Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oats & Prices @ Kuwait Market & some DIY hair treatment solutions using Oatmeal

An Englishman and a Scotsman were discussing oats. The Englishman, with his nose in the air said     
"In England we feed oats to our horses, and in Scotland you feed oats to your men...",
to which the Scotsman replied      
 
"...that's why in England you have such fine horses and in Scotland we have such fine men!" :P :P
 
                           ******************************
 
In continuation to one of my previous post :  
 
 
which is all about the common doubts that we have about Oats...... What is all with these different types..steel cut, rolled, old fashioned, latest fashioned.. ;), quick cooking..slow cooking.... which type can be used for what type of cooking...does the health benefits vary with each types...so so on.....
 
this, however is specifically for those here in Kuwait, about the different varities available in the market, WITH the PRICE TAGS...and of course, some interesting DIY hair care solutions using OATS.
 
Never thought of that ?? Read on...
 
 
Went shopping last weekend..kids were back home...hubs was browsing elsewhere..so the happy-me got some perfectly "me" time to peacefully look around the aisle and be clicking specifically having this post in mind.
 
The most colourful was this Instant flavoured Oats section. Literally..any flavour...with fruits, nuts, spices...PRESENT SIR !  The Indian savoury ones are yet to hit the market thou. (pictures clicked @ LuLu Hyper market, Kuwait)
 
 
At around KD 1.700 - KD 1.900 they are about 10 (or 8 ??) individual serving sachets per pack. Handy for a quicky     on-the-go run. Just add hot water and M/W or leave on counter top for a few minutes.
 
 
Dont get the logic here. Old fashioned and Quick cooking ones both at the same price !! KD 2.250. I would in this case definitely go for the old fashioned one as the second seems to be highlt priced for this particular packing.
 
 
 
Same here... Quick Cooking Rolled Oats and Old Fashioned Rolled ones..again at the same pricing. KD 1.640. hmmm... Again, would go for the Old fashioned in this case too...
 
 
Bob's Organic Red Mill-Steel cuts  @KD 2.140 for 680 gms.
 
 
 
 
 500 gms Oatmeal - less than 1/2 KD .
 

 
 
while this brand is definitely much highly priced than the previous. KD 1.850 for a less than 1/2 kg pack.
 
And , now for some Did You Know facts...
 
Unrelated to oatmeal the food, there is a town in Texas called Oatmeal. It's 56 Miles northwest of Austin putting it nearly smack dab in the very middle of the state.
 
 
 oatmeal texas
 I'm not sure if they eat oatmeal in Oatmeal, but it's a curious fact none the less (or maybe not). !!!!
 
Did You Know ...
Oatmeal can be a best sudstitute to a deep conditioner for hair.
 
Check out this video .
 
 
DIY Oatmeal & Honey Moisturising Deep Conditioner
 
Did You Know ...
 
Oatmeal does a great job as a dry shampoo as well. Seriosuly !!
 


 
You can use oats and baking powder to create your own dry shampoo right at home. Rd.com suggests, “Put 1 cup oatmeal in the blender and grind it into a fine powder. Add 1 cup baking soda, and mix well. Rub a bit of the mixture into your hair. Give it a minute or two to soak up the oils, then brush or shake it out of your hair (preferably over a towel or bag to avoid getting it all over)

More about it here.  

Hope this post was helpful to you, as much it is to me.

                           ******************************

 


 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LoR 08 - Instant Tomato Chutney

(LoR - Leftover Remake )
 
 A quicky post on an even quicky remake.
 
 
 Instant tomato chutney with leftover tomato thokku.
 
Had posted  a remake version of the Tomato thokku (recipe "here") to make Egg Burji some time back. This chutney is yet another version I do almost regularly .
 
 
Infact, i always prepare the simple tomato thokku a bit more than necessary to make way for the remakes..either of them...depending on what i have in hand to pair up with.
 
If for some chapathi, i go for the egg burji remake, but
 
if for dosa or idli, its this chutney version.
 
Its basically just two steps involved :
 

 
Take the tomato curry (thokku) in a mixer , add some grated coconut. Have used dessicated ones in here, as i was short of the fresh ones. Either ways , its fine.

 
Give a pulse, and thats it.  Maybe, you can add in a green chillie if required, for some extra spice, but I dont as my kids are the spice-repellant type.
 
Salt..yes..a tad bit more could go in.
 
Quicky, yeah ?
 
;)
 
click "here" to go to the previous post in the LoR series.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Oats - A case study

 It's been raining " oats" in my kitchen offlate. Need to try out very many recipes as I can with oats as the main ingredient (got a reason for it..will let know in the next coming posts ;) . So, it basically..an experiment, a recipe trial literally each day (to be read as "night") , and as the first very first step what myself wanted to be aware of was on the different type of oats.What the differences are...which type is suitable for what...

So, for myself, and for those whom this would seem informative, thought of putting up this post on the very same.
Oats types
The different types at a glance. Image courtesy - The Yummylife.com

In detail...


 
 Raw Oats, newly harvested
This is what oats look like before the kernels (groats) are separated from the hulls and stalks. Admittedly, you won't see them this way in stores, but we thought you'd like to see what they look like fresh from the fields.

  
 
 Whole Oat Groats
A groat is another name for a grain kernel. Whole oat groats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. You can most often find these in health food stores. They take the longest to cook.
 
 
 
 
Steel Cut Oats / Irish Oatmeal / Scottish Oatmeal
If you cut groats into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade, you get steel cut oats. They cook quicker than oat groats, because water can more easily penetrate the smaller pieces. Steel cut oats are also sometimes called Irish oatmeal.
 
Instead of cutting oats with a steel blade, the Scots traditionally stone-grind them, creating broken bits of varying sizes, which some say results in a creamier porridge than steel-cutting.
 
 
 
Rolled Oats – regular (old fashioned)
Rolled oats (sometimes called old fashioned oats) are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster, by creating a greater surface area.
 
 
Quick Cooking Oats
If you roll the oat flakes thinner, and/or steam them longer, you create quick oats and ultimately instant oats. The nutrition stays the same (these are all whole grains) but the texture changes – a plus for some people and a drawback for others. The good thing about having so many choices is that everyone can get exactly the taste they like best!
 
 


Instant Oats
 Pressed even thinner than quick oats, instant oats oats often break into a coarse powder. They cook the quickest of all and make a very soft and uniform mush (erm...for lack of a better description).
 
 
To note :
 
1. Quick oats and old fashioned oats can be freely substituted for each other. 
 
 
2. Which type of oats is best suited for baking ?
 
On trying the different type oats for making cookies -   Both old fashioned and quick oats produced cookies that tasters described as “chewy” and “oaty.” The cookies made with instant however, were deemed “gummy”, “raw” and not acceptable. 
 
While the nutritional value is the same between the different styles of oats, the speed in which your body digests them is different.

The coarse oats, such as steel cut and rolled, take the longest to digest, keeping you full longer. Instant oatmeal digests the fastest, but won't keep you going. They also spike your insulin production sharply. Steel cut and rolled even out your insulin levels, making them healthier to eat.This is a good thing for diabetic patients who are  trying to keep a stable blood sugar.
 
 


 
well...Lady Barbara Bush Totally Looks Like The Quaker Oats Man in here.. ;)

And for the most commonly asked doubt.
 
Does eating oatmeal really help to reduce cholesterol...or, is it just some marketing stratergy. And if yes.. how ??
 
The short answer is yes, oatmeal can lower your cholesterol. Now for the long answer.
 
There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is acted upon by the normal bacteria in your intestines. Insoluble fiber is not digested by the body and promotes regularity and softens stools. Wheat bran, whole grain products and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.
 
Soluble fiber appears to reduce your body's absorption of cholesterol from the intestines. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber that reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol that can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. This type of fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, brussels sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes.
 
Believe i have clarified myself on this topic, and hope it does for you too.
 
 
 


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Potato Makhani / Potato Mattar Masala (simple, low-fat version)

 
Alright !!! Here I am back again, trying desperately to give both my blogger "properties" a refresh. This is been going on for quite some time now... my blogs (this) and ofcourse my Pick Quicks too...suffering from hiccups. No regular posts..no regular blogvisits... sorry yaars ! Not that I dont want to keep these up and running..but, just cant afford the time.
 
Do have quite a few in my drafts, as pictures but yet to put up the recipe. This post was halfway done during the Lent season..would have been apt then, for those who were abstaining from non-veggies........ but, better late than never. Here it goees now..on air!
 
Inspired by "Butter Chicken" which is always a favourite with our boys, tried the similar recipe but with Baby Potatoes.  Most vegetarian cuisine uses paneer in a similar way, as Paneer Makhani, Paneer Mattar Masala...but to be honest, I am definitely not the "cheesy" person. So, it was the cute little baby potatoes who got its pick and well....it works !
 
Not to forget, this is indeed a low fat version, with low fat milk and the "deleted" fat by replacing cheese wih potatoes.
 


You need :
 For the spice mix -
 
3  tbsp chilli pdr
2  tbsp coriander pdr
1  tsp garam masala pdr
1  tsp kasoori methi pdr
2  tsp ketchup
2 tsp tomato paste 

And the rest -
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
3 medium sized onions cut to thin slices
1 cup low fat  milk to add to gravy
1/4 cup low fat milk OR LESS, to mix the spices
Baby potatoes (about 10-12)
Salt to taste
How to :

 

Take all the ingredients under the "spice mix" in a bowl.


Mix with the low fat milk to form a thick paste. Not beign specific of the quantity. You know when it is justt right...not to thick...not too watery.
 
Meanwhile, wash, peal, cut to half and bring to boil the potaoes. They should not be too overcooked, else they mush up in the gravey.
 
And ..i would suggest, you do this part yourself...or, be very SPECIFIC!!! on your instructions...lest your potatoes, end up like these ;)
 


  :P :P
(some innocent assistance )
 
Back to task...
 
 
In a woke, add 1 tsp butter, ginger garlic paste, onions, salt and saute till tender.
Grind them to a coarse paste.
 
 
Into the same woke, add in one more tsp of butter.
In goes the prepared spice mix and stir till the raw smell leaves.


Add the ground onion mix to the spice mix...
 
 
Next add the low fat milk to form the desired consistency of the gravey. Let it cook for a couple of minutes  . Dont forget the salt !

 
Add the cooked potatoes and gently coat it all over with the gravey.
Keep pan closed and simmer for a few minutes for the potatoes to absorb the flavours.
 
(Optional - can add in some cooked green peas. I used the canned ones, and the dish is now Potato Mattar Masala very much similar to the Paneer Mattar masala..but again, i repeat, the very low fat version.)
 


 
Serve hot with paratha, naan or chapathi.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Easy Egg Paratha with hidden veggies

 
This goes out to all mommies of fussy eaters out there .
 
The no - fuss, no mess bite-on-the-go rollon version of chapathi vegetable platter.
 
 
Our boys definitely like to have chapathis , but at the same time...they are not much keen on the "tear- dip-munch" routine of having it .
 
 
 ROLLS.
 
Thats how chapathis need to be fed, in our household.
 
 
And many a times, the demand is for "motta- chapathy" (rolled with omlette inside). The request is never turned down..coz, into the egg mix would have gone all the vegetables that was supposted to be , at the very first place, to be served with the chapathy. Be it anything..from dal to sabji..it would be mashed and mixed with the egg.
 

So, this time...for a change...decided to try the egg the other way round.
 Not on the inside, but on the outside.
 


The ingredients are all set.
 
Beat the egg and add some tomato ketchup to it. Pull out any vegetable curry that you have in hand.


 
Had some cabbage-beans thoran (click "here" for the recipe) which was prepared for lunch to be served with rice..so, straight it went into the egg. Salt and pepper to taste. Do check the salt level. you dont need it much, coz the thoran/poriyal already has all the flavours in there.


Dip the chapathi well in the egg veggie mix.


Turn over and let the egg coat well on either side.

 
Dab a tsp of oil on  a flat cooking pan, and lay the chapathi .
Add some more veggies at top.
 


Turn over till the egg is cooked well on either side.

 
Roll and off it goes , straight into the plates. No side dishes...no dipping sauces needed. All you do is bite bite till you are done and take my word....

 
The kids will definitely enjoy it and ask for more.
 
Mine...just did ! They were not very pleased seeing the vegetable curry along with the egg..but once eating this..they defintiely wanted more servings.
 

 Well ..not just Mr. President, but felt me too wanted to have that banner flying high up..then !
 
Carbs, protein, vitamins, fibre...have all gone in one single pack..no mess..no fuss. Just "mamma...can I have one more of this please..." to be heard from the dining table.
 



Sunday, May 11, 2014

SSS - 06 & School Snack Series and some tiffin pack tips

 
Packing tiffin for school going kids is always  a challenge, one on a daily basis..literally.

 
 
They need variety and the same over and over is only going to bring  the tiffins back home just the way it was packed off.  
 
 
 
 
Keep / try to keep stock of a variety of buns or breads for the main carbohydrate portion of the box, if its mostly sandwich that you are preparing. But keep in mind not to overstuff your breadbox, coz these expire quickly and you dont necessarily have to keep a pile of rotten bakes in your pantry.
 

 
And these...assorted breakfast flakes and crispies...wheat, rice..oats varieties. One type for each day, as a small portion serving.
 
 
 
Box type 1 - Some corn-crispies, toasted sandwich (sorry...dont remember what the filling was) couple of onion rings (the store brought frozen ones) and banana for the fruit portion.

 
Box type 2 - Egg paniyarams , (click here for the recipe tutorial ), mini sandwich with a tuna fish cutlet within, some star-fish themed biscuts and frsh cut cucumbers.

 
Box type 3 - Butter crepes cut to bite size pieces (click here for the recipe tutorial), chicken finger nuggets and mangoes. This is for Boy no. 3, in lower kindergarten and just like his mini size, his food intake too is in very small proportions.
 


Box type 4 - Used store brought croissants with zatar filling . Cut it into half and stuffed a mini coctail sausage into it. A quick sandwich , with pears and strawberry on picks.

 
Box type 5 - macaroni salad (cooked macaroni with some grated carrot, a bit of mayo, sugar, salt and pepper...a coleslaw kind).
Hot dog with bread rolled around. Trim the edges of the bread slice, wet it slightly  and flatten by pressing  between your two hands. Can use the rolling pin too. Apply some ketchup on the bread slice, place the hotdog , wrap the bread round it and seal the edges by pressing together. Now toast on stove top. Just shallow fry.
 


 
 
 
Posting this on Mothers Day...coz, it is indeed one of the greatest challenge they face with their children. Hope the post helps....
 



 

to all lovely .... gorgeous ... hardworking ... Mommies
out there !!!!!

click on the given link to go to the first post in the School tiffin series...SSS- 01

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oats & Prices @ Kuwait Market & some DIY hair treatment solutions using Oatmeal

An Englishman and a Scotsman were discussing oats. The Englishman, with his nose in the air said     
"In England we feed oats to our horses, and in Scotland you feed oats to your men...",
to which the Scotsman replied      
 
"...that's why in England you have such fine horses and in Scotland we have such fine men!" :P :P
 
                           ******************************
 
In continuation to one of my previous post :  
 
 
which is all about the common doubts that we have about Oats...... What is all with these different types..steel cut, rolled, old fashioned, latest fashioned.. ;), quick cooking..slow cooking.... which type can be used for what type of cooking...does the health benefits vary with each types...so so on.....
 
this, however is specifically for those here in Kuwait, about the different varities available in the market, WITH the PRICE TAGS...and of course, some interesting DIY hair care solutions using OATS.
 
Never thought of that ?? Read on...
 
 
Went shopping last weekend..kids were back home...hubs was browsing elsewhere..so the happy-me got some perfectly "me" time to peacefully look around the aisle and be clicking specifically having this post in mind.
 
The most colourful was this Instant flavoured Oats section. Literally..any flavour...with fruits, nuts, spices...PRESENT SIR !  The Indian savoury ones are yet to hit the market thou. (pictures clicked @ LuLu Hyper market, Kuwait)
 
 
At around KD 1.700 - KD 1.900 they are about 10 (or 8 ??) individual serving sachets per pack. Handy for a quicky     on-the-go run. Just add hot water and M/W or leave on counter top for a few minutes.
 
 
Dont get the logic here. Old fashioned and Quick cooking ones both at the same price !! KD 2.250. I would in this case definitely go for the old fashioned one as the second seems to be highlt priced for this particular packing.
 
 
 
Same here... Quick Cooking Rolled Oats and Old Fashioned Rolled ones..again at the same pricing. KD 1.640. hmmm... Again, would go for the Old fashioned in this case too...
 
 
Bob's Organic Red Mill-Steel cuts  @KD 2.140 for 680 gms.
 
 
 
 
 500 gms Oatmeal - less than 1/2 KD .
 

 
 
while this brand is definitely much highly priced than the previous. KD 1.850 for a less than 1/2 kg pack.
 
And , now for some Did You Know facts...
 
Unrelated to oatmeal the food, there is a town in Texas called Oatmeal. It's 56 Miles northwest of Austin putting it nearly smack dab in the very middle of the state.
 
 
 oatmeal texas
 I'm not sure if they eat oatmeal in Oatmeal, but it's a curious fact none the less (or maybe not). !!!!
 
Did You Know ...
Oatmeal can be a best sudstitute to a deep conditioner for hair.
 
Check out this video .
 
 
DIY Oatmeal & Honey Moisturising Deep Conditioner
 
Did You Know ...
 
Oatmeal does a great job as a dry shampoo as well. Seriosuly !!
 


 
You can use oats and baking powder to create your own dry shampoo right at home. Rd.com suggests, “Put 1 cup oatmeal in the blender and grind it into a fine powder. Add 1 cup baking soda, and mix well. Rub a bit of the mixture into your hair. Give it a minute or two to soak up the oils, then brush or shake it out of your hair (preferably over a towel or bag to avoid getting it all over)

More about it here.  

Hope this post was helpful to you, as much it is to me.

                           ******************************

 


 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LoR 08 - Instant Tomato Chutney

(LoR - Leftover Remake )
 
 A quicky post on an even quicky remake.
 
 
 Instant tomato chutney with leftover tomato thokku.
 
Had posted  a remake version of the Tomato thokku (recipe "here") to make Egg Burji some time back. This chutney is yet another version I do almost regularly .
 
 
Infact, i always prepare the simple tomato thokku a bit more than necessary to make way for the remakes..either of them...depending on what i have in hand to pair up with.
 
If for some chapathi, i go for the egg burji remake, but
 
if for dosa or idli, its this chutney version.
 
Its basically just two steps involved :
 

 
Take the tomato curry (thokku) in a mixer , add some grated coconut. Have used dessicated ones in here, as i was short of the fresh ones. Either ways , its fine.

 
Give a pulse, and thats it.  Maybe, you can add in a green chillie if required, for some extra spice, but I dont as my kids are the spice-repellant type.
 
Salt..yes..a tad bit more could go in.
 
Quicky, yeah ?
 
;)
 
click "here" to go to the previous post in the LoR series.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Oats - A case study

 It's been raining " oats" in my kitchen offlate. Need to try out very many recipes as I can with oats as the main ingredient (got a reason for it..will let know in the next coming posts ;) . So, it basically..an experiment, a recipe trial literally each day (to be read as "night") , and as the first very first step what myself wanted to be aware of was on the different type of oats.What the differences are...which type is suitable for what...

So, for myself, and for those whom this would seem informative, thought of putting up this post on the very same.
Oats types
The different types at a glance. Image courtesy - The Yummylife.com

In detail...


 
 Raw Oats, newly harvested
This is what oats look like before the kernels (groats) are separated from the hulls and stalks. Admittedly, you won't see them this way in stores, but we thought you'd like to see what they look like fresh from the fields.

  
 
 Whole Oat Groats
A groat is another name for a grain kernel. Whole oat groats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. You can most often find these in health food stores. They take the longest to cook.
 
 
 
 
Steel Cut Oats / Irish Oatmeal / Scottish Oatmeal
If you cut groats into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade, you get steel cut oats. They cook quicker than oat groats, because water can more easily penetrate the smaller pieces. Steel cut oats are also sometimes called Irish oatmeal.
 
Instead of cutting oats with a steel blade, the Scots traditionally stone-grind them, creating broken bits of varying sizes, which some say results in a creamier porridge than steel-cutting.
 
 
 
Rolled Oats – regular (old fashioned)
Rolled oats (sometimes called old fashioned oats) are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster, by creating a greater surface area.
 
 
Quick Cooking Oats
If you roll the oat flakes thinner, and/or steam them longer, you create quick oats and ultimately instant oats. The nutrition stays the same (these are all whole grains) but the texture changes – a plus for some people and a drawback for others. The good thing about having so many choices is that everyone can get exactly the taste they like best!
 
 


Instant Oats
 Pressed even thinner than quick oats, instant oats oats often break into a coarse powder. They cook the quickest of all and make a very soft and uniform mush (erm...for lack of a better description).
 
 
To note :
 
1. Quick oats and old fashioned oats can be freely substituted for each other. 
 
 
2. Which type of oats is best suited for baking ?
 
On trying the different type oats for making cookies -   Both old fashioned and quick oats produced cookies that tasters described as “chewy” and “oaty.” The cookies made with instant however, were deemed “gummy”, “raw” and not acceptable. 
 
While the nutritional value is the same between the different styles of oats, the speed in which your body digests them is different.

The coarse oats, such as steel cut and rolled, take the longest to digest, keeping you full longer. Instant oatmeal digests the fastest, but won't keep you going. They also spike your insulin production sharply. Steel cut and rolled even out your insulin levels, making them healthier to eat.This is a good thing for diabetic patients who are  trying to keep a stable blood sugar.
 
 


 
well...Lady Barbara Bush Totally Looks Like The Quaker Oats Man in here.. ;)

And for the most commonly asked doubt.
 
Does eating oatmeal really help to reduce cholesterol...or, is it just some marketing stratergy. And if yes.. how ??
 
The short answer is yes, oatmeal can lower your cholesterol. Now for the long answer.
 
There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is acted upon by the normal bacteria in your intestines. Insoluble fiber is not digested by the body and promotes regularity and softens stools. Wheat bran, whole grain products and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.
 
Soluble fiber appears to reduce your body's absorption of cholesterol from the intestines. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber that reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol that can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. This type of fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, brussels sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes.
 
Believe i have clarified myself on this topic, and hope it does for you too.
 
 
 


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Potato Makhani / Potato Mattar Masala (simple, low-fat version)

 
Alright !!! Here I am back again, trying desperately to give both my blogger "properties" a refresh. This is been going on for quite some time now... my blogs (this) and ofcourse my Pick Quicks too...suffering from hiccups. No regular posts..no regular blogvisits... sorry yaars ! Not that I dont want to keep these up and running..but, just cant afford the time.
 
Do have quite a few in my drafts, as pictures but yet to put up the recipe. This post was halfway done during the Lent season..would have been apt then, for those who were abstaining from non-veggies........ but, better late than never. Here it goees now..on air!
 
Inspired by "Butter Chicken" which is always a favourite with our boys, tried the similar recipe but with Baby Potatoes.  Most vegetarian cuisine uses paneer in a similar way, as Paneer Makhani, Paneer Mattar Masala...but to be honest, I am definitely not the "cheesy" person. So, it was the cute little baby potatoes who got its pick and well....it works !
 
Not to forget, this is indeed a low fat version, with low fat milk and the "deleted" fat by replacing cheese wih potatoes.
 


You need :
 For the spice mix -
 
3  tbsp chilli pdr
2  tbsp coriander pdr
1  tsp garam masala pdr
1  tsp kasoori methi pdr
2  tsp ketchup
2 tsp tomato paste 

And the rest -
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
3 medium sized onions cut to thin slices
1 cup low fat  milk to add to gravy
1/4 cup low fat milk OR LESS, to mix the spices
Baby potatoes (about 10-12)
Salt to taste
How to :

 

Take all the ingredients under the "spice mix" in a bowl.


Mix with the low fat milk to form a thick paste. Not beign specific of the quantity. You know when it is justt right...not to thick...not too watery.
 
Meanwhile, wash, peal, cut to half and bring to boil the potaoes. They should not be too overcooked, else they mush up in the gravey.
 
And ..i would suggest, you do this part yourself...or, be very SPECIFIC!!! on your instructions...lest your potatoes, end up like these ;)
 


  :P :P
(some innocent assistance )
 
Back to task...
 
 
In a woke, add 1 tsp butter, ginger garlic paste, onions, salt and saute till tender.
Grind them to a coarse paste.
 
 
Into the same woke, add in one more tsp of butter.
In goes the prepared spice mix and stir till the raw smell leaves.


Add the ground onion mix to the spice mix...
 
 
Next add the low fat milk to form the desired consistency of the gravey. Let it cook for a couple of minutes  . Dont forget the salt !

 
Add the cooked potatoes and gently coat it all over with the gravey.
Keep pan closed and simmer for a few minutes for the potatoes to absorb the flavours.
 
(Optional - can add in some cooked green peas. I used the canned ones, and the dish is now Potato Mattar Masala very much similar to the Paneer Mattar masala..but again, i repeat, the very low fat version.)
 


 
Serve hot with paratha, naan or chapathi.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Easy Egg Paratha with hidden veggies

 
This goes out to all mommies of fussy eaters out there .
 
The no - fuss, no mess bite-on-the-go rollon version of chapathi vegetable platter.
 
 
Our boys definitely like to have chapathis , but at the same time...they are not much keen on the "tear- dip-munch" routine of having it .
 
 
 ROLLS.
 
Thats how chapathis need to be fed, in our household.
 
 
And many a times, the demand is for "motta- chapathy" (rolled with omlette inside). The request is never turned down..coz, into the egg mix would have gone all the vegetables that was supposted to be , at the very first place, to be served with the chapathy. Be it anything..from dal to sabji..it would be mashed and mixed with the egg.
 

So, this time...for a change...decided to try the egg the other way round.
 Not on the inside, but on the outside.
 


The ingredients are all set.
 
Beat the egg and add some tomato ketchup to it. Pull out any vegetable curry that you have in hand.


 
Had some cabbage-beans thoran (click "here" for the recipe) which was prepared for lunch to be served with rice..so, straight it went into the egg. Salt and pepper to taste. Do check the salt level. you dont need it much, coz the thoran/poriyal already has all the flavours in there.


Dip the chapathi well in the egg veggie mix.


Turn over and let the egg coat well on either side.

 
Dab a tsp of oil on  a flat cooking pan, and lay the chapathi .
Add some more veggies at top.
 


Turn over till the egg is cooked well on either side.

 
Roll and off it goes , straight into the plates. No side dishes...no dipping sauces needed. All you do is bite bite till you are done and take my word....

 
The kids will definitely enjoy it and ask for more.
 
Mine...just did ! They were not very pleased seeing the vegetable curry along with the egg..but once eating this..they defintiely wanted more servings.
 

 Well ..not just Mr. President, but felt me too wanted to have that banner flying high up..then !
 
Carbs, protein, vitamins, fibre...have all gone in one single pack..no mess..no fuss. Just "mamma...can I have one more of this please..." to be heard from the dining table.
 



Sunday, May 11, 2014

SSS - 06 & School Snack Series and some tiffin pack tips

 
Packing tiffin for school going kids is always  a challenge, one on a daily basis..literally.

 
 
They need variety and the same over and over is only going to bring  the tiffins back home just the way it was packed off.  
 
 
 
 
Keep / try to keep stock of a variety of buns or breads for the main carbohydrate portion of the box, if its mostly sandwich that you are preparing. But keep in mind not to overstuff your breadbox, coz these expire quickly and you dont necessarily have to keep a pile of rotten bakes in your pantry.
 

 
And these...assorted breakfast flakes and crispies...wheat, rice..oats varieties. One type for each day, as a small portion serving.
 
 
 
Box type 1 - Some corn-crispies, toasted sandwich (sorry...dont remember what the filling was) couple of onion rings (the store brought frozen ones) and banana for the fruit portion.

 
Box type 2 - Egg paniyarams , (click here for the recipe tutorial ), mini sandwich with a tuna fish cutlet within, some star-fish themed biscuts and frsh cut cucumbers.

 
Box type 3 - Butter crepes cut to bite size pieces (click here for the recipe tutorial), chicken finger nuggets and mangoes. This is for Boy no. 3, in lower kindergarten and just like his mini size, his food intake too is in very small proportions.
 


Box type 4 - Used store brought croissants with zatar filling . Cut it into half and stuffed a mini coctail sausage into it. A quick sandwich , with pears and strawberry on picks.

 
Box type 5 - macaroni salad (cooked macaroni with some grated carrot, a bit of mayo, sugar, salt and pepper...a coleslaw kind).
Hot dog with bread rolled around. Trim the edges of the bread slice, wet it slightly  and flatten by pressing  between your two hands. Can use the rolling pin too. Apply some ketchup on the bread slice, place the hotdog , wrap the bread round it and seal the edges by pressing together. Now toast on stove top. Just shallow fry.
 


 
 
 
Posting this on Mothers Day...coz, it is indeed one of the greatest challenge they face with their children. Hope the post helps....
 



 

to all lovely .... gorgeous ... hardworking ... Mommies
out there !!!!!

click on the given link to go to the first post in the School tiffin series...SSS- 01