Sriracha kissed almonds and Avocado sandwich


Sriracha kissed almonds and Avocado sandwich

When two exotic ingredients like Sriracha sauce and avocado get together in a sandwich, you know you cannot go wrong with it. What a treat to your taste buds…. the bold spicy flavor of Sriracha, the nutty taste of almonds and to balance it all, the creamy texture of avocado! Try this for a week end breakfast or an easy mid week dinner. It is perfect!

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Ingredients:

1 cup of raw almonds

2 tbsp of Sriracha sauce

1 tbsp of Olive oil

Heat the oil in a small pan. Add the almonds in and gently begin to roast. About halfway through ( 5-6 mins) when the almonds are getting toasty, slowly add in the Sriracha sauce, watching carefully to not drown the nuts in the sauce or they will get too soggy. They just need to get a gentle drizzle of the sauce. Roast for another 5-6 minutes. Let it cool and store it for later use for a multitude of purposes!

For the sandwich, all you need is to mash up some avocado, drizzle salt and pepper. Toast the bread (with butter to a golden brown color is even better!). Spread the avocado evenly onto both slices, slide in the toasted almonds, add some extra fresh pepper if you can take the extra dash of heat. Enjoy!

Set Dosa


Set Dosa is a dish that is something very unique to Karnataka. It is never on the menu in restaurants here in the US and so has me craving for this now and then. With the in-laws visiting us, it was the perfect opportunity to learn and savor this recipe of my mother-in-law. Apart from the Mysore masala dosa, this one is a crowd-pleaser, especially because the dosa turns out soft and spongy. The sponginess comes from the use of puffed rice when grinding the dosa batter.

Set dosa tastes best with some coconut chutney and vegetable kurma or sagu. This is one of those guilty pleasures that takes me back to the Darshinis of namma BengaLooru. Without further ado here is an ode to namma BengaLooru.

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Ingredients : Serves 4-5, makes around 12-14 dosas.

4 cups rice

1 cup puffed rice/mandakki/kadle puri

1/2 cup urad dal

1/4 cup methi/fenugreek seeds

1/2 cup poha/beaten rice/avalakki

Rinse the rice, urad dal and methi seeds thoroughly and soak them for about 5-6 hours. During the last 2 hours of this process, soak the avalakki and puffed rice.

Grind it to a thick batter with water to a thick pouring consistency. Ferment the batter overnight.

Heat a tava,  and pour a ladle full of batter, do not spread the batter too thin or else you will not get spongy dosas. Spray oil and flip the dosa once it is thoroughly cooked.

What’s for lunch?


What’s for lunch? The hardest question to answer for every working mom with kids! It’s sometimes a challenge to make food that is quick and easy to make, healthy and flavorful at the same time. Here is a simple sandwich recipe that will satisfy the taste buds of kids and adults alike. With the gooey goodness of provolone cheese, tangy taste of red pepper roasted hummus and the crunchy balance of sprouts (aka a great balance of fat, carbs and protein) this is one filling sandwich that will keep you from experiencing those late after noon hunger pangs!

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Ingredients:

2 slices of bread ( I use the 12 grain or Oatnut bread from Oroweat)

1 slice of provolone cheese

1 tbsp roasted red pepper Hummus

1 tbsp green sprouts

½ tsp fresh ground pepper

½ tsp garlic – herb or any salad seasoning

Smear the hummus onto one slice and sprinkle the sprouts on top.  Place the cheese on the other slice and the dash of seasoning on top of it. In a mini oven or toaster, toast till the cheese melts. Enjoy it with a cup of fresh fruit or fruit juice!Image

Handvo : Gujrathi snack


Thanks to the new Gujju aunty that comes home to look after my son, we’ve been able to sample a few Gujarathi dishes. And before you ask me, not all dishes are sweet or jaggery based as is the popular notion!

I instantly fell in love with this dish when aunty brought a sample for us and asked her for the recipe. She mentioned that it is baked in an oven.

Handvo can be made using many different vegetables like doodhi(bottle gourd), spinach, methi leaves. The one that I am making here is with methi leaves.

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Ingredients : Serves 4-5

Handvo flour – 1 cup or

Soak 1/2 cup rice and a handful each of toor, urad moong and chana dal and grind to an idli batter consistency.

Methi leaves, chopped and cut 1 cup

Yogurt 1/4 cup

Methi/Fenugreek seeds 1 teaspoon

Garlic grated 1-2 cloves

Green chillies 2-3, finely chopped

Cilnatro chopped 1/2 cup

Oil for tempering 2 tablespoons

Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

Turmeric 1/4 teaspoon

Sesame seeds 1 tablespoon

Mix the handvo flour with yogurt with little water till it reaches a dropping or idli batter consistency. This should be done the previous night of making the handvo.The next day add the methi leaves, cilantro, salt, garlic, chillies and temper with the mustard and fenugreek seeds.

Pour this batter into a greased pan of your choice and bake at 350F in a pre-heated oven for 15-20 mins or until the top layer turns golden brown in color.

With the broiler on, broil for 2-3 mins keeping a close watch so as to not burn the dish.

Let it cool and then cut into slices. This keeps well for a day outside and 3-4 days in the refirgerated. It heats up in the microware without losing its crispness.Image

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Ragi Upma


Ragi or finger millet used to be considered the poor man’s grain back in the day. Off late grains like finger millet, foxtail millet and quinoa are gaining more popularity because of their low glycemic index and fiber content. These foods are slow to digest and don’t spike blood sugars thereby keeping you full for longer!
I try and substitute these for rice and use more of these grains in our daily diet.

Ragi upma is an unusual dish and has been a long favorite of mine! This is a very hearty breakfast and easy to whip up especially on a lazy Sunday morning.

Ingredients : Serves 2

Ragi flour : 2 cups

Rasam powder : 1 tablespoon

Jaggery : 1 heaping tablespoon

Tamarind paste 1 tablespoon

Water : 1 and half cups

Curry leaves 1 sprig

Peanuts 1 tablespoon

Oil 3-4 tablespoons

Mustard 1/2 teaspoon

Urad dal 1 teaspoon

Chana dal 1 teaspoon

Turmeric 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Grated coconut 1-2 tablespoons

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Mix together ragi flour, rasam powder, jaggery, tamarind pulp, salt with water and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Next add the peanuts and fry for a minute until they begin to brown. Then add the urad dal and chana dal and fry till golden brown. Add the turmeric and curry leaves. Add the ragi mixture and still continuously on low flame. Cover with a lid and let this cook for 10-15 mins until the ragi begins to disintegrate and for small clumps. Serve hot with yogurt on the side.

Oats Upma


Oats Upma

 

 

Oats Upma – Ever get tired of eating the gritty oatmeal every morning for breakfast……Here’s an interesting and somewhat crunchy twist to eating oats, with the added goodness of veggies in it too. Perfect sunday morning healthy breakfast!

 

Ingredients: Serves 2

 

4 cups of oats ( I use the thick hand rolled oats from the Whole foods organic section )

Fresh chopped veggies….take your pick, I used onion, carrots and green bell peppers

2 green chillies….slit lengthwise

Salt to taste

Cilantroe to Garnish

2 tbsp Oil, one string of curry leaves and 1 tsp mustard seeds for seasoning

1 lemon

Soak the oats in water for an hour. In a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and season the mustard seeds, green chillies and curry leaves. Add the onions and cook them till the onions turn golden brown. Then add the carrots and bell pepper and cook until they are soft.

Add salt to taste. Then toss in the soaked oats and cook on slow flame for 4-5 minutes. Once cool, squeeze the juice from one lemon, garnish with Cilantroe and serve.

 

 

Gojju avalakki/ Poha


Gojju avalakki is a common breakfast dish in Karnataka especially Bangalore and Mysore areas. Eaten with yogurt makes for a hearty carb laden breakfast. avalakki means poha or beaten rice in kannada. It is tangy, sweet, spicy all at the same time and hence the term gojju.

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Ingredients : Serves 4-5

Beaten rice/poha 5 cups

1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons rasam powder

1 1/2 tablespoons tamarind pulp

2-3 table spoons jaggery powder

Salt to taste

2 cups water

For seasoning

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 tablespoon chana dal

1 tablepoon urad dal

2 tablespoons groundnut/peanuts

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 sprig of curry leaves

4-5 tablespoons oil

Using a blender, powder the poha until it looks like bread crumbs. In a mixing bowl, add rasam powder, jaggery,salt, tamarind pulp and add water. mix well until the jaggery dissolves. To this mixture add the powdered poha. Adjust the consistency such that you should be able to gather the mixture into a ball. It should neither be too dry or runny.

Heat the oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add the peanuts and saute for a minute. Now add the chana dal and the urad dal. Saute till golden brown and add the curry leaves. Now add the poha mixture and mix well. Cook on low heat until the poha becomes soft.