Saturday, January 25, 2014

Healthy Breakfast - Kamut puff cereal with fruits

Breakfast is a very important meal of a day.  It should not be skipped.  We dont miss it unless we have a religious reason to do so.   What to eat in a breakfast is also equally important.  Buckwheat sounds like a sister to wheat but it does not belong to wheat family.  It is a fruit seed with a distinct flavour.  It is super healthy.  I have tried it in pulaos and kichidi too.  When I roaming in the aisles of whole foods, some puffs got my attention, they were barley, millet and kamut puffs.  I got all of them in my trolley.    Then, I started thinking for ways to use it.   My husband makes very yummy cereals, I should post those pictures along with the recipe.  You got to have a passion and patience to make such cereal.  Few things, I just say that dad will make :-) Cutting everything on the same size is something I can never attempt to!  My patience is definitely lesser than his.

This is a super great breakfast with fruits,nuts and kamut puffs.

What you need?

Kamut puffs - 1/3 cup
Apple-diced-1/4 cup
Banana diced-1/4 cup
Grapes-sliced-1/4 cup (optional)
Raisins-2 Tbsp
Flax meal-1 Tbsp (optional)
Chia gel-1 tsp (optional)
Almonds-5 sliced
Walnuts-3 shredded
Dried Dates-3 cut fine

How to make?

Once all the cutting is done, just mix them well.  Add kamut puff just before serving.  

Add 3 Tbsp of Mango pulp if your taste bud demands (optional)

Note:  Kamut puff has a distinct taste.   You could use alternately kamut cereal which some health stores sell.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rainbow Raita with Avocado

Avocado is a bland fruit but very healthy.  Many people wonder how to use it on day to day basis.  I buy them regularly and use it mainly on chutneys,smoothies and Raita.   We also like guacamole.    I tried recently in boiled peanut salad and it was very good.   I called this one as Rainbow since it is very colorful.

What you need?

Avocado medium - 1
Carrot shredded-1/2 cup
Broccoli cut finely or shredded-1/3 cup
Green capsicum cut fine - 1/4 cup
Red capsicum cut fine- 1/4 cup
cucumber - 1
coriander greens - 2 Tbsp
Gr chillies
Ginger-1 inch
Yogurt - 1.5-2 cups

How to make?

1. Mash avocado with a beater (you can choose to keep it chunky or smooth)

2. Grate or cut ginger and gr chillies

3.  Mix all the veggies, avocado, ginger and gr chillies in a bowl along with Yogurt

4. Do tadka - Heat 1 tsp oil in a small kadai, add mustard, let it splutter), add 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds and 1/8 tsp of asofoedita.

6.Add coriander greens and mix well.

This goes very well with any spicy main dish like pulao or even chappathis.

Variations:

Add crunchy roasted peanuts/pumpkin/sunflower seeds

Badam ka sheera (Almond pudding)

Happy New Year!

A healthy and quick dessert for any occasion.

We happened to taste this dish in a restaurant during our recent india visit.  We forgot to ask the chef for the recipe.    Both of us were kind of asking each other why we did not ask him. We googled  but could not find anything which would lead to that dish.    I kind of reverse engineered and came out with this recipe and it matched the original dish to a great extent.  

Jaggery is a healthier replacement to white sugar.

Here you go!

What you need?

Almond meal - 1 cup  (see notes)
Powdered Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 Tbsp
Milk-1/4 cup (optional)

How to make?

1.  Pour 1/4 cup water in a sauce pan and add jaggery to it, boil in medium to low flame.  Place a laddle and watch for it to not overflow.  Once the jaggery melted completely, sieve it with a wire mesh (preferably steel since you don't to use plastic for hot liquids)

2.  In a wider sauce pan, add the jaggery liquid, stir in the powdered almond meal and let it cook in  low flame for 5 minutes, keep stirring once a minute

3.   Add ghee and mix well and stir for 2-3 minutes more.    It should come to a thick consistency more like halwa.   It will be sticky when it is hot.  Let it cool completely for the best taste.

I could not wait that longer to try!

Notes:

* You can cook the almond meal in milk and add more ghee for a richer version
* Almond meal can be easily made at home.  Pulse almonds in the food processor till they are powdered.  You will run with almond butter if you run it longer.
* Jaggery can be shredded at home