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Apple Pancakes – Guest Post from Chitra

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Its time for a breakfast recipe, today we have Chitra from Chitra Healthy Kitchen.  Since we both started blogging in almost the same time, Chitra and her space is very familiar to me ever since the beginning. Chitra is a good friend of mine, she always stops by and leave her encouraging words. Chitra’s recipes perfectly fits her blog title. I admire the way she tells the healthy aspects of ingredients in her intro for each post.  Knowing Chitra is a mom I appoached her for toddler friendly recipe and she instantly agreed to give me one. I was happy when I saw pancake recipe from C,  my son loves pancake and I have a new way to give him apple.

Over to Chitra,

When V (Vidya) approached me for ‘toddler recipe’ was over whelmed. I tried to give my best as per possible for guest post. I delayed to share my recipe however V waited patiently and allowed me to take my own time.

V is my blogger friend and been interacting with her since I started my blogging journey. She encouraged me with her feedback for each of my recipe and can’t thank enough for that. Look forward to her support in future too.

Traditionally modern food, name of the blog itself is so attractive. So one can expect all such traditional recipes with all possible twists. I got to know lot many traditional recipes from her home town.

I wish Vidya a great success in every step of her journey personally and professionally.

Thanks V for the oppourtunity. Since kids love apple and chocolate thought of combining them to make this recipe.

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Apple ring pancakes drizzled with chocolate

About:

For an adorable twist on the usual pancake recipe, whip up these delicious apple ring pancakes. Slice fresh apples — any variety will work.  The taste? Well it’s a bit donut-ty (yes really, try it!), it’s soft and pillowy. They cook just like regular pancakes, and the apples soften slightly, so when you take your first bite, the apple is slightly crisp but oh so warm and juicy. There’s the perfect amount of sweetness.

These were drizzled with chocolate syrup as kids love chocolates and sliced almonds, pistachio. These are also great for a dessert if you wanted to serve them with ice cream.

Preparation time-10 minutes

Cooking time- 5 minutes per batch

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Ingredients:

  • Apples-4
  • Oil- for toasting

For the batter:

  • Gram flour/besan-3/4cup
  • Corn starch-3-4tbsp
  • Any milk of choice-1/2 to 3/4cup (or more as required for the batter)
  • yogurt-1/2cup
  • Salt-a pinch
  • Baking powder-1/4tsp
  • Vanilla essence-2tsp
  • Honey/maple syrup-2-3tbsp

Topping:

  • Cooking chocolate-100gms
  • Chopped nuts/sprinkler

Procedure:

For the batter:

  • In a large bowl combine besan flour, corn starch, salt, baking powder and set aside.
  • In other bowl whisk yogurt, milk, vanilla essence until frothy.
  • Now stir in yogurt mixture to the flour mixture until a smooth batter obtained(add extra milk/yogurt if required)

Preparing apples:

  • Wash the apples thoroughly- pat dry and Slice the into slices which are 1/2 inch thick.
  • Using a circle cookie cutters remove centre of the apple –the core and seeds.
  • Brush some lemon juice and set aside on a paper towels to dry.

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For cooking apple rings:

  • Heat a non-stick pan/skillet on a medium heat, spray the griddle and then Dip each apple rings in the batter and rub to fully cover it.
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  • Transfer to the pre-heated griddle and cook as you would do a regular pancakes.
  • Flip and cook on the other side and continue to cook for 1-2minutes.

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  • Repeat with all the apple slices and serve with some honey/nuts

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For topping:

  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler/microwave and drizzle over panckes.
  • Top with some chopped nuts/sprinkler and serve.

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Note:

  • Batter has to be thick enough to coat the apples.

Oatmeal Banana Milkshake – Guest post from Sreelatha

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Happy Tamil year and Vishu to all my lovely readers:-)

This new year I am starting with a guest post..After facing so many challenges in making my son eat food I decided to start a toddler friendly recipe section in my blog and asked my friends from virtual world. As i mentioned in my earlier post, happiness is when someone allocates time for me and comes up with a recipe. I feel so blessed by the way I got response from my co- bloggers. I recently decided to post guest post on every Wednesday but I am having India trip plans shortly, so I don’t want the guest posts to sit in my draft for a longtime. Let’s call it a guest post week:-) stay tuned for yummy toddler recipes for a week continuously

Today we have Sreelatha from FramedRecipes. I happen to know her through social link and became friends. I love her recipes and knowing the fact that she is a mom I asked her for a guest post. Though her son crossed toddler stage few years ago she happily accepted my offer and came up with this tasty and healthy shake. For my picky eater I always find ways to include fruits into his diet and after seeing this shake I thought she understood my mind voice 🙂

Let’s hear it from Sreelatha,

Hello Peeps,

I am Sreelatha. I blog at FramedRecipes. I recently celebrated my blog’s first birthday. So, I am new to the blogging world and each day is a learning experience.

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Thanks to Vidya for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my recipe on her blog.

When she contacted me about doing a guest post, I had no clue how to go about doing that. I had heard about bloggers doing guest posts for one another, but having not done one myself, I had no idea what to do. But I said yes :).

And then comes the next challenge. She wants me to do a toddler recipe!

Toddler Recipe??

OMG!! My dealings with a toddler ended several years back. I got back to Vidya trying to find whether I had a deadline to meet. She gave me the freedom to work at my pace. Alrighty. I at least have time to come up with a recipe. Phew!

I remember starting my Sonshine’s (this is my son’s Undercover ID on my blog) solid foods with raagi porridge and then later moving onto rice and vegetables puree. Once Sonshine realized that adult food is tastier than the bland (well, almost bland) puree that I was feeding him, he resisted eating the purees. So, we switched him to the regular food at home.

So, with this post, Vidya actually gave me an opportunity to relive my Sonshine’s toddler days (which I miss terribly now) and come up with a recipe that I would have loved to serve him when he was a toddler. I am very much thankful to Vidya for this wonderful gift.

I settled on Banana Oatmeal Milkshake as the recipe I want to share with you based on these:

  • Easy to make (parent have to spend time with the toddler rather than cooking elaborate dishes).
  • Nutritious
  • Balanced
  • Filling & flavorful.

Even now, I serve it to my Sonshine along with his after-school snack. When he finishes the milk shake, I know, I have served him something delicious and at the same time nutritious.

Enough of my ranting…. Let’s talk about the recipe now….

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Recipe:

1/2 cup Oats

1 cup Water

1 Banana

2 cups Milk (See recipe Notes)

2 tablespoon Malted milk drink mix (See Recipe Notes),

Sugar/Honey to taste

Method

Cook the oats with one cup water till well cooked. Cool to room temperature.

Roughly chop the banana.

Blend cooked oats, chopped bananas, milk, malted milk drink mix and sugar till well blended.

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Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

  1. I have used refrigerated 2% milk. If you are hesitant to give refrigerated milk, boil the milk and cool it down to room temperature.
  2. I have used the Nestle Malted Milk powder. If you have Horlicks or something similar, you can use that.
  3. Read the ingredients and the allergen information if you are using the malted milk powder for your kid.
  4. Adjust the sweetener – Sugar/Honey – to taste. This is a good recipe to use up those ripe (browned) bananas which everybody is hesitant to eat. The quantity of sugar depends on the sweetness of the banana.
  5. I make it like milk shake, but if you like it thicker, reduce the quantity of milk

Banana Wheat Pancake ( Banana Gothumai Dosai)

IMG_5095 As I have mentioned in my earlier post,  In recent times Pancakes has become one of the common breakfast. Though I generally prepare Whole Wheat Pancake for my son, in the mission of adding some fruits  into his diet tried Pancakes with banana Checkout my other pancakes Eggless Pancake Strawberry Whole Wheat Pancake Cornmeal Pancake

Banana Pancake:

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Resting Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Breakfast

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients

Wheat Flour – 1 cup

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 tsp

Baking powder – 2 tsp

Honey/White Sugar/Brown Sugar – 2 tbsp (Adjust according to your taste, I used brown sugar)

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Wet Ingredients:

Banana –  1 (1/2 cup mashed)

Egg – 1

Milk – 1 cup + 4 tbsp (I used 2% milk)

Vanilla extract – 1/4 tsp

Olive oil/butter – 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (for the batter)

Butter –  1 tbsp (Unsalted,  Melted at room temperature)

Method:

  • In a bowl add all the dry Ingredients; mix well and Set aside
  • In a separate bowl beat the eggs well; add milk banana puree, melted butter and vanilla extract; whisk well
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir gently.  Set batter aside for 10 minutes

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  • Heat an iron skillet or a non-stick pan on low to medium heat. Reduce heat to low and pour a ladle full of batter in the center of the pan. Do not spread the batter. Allow it to spread on its own. Add little butter around the edges. Cook the pancake on low medium heat for half a minute or until bubbles appear over the pancake

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  • When the pancake turns to a nice golden shade, flip it over and cook for half a minute and transfer to the serving plate
  • Serve warm, topped with butter/honey/Maple Syrup/Powdered Sugar/Caramel syrup/butterscotch syrup/Fruit syrup

My Notes:

  • For eggless version add 2 bananas instead of one
  • If you are resting the batter for a long time drizzle some tbsp of milk to reach the desired consistency
  • All purpose flour can be used instead of whole wheat
  • Cardamom powder can be added for flavoring

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Baked Quinoa Croquettes – Guest Post from Anupama

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Its guest post day, and today we have Anupama from Easy bites Online. Social media is playing a great role in finding new people, I happened to see Anupama’s post in a FB group and started visiting her space. I am a big fan of her healthy recipes. I  apporached her to do a guest post for Toddler friendly recipes, she instantly agreed and here is her healthy snacks.

Anupama says,

Quinoa, although less known, this super grain is making a definite way into our lives, rightly so if you ask me. Packed with all the eight essential amino acids (and thereby a complete protein), fiber, magnesium, phosphorous and iron, quinoa has made its way for sure into my kitchen.

Nearly every meal of ours entails either rice or wheat, our habitual grains. I am aware that to bring in quinoa can be tricky especially with picky toddlers!

When Vidya Srinivasan, from Traditionally Modern Food, asked me for a toddler-friendly guest post on her blog, I could not refuse; not because I find it hard to say ‘No’ to anyone, but because being such a professional, enthusiastic blogger, lovely and a thoughtful person that she is, I simply could not bring myself to say no. I feel this has opened up another channel to know Vidya and her wonderful blog better. Do visit her blog for numerous delicious, healthy recipes.

I decided this would be another opportunity to bring in quinoa and make it toddler-friendly!

An eye-catching finger food presented to hungry kids after school is sure to entice them to dig in. As anticipated, the array of Baked Quinoa Croquettes sitting at the table with some ketchup, drew my kids to it. They simply grabbed one each, dug into the dip and ‘puff’ it was gone.

These are baked, however, can be deep-fried too.

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Ingredients:

cooked quinoa – 1/2 cup

cooked mashed or cooked grated potato – 3/4 cup

paneer – 1/4 cup (Indian cottage cheese)

finely chopped onion – 1/2 cup

finely chopped green bell pepper – 1/4 cup

garlic – 1 clove chopped fine

ginger – 1 tsp grated fine

fresh mint leaves – 6-8 roughly chopped

fresh coriander chopped fine – 2 tbsp

raisins, roughly chopped cashews – couple of tbsp as stuffing (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

lemon juice – 2 tsp (or to taste)

corn slurry prepared using a tbsp of corn flour mixed in 1 tbsp of water

bread crumbs prepared using brown bread powdered in a blender

olive oil – few tsp to drizzle over and to grease the tray

Method:

– First cook quinoa as per the instructions on the pack.

– Add this 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa to a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients.

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– Mix everything well. it should come together nicely like a dough.

– Now take small portions of the mixture of the size of a golf ball.

– Flatten it over your palm using your fingers.

– Place a couple of raisins and cashew pieces (if preferred). cover this up by bringing together the mixture all around and over the stuffing. make a ball shaped croquette.

flatten a portion of the mixture. place a couple of raisind. cover them over to make a ball.

– Now, dip this in cornflour slurry, then roll over bread crumbs to cover all over. Pat gently all over to allow bread crumbs to stick well.

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– Place this on a plate or tray. Repeat the same with the rest of the mixture.

place the prepared balls over lined greased baking tray, bake at 190 deg C until golden

– Pre-heat the oven to 190 deg C.

– Allow these balls to sit for 10-15 min. this will allow the corn flour to harden a bit. This will ensure that the balls do not open up when deep-fried. It retains its shape well too when baked.

-Now drizzle over or brush gently some olive oil over each of the balls.

-Place them on a lined, greased baking tray.

-Bake them for 22-25 min or until nicely browned up.

-Serve with ketchup.

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Notes:

Since this is meant for kids, green chili has not been used. but if tolerated, can be used.

If preferred, the cornflour slurry can also be seasoned with salt and pepper powder.

The finer you chop the vegetables, the easier it will be to prepare balls.

Stuffing with raisins, nuts is optional. if stuffing is not preferred, make smaller balls.

Keep an eye on the bake.

Allow it to cool slightly before you attempt to remove from the tray. Use a flat plastic ladle to gently dislodge it from the tray.

Black Bean Soup

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Couple of days back, one of my relatives pinged me and asked have you tried “Black bean soup”. I thought why it didn’t it strike my mind, and told her no. She told her co-sister prepares a delicious ” Black Bean Soup” and sent me the recipe. Based on the ingredients I had in my home I altered the recipe and here is my version

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Ingredients:

Black bean – 3/4 cup

Yellow bell pepper – 1

Onion – 1 , big

Tomato – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Pergo Tomato garlic basil sauce – 3 tbsp

Water – as needed

Butter – 1 tsp

Olive oil – 1 tsp

Kosher Salt – as needed

Cheese – 2 tbsp

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Method:

  • Wash and Soak the black bean in warm water for 2-3 hours and drain the water. Pressure cook the black bean with 1:2 water for 2 whistles and after the stream releases naturally strain the water

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  • Add oil and butter to the pan, and when its hot add onion; sauté till the onions are translucent. Add tomato and bell pepper and cook till the tomatoes get mushy

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  • Add the cooked black bean and mix well. Add pergo sauce, coriander powder, chilli powder and cumin powder and mix well;cook for 3-5 minutes

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  • Remove the bay leaf and after the mixture comes to room temperature, blend them into fine paste and transfer it to the pan

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  • Add water according to the consistency you desire and cook till the soup thickens. Add cheese and cook till the cheese melts, switch off and enjoy the warm soup

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My Notes

  • Instead of kosher salt, regular salt can also be used
  • Instead of pergo sauce, you can use one garlic pod, one more tomato
  • Can be served with sour cream instead of cheese

Banana Pudding

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I am not a big fan of Banana but I don’t want my son to be like me. Like I mentioned in Oatmeal Banana Cookie, my son is very picky when it comes to fruit. If I give him smoothie he refuses to drink so I started preparing this. To my surprise this texture worked. When he was getting his molar he refused everything I gave, luckily few worked and this banana pudding was one among them

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Ingredients:

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Milk – 1 cup

Corn flour – 3 tsp

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt – pinch

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into a mixie jar and grind them smooth without adding water
  • Transfer the mixture into the pan and cook in medium heat till the mixture thickens for about 5 -7 minutes.  Serve it warm or chil (I keep in fridge for an hour and give him)

My Notes:

  • Can add sugar while cooking the pudding or honey while serving

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Spinach Roti – Guest post from Sandhya

11000038_826894400697634_1422569458_o Today we have a toddler friendly recipe from Sandhya – Sandhya’s kitchen. I got connected with Sandhya through Social media.  Sandhya is sweet person, and being a mom she shares lots of tips. After starting toddler friendly recipes, I thought of asking few moms I met in this blogging world and Sandhya was one among them.  I am a big fan of her food photography and her yummy dishes. Sandhya gave me few options, and Spinach roti was my favorite! Over to sandhya. A fortnight ago, like every morning, after sending my elder one to school, I was sipping my morning tea. I was having some time for myself checking my emails, facebook , news and so forth. I read a message from Vidya about doing a guest post in her space , specially for toddlers. She such a lovely and warm person , I have known e-socially over the last couple of months .How can I refuse ? I had no second thought as I knew I was going to do that. Thank you for giving me all the time in the world and let do this interesting delight at my pace. We are a family who love to have a mixed variety in a meal all through the week. I am sure, in this modern world most people would. Our diet varies from Palakad South Indian cooking to a North Indian Paratha, Curry  to  a Pasta Bake and what not? Guess this post will have a never ending page, if I have to list the elaborate choices we have. I have grown up eating my mum’s super soft flame baked phulka’s literally every day, either for my school lunch or a meal at home. This has been one of my comfort meal any day. Undoubtedly we love our regular flame baked phulka’s with any dry vegetable curry or may b dal or paneer delicacies or if pulse arenas. We love spinach and its richess in iron is definitely something that makes us include in our diet ritually. When it comes to kids, getting my son V eat his spinach in gravy or a molagutal ( southindian lentil coconut curry) is slightly tricky. Knowing his love for Parathas , I decided to use them in the dough. It was a complete win win situation, as all the required spinach is being consumed and yet there no complain from the boy of 7 years. All that he tells me is that the Green Chapathi is Yumm. This is an easy way of sneaking the greens into our diet using the whole wheat spinach phulka’s.

Palak Phulka Makes 20-22 Nos 1612883_826894427364298_2123537941_o INGREDIENTS

Whole Wheat Flour 2 Cups
Spinach ( Palak ) 130g
Water ¼ Cup + a few tablespoons
Ginger ½ Inch
Cumin Powder 1 Tsp
Salt ¾ -1 Tsp
Mango ( Amchur ) Powder  ( Optional) ½ Tsp
Green Chillies ( Optional) 1 -2 No’s
Sunflower Oil  or Oil of your choice 1 Tbsp.
Ghee As desired.

* Cup size us IKEA plastic cup

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large pot, heat some water and add the spinach leaves along with some salt. Allow them to blanch for 5-6 minutes. Drain the hot water from the spinach leaves and run them under cold tap water.

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  • Grind the spinach leaves along with ginger and make a fine puree. This puree approximately came up to ¾ Cup. Add very little water if required. **In case you are not making it for kids, you can include green chillies to grind along with the spinach leaves.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the spinach puree, wheat flour, salt, cumin powder and mango powder and start kneading. Add a little more water as you knead until you achieve soft pliable dough. Splash the oil onto your hands and the remaining on the dough and knead until we have a clean bowl. Set the dough aside for 20 Minutes or so.

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  • Divide the dough into 20 equal portions. Pick one portion of dough at a time, dust some flour and spread them with the roller into thin phulkas. Heat a non-stick pan / tava and cook each phulka on the pan slightly for a few minutes until you start to see some bubbles. Flip the phulka and cook for another a minute or so . Now put the phulka on the flame carefully , watch them begin to puff up slowly. Flip it and allow it puff up on the other side as well.  Remove from the flame and apply some ghee, if you like. Pile them into a casserole and serve them along with a paneer curry or just some yogurt and pickle.

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  • ** Incase you do not want to flame bake it, you may cook for a few more minutes on the pan. Put a gentle pressure using a flat spatula on each side and then set them aside in a casserole to keep it warm.
  • When you are serving the kids, you may let them roll and enjoy it as it is or dunk it in some yogurt.

11023384_826894730697601_1605528396_o  VARIATIONS: I tried filling some mashed potatoes inside the spinach phulka dough and served it like a paratha to my son. It came out really well and flavours were very mild and lovable. NOTES:

  • If you like your phulkas with a ting of heat, include the green chillies while grinding the spinach leaves.  Do avoid if you are cooking for little ones.
  • Mango powder is optional. I love the slight hint of tanginess.
  • In case you do not want to flame bake it, you may cook for a few more minutes on the pan. Put a gentle pressure using a flat spatula on each side and then set them aside in a casserole to keep it warm.

Karadaiyan Nombu Adai (Sweet and Savory)

IMG_5281Last Saturday was Karadaiyan Nombu for us (Sunday in India). Karadaiyan Nombu is a traditional festival celebrated in our community. Ever since childhood I have a big fascination when it comes to nombu because of the yellow thread.  I always ask my Mom I not married why are you tying this over my neck, my mom used to say this is a different thread. Even in school I hide this thread as I don’t want my friends to think I got married:-)

Specialty of nombu is preparing Sweet and savory Adai and tying yellow thread. Myself and sis enjoy Adai with a big chunk of room temperature butter. I can talk about how I enjoyed for the entire post, but let me get into the recipe:-)

Typically Amma soaks the rice and dries in a cloth and pulse it, but I have preapered Adai with store bought rice flour

General steps:

  • Dry roast 2 cups of rice flour for 2-3 minutes and keep aside

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  • Dry roast the black karamani for 2-3 minutes and soak in warm water for 2 – 3 hours, strain it and add twice the water and pressure cook for 1 whistle. Avoid mushing the karamani

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Having a sweet tooth, I always prefer Sweet Adai over savory, and hence the post:-)

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Sweet Adai

Ingredients:

Rice flour – 1 cup, sieved

Grated Coconut (Fresh/Frozen) – 1/4 cup

Jaggery –  1 cup

Karamani – 3 tbsp

Warm Water – 1 cup + 3/4 cup (keep 1/4 cup warm water separately)

Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp

Salt – a pinch

Sesame oil – to grease

Method:

  • Soak jaggery in 1 cup + 3/4 cup of hot water. Since I had big chunks of jaggery it took a while, but to speed up the procees, jaggery can be cut into small pieces or cooked with water

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  • After the  jaggery completely melts in water, strain the impurities.
  • In a pan, add jaggery syrup and bring to boil. Add the coconut, black eyed beans and cardamom powder; mix well. Add the rice flour

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  • Cook till it comes to non sticky dough consistency. Cover the dough with a damp cloth, as it tends to dry soon

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  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, make small spheres, flatten it and gently make a small dent in center. Since rice flour is gluten free, they tend to be sticky, so greasing hand with sesame oil helps to make Adai

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  • Steam it in a greased idli plate for 10-12 mins.

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My Notes:

  • If the dough becomes dry add extra water. For the flour that I used, the extra 1/4 cup water was not needed. If you feel dough is dry, add 1 tbsp of water else no need to add. Water added should be boiling hot water, so its better to keep 1/4 cup hot water separately
  • Color of the Adai depends on the jaggery color

Savory Adai

Ingredients:

Rice flour – 1 cup, sieved

Grated Coconut (Fresh/frozen) – 1/4 cup

Karamani – 3 tbsp

Salt  – as needed

Water – 2 cups ( keep 1/4 cup warm water separately)

Sesame oil – to grease

For tempering

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Green Chilli – 1, chopped (Adjust according to your taste)

Channa Dal – 1/2 tsp

Ginger -1 tsp, peeled and finely chopped

Curry leaves – 1 sprig, chopped

Asafoetida – a generous pinch

Method:

  • Add oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, temper with mustard seeds, channa dal, ginger, green chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida. After it splutters, add 2 cups of water and salt. Bring to boil. Once the water starts boiling add coconut, karamani and rice flour

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  • Cook till it comes to non sticky dough consistency. Cover the dough with a damp cloth, as it tends to dry soon
  • When it is warm make small balls and flatten it into patties and make small holes in the middle as we do for pinwheels.

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  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, make small spheres, flatten it and gently make a small dent in center. Since rice flour is gluten free, they tend to be sticky, so greasing hand with sesame oil helps to make Adai

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  • Steam it in greased idli plate for 10-12 mins.

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My Notes:

  • In the dough becomes dry add extra water.For the flour that I used, the extra 1/4 cup water was not needed. If you feel dough is dry, add 1 tbsp of water else no need to add. Water added should be boiling hot water, so its better to keep 1/4 cup hot water separately

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Apple Rice Pudding

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Happy Women’s day to all my lovely readers!!!

This is the pudding I make for my son. If I give him cut apples he refuses to eat, but if I trick him in the form of pudding its difficult for him to identify. This easy rice pudding is not only my son’s favorite, but even I like it.

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Apple Rice Pudding

Rice – 1/4 cup

Water –  1 cup

Apple – 2, peeled and roughly chopped

Milk – 3 tbsp

Sugar – 1 tbsp (Adjust according to your preference)

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp

Cardamom powder – pinch

Salt – a  pinch

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Method:

  • Pulse the rice coarsely in a blender.  Add apple to the blender, and without adding water,  blend till the apple is pureed well
  • Transfer the contents into a saucepan. Add water, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder and sugar to the apple – rice mixture and cook over medium-low heat  until rice is cooked. Sprinkle some water if required

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  • Add milk and salt; cook for 3-4 minutes. Switch off and serve warm/chil

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My Notes:

  • Adjust the water/milk according to the desire consistency
  • Instead of pulsing the rice can also use them whole
  • My son is having sweet tooth like mom so I add sugar. Instead can avoid sugar and prepare the pudding
  • Avoid replacing milk for water as it will cuddle. If you want to cook the rice with milk, add apple puree after the rice is cooked
  • Can add raisin, nuts like cashew, almonds, pecan etc. to make it rich

Baked Masala Vadai

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When it comes to Vadai, Masala vadai is my all time favorite. Usually I deep fry them in oil, but my baking addiction these days told me to try a baked version. These days its snowing here and on one such days I was craving for Masala Vadai. Soaked the dal and grinded. Decided to try baked version but was little worried about the texture, so instead of making the full batch took half of the batter and started baking it. Preheated the oven and took baking tray and I realized I was out of parchment paper. I thought is this sign telling me not to bake, but I greased the tray with extra oil (compare to my usual quantity) and baked. Oh man I didn’t believe the taste. My husband didn’t believe that its baked, but after seeing the second batch from the oven he accepted:-)
Its snowing today as well and my mind has started thinking about snacks. I am sure I will end up cooking some snack today but for time being this crispy baked Masala Vadai is for my lovely readers.
Check out my other Indian baked snack
Ingredients:

Onion –  1, big finely chopped

Coriander Leaves – few, chopped

Curry leaves – few

To grind:
Channa Dal – 1 cup
Rice flour  – 1 tbsp
Fennel Seeds(Sombu) – 1 tsp

Red Chillies – 2

Garlic – 3 pods, peeled and choped

Ginger – 1 tsp, peeled and chopped

Baking soda – a pinch

Sugar – a pinch

Salt – as needed

Pam Spray/ Oil – to grease (I used Oil)

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Method:

  • Wash and soak channa dal for 2 to 3 hrs. Drain the water completely and keep aside. Grind together with other ingredients listed under “To grind” with 1 – 2 tsp of water into a coarse mixture (less water helps in crispy vadai texture. Avoid using too much water)

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  • Transfer the mixture to the mixing bowl and add onions, curry leaves, coriander leaves and mix well

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  •  Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenhait. Take the baking tray and brush the oil
  • Take small portions of the mixture, and flatten them using your palm (thinner vadai yields crispy vadai)
  • Place them in the greased tray and brush  the top portion of each vadai with little oil to avoid drying out and of course for the crispy finish

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  • Bake the vadai for 11 – 15 min, till they have browned the underside (adjust time according to your oven) . Carefully flip them and bake again for another 11 – 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately. Serve with chutney/ ketchup.  I generally love to finish them without any sides
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My Notes:

  • The key for the perfect baked vadai is batter with less moisture (water) and greasing generously with oil/ spray
  • If the vadai is thick outer portion will cook fast and inner will remain uncooked, and baking for more time may lead to to rubbery vadai
  • Just like the fried ones – these are best served the minute they are made. If can’t eat the vadai immediately, switch off the oven and keep the vadai tray back in the over till you eat. Make sure you keep the vadai back in oven after 10 minutes as the oven will still be hot. Though the crispness won’t retain for hours together but for 30 – 45 minutes it works perfect.  After that I haven’t tried
  • Instead of rice flour rava can also be used