Monday, November 17, 2014

Multigrain Pancake

Now-a-days non-bread breakfast has become common in our house.   I don't buy pre-made pancake mixes.   I keep exploring and log my experiments here if it was successful!  Ofcourse, it flops many times.

What you need?


Barley flour - 1/2 cup
Oats flour-1/4 cup
Spelt flour-1/4 cup
Almond meal-1/4 cup
Rice flour-2 Tbsp
Flax meal-2 Tbsp
Chia gel-1/4 cup
Salt-1/4 tsp
Sugar-1 tsp
Baking soda-1/4 tsp
Butter milk-1/2 cup
Water-1/2 cup
Toppings - Raisins, shredded walnuts, sunflower/pumpkin seeds


How to make?


1. Mix all the ingredients except baking soda and let it rest for atleast 30 mins.

2. Adjust water to make the batter thick.   When you are ready to make,  add baking soda and mix well.

3. Mix the toppings into the batter.  I like to top the raisins once I pour the batter over the tava.

4. Heat the griddle and check if it is hot enough.  Pour batter and expand it to desired size.  Top with raisins/choco chips if you want to.   Leave it for a min.  It would puff it.   Turn it to the other side and let it cook.   I used coconut  since I was using iron griddle.  You can use oil as per your gadget.

Serve with Maple syrup or honey.

My kids enjoyed the whole grain pancake.  We had some leftover for lunch and it was quite moist

Tips:

* From my experience:  Pancakes should cook down completely before serving for better taste

* You can play around with the ingredients based on what is available in your pantry.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fig and Nuts Sweet

Fig is a nature's treat!   Fig and nuts cake has become one of the deepavali sweets for 3 years in row now.   Beauty is this sweet can take as little as 2 Tbsp ghee and still tastes palatable.   One batch was distributed so quickly that my kids and hubby were like what happened to the Fig halwa/cake that you made.   Then I set out to make the second batch.  Most of my friends whom I shared this sweet asked for the recipe!  I already have a fig sweet recipe in the blog.  This is another variation to it.    I did not add lot of sugar to keep the nature's sweet intact.  But feel free to add if you have sweet tooth. We prefer it this way!

What you need?

Figs-15 dried ones
Dates-10 dried ones (optional)
Almonds-1 cup
Nuts of your choice ( 1 cup)
Ghee-2 Tbsp
Honey-2 Tbsp(optional)
Turbinado Sugar-2 Tbsp

How to make?

1. Soak Figs/dates and almond seperately in hot water overnight or for 6 hrs.     Remove the stem of Fig and pits from dates.

2. First grind Fig and dates smoothly then add almonds and give a good crush.  It is ok if almonds are not ground thoroughly.  You can use the soaked water to run the blender.  Use as little water as possible to grind in order to reduce the cooking time.

3. Cut the nuts of your choice(cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios) into bite sized pieces.  


4.  Heat a pan on medium heat and pour the ground mixture.  Let it cook for about 15 mins.   Add the nuts, sugar and ghee.   Mix well.   Keep stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.

5.  Switch off the stove.  Add honey if you wanted it to be bit more sweeter and mix thoroughly.  Honey should not be cooked so be sure to add it only at the end .  

6. Prepare a pan by lining little bit ghee spread all over.  Pour the mixture and pack it well.  Level with the laddle and keep it aside or better refrigerate it.

7. This sweet can be cut into cubes once it is cooled completely!

Enjoy the nature's treat without any guilt! Itz all healthy.

Tips

1.  Add 2 tbsp more ghee to get a glossy texture

2. Grind with milk to get more richer taste

3. Sugar can be replaced with jaggery.

Note:

Buy unsulphured dried figs.   I used white figs in this recipe.