Thin Poha Chivda

Happy New Year to all my readers! 

Regular readers may know that I have been away from blogging for a while. With different priorities in life and juggling multiple tasks, blogging took a backseat and I was not able to post recipes. But with the start of the New Year, hopefully I can keep the momentum going and post recipes regularly.

I made this thin Poha chivda a while ago.  Crispy beaten rice flavored with garlic, peanut and spices make a delicious snack to be enjoyed anytime. You can skip the garlic and add asafetida, but garlic gives a distinct flavor to the snack. Since this is not deep fried, it is a low fat snack that does not pack calories.

Interested in more chivda recipes? You can try the other snacks here:

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Serves 3-4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups beaten rice/poha/avalakki (thin variety)
  • 2 Tbsp dalia split (Kadle pappu/hurigadle/chutney daal)
  • 1/4 cup raw peanuts
  • 5-6 garlic pods (peeled and crushed into small pieces)
  • 2-3 dry red chillies (broken into 2 to 3 pieces)
  • 1-2 green chillies (chopped)
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • salt to taste 

Method:

  • In a flat pan lightly toast the thin poha over medium flame until the poha gets heat and becomes crisp. Keep stirring else it will get burnt.  Transfer to a plate.
  • In the same flat pan, add oil on medium heat. Add the mustard and let it splutter. Next add curry leaves, jeera, green chillies and dry red chillies.
  • Add the peanuts and stir until it becomes crispy, next add the chopped garlic and mix until it turns light brown. (If not using garlic then use asafetida)
  • Add dalia, pinch of turmeric powder, salt and stir.
  • Add the toasted poha, sugar and mix well so that the seasoning coats evenly onto the beaten rice.
  • Let it cool. Store in air tight container. Enjoy as is or with hot cup of tea or coffee.

This has a good shelf life, so make a big batch and store it in air tight container.
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Bread Paneer Rolls

This is a kid friendly, easy to make snack which will please any hungry eater. I am glad to have stumbled upon this recipe while looking for kid friendly snacks. As you know coming up with a snack idea for the little ones that they will like can be a challenge. Even after putting in much effort the dish could be a hit or miss and might take multiple attempts or trials to come up with one that they really like. 

When I saw the recipe, I knew the kiddo would like this. After all which kid would not like the combination of ketchup and paneer? I knew he likes bread and paneer, but then would he like this combination and would he be willing to try it out again?  I tried it and not only the kiddo but the parents also loved it! So I am pretty sure I will be making this often.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Edible Garden

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup paneer (crumbled)
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 6 slices of bread ( I used whole wheat bread, you can use the white bread)
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4  tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ginger+ garlic paste
  • handful coriander leaves ( chopped finely)
  • Oil/butter
  • Salt to taste

Method: 

  • Take a medium sized bowl and add the crumbled paneer. Add red chilli powder, garam masala, salt and chopped coriander to this. Mix well with your finger tips.
  • Now add the tomato ketchup and the ginger garlic paste. Mix again well until incorporated. The filling is ready, set it aside.
  • Heat a tava on medium heat and get ready to prep the bread.
  • On a chop board, take one slice and cut the sides of the bread to remove crust. Do this for the remaining slices as well.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the bread evenly until it gets flat on all the sides.
  • Take a spoonful of the paneer mixture and place it in the center of the rolled bread. Arrange it in such a way that it does not stay in the center but is parallel to one of the side.
  • Roll the bread all the way and brush the end with little butter, so that is sticks and edges are covered.
  • Place these on the hot tava and pour oil onto the sides. Carefully turn them on all the sides so that the bread gets evenly toasted.
  • Do that with the remaining bread slices. Cut them into two parts and serve hot with tomato ketchup

 

 

 

Simple Vanilla Cake

A simple vanilla cake followed by great dinner at friend’s place that is how we pretty much celebrated Father’s Day last Sunday. Speaking of Vanilla cake, it reminds me that I have not baked for a long time. If my memory serves me right it has been more than 18 months since I baked a proper cake/muffin. It was a conscious decision to stay away from flour, butter and sugar so as to not add to the waist line.

But since it was Father’s Day, a special day for the father-son duo I had to make something special. After getting repeated pleas from the kiddo I caved in and decided to bake a simple cake. The kiddo still on occasion enjoys ‘working’ in the kitchen while playing with the ingredients and the utensils. Of course there is the unwanted mess, but seeing how much he enjoys makes it all worth it.

I followed the recipe from here after seeing how easy it was to make and all ingredients available on hand. The positive reviews helped fuel my interest in trying this even more. I am glad I tried this, as it lived up to our expectations of being easy to make. Also the icing on the cake was that it turned out super soft just like a store bought one. 

While we are not too fond of the real icing, I skipped that part and simply dusted it with powdered sugar. This made a good accompaniment with our afternoon coffee. Overall an effort well spent in the kitchen with desired results.

Adapted from: All Recipes

 Makes 6 servings 

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners. (I used mini bundt pans for this).
  • Take a bowl and then cream together the sugar and butter.
  • Beat the egg and mix well and then stir in the vanilla.
  • In another bowl mix flour, baking powder. Add this to the creamed mixture in batches and mix well.
  • Stir in the milk little by little and mix until batter is smooth.
  • Pour or spoon the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • For cupcakes, bake only for 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 

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