Caramelised Walnuts (Nuts)

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Preparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 5 mints

Ingredients
1 cup walnut halves/pieces (or your choice of nuts)
¼ cup white granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp chat masala
¼ tsp sweet chilli powder

Method

  1. Take walnuts, sugar and water in a non-stick pan.
  2. Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so your mixture doesn’t burn (especially towards the end). When the sugar mixture starts melting, stir constantly until all sugar is melted and nuts are coated.
  3. Once sugar is melted and nuts are coated turn off the heat. Add salt, chat masala and chilli powder to it and give it a mix.
  4. Now transfer nuts immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away.
  5. The coating will harden in minutes, you can transfer them to a bowl and enjoy!

These delicious nuts can be used in several cakes, but you can also put them on ice-cream, pancakes, fruit salad, or eat them just as they are.

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Jacket Potato with Beans and Coleslaw

Preparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 45-50 mints
Serves – 4

Ingredients
4 baking potatoes
1 tbsp oil
salt
pepper

For Serving
1 can baked beans (400 grm)
home made coleslaw

Method

  1. Scrub the potatoes and prick in several places with a fork.
  2. Place in a microwave bag and microwave it for 15 minutes on high.
  3. Pre heat oven to 200C/180C.
  4. Cook the potatoes until tender (you may need a more or less time depending on the size of your potatoes and your microwave).
  5. Once potatoes are done put a few drops of oil over each one and rub it all over the skin.
  6. After that, rub in some salt and pepper – salt will draw out the moisture from the skin and, together with the oil, provide more crunchiness.
  7. Now place the potatoes straight on to the centre shelf of the oven and let them bake for 30 minutes, or until the skins are really crisp.
  8. Serve immediately because, after you remove jacket potatoes from the oven, they lose their crispness very quickly.

Serving

  1. Split open the potatoes and spoon in the beans.
  2. Take some coleslaw with it.
  3. Serve immediately.

Cold days require comfort food, give yours a health boost with home made coleslaw…

French Bean Rice

French-bean rice

Preparation time: 10 mints
Cooking time: 10-15 mints
Serves – 2

Ingredients
2 cups cooked rice
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped green chilli
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
½ cup roughly chopped french beans
2 tspn oil
½ tspn mustard seeds
½ tspn cumin seeds
½ tspn asafoetida
½ tspn turmeric powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
salt to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  2. When they crackle, add the asafoetida, turmeric powder, chilli, garlic, onions and saute them till onions are light brown.
  3. Now add french beans to it. Stir it well and sauté it for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add rice along with salt, sugar and lemon juice. Stir it well. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve it hot or its great for lunch box too..

A great way to use french beans in a meal…

 

Cabbage Pancake

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Preparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 15 –  20 mints
Serves: 2

Ingredients
2 cup finely chopped or grated cabbage
½ cup gram flour or all-purpose flour
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp all spice mix
oil to shallow fry

Method

  1. Combine cabbage, turmeric, chilli powder, all spice mix, cumin and coriander powder along with salt in a large bowl. Let it marinate for 6-7 hours.
  2. Once marinated add gram flour and mix it well until all cabbage get flour coating. Add more flour if required.
  3. Heat a griddle on high heat and add some oil to it to coat the bottom.
  4. Add 1/4 of the cabbage mixture to the griddle, pressing it out into a 2 to 3 inch pancake.
  5. Let it cook until the edges are brown or around 2-3 minutes.
  6. Now, flip it over and let it cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Serve it hot with tomato ketchup.

Feel free to use any vegetable you like, to make this dish more interesting…

Stuffed Sprouts

Stuffed SproutsPreparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 7-8
Serves: 4

Ingredients
250 grm brussel sprouts

For Stuffing
¼ cup shredded dry coconut
1 tbsp kasuri methi (optional)
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp all spice mix
1 tsp dry mango powder
1 tbsp oil

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients together for the stuffing.
  2. Cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellowing outer leaves. Slit them crosswise from the bottom, almost all the way through – leave the stalk area uncut. Stuff each sprout with the stuffing – don’t be afraid to use clean hands to do this; just get right in there.
  3. Place sprouts in a microwave proof tray and microwave it on high heat for around 7 minutes or till sprouts are tender.
  4. Serve it warm.

In order to facilitate even cooking, it is important that the Brussels sprouts be as uniform in size and shape as possible.

Chickpea Salad Italian Way

Chickpea Salad Italian Way

Preparation time: 5-10 mints
Serves: 2

Ingredients
1 can of chickpea (400grm)
1/4 cup grated carrot
1 tbsp raisin
1 tbsp sunflower seeds

Salad Dressing
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
salt to taste

Method

  1. To make your dressing for salad, take olive oil, honey, lemon juice, dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix it well.

  2. Now mix chickpeas, carrot, raisin and sunflower seeds in a big mixing bowl.

  3. Pour salad dressing over this mix and stir it well and serve.

Serving Suggestions:
you can serve it with fresh leafy salad, or with a main.

To make spooning honey easier, dip the spoon in hot water first.