Thursday, February 25, 2016

Salted Crackers with Cheese and veggie toppings (Kid Friendly Recipe)

Crackers with toppings has always been a tea time favorite across countries. Crackers are of different types.. cheese crackers.. salted.. salt n sweet.. and many more.. comes in interesting shapes too. Cheese and Veggie toppings on crackers make it an healthy, nutritious, colorful and interesting combo and as mentioned in the title of this recipe its fire free cooking and is safe for kids to try and encourage their creativity! This can be eaten guilt free as the calories are very few compared to heavier options like Pizzas! This can be served as one of the starters in a party.. Kids especially love them! So.. Lets get cracking! :)


INGREDIENTS :
  • Crackers of your choice (I have used the Salted ones)
  • Vegetables finely chopped (Onions n' Tomatoes)
  • Chopped Green olives/Jalapeno 
  • Cheese (any.. i have used the bits from cheese slices)
  • Mixed Herbs, Ground pepper and salt for seasoning.
HOW TO MAKE :
  • Take a colourful plate and place the crackers.
  • Take bits of cheese and place them on the crackers.
  • Carefully take finely chopped veggies and top them on the cheese.
  • Next comes the olives and jalapenos (any pickled veggie)
  • Season the crackers and the toppings with mixed herbs .. freshly ground pepper and salt (salt is only if needed...check for the salt as its already present in the crackers and cheese) 
  • Ready to serve!
Optional:
  • A drop of mayo/tomato ketchup also can be used on each cracker to make it look/taste good!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

ALOO PARATHA

Aloo paratha is a Popular breakfast /brunch dish.
INGREDIENTS
(measure 1 cup = 250 ml)
for the aloo or potato stuffing:
  • 3 to 4 medium potatoes or aloo, boiled and mashed
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped finely
  • 3/4 tsp chilli powder 
  • 1 tsp of garam masala powder 
  • ½ to 1 tsp amchur
  • 2 to 3 tsp finely chopped coriander leaves (optional)
  • salt as required
  • oil or ghee as required for roasting parathas

for the whole wheat dough:
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 to 2 tsp oil or ghee
  • water as needed

HOW TO MAKE :
To prepare the aloo stuffing:
  • first boil the potatoes and peel them. 
  • Now mash the potatoes very well, there should be no lumps or small pieces in it.
  • Now add the chopped green chilies, garam masala powder, red chili powder, dry mango powder and salt.
  • mix the spices and green chilies with the mashed potatoes very well. check the taste and add more salt or red chili powder or dry mango powder as per your taste.

To prepare whole wheat dough:
  • Take a bowl and add whole wheat flour. make a well in the center. add salt, oil and about half of the water.
  • bring the mixture together and knead into a smooth soft dough. cover and keep the dough aside for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Aloo paratha preparation :
  • pinch a medium ball dough. roll and flatten it. dust with some flour and roll it in a circle of about 5 to 5.5 inches in diameter.
  • place the potato stuffing in the center, keeping about 2 to 2.5 inches space from the sides.
  • take the edge and start pleating as well as bringing the pleats in the center.
  • join the pleats together. the pleats have to be joined well, as otherwise there will be gaps while rolling and the filling comes out. in case you do see the filling, then just take a small piece of dough and cover the gap. roll to smoothen out the small piece of dough.
  • press the pleats from center.
  • sprinkle some flour and roll this version of stuffed paratha to about the same size as that of a chapati or roti.
  • On a hot tava/skillet ,place the rolled paratha. the tava should be hot and not at a low temperaure.
  • when the base is partly cooked, flip the paratha.
  • spread some ghee on the partly cooked part.
  • flip again and this time this side has to be cooked more than the previous side. you will see brown spots on the aloo paratha.
  • spread some ghee on this side too. a well made and well roasted paratha will puff up.
  • flip again once or twice till both the sides are cooked properly. you should see crisp brown spots on the paratha. you can also press the paratha edges with a spatula or spoon, so that they are fried well.
  • Serve hot with yogurt and pickle!

KODUBALE

Kodbale is a perfect tea time snack and can be stored for a long time!Try this recipe and enjoy snacking:) Ingredients ½ cup...