Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vegetable Puff Recipe

Vegetable Puff is an excellent appetizer/snack recipe with a combination of crispy flaky crust and a soft vegetable filling. Its a crowd pleasing dish and loved by all age groups making it apt for parties and potlucks. This was one of the appetizers for my Lil one's First Birthday Party and was a huge success. 

Palak Paneer Paratha - Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Flatbread

Palak Paneer Paratha is an Indian Flatbread made with whole wheat flour that is stuffed with a mixture of spinach, cottage cheese (paneer) and/or cheese which is flavored with Indian spices. I have the recipe for Palak Paneer  on this blog which is a famous North Indian gravy dish made with Spinach and Indian cottage cheese and served with Indian flat bread like Chapati/Roti/Paratha/Naan or even Rice. This Paratha is a my flatbread version of this gravy dish. Its a healthy breakfast/dinner option. Serve it with some Curd/Raita, Pickle Or Green Chutney and top it off with glass of  Sweet LassiYumm!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Avocado Banana Smoothie Recipe

Avocado Banana Smoothie is a creamy, rich and nutritious beverage consisting of the main ingredients banana and avocado along with milk some chia seeds, and milled flax seed. This can be made Vegan by using Almond or Soy milk. Its a great breakfast or snack option and is one of my go to smoothies for my daughter. Its a very healthy drink not only for kids but also for adults. 

What I love about this smoothie is every ingredient in this (like most smoothies) is packed with nutrients. Both Avocados and Bananas are nutrient dense food packed with fibre, potassium, vitamins minerals and good fats. They are creamy  and their combination together gives a rich thick smoothie with the sweetness imparted by bananas. Chia seeds and flax seeds we all know are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and thus a great addition in Smoothies. I usually skip the sugar/honey as my little one prefers it that way but you can add any sweetener of choice. 

Now to the recipe...

Ingredients (serves 1): 
1/2 Avocado
1/2 Banana
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp milled flax seed
3/4 cup milk (using whole milk)
Honey/sugar or sweetener to taste 
Chopped pistachios for garnishing (optional)

In a blender add all the ingredients and blend until smooth. 

  • You can add chia seeds or flax seeds or both. In addition, dry fruit powder can also be added to this smoothie to make it even more richer. 
  • Both avocados and bananas have a tendency to turn black when exposed to air, in other words they oxidize. So try to serve the smoothie as soon as its ready. 
  • This smoothie on it own is very filling but if required you can add some oats too.  

That's it, our Creamy, rich and nutrient dense Avocado Banana Smoothie is ready. Serve for Breakfast/snack. Enjoy!!

Stay Healthy!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sanjori - Rava Sheera Paratha - Sweet Paratha - Semolina Pudding Stuffed Indian Flabread

Sanjori is a Sweet Paratha (Indian flatbread) that is stuffed with Rava Sheera (Semolina Pudding). Its a Popular Maharashtrian dish and is similar to our regular paratha, the only difference is that of stuffing which is sweet as opposed to the savory kind.  It can be served for breakfast or as a snack with some Ghee applied on it. This recipe is definitely not for those watching their weight but having said that once in a while a small portion definitely doesn't hurt :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rava Sheera - Sooji Halwa - Prasadacha Sheera - Semolina Pudding

Rava Sheera also known as Sooji Halwa is a very popular Indian Sweet dish. Its one of those easy sweet recipes which comes together quickly and requires only a few ingredients like Rava(Sooji/semolina), Ghee (clarified butter), Sugar, dry fruits and some cardamom powder for flavoring. You can serve this dish as dessert or even as a breakfast item. Its a usual sight to find this dish as a Prasad (blessed food which is then distributed to all) at most Pooja's (prayer to worship one or more deities). In addition to this, its also made on a number of Indian festive occasions such as Ganesh festival, Navratri, Diwali etc. If you are planning a Satyanarayan Katha Pooja at your place, this Sheera is one of the Prasad that you will need for this Pooja. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread is an easy appetizer/snack that is super simple to make comes together with just a few ingredients. Its a no-fail recipe and comes out good every single time. Its great on its own OR with a dip of tomato ketchup/hot sauce and also pairs perfect as a side with pastas and soups to make it a wholesome meal. Its a classic combination for all the bread and cheese lovers like me.