Showing posts with label Kids Specials. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kids Specials. Show all posts

Saturday, March 25, 2017

CHOCOLATE CAKE - Easy Way


INGREDIENTS:

CAKE BATTER:
1) 1 Cup Self Raising Flour
2) 1 cup Sugar
3) 1 Cup Softened Butter
4) 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
5) 4 Teaspoons Cocoa Powder
6) 3 Eggs
7) 4 Tablespoon hot Milk/Water
8) 1/2 Cup Raisins/Almond Slices
9) 1/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
1) 1 Cup Cream
2) 1 Cup Melted Chocolate

PREPARATION TIME: 50 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
* Prepare the cake tin and keep aside
* In a bowl beat together eggs, sugar, butter, flour and baking powder
* In a seperate bowl mix water and cocoa powder till it is a thick paste
* Add cocoa paste to cake batter and beat till its a smooth batter
* Pour the batter into prepared tin
* Bake for 30 Minutes or till it leaves the side of the tin
* Keep it aside to cool it completely before icing
* For chocolate ganache take cream and chocolate in a bowl
* Microwave for 40 minutes and mix well till a smooth paste
* Let it cool till it thickens a little
* Pour the ganache on the cooled cake and spread it evenly on top
* Sprinkle raisins and granulated sugar on top
* Enjoy with tea or in parties with family and friends



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SPROUTS AND MANGO SALAD


INGREDIENTS:
1) 2 Cup Sprouts
2) 1 Mango ripen
3) 1 Cucumber
4) 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
5) Rock salt to taste
6) Black pepper to taste
7) 1 Green Chilly
8) 1/2 Lemon Juice
9) 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
10) Fresh Coriander Leaves

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Boil the sprouts in salted and turmeric water till soft and let it cool
* Dice the ripen mango and add to a salad bowl
* Chop the cucumber and coriander leaves and add to salad bowl
* Half or slice the cherry tomatoes and throw in the salad bowl
* Add in sprouts, rock salt, black pepper and lemon juice
* Finely Chop the green chilly(optional) and add it to bowl too
* Mix everything and serve


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CINNAMON TOAST


INGREDIENTS:
1) 2 Slices Bread
2) 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
3) 1 Teaspoon Sugar
4) 2 Teaspoon Butter
5) 2 Tablespoon Yogurt
6) Few fresh grapes or any fruit of choice
7) 1/2 Cup dehydrated Cranberries optional
8) Chocolate coated Raisins/Almonds optional

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Melt butter in a pan and coat the pan with it
* Sprinkle Sugar and cinnamon powder on pan
* Put the bread slice in pan
* Let it cook till sugar is melted and sticks to bread slice
* Move the slice in the pan to get the sugar and cinnamon on the edges
* Turn the bread slice and toast the other side too
* Make sure there is no sugar or cinnamom before adding another bread slice
* Serve hot with fresh fruits, dehydrated fruits, and dry fruits
* Add some chocolate bites and yogurt to the serving plate


Friday, February 10, 2017

BROCCOLI GARLIC RICE


INGREDIENTS:
1) 2 Cups Rice or leftover cooked rice
2) 1 Broccoli
3) 4-5 Garlic Cloves Chopped
4) 1-2 Onion
5) Salt to taste
6) Black pepper to taste
7) 1 Tablespoon Clarified Butter/Ghee
8) 2-3 Eggs

PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Cook the rice in 5 times water and salt, when cooked drain water and keep aside
* Wash and Chop the broccoli very finely and keep aside
* Finely chop garlic cloves and onions too
* In a wok heat up butter, add in the garlic and saute for few seconds
* Add onions and saute till onions turn translucent
* Add in chopped broccoli and mix well, let the broccoli cook for a few minutes
* Add in Cooked rice or leftover rice and mix well till everything turns green
* Sprinkle salt and black pepper according to ur taste
* Prepare a sunny side up egg for each member
* Serve the rice hot with sunny side up on the bed of broccoli rice



Monday, September 19, 2016

BESAN LADDOOS


INGREDIENTS:
1) 1 Cup Besan/Chickpea flour
2) 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
3) 1/4 Cup Sooji/Semolina
4) 2 Teaspoons Elaichi/Cardamom Powder
5) 3/4 Cup Ghee/Clarified Butter
6) Few Raisins to decorate (Optional)
7) 1/2 Cup Almonds Powdered (Optional)

PREPARATION TIME : 1 Hour

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a Wok add half of the ghee and let it melt
* Add sooji and besan together and mix well
* Mix should look like a crumb mix. If required add more ghee
* Mix and roast in wok till besan slightly changes color
* Roast till its turned golden brown and gives a nice aroma
* Take off the heat when done and cool it on the plate
* Add cardomom, almonds and sugar powder in it and mix well
* If too dry to make balls, add a little hot ghee
* Make laddoos and keep in an air tight container
* You can put one raisin on each laddoo to decorate it
* During festivities you can put silver wark on it too and serve your guests


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PAPAYA AND RAISINS ICECREAM


INGREDIENTS:
1) 1 Cup Papaya Pulp
2) 1 Cup Cream
3) 1 Cup Sugar
4) 3-4 Drops Vanilla Essence
5) 1/4 Cup Raisins

PREPARATION TIME: 6-7 hours

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a bowl, take cream and whip it till soft peaks appears
* Make Papaya pulp by mashing ripe papaya in a smooth paste
* Add granulated sugar to whipped cream and whip a little
* Do not whip to much, otherwise the cream will separate into butter and milk
* Add papaya pulp, raisins and vanilla essence, mix it well
* Freeze the mix in freezer for 2-3 hours
* After 2-3 hours take the mix and churn it again
* Freeze again for 2 hours,
* If ice-cream still not creamy in texture, then churn it again
* Once creamy its done and can be served
* Garnish with raisins or any topping of your choice



Saturday, July 23, 2016

ROASTED TOMATO CHUTNEY WITH INSTANT DOSA



INGREDIENTS:
FOR CHUTNEY:
1) 4 Tomatoes
2) 1 Onion Chopped
3) 5-6 Garlic Cloves
4) 1 Tablespoon Yellow Moong Daal
5) 2 Dried red chillies
6) 1 Tablespoon oil
7) 1/2 Teaspoon Mustard seeds
8) 5-6 sticks dried tamarind
9) Salt to taste
10) A pinch of asafoetida

FOR DOSA:
1) 1 Cup Maida
2) 1/2 Cup Besan
3) 1 Cup Suji/Rava
4) 1 Cup Rice Atta
5) Salt to taste
6) Water to mix

PREPARATION TIME: 50 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
CHUTNEY
* Wash the tomatoes and keep them on the fire to roast them
* Roasting them gives a nice flavours and removes the skin easily
* Remove the tomato skin and roughly chop them, keep aside
* In a small wok, heat oil, crackle mustard seeds, dried red chillies and moong daal
* Add in asafoetida and garlic cloves and let it cook for a minute
* Add chopped onions and salt and saute till onions turn translucent
* Add tomatoes and red chilly powder and further cook till tomatoes get soft
* Take off heat and let it cool till room temperature
* Add in tamarind and put in mixer jar to grind it into a paste or chutney
* Serve fresh with dosas or idlis

INSTANT DOSAS
* In a bowl mix maida, suji, besan, and rice atta
* Add in salt according to taste
* Add little by little water and keep mixing till it forms a batter
* Rest the batter for 20- 30 minutes
* Add little water if batter feels thick
* On a hot flat tawa apply oil and pour a laddle of batter on it
* spread the batter on tawa evenly and let it cook
* Sprinkle oil and turn the the dosa to cook it other side
* Turn again and fold and serve hot with chutney


Thursday, July 14, 2016

BAKED BABY POTATOES



INGREDIENTS:
1) 1 Kg Baby Potatoes
2) 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
3) 3 Teaspoon Chopped Garlic
4) Mint Twigs
5) Rosemary Twigs
6) Salt to taste
7) Black Pepper to taste
8) Chaat Masala

PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Wash the potatoes and keep them aside
* If too large cut them into half
* Prick each one with a fork and rub olive oil on them
* Sprinkle salt, and pepper on the potato
* Add chopped garlic and mix together everything
* Put all potatoes on the baking tray
* Add mint and rosemary twigs and put to bake
* Bake for 30 - 35 minutes at 220 degrees
* Look for golden brown color on sliced potatoes
* Serve hot, sprinkle with some chaat masala!


Friday, June 3, 2016

COIN UTTAPAMS


INGREDIENTS:
1) 1 Packet Dosa batter
2) 2 Onions Chopped
3) 1 Cup Grated Broccoli
4) 1/2 Cup Grated Carrots
5) Salt to taste
6) Black Pepper to taste
7) 1 Green Chilly Chopped
8) 2 Tablespoon oil

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a bowl, put dosa batter and add salt and pepper to taste
* I got a readymade batter from a superstore, you can always prepare batter for this
* Add in chopped onions, chopped chilly, grated carrots and grated broccoli
* On a hot non stick tawa, apply oil and pour in 1/4 laddle of batter on tawa
* Pour in as many as fit on tawa, apporox 5-6 will fit
* Let it cook for few minutes till its firm and cooked on the side
* Apply oil on the poured batter and flip it to cook on other side
* Once cooked arrange them on a tray and serve these coin uttapams with coconut and mint chutney
* They are favourites among kids and a healthy tiffin option too



Friday, April 29, 2016

CURD RICE


Curd rice or Dahi Chawal is a simple delicacy from south India. Mainly taken as part of a meal, but its a comfort food in itself.
Easy preparation and is loved by kids, bachelors, and ready to go meals!
Its very popular among the south states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerela, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Its a savoury dish as compared to the sweet dahi chawal of north India!

INGREDIENTS:
1) 2 Cups Cooked/Leftover Rice
2) 2 Cups Curd/Yogurt/Dahi
3) 1/2 Cup Grated carrots
4) 1/2 Cup Grated Broccoli
5) 1/4 Cup Grated Ginger
6) Few Curry Leaves
7) 2-3 Green Chillis
8) 2 Tablespoon Oil
9) A Pinch of Asafoetida
10) 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
11) Salt to taste
12) Black Pepper/Red Chilly to taste
13) Pickle and coriander leaves for garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a Pan heat oil, add Asafoetida and crackle mustard seeds
* Add Curry leaves, Grated Ginger and green chillies, saute for a minute
* Add Broccoli and carrots, saute at low heat till carrots get soft
* Add rice and mix well, Keep aside to cool it
* In a separate bowl beat the curd and add salt and pepper
* Mix the salted curd with the rice into a thick paste like consistency
* If needed take more curd or simply add a little water
* Garnish with coriander leaves and serve chilled/room temperature with a pickle
* Any kind of rice can be used in this recipe


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ROASTED POTATOES WITH SPINACH AND CORN


INGREDIENTS:
1) 1 Kg Baby Potatoes
2) 3 Cups of Spinach
3) 1 Cup of Sweet Corn Kernels
4) 1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic powder
5) Black Pepper to taste
6) Salt to taste
7) 1 Tablespoon Olive oil

PREPARATION TIME: 40 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Wash the potatoes thoroughly and cut them in half
* Wash the spinach leaves and let the water drain
* Chop the leaves roughly and keep aside
* In a Oven safe dish put potatoes and oil
* Sprinkle garlic powder, black pepper and salt
* Mix the spices with potatoes till all potatoes covered
* Roast the potatoes in oven for 20 minutes at 220 degrees
* Add Chopped spinach and corns and mix well
* Roast again for 5 minutes till potatoes get soft inside and crispy outside
* Serve hot with dinners as appetizers or as snacks with drinks/tea. Its a hit with Kids too.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

4 INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


INGREDIENTS:
1) 2 Cups Self - Raising Flour
2) 1/4 Cup Butter
3) 1/2 Cup Condensed Milk
4) 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

PREPARATION TIME: 40 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a bowl add melted butter and condensed milk, mix well
* Add Flour and chocolate chips and mix well like a dough
* Make round balls and flatten them
* Place them on a baking tray and bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes
* Cool them at wire rack for the best cookies


Friday, January 29, 2016

PEAS AND SPINACH KHICHDI


After a long and hectic week at work one tries to find comfort and rest in weekend!
What a great idea to start the weekend with a hot, delicious, nutricious, wholesome, easy to digest comfort food like khichdi for lunch.
With fried red onions, a papaddom and a spoonful of melted ghee on top is just what is called a comfort life!
This is very simple one pot dish generally prepared with rice and dal.


INGREDIENTS:
1) 3/4 Cup Rice
2) 1/2 Cup yellow moong dal
3) 1/2 Cup Peas
4) 1 Cup Chopped Spinach
5) 2 Tablespoon Ghee/Clarified Butter
6) 1 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin Seeds
7) 1/4 Teaspoon asaefotida
8) Salt to taste
9) Black pepper to taste
10) 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala
11) 1/4 Teaspoon Red Chilli powder
12) 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
13) 1 Cup sliced onions for garnish
14) 2 Papaddoms

PREPARATION TIME: 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Soak Rice and Dal in hot water for an hour before cooking
* In a pan heat ghee and crackle jeera seeds and asaefotida
* Add turmeric powder and peas, saute for a minute
* Add salt, red chilli, garam masala, Black pepper
* Drain rice and dal and add it to the pan for cooking
* Add water and it it cook till it forms a mushy thing like in the picture
* Fry sliced onions ina pan and serve with hot khichdi
* Fry or microwave papaddoms and serve with khichdi


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BROCCOLI CHILLA/ PANCAKE


INGREDIENTS:
1) 1 1/2 Cup Besan/Chickpea Flour
2) 1/2 Cup Suji/Semolina
3) 1 Cup Chopped Broccoli
4) 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala
5) 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
6) 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
7) 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
8) 1 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin Powder
9) 1 Teaspoon Chopped Ginger
10) 1/2 Teaspoon Chopped Green Chilly
11) Salt to taste
12) Water to make batter

PREPARATION TIME: 45 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a Bowl take besan and mix it with water to make a smooth paste
* To the paste add semolina, mix it , if thick then add water to make it runny
* Add broccoli, ginger, green chilly and mix well
* Add Turmeric, Coriander, Garam masala, Red chilly powder, salt and Jeera powder, mix well
* Keep the above mix aside for 30 minutes to blend in all the flavours
* Semolina will absorb water and can make batter thick, add little water after 30 minutes
* Take a Tawa or flat pan, heat it up, Brush up a little oil on tawa
* Take 1 Laddle full of batter and pour it on tawa and spread it to a thickness of 2 mm
* When one side is cooked, turn it over to cook the other side
* Turn again and pour 1 teaspoon of clarified butter or ghee and take it out on a serving dish
* Serve hot with soft crumbled paneer or ketchup or curd


Thursday, December 31, 2015

SULTANA SCONES


Bake this lovely treat this new year and surprise you family and friends!
Its very easy and simple to prepare, eggless, less sugar, less butter, kids love it!
Ask your kids to help you out with it this winter vacations! They will surely love it.

INGREDIENTS:
1) 225 gms Plain flour
2) 50 gms Butter Cold
3) 100 gms Sultanas/Raisins
4) 40 gms Castor Sugar
5) 150 ml Milk
6) 1 Egg beaten for egg wash/Milk

PREPARATION TIME: 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Line the baking sheet and pre heat the oven at 220 degrees
* In a bowl mix flour and butter till breadcrumb consistency
* To above mix add sugar and sultanas
* In the middle pour milk and fold in the mix till no dry flour left
* Knead a little to gather the dough together
* Flatten with the hands till 2 cm thick disc
* Cut 12 small rounds or 8 big rounds with cutter
* Place them on baking sheet and brush the top of scones with egg wash or milk
* Bake for 15-20 minutes till top is golden brown in color
* Cool on wire rack and serve with jam, honey, cream, or butter

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BESAN LADDOO ( CHICKPEA FLOUR SWEETS)


Besan Laddoos are easy and healthy sweets from India. Its prepared in festivals and also prepared for kids to improve their immune system.

INGREDIENTS:
1) 2 Cups Besan/Chickpea flour
2) 2/3 Cup Ghee/Clarified Butter
3) 3 Pinches Cardamom powder
4) 1 Cup Sugar( granulated/powdered)
(Keep it granulated for extra crunch or can use powdered sugar)
5) 1 Cup Almond powdered
6) Few Pistachios for garnish

PREPARATION TIME:

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a wok, Melt ghee
* Add in the besan and stir constantly on the low flame
* Cook till its golden brown in color and a nutty flavor comes out
* Add Cardamom powder and almond powder and mix well
* Cook for a minute and take off flame and put into another dish to cool it
* When cooled, Mix in the sugar and make small balls out of the mixture
* These round balls are laddoos
* Garnish with pistachios and serve fresh homemade sweets


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NO BAKE LEMON CHEESE CAKE



INGREDIENTS:
FOR CAKE BASE:
1) 1 Cup Malai/ Clotted Cream/ Devonshire cream
2) 1 1/2 Cup Cheeni/ Granulated Sugar
3) 4 Eggs
4) 2 Cup of Flour
5) 1/2 Cup of warm Milk
6) 1 1/2 Spoon of Baking Powder
7) 1 Pinch of Salt
8) 2 Tablespoon Lemon juice
9) 2 Tablespoon Sugar (for sugar syrup)
10) 1/2 Cup water(for sugar syrup)

FOR CHEESE CAKE:
1) 500 gms Cream Cheese
2) 1 cup Castor sugar
3) 500 gms Double cream/Whipped Cream
4) 2 Tablespoon Lemon juice

FOR GARNISH:
1) 1/4 Cup Lemon Rind
2) Lemon Peel for lemon flower

PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour and 40 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
CAKE BASE:
* Mix Malai, eggs, and sugar till light and fluffy and till sugar is dissolved
* Add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix well to form a smooth batter
* Finally add in milk and lemon juice mix well
* Grease a baking tray and pour in the batter
* Bake at 200 degrees in oven for around 20 minutes, Keep a watch in between
* When done then take it out and let it cool, meanwhile
* In a pan make sugar syrup by boiling water and sugar till it starts thickening
* Prick the cake with a fork and pour sugar syrup on cake to soften and moist it
CHEESE CAKE:
* In a microwave safe bowl take cream cheese and microwave for 45 seconds to soften it
* Add Sugar and mix well
* If you have whipped cream then mix it well with the abouve mix
* Else in a bowl take double cream and whip it till fluffy, then mix with above mix
* Add 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice and mix well
* Spread evenly on the cake base and let it set in refrigerator for about an hour
* Before serving roll the lemon peel in a flower and set it in middle
* Sprinkle lemon rind on the cheese cake and serve chilled
** For the base you can also use the traditional biscuit crumbs mix



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

COCONUT CRUNCH WITH ICECREAM AND STRAWBERRY SAUCE


INGREDIENTS:
1) 500 gms Desiccated Coconut
2) 500 gms Sugar
3) 2-3 Elaichi\Cardomom
4) Vanilla ice cream
5) Strawberry sauce\ Chocolate sauce (market purchased)
6) 2 Tablespoon water
7) 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

PREPARATION TIME:

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a wok, dry roast the coconut till it turns golden color, keep aside to cool
* In a pan add sugar and water and let it caramalize
* Add lemon juice and mix well
* Add roasted coconut and mix well
* Take it off the stove and set it in a flat dish with 1-2" thickness
* Cut with knife in a desired shape and let it set in refrigerator
* Take it out before serving to get it into room temperature
* Serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and strawberry sauce
* Can also sprinkle some sliced nuts to decorate
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ROASTED POTATOES AND BREAD SIDES


INGREDIENTS:
 1) 500gms Potatoes
 2) 3-4 Garlic Cloves
 3) Salt to taste
 4) Black pepper to taste
 5) 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
 6) 100gms Cherry Tomatoes for garnish
 7) 100gms Spinach Leaves
 8) 4 Slices of Bread

PREPARATION TIME: 40 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Chop the garlic cloves and keep in a bowl
* Add olive oil and mix well
* Dice the potatoes and cut the bread into 1" pieces
* Pour olive oil mix on potatoes and bread separately
* Sprinkle salt and pepper on potatoes and bread
* Toast the bread in oven till it gets crisp and brown
* Till then the potatoes get a good marinate time
* Roast the potatoes in the oven at 220 for 20 minutes
* When done sprinkle some dried mint for extra flavor (optional)
* Take out the potatoes on the serving dish
* Sprinkle some chopped spinach leaves, halves of cherry tomatoes
* Garnish with toasted bread croutons and a lemon wedge



Monday, April 27, 2015

DOMINO'S GARLIC BREADSTICKS



One of my favorites is DOMINO'S garlic breadsticks. Recipe for this is easy and can be found on web as many people have tried it out. I didn't want to follow the suit but secretly wanted to give it a try at least once. As I didn't have oregano at home, I made a different version of the breadsticks with garlic and dried mint. It tasted awesome and fresh. So the recipe following is my version. To make the original breadsticks just replace dried mint and chilly flakes with oregano!!

INGREDIENTS:
 1) 1/2kg Flour/Maida
 2) 1/2 Sachet Active dry yeast
 3) 1 Tablespoon Sugar
 4) 1 Cup Lukewarm water
 5) 6 Garlic Cloves Chopped
 6) 3 Tablespoon Olive oil
 7) 1 Teaspoon Salt
 8) 2 Teaspoon dried mint
 9) 1 Teaspoon chilly Flakes
10) 1 Cup Corn kernels
11) 1 Cup grated Cheese
12) Black pepper to taste

PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour (knead and bake) and 24 hours(rest and prove)

HOW TO PREPARE:
DOUGH:
* In a bowl take yeast and add sugar.
* Add lukewarm water and leave for 10minutes to activate yeast
* Once yeast is frothy, means its active. Time to add other ingredients
* Add olive oil, salt, garlic and dried mint. Mix well.
* Add flour to the yeast mix 1 cup at a time.
* Do not add all flour together. Keep kneading the flour in between.
* Knead the dough for 15 – 20 minutes and make smooth and stretchy dough
* Let the dough rest in refrigerator for 24 hours.
* After 24 hours take the dough out. Cut in 4 equal size balls and let it rest for 10 minutes
* Sprinkle some flour on your working area and take 1 ball to work on it
* Flatten the ball and make a round shape. Add corn, chess and black pepper in center
* Fold the circle in half to form semi circle. Transfer the dough to a greased tray


* Cut the dough into breadsticks and drizzle olive oil. Sprinkle chilly flakes and salt
* Bake in preheated oven at 180°C for 8 minutes.
* Then at 220°C for 5 minutes/ Till the required color is reached.

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