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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Methi Thepla

Methi Thepla

Preparation time: 10 mints
Cooking time: 10 mints
Makes – 8 pieces

Ingredients
1 cup wheat flour
¾ cup gram flour
1 cup finely chopped methi (fenugreek)
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp jaggery
¾ cup yogurt
oil to cook

Method

  1. Combine the wheat flour, besan and the remaining ingredients in a bowl, mix well and knead into a soft dough. Use extra water if needed.
  2. Keep it aside for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Now divide the dough in to 8 equal portion and roll out each portion into a circle.
  4. Preheat a pan on medium heat and cook each portion both side using 1 tea-spoon oil till golden brown spots appear.
  5. Serve it with yogurt raita or ghee jaggery.

Kids love this dish and Fenugreek health benefits are multitude.

Carrot and Walnut Cake

Carrot-cake

Preparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 30-35 mints
Serves: 8

Ingredients
1 cup plain flour
2 tbsp corn flour
1 cup shreded carrot
1 cup chopped walnut
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup yogurt
1 tsp cinemon powder
1 tsp all spice mix
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup hot water

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Place oven rack in center of oven.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add plain flour, corn flour, cinemon powder, all spice powder, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Mix it well.
  3. Now, add all wet ingredients and mix it well.
  4. Add carrot, walnut and raisins and give it a stir.
  5. Lightly butter your cake pan and pour the mixture in it.
  6. Place it in oven and let it bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cake from oven and let it cool and enjoy…

Any eggless cake that over-does the leavening agent in an attempt to get a light fluffy cake, usually just end up tasting like baking soda.

Veg Noodles – Indo Chinese Fusion

Hakka Noodles

Preparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 10-15 mints
Serves: 4

Ingredients
250 grms spaghetti ( use any noodles you want)
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
1 cup thinly sliced mix capsicum
1 tbsp thinly sliced ginger
1/4 cup chopped spring onion
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
Water to boil noodles

For Sauce
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp chocolate spread or sauce
1 tsp peanut butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp hot chilli sauce

Method

  1. Heat water in a large pan, add noodles and salt and let it boil for 5-7 minutes or until its done. Follow packet instructions.
  2. While its cooking, heat oil in a non stick pan, add ginger and onion to it. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Now add cabbage, capsicum and salt, let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile to prepare sauce, mix all sauce ingredient and microwave it for 30 seconds on high heat. Mix it well.
  4. Once noodles are done run it through cold water and add it in vegetable mix, also add prepared sauce to it and give it a stir.
  5. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes until noodles are covered with sauce.
  6. Serve it hot.

Instead of vinegar you can also use lemon. If you don’t have chocolate sauce then add any jam, it will give a distinctive sweet flavour to your sauce.

Winter Wonder Bite – Christmas gift idea

Winter Wonder BitePreparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 5 mints
Makes: 6 pieces

Ingredients
1/4 cup date spread
1/2 cup shredded dry coconut
1 tbsp charoli (Buchanania lanzan)
2 tbsp shredded almond
1 tsp poppy seed
1 tsp clarified butter (ghee)
1/2 tsp all spice mix

Method

  1. Take clarified butter in a microwave proof bowl, place it into microwave on high hit for 2 minutes. Once ghee is melted add poppy seed and shredded coconut in it and place it back into microwave for another 2 minutes on high hit.
  2. Now add date spread, charoli, 1 tbsp almond and all spice mix in it. Mix it well and place it back into microwave for 1 minute on high hit. (If you can not get hold of date spread just take 1/2 cup of dates and saute it in a pan on medium low heat with a teaspoon of ghee until it become paste alike and use it)
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  3. Let it cool for a while and make bite size balls or you can give different shape by placing it in a silicone mould as you can see in above picture. Garnish it with remaining almond. Place ready balls into freeze for 1 hour to set and serve.

Dates are rich in dietary fibre, iron content and being high in sugar level, they help to boost energy level instantly.

Kale Sweet Corn Cheese Grill

Kale Sweet Corn Cheese Grill

Preparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 10 mints
Serves: 6
Makes: 6 sandwiches

Ingredients
12 slices bread
butter to spread
ketchup to drizzle

Stuffing
1/2 cup chopped kale leaves
1/4 cup frozen sweet corn
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp mixed herb
1 tsp salt
6 cube dolcelatte cheese (25 grm cube) (you can use any cheese you want)

Method

  1. Mix kale leaves, sweet corn and chopped onion in a microwave proof bowl and add salt, pepper and mix herb in it.

  2. Now microwave this mixture for 2 minutes on high heat. Now give a stir and put it back in microwave for 2 minutes on high heat again. Keep this mixture aside.

  3. Butter the slices of bread on one side. Devide mixture in 6 parts and place it on bread (with the buttered side facing downwards)and top it with cheese cube. Drizzle some ketchup on it and cover it with another slice of bread (with the buttered side facing upwards)

  4. Place a pan on stove over high heat until hot. Once pan is hot, grill the sandwich both side, till both the sides turn golden brown. (You can also use a grilling machine or oven to prepare this recipe.)

  5. Serve it hot.

Serving Suggestions:
you can serve it with green chutney, ketchup or any dip that you enjoy.

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium.

Quick Cheesy Pasta

Cheesy Pasta

Preparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 10 mints
Serves: 2

Ingredients
1 cup penne pasta
1/2 cup frozen mix veg
1 tbsp grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp mixed herb
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp thyme

Method

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta with mix vegetables and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until it becomes soft. Drain it.

  2. In a large bowl toss drained pasta with cheddar cheese, olive oil, herbs, salt, pepper and thyme.

  3. And serve..serve it warm.

Serving Suggestions:
you can serve it with fresh salad, or eat it on its own!!

To make this dish more fibrous and low fat, add more vegetables.