Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Potato & Minced Meat Paratha Pockets

Packing a kid's lunch box is definitely a hard task especially for picky eaters. However i dont pack foods for my kids as they dont carry their lunch boxes. We are running a month of blogging marathon during this whole month of April. With 4 themes for 4 weeks, i have been posting for the past three weeks with different themes. And the final theme for this week is going to be Kid's Lunchbox recipes, after an easy breezy one pot meal, am posting a terrific paratha pockets which calls for a fabulous potato and minced meat filling. My family cant survive more than a day without eating meats, yes they are meat lovers.

Potato & Minced meat Paratha

Monday, April 23, 2018

Protein Tomato Biriyani/Gluten Free Black-eyed Peas Tomato Biriyani

We are running successfully a month of blogging marathon for the past three weeks. And this week is the last week of this Mega marathon. You might have noticed that am running this month's marathon with 4 themes for 4 weeks. For the first week i picked International Breakfast dishes, 2nd week was No Onion No Garlic Recipes,3rd week was Wholegrains. And for the last week of this blogging marathon is going to be Kid's lunch box recipes. Yes this week's posts are going to be kid's friendly lunch box dishes that you can pack them easily with less efforts. For the first day of this week's theme, am posting this simple, yet a flavourful protein packed biriyani i dished out few weeks back for our meal. My kids loves beans very much in their diet, obviously i dont forget to add them whenever i feel like feeding them easily with this protein rich beans.My young one's favourite black-eyed peas, he just love to munch them once they gets pressure cooked.

Black-eyed Peas Tomato Biriyani

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Vegan 3 Seeded Spelt Bread

Its been a while, i baked bread at home, if i dont bake a weekend, everyone at home will complain that am not baking at home. And one of my recent visit to a nearby organic shop pulled me to get a packet of spelt flour. Spelt is one among the wheat varieties and its one of the ancient grains which is very much used in the place of wheat flour. Since this grain is completely healthy, they are used in many European countries like Germay , Austria where spelt loaves and rolls are widely available in bakeries. And the unripe spelt are dried and eaten as well. Beer is brewed from spelt in Bavaria and Belgium. Spelt is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, several vitamins and many dietary minerals. Since this flour is high in protein and low in gluten lends a slightly sweet and nutty flavor to the bread.

3 Seeds Spelt Bread,Vegan Spelt Bread with 3 seeds

Friday, April 20, 2018

Brown Rice Paal Payasam/Brown Rice Milk Pudding

Brown rice is a highly nutritious food. It is a whole grain that is relatively low in calories, high in fiber, gluten-free and can be incorporated into a variety of dishes. Since brown rice is a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, selenium,thiamine, niacin, Vitamin B3 obviously its high in fiber. When the outermost layer of a grain rice (the huskà is removed) brown rice is produce.Brown rice has a shelf life of approximately 6 months but hermetic storage, refrigerating or freezing can extend their lifetime.The cooking time of brown rice needs generally a longer cooking times than the usual white rice.Brown rice and white rice have similar amounts of calories and carbohydrates. I have been cooking with brown rice since a long, however i seriously want to showcase some of brown rice dishes which i usually cook for our weekly menu. I have couple of dishes to post but still i picked this alluring, creamy brown rice payasam aka milk pudding to post for this week's blogging marathon.

Brown rice Paal payasam

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Broken Jowar Sambar Bath/Cholam Sambar Sadham

Jowar is a gluten free grain and its an incredible millets, i have been looking for a chance to cook with this grain and finally during my last trip to India i grabbed a packet of broken jowar from an Organic store. Obviously when i picked this organic broken jowar, the first dish came to my mind is Upma. Yes upma is the only dish we can think about when you grab these sort of unique broken grains na. However when i picked 'Wholegrains' as the theme for this week's blogging marathon, i thought of making a different dish from that usual upma. You might have noticed that am running a month of blogging marathon with 4 themes for 4 weeks. After dishing out 6 international breakfast for the first week, i opted for No Onion No Garlic recipes for the second week. And now for the third week, my theme was Wholegrains. After three different dishes with three different wholegrains, i couldnt stop myself to post this incredible sambar bath with broken jowar grains.

Jowar Dal Bhath, Broken Cholam Sambar Sadham

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nuts & Fruits Oats Breakfast Bars

If i pick 'Wholegrains' as theme for this week's Mega marathon, how can i keep myself away from Oats. Yes oats, this fibre rich grains are my most favourite wholegrain which i never fail to grab them whenever i go to the grocery. Oats is an another versatile wholegrain which works awesome to cook any sort dishes with. I have already dished out many delicious with this incredible grains. Oats makes an excellent breakfast, yes it a great way to start you day with this incredible grain. Add your favourite nuts and fruits to a bowl of your oatmeal. You can add oats in your daily menu, yes use oatmeal while baking some cookies which is quite a favourite evening snacks for kids of all ages. Dont forget to add oats flour or whole oats while baking muffins or breads. And also sprinkle oat bran in your hot or cold cereal. Oats are an excellent source of manganese, they are also very good in phosphorus and a good source of copper, vitamin B l, dietary fiber, zinc and protein.

Nuts & Fruits Oats Bar, Baked Nuts & Dry Fruits Oats Bars

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Egg Quinoa/Easy Egg Quinoa

Quinoa, this nutty grain have its own place in my weekly cooking. I dont forget to cook these healthy, protein rich grain often to include in our weekly menu. Since these grains are seriously versatile you can dish them as much as you like from starters to desserts. If you want to get ideas to cook with this incredible grains dont forget to check my space. Yep i have already posted many delightful dishes prepared with this grain. Coming to today's my post, its quite an easy and quick quinoa dish which calls for a couple of eggs, garam masala powder and chilly powder to spice this excellent dish. Coming to Quinoa is one of the ancient grains as much as like Amaranth, barley and farro which are rapidly growing in popularity because of their good array of health benefits.Quinoa was kown to the Incas as 'the mother of all grains' and it was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago. Though hundreds of types of quinoa do exists, the most common versions available in stores are white, red and black quinoa.

Egg Qunioa, Egg Quinoa Fried Rice

Monday, April 16, 2018

Eggless Rye Breakfast Pancakes

Hope you guys might have enjoyed 6 different No Onion NO Garlic gravies thoroughly which i have posted during last week. And this week's posts are going to be different and very healthy as well. Yes this week's of blogging marathon theme is Wholegrains. Am an ardent fan of oats, quinoa and i dont forget to grab them whenever i go for groceries. Recent addition to my pantry is Organic rye flour and spelt flour. Rye flour is one of the flour which is very much underrated though this flour have its important place in Scandinavian cuisine.Rye flour tends to be more nutritious than wheat or barley because of the whole nature it comes in, with endosperm, which is in the outer hull of the rye berry or kernel. The endosperm holds potent starches as well as fiber and nutrients. It’s much harder to separate and remove the germ and the bran from the endosperm during the milling, therefore carrying with it more vitamins and nutrients into the end product of rye flour.

Eggless Rye flour Breakfast Pancakes

Saturday, April 14, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Aloo Rasedar/Mashed Potato in Tomato Gravy

Potatoes are our family favourite vegetable, we can survive for many days with anything cooked with potatoes. Obviously potatoes have their own place in my vegetable basket. My today's post is a well known curry dish which is quite popular in North India especially in the state of Uttar pradesh. Its a breakfast dish served along with puffed Indian fried breads aka pooris. And this dish is one of easiest side dish you can prepare with less efforts. Since its No Onion No garlic recipe, this dish gets ready easily for a quick weekend dinner or a simple weekday's breakfast. With usual spice powders and dry mango powder, this curry will makes you happy to relish with parathas or rotis.

No onion no garlic Aloo rasedar, Potato curry with no onion no garlic

Friday, April 13, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Tomato Saar/Goan Tomato Curry

While i was looking for something simple, yet a comforting food with tomatoes, i crossed this ultimate Tomato saar at Pooja's Space. This dish is one of popular Goan vegetarian curry which is often cooked in most of the Goan families. This curry is a simple dish which is completely free from onions and garlics. Obviously if you dont eat onions and garlic or else if you follow a strict diet and you cant eat onions or garlic, this tomato curry will definitely please your tastebuds. This dish is an easy dish with simple spices in it. The author of this recipe says that many versions of this tomato saar exists, she also explained that coconut is also added in this saar dish, however she didnt added apart from cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies in this dish to bring the flavor. Obviously i followed her dish completely as she went for,seriously everyone at home enjoyed this dish thoroughly with rice. If you are looking for a comforting meal, dont forget to give a try to this simple but yet a delicious curry.

Tomato Saar, No onion No Garlic Tomato Curry

Thursday, April 12, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Banana Blossom Tomato Kuzhambu/Vazhaipoo Thakkali Kuzhambu

South Indian makes excellent tangy gravies with tamarind extract. Though i have already posted varieties of tangy tamarind gravies in my space, am yet to post some more delightful gravies. And my today's post is a No onion No garlic tamarind based gravy with Banana blossom and tomatoes. Banana blossom is very much used in South Indian cuisine. Though people dish out often some crispy vadas with this incredible banana blossom, you can make some delicious dishes with this extremely healthy blossom. Whenever i feel like making tamarind based gravies at home, i couldnt keep myself away from shallots and garlic cloves. Yes i cant make Kuzhambu aka tamarind gravies without these two. But i took an interesting theme to run this week of Mega marathon. You might have noticed that am running this month's blogging marathon with 4 themes for 4 weeks which sounds absolutely prefect for me to run this long month of blogging.

Banana Blossom Tomato Kuzhambu, No Onion No Garlic Vazhaipoo Kuzhambu

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Paneer Butter Masala

Indian curries have onions and garlic as the most wanted basic ingredients for flavouring them. But however many interesting masala do exists without garlic and onions. My today's post is kinda restaurant style of Paneer butter masala without any onions,garlic but with heavy cream in it. You wont miss the onions or neither the garlic in this dish. Since this is not made with onion or garlic, you can relish this dish during fastings or vrats. This dish is completely cooked in a rich tomato puree which makes an extremely delicious paneer loaded creamy tomato gravy which will definitely please your tastebuds as well as your eyes. This dish goes awesome with any sort of Indian flatbreads or pulao. Though this dish is very simple to prepare, even beginners can dish out this fingerlicking paneer butter masala with less efforts than comparing to the usual dish.

Paneer Butter Masala, No Onion No Garlic Paneer Masala

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Capsicum Kurma/No Onion No Garlic Capsicum Coconut Curry

Kurma is a flavoursome rich gravy which can be relished either with rice or rotis. I do prepare varieties of kurma with different vegetables or meats. Since i have be running this week's blogging marathon of this month's Mega marathon with No Onion No Garlic dishes as theme, i want to experiment myself to prepare a delicious kurma. Personally for me Kurma cant be prepared without both onions and garlic, but after dishing out my today's post, i have completely changed my vision. Yes you can prepare some fingerlicking kurma without onions and garlic. With simple cooking method and a fabulous flavorsome rich grounded masala paste, you can prepare this aromatic kurma. I love the flavor of capsicum in kurmas, however if you want to dish out this kurma with any sort of vegetables, please dont forget to add them as you desire.

Capsicum Coconut Curry, No Onion No Garlic Capsicum Curry

Monday, April 9, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Pepper Gravy/No Onion No Garlic Milagu Kuzhambu

Am kick starting my second week of this month's Mega marathon with an another interesting theme. As i told earlier am running this month's marathon with 4 different themes. After posting 6 International breakfast dishes from different part of the world, this week's posts are going to be some fingerlicking delicious gravies with No Onion No Garlic as theme. South India gravies or curries are rarely prepared without onions & garlic. Even i cant imagine making gravies without these two ingredients. Obviously my vegetable basket will always have both onions and garlic in stock. When i picked the NO onion NO garlic dishes as theme for this week's blogging marathon i prepared a list of no onion no garlic dishes and picked 6 among those dishes which are usually prepared with loads of onions and garlic cloves. My own version of Pepper gravy aka Milagu kuzhambu always have shallots and handful of garlic cloves. When i planned to cook Pepper gravy for this theme,its seriously hard to skip these two ingredients,but still you can prepare this dish specially for No onion No garlic dieting peoples.

No Onion No Garlic Milagu Kuzhambu

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hootenannies/Baked German Pancake/Hootnanny Cake

Hootenanny is a baked version of German pancakes which is an easy, weekend special breakfast recipe which is know with different names. Yes dish is also known as oven pancake, Hootnanny cake or else as Dutch baby pancakes. The speciality of the Weekend breakfast dish is this dish calls for basic ingredients which we usually go for making pancakes. Put all the ingredients in a blender, blend as smooth batter, once poured in a greased deep baking glass mould, this dish is baked in oven for alteast 20-25minutes. Obviously not need to sit and keep an eye on your pancakes, yes quite an interesting breakfast dish to dish out when you dont feel like spending much time in your kitchen especially during weekends. Trust me these German baked pancakes suits absolutely prefect for a weekend brunch to serve and enjoy with your family members. These hootenannies is a cross between a pancake and French toast.

Baked German Pancakes, Hootenonnies

Friday, April 6, 2018

Vitumbua/Tanzanian Doughnuts/Gluten Free Coconut Pancake Balls

Vitumbua is a gluten free East African breakfast pancakes which is well known in most part of African countries. Though their name varies like Masa in Western African countries like Nigeria and Cameroon. This dish is eaten happily in Swahili countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar,Uganda,Zambia Rwanda, Somalia, Burundi,Malawi and Mozambique. However you can even find this same Vitumbua in few Asian countries like India, Indonesia etc. Not only you can enjoy these gluten free Vitumbua for your breakfast, you can enjoy even for your evening snacks with some home made sauce or else simply with honey. Though this dish calls for spices like cardamom, nutmeg and almond extract, traditionally this dish is flavored with cardamoms. East African peoples enjoy this ultimate cuties with a cup of chai to finish their breakfast or snacks.

Gluten free Vitumbua,Coconut & Rice Doughnuts

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Chebab/Emirati Saffron & Cardamom Pancakes/Emirati Chebab

Chebab/Chabab/Shebab is one of the most known Arabian pancakes which is eaten for breakfast simply with butter,honey,sugar, jam or else with date syrup. Chebabs are yeasted pancakes and they are the most liked breakfast of many in Arabic countries. These chebabs have their own place even in Ramadan meal. Flavored with cardamom and saffron,these pancakes are simply fabulous to indulge with some buttery honey sauce. Chebabs do exists in two versions, for the old version of chebab,dates are used instead of sugar. If you check for this Chebab recipe, you will surely find them out with dates in them. Dates are soaked in hot water until they turn soft and later they are used in making this super flavourful pancakes. And the other difference from most of the pancakes is this pancakes calls for yeast. Often baking powder is used as leavening agent in most of the pancakes, but this Emirati pancakes calls for yeast hence these pancakes are slightly heavier and spongy than the other pancakes.

Chebab, Emirati Pancakes

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rundstykker/Danish Breakfast Buns/Eggless Danish Bread Rolls

I cant imagine a breakfast without breads, that too freshly baked homemade breads are seriously a blessing when you prepare your brunch or breakfast especially on weekends. When i picked International breakfasts as theme for this week's Mega marathon, i immediately looked for a popular bread from European countries. And this Danish breakfast buns tempted me a lot to give a try as i love to bake breads at home. I grabbed this Rundstykker from My Danish Kitchen, seriously i love this blog as this space is full of Ultimate Danish dishes. I have already tried couple of Danish dishes from the space, hence i couldnt stop myself to bake this cuties to go under the theme am running for this whole week.

Mashed Potato Pancakes/American Breakfast Pancakes

After some Norwegian pancakes, am taking you all to USA, yes my today's post is one of the most known pancakes. Mashed potato pancakes is a very common dish in most of the countries around the world. Many versions do exists especially in European countries, Europeans add some cheese or spices depending upon the countries, however this mashed potato pancakes are from America. While i was looking for a well known American breakfast dish, this mashed potato pancakes caught my eyes. Simple and very easy to make, this pancakes are definitely a satisfying and super filling breakfast to enjoy with your favourite spread.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Monday, April 2, 2018

Pannekaken/Norwegian Pancakes

April starts with a bang, we blogging marathoners gonna run a month of blogging with sundays off. Yes here comes an another month of Mega food marathon, every year a group of food bloggers who shares the same passion for food ran two whole months of Mega marathon. We picked April and September as mega marathon months and we have been following this ritual since 4 years. This Mega marathon needs some pre-planning as we have some particular themes to follow. Eventhough i plan my cooking before i always end up in cooking at last moment. Thats gives more thrill to me. Let me stop blabbering before you guys gets bored. And this month Mega marathon have two options, yes either pick a theme per week, or pick a theme and cook for a month. Obviously i opted for the easy one, yes am going to blog for 4 weeks with 4 different themes. With a super duper busy schedule, i cant go with a theme for a whole month. However i dont regret to pick easy themes as they do need more patience and planning to cook with. For the first week of this Mega marathon, am going to showcase International breakfast dishes. And for the first day, its going to be some filling Norwegian pancakes aka Pannekaken.

Pannekaken, Norwegian Pancakes.jpg

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Eggless Dark Chocolate Hot Cross Buns/Easter Special Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Today is Easter here, and i cant imagine Easter without hot cross buns. Though i have tried couple of Hot cross buns, i was looking for a chance to bake some chocolate loaded hot cross buns. Chocolate is our family favourite, obviously i couldnt stop myself to bake some chocolate loaded hot cross buns.Wiki says that  "A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the British Isles, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and some parts of the Americas". The cake marks the end of Lent and different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning, including the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him at his burial. They are now available all year round in some places.

Eggless Dark Chocolate Hot Cross buns