Sunday, October 20, 2019

Dates Bar

What is the most exciting part of the trip for you ? You would call me crazy if I say getting ready for the trip, packing up food to eat while on the drive etc. is very exciting for me. And yes to make sure that we don't get bored of the same item, I pack up different things that we could munch on. This dates bar was experimented for one such trip and I must say, even before we started the trip , it got over :). These are super yum and filling too.

With the crunch of the walnuts and flax seeds and the sweetness from the dates, and the feel good factor that I am munching on something healthy, makes this snack option the perfect and the preferred one. You could add or delete the ingredients, except for dates, as per your creativity or liking to make it interesting for you are your family. They are perfect for kids snack box too. Here is how I made it.

  1. 1 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  2. 1 cup of walnuts
  3. 1 1/2 cup of pitted dates
  4. 1 cup of shredded coconut
  5. 1/4 cup of flax seeds
  • In a baking sheet spread the oats and walnuts. Preheat the over to 375 F. Once preheated, reduce the heat to 350 F and toast the oats and walnuts in the oven for about 5-6 minutes or untill golden brown. 
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor, add the dates and puree it. Remove it into a dry bowl. 
  • Chop the roasted walnuts roughly.
  • Add the roasted walnuts and oats, flaxseed and shredded coconut. Mix it all well to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  • Spread a 9x9 inch pan with cling wrap. Drop the dates mixture into it. Flatten it well and press it down so that they stick together into a huge bar. Chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour. Remove from the refrigerator and cut it into bars and serve.
  1. You could try adding other dry fruits like raisins or dried cranberries etc to make it more interesting.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Chicken Pot Pie

Fall is in the air and with the speed at which the time is flying,  soon it would be holiday season too. One favorite thing of mine, during the holidays is the extensive baking, which leaves our house smelling good and warm. This chicken pot pie is one perfect bake for this chilled weather. With all the buttery crust and the melt in the mouth chicken mixture in it, it is one of our favorite and the best baked ever. Try making it at home and enjoy this fall/ winter season.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Methi Dal Curry / Lentil Curry with Fenugreek leaves

As the weather starts giving the signs of winter approaching, we reside to comfort foods to be made at home more often. Dal is something I associate eating quite often, while growing up. I remember me complaining to my parents that I am tired of eating dal and I wanted something else to be served. But my parents made sure it is made often because apparently dal is good for growing kids. 

Now as  a mother, I ensure we do include dal in the menu quite often because we too have a lil one who is growing just too fast. But to avoid monotony we make slight variations in dal curry, that no one complaints. This dal curry has some homegrown and freshly picked methi/fenugreek leaves that went into it. It tastes amazing, we poured over some steaming white rice and topped with some ghee. Ahh, now I am hungry !

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Peanut Masala Fry/ Masala Kadala

I would call it a time pass snack. Peanuts are best associated with snacking while you are out tripping on a beach etc. You are sure to get some from the vendors to munch on. This peanut fry just adds on to the flavor of peanut and gives it a bit spicy and crunchy texture that you just can't stop munching. 

Fry and stock it for the rainy days ahead so that you get a handful of it while you go rain watching by the side of your bedroom window 😊

Friday, August 23, 2019

Hummus using Chickpea

Yay It's Friday! It seemed like it took too long to get here since the last friday. With the hectic schedules, sickness loaded week, doctor's visits, sleepless nights..ufff. So this friday was so looked forward to. Not that we had to go for a trip or have fun over the weekend but just to sit back and breath. 

We usually do have family movie nights on friday's. When I say movie nights I should be specific that movies are ALWAYS animation. For some reason the lil one just won't sit for movies that has human appearance. He clearly is someone who prefers imagination over reality. Anyways, to have something to munch on while we watch the movie is a bonus. This hummus is something that is perfect for such movie nights. Healthy, easy to put together and loved by the family, what else do we need. If you have pita bread, have it toasted to pair with this dip. You could also have some veggies or chips too to go with it.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Peanut Balls/ Chikki Balls/ Kadalai Urundai

One big addict to these yumm chikkis is at my home. Jacob just loves it. When we go shopping he always keeps saying that he just can't find out one thing among so many things in an isle. But somehow, when it comes to finding out chikki in an isle, he will hunt it down somehow. 

After our marriage it didn't take long for me to realize that he liked it. As every grocery shopping list would have it included. He gets overjoyed to see it and they vanish quickly too. So we tend to make it often at home these days.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

American Omelette

We as a family, love American breakfast. And so we dine quite often at Denny's or IHOP. I particularly like the fact that, when you make it at home, even though you don't prep much the previous night, for your breakfast next morning, you could get it ready on time. And the best part ; I don't have to plead, to have it finished. Since they like it, the breakfast vanishes quickly.

Now American Omelette, unlike the Indian styled ones; are not cooked thoroughly. It took quite some time to get it right. I would end up overcooking it everytime. So its would be just like the Indian Omelette with some cheese and vegetables in it. Clearly, they cannot be tagged under American Omelette. The fact was, even though the base would get cooked, the surface of the Omelette would remain liquidy and uncooked and it would make me flip it and cook. So one trick helped me to balance even cooking of the Omelette without flipping, which make perfect American Omelette. What is that one trick? Well you will have to check out the recipe for that :).  

Monday, August 5, 2019

Blueberry Icecream

Summer is going by like a flash. Lil J was sick when it was winter. We thought things would get better when it is summer. But looks like it is never gonna get better. The never ending fever and cold is draining us out of  energy and patience too. This year we have not been having any cold treat just to make sure we are not the ones who trigger the sickness.

When working on this blueberry icecream's post I remembered how much we enjoyed it last summer to make different flavored icecreams at home and have it post lunch on hot summer afternoons. They are simple to make and great to enjoy with your family. While we are yet to enjoy icecreams this summer, I would definitely like you too enjoy your summer with homemade and yummy icereams with your family. So make it and enjoy it.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Beef Chili

I can never have enough of a bowl of chilli. They are absolutely flavorful and resemble so much with the Indian taste that the first time I had it, I must admit, I fell for it. It's not a big deal to make it at home. Dropping in the ingredients into that pot gets done pretty fast. The wait time to get it cooked, while it slowly simmers, is what I get tired off. Because you keep on smelling the good stuff but you can't have it even though it is on your stove, in your house, in your vicinity but is still not done. But I must say, the wait is worth. Once served there is silence all over because everyone is just focusing on their bowl of chilli. When I say everyone, it includes lil J too. Yeah, my lil guy likes it too.

Have you ever been to Texas Roadhouse? I would have never thought of going into it, if I was not married to this Steak lover :). I remember, going into this restaurant once, when lil J was about 6 months. He screamed his lungs out, that we had to pack up our dinner and leave before we even settled down. The moment we got from there, he got calm too. May be because the restaurant is a bit dark , with loud music and the cowboy dance that everyone claps and cheer for, which might have made him restless. Thereafter we took him back to the same restaurant after he had turned two, and the way he was relishing his bowl of chilli as if he wanted to say "Why haven't you brought me here before? That is delicious" :) . Keeping aside all that story from my past, here is the recipe for the chilli we made at home and got over real fast. So you may wanna double up that recipe, if you guys are also a chilli fan like us.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Pita Pockets/ Wraps

Being from the southern part of India, we survive on rice. But occasionally we love to have variety. Well who doesn't like variety right? These pita pockets are one such variety that we like to have for quick fix dinners. And when the name is fancy, dish is easy to put together and moreover has great taste and is healthy; we do repeat it often for dinner. Esp. in the hot summer, every single bite on the veggies that goes into the pita bread is so refreshing . They are great to be served in parties, as guests can build their own pita pockets as per their taste. Just have variety of veggie/protein filling options to be served.

Go read how I build my pita pocket in the recipe section. There are some other options that you could try too to suit your taste buds. Try it at home and come back to let me know if you liked it.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Homemade Wholewheat Cracker

Summer Holidays are on. When kids stay at home during the hot summer mornings; demands for snacks is on high. They keep munching on snacks continuously to avoid being bored. Stocking up on snacks which are homemade, simple to make, healthy and yum is always looked up to. These crackers are something I tried a long ago. No matter how big a batch I make, I always run out of it pretty soon. But if they tend to last, they store well too. 

These crackers are great to eat as it is or when paired with a dip. Make it this summer season and enjoy it while at home or carry along, if you are hitting the road for a trip. Because homemade is always the best.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Broccoli Salad

Salads are not something my family would be interested in being served with. We have tried to include it into our meals but it had never worked out well. Having said that,  we never gave up trying it. And hence trying out this broccoli salad once, made us realize that this recipe is a keeper. This salad definitely is not less in calories but if you hate having salads, this could be something you may wanna try and tweak it to go low in calorie intake. 

This salad is great to be included in potlucks, summer/pool parties, thanksgiving dinners  etc. With minimal effort this salad is definitely a pleaser.  If it is coming from a salad hater like me then you should definitely give a try and come back and tell me if you liked it too. 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Malar Unda/ Pori Ladoo

I still remember the first time I ate Pori Ladoo. One of the peon uncles from my father's office has asked to come to their home and it being a chance for us as kids to see the farms and the crops they cultivate etc., my father took us one day. They served us with these pori ladoos. Those were huge in size. I was glad that they were huge, because we were taught to be decent and just pick one when offered and don't just hog over the entire plate of it when served. So the huge one was equivalent to eating three actually :). Ever since we returned, I used to nag my mother to make it at home. And then one day my mother made it.

The other day, me and Jordan stepped into an Indian store to grab some rusk and tea biscuits for Big J, being down with fever. I was in a hurry to get back home and my lil guy kept on checking out everything kept in the isle and asking me what it is. When he landed on the pack of pori ladoo he was like "Mama, can I get it?" Immediately, I had the flash back of my childhood when I asked my mother to make it. We didn't get the pori ladoo though but I promised I shall make it for him and we made it the same day. Seeing him relish, I was assured he has my genes too :D. Anyways, coming back to Pori Ladoo, if you love these ladoos and crave for them, try making it at home. They can be made in no time.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Mango and Chia Seed Pudding

Something cool and healthy to have in the upcoming hot days of summer - that is what today's post is all about. The best part of this pudding is that there is no cooking involved, isn't that a relief , now that the hot days are approaching. I have used mangoes here while we try to make the best use of this lovely fruit this summer. You could go with berries or any fruit of your choice.

We love it as a good option for breakfasts or as desserts post lunch/dinner. They are good either ways. Another plus is that you can never go wrong in this, after all, all it takes is mixing the ingredients and chilling. Anyone could do it right? So get your kid also participate in preparing something delicious and healthy this summer vacation season and enjoy as a family.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Cherry Loaf

One good thing about summer is the cheeries . We cannot have enough of them. Even though we don't mind having it raw; trying different and variety desserts out of them is fun. This cherry loaf was just an outcome of a such a trial and we loved it. The bite into a juicy piece of cherry within the loaf piece is so refreshing.

The loaf is very easy to put together. At the same time, it is so addictive and gets over really quickly that you may want to bake more than a loaf at a time if you would want them to last more than a day :). Here is the recipe for the cherry loaf.
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