Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pumpkin Roti

Roti is a versatile food.    You can make variations very easily.   My older one plays 2 hrs soccer at school on Fridays and She asks for some quick lunch.   I pack home made bread sandwiches/parata or Chappathi rolls.    I have been making Rotis/Buns and Bread with steamed pumpkin for few years now.     It just occurred to me to write it here now.    Pumpkin is one of the colorful vegetable that is very appealing in look as well as on taste.  Typically, it is used on sambar in south indian cuisine.   Somehow it is not welcomed by kids for school lunch.

What you need?

 sliced Pumpkins - About 5 each 2-3 inch width
 Atta flour - 1.5 - 2 cups
 Garam masala - 1 tsp
 Salt - 1 tsp
 Asofoedita - 1/8 tsp

How to make?

1. Steam the pumpkin with the peel for 10 mins .   Insert a toothpick to check if it is cooked.   Let it cool for 5 mins.

2,  Scoop out the pulp using a spoon to a jar.   You can either mash it with hand or using a hand blender.   I used blender since it does the job faster.

3.  Now, in a bowl, add flour, masala, salt and asofoedita, mix everything while dry.   Add the pumpkin puree little by little till you get the dough texture.   You can add more flour if it is too wet or adjust little water if the puree was not sufficient.  

4.  Divide the dough into lemon size balls and make rotis.  Apply little Ghee/flax seed oil/olive oil  once you cook them on both sides.

Serving Tip:

I spread tomato spread and made a roll, cut them into two and packed in the box.


Measurement will vary depending upon the size of the pumpkin and the absorbency of the wheat flour.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Healthy Snacks!

What snack to give today for kids is a day to day thing for moms like me.   I dont rely upon any packaged snacks for our family including chips, cheese pops or whatever fancy snacks on the shelves!   I do not prefer to give them full meal after school!  I just do not understand that!   I truly believe that right food has to be fed on the right time.   Lunch is an important meal of the day where we need the most carbs of the day!   What it means is high carb food should not be eaten during snack time.   Hence, We need to make conscious snack decisions and choices.   Kids like things that are crispier.    Even junk made at home is much healthier than the store bought one.   Yes, itz true.

Simple Filling Snacks:

Traditional Oven Roasted Peanuts:

There used to be and still available in few places, small shops where they roast peanuts with sand.    Yes, with sand.   How many kids of the current generation will accept that they are healthy!  These are the most healthy snacks which are ever ever green!   How many of the adults still continue to eat these!   Ofcourse, you will find people like us.   I used to roast them in oven when in US while getting the traditional one imported from various places like Kumbakonam and Chennai to Bangalore now!   I am yet to find a place here where they roast it like this.


I am not talking about the prepacking popcorn which pops in Microwave in secs.   I dont consider them healthy due to the high fat content and salt in them.   Traditional popping over the iron pan works very well.   Once I found a popcorn maker in Macys during thanksgiving sale, it was very good but it worned out so had to let it go!

Time required to make:  

    less than 15 mins.

What you need?

Popcorn kernels - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp (variable)
Salt-1/2 tsp
Sugar-1/2 tsp
Coconut oil - 2 Tbsp  

How to make it?

Heat the iron pan and add about 1/4 cup of corn at a time and cover the pan, otherwise popcorn would be all over the kitchen!  Once the popping sound diminishes, switch off the stove and collect all the popcorns in a container.

In a small container, add salt, sugar, red chilli powder,  turmeric powder and a pinch of asofoedita if using. Mix everything and keep it ready.

Heat coconut oil in another pan and pour it over the mix.     You will get the flavour of the store bought popcorn if you use coconut oil.  Coconut oil is a healthier choice too.

Pour this over the popped kernels and ask your kids to give a good shake!   My kids really enjoy the activity and love home made fresh popcorns.

Happy Healthy Snacking!  

Think about the snacks that you give and share the healthier choice ideas!