Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars are crunchy,chewy and gooey bars made with chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts topped over layer of sweetened condensed milk and graham cracker crumbs. Traditionally these bars are made by layering all the ingredients in a single layer like the butter & crumbs mixture topped with condensed milk (which holds everything in place) followed by chocolate chips, nuts and then coconut. But I prefer to mix the coconut, nuts and chocolate chips together and sprinkle that as a layer. But you could totally do the single layer option too. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Green Roti - Spinach Broccoli Pistachio Roti - Green Chapati - Green Indian Flatbread

A very staple menu in most Indian household is Roti Sabji or Dal Chawal or combination of  both. Green Roti is a very healthy and nutritious twist to the the regular Indian roti/chapati. Instead of using only wheat flour and water to make rotis this one contains tons of green goodness like Spinach, broccoli and some pistachios, mint and coriander too. Spinach, broccoli and pistachios are all super rich in minerals and vitamins. Thus addition of these to roti's is a great way to ensure the intake of greens in your diet.  The recipe is as easy as puree,knead, roll, roast and you have these healthy yet tasty rotis ready. You can even make a thepla/paratha out of these by adding some chopped green onions while kneading the dough. You can serve these like regular chapati/roti as a side with any Indian Sabji (vegetable dish) or dal (lentil curry). I even love eating these with a side of pickle that my granny sent me. Yumm!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles - Strawberry Watermelon Ice Pops

Fresh fruit flavored,all natural Popsicles or Ice Pops make such a  great frozen treat for kids as well as adults. You could make these with any fruits you like but for today's post its Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles. I chose this combination as love the way sweetness of the watermelon combines with the tartness of the strawberries. Secondly love the reddish color these two fruits impart to the popsicles making it yummy and pretty at the same time. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lemon Iced Tea - How to Make Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea is one of my favorite and amongst the most ordered drink when we are out at some restaurant. The very first time I had Iced tea (probably a decade ago) I was shocked to see the word Iced Tea. I imagined my typical Indian style hot tea (with milk) being chilled and getting served. Not a pleasant site to think of for tea lover. So I gave that drink a pass. My friend however happened to order it and that's how I was introduced to this drink. Loved the first sip and every since hooked onto it. So what is Iced Tea?? Basically its regular black tea water sweetened with sugar and flavored with choice of flavor.Its served chilled in a tall glass with lots and lots of ice. Tea lovers will definitely love this but I have known many non-tea lovers who like it too. Its a great summer drink and fits perfect as welcome drink for parties. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Orange Granita

Granita is a frozen Italian dessert made from water, sugar and flavor of choice. Fresh fruit Granita are immensely popular but you can practically make a granita from any flavoring. Summer and citrus kind of go hand in hand for me so for this post I will be sharing my Orange Granita recipe. This dessert is very simple and easy to make and the best part is you don't need any fancy icecream machine to make it. All you will need to do is pour the liquid/juice in a pan/container and pop it in the freezer. After about every 30 mins in next 2-3 hours scrap the ice crystals using a fork and Tadaaa you will  have nice and granular granita. Isn't that easy!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chana Dal - Split Bengal Gram Curry

Chana Dal is a North Indian style curry dish made using Split Bengal Gram (also know as split chickpea or yellow gram) as the main ingredient in onion tomato base gravy. Chana Dal (like most lentils) is a highly nutritious and a great source of proteins for vegetarians. No wonder its so popular in India and a staple ingredient in most pantries. This dal (which is actually split chickpea with skin removed) inherits the nuttier texture from Chickpeas giving the gravy a nice texture. Serve this dal with Rice/Roti/Indian Flat bread and a side of simple onion tomato salad and voila you have a comfort meal ready.