yeast proofing)
Meanwhile, combine flour and salt in your electric mixer bowl or in a large bowl. 

Once your yeast mixture is frothy, add it to the flour and mix until a soft dough forms. 

Then, using the dough hook attachment, knead for five minutes or knead the dough with hands as i did. 

Form the dough into a ball and place in a olive oil greased bowl, cover and let rise for 30 - 40 minutes. 


Once the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into eight equal pieces.

Preheat your oven to 400 deg F/ 200 deg C and line your baking sheets with parchment paper (or just grease them). 

In a bowl, combine warm water and baking soda. 

On a greased surface, make your pretzels. Dip each pretzel into the baking soda and water mixture, then place them onto your prepared baking sheets and cover them, let rise for another 10 minutes.

Bake the pretzels for about 10 minutes, until they are golden brown on top. 

Once they are done, brush them with melted butter and sprinkle them with salt. 

To make the honey mustard dipping sauce, combine all the ingredients of sauce with a whisk and chill for a couple of minutes. 
You can adjust the amounts of honey and mustard to suit your taste. 



Eat the pretzels warm dipped in the delicious sauce!

Store the pretzels in airtight container for 3 - 4 days, server warm.

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