Thursday, March 27, 2014

Baked Gobi Manchurian

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I would not say that this recipe tastes just as good as the real deal, but trust me, your heart will thank you for this! This is for all those who love gobi manchurian minus all the oil. :)

Ingredients: 

1. Cauliflower - 1 big, cut into florets
2. Green bell pepper - 1, cut into small squares
3. Red onions - 1, cut into small squares
4. Garlic - Minced, 1 tsp
5. Ginger - Minced, 1 tsp
6. Green chillies - 4, finely chopped
7. Green onions - 4-5 stems, chopped
8. Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
9. Tomato ketchup - 3 tbsp
10. Chilli sauce - 2 tbsp (I used sriracha sauce for this recipe)
11. Sesame oil - 1 tbsp
12. Salt - To taste
13. Corn flour  - 1 tsp

Marinade: 

1. Ginger- Garlic - Green chilli paste - 2 tbsp
2. Corn flour - 1 tbsp
3. All purpose flour - 3 tbsp
4. Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
5. Kashmiri chilli powder - 2 tsp
6. Oil - 1 tbsp
7. Salt - To taste

Marinate the cauliflower with the above ingredients and keep aside for at least 2 - 4 hrs or overnight. Make sure the florets are well coated with the marinade.

Preparation: 

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2. Arrange the florets on the baking sheets and bake for 20-30 mins until crispy golden and keep aside.
3. Heat sesame oil in a pan. Add the chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies. Mix for about 30 seconds.
4. Add the chopped onion along with the whites of the green onions, chopped green bell peppers and saute for about 3 mins.
5. Add the soy sauce, chilli sauce and tomato ketchup and mix for about a minute.
6. Add 1 tsp corn flour and 1/2 cup of water and mix well for about another minute. Check for salt.
7. Add the baked florets and toss gently to coat. Let cook for another minute.
8. Sprinkle green onions on top.

Enjoy! :D

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chia Seed Pudding with Balsamic Strawberries

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Ingredients: 

Chia seed pudding: 

1. Coconut milk - 1 cup (I used coconut milk light for this recipe)
2. Chia seeds - 3 tbsp
3. Maple Syrup - 3 tbsp
4. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

Balsamic Strawberries: 

1. Strawberries - 1 cup, sliced
2. Maple syrup - 2 tbsp
3. Balsamic Vinegar: 2 tsp

Preparation: 

1. Put all the ingredients for the chia pudding in a jar or bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight or for 6-8 hours.
2. Combine the strawberries, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and set aside at room temperature for an hour.
3. Spoon the chia pudding into a serving bowl and serve with the balsamic strawberries on top. Add some nuts if desired for some crunch.

Enjoy! :D


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Maple Cinnamon Spelt Challah

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Hello everyone! Just woke up from my blogger's slumber! This is my first time braiding bread and I had lots of fun. Hope you all will enjoy making this one as much as I did. Happy braiding!

Recipe adapted from: The Challah Blog

Ingredients:

Spelt flour - 4 1/2 cups
Eggs - 2, plus one more for wash if desired
Maple Syrup - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp for egg wash
Sugar - 1 tsp (To proof yeast)
Salt - 1/8th tsp
Active dry yeast - 10 g
Earth balance organic coconut oil spread - 1/4 cup, melted (You could also substitute with coconut oil)
Milk - 2/3 rd cup
Lukewarm water - 1/2 cup
Cinnamon - 1 tsp
Sesame seeds for topping (optional) - 2 tbsp

Preparation:

1. Bring the milk and eggs to room temperature.
2. Mix the yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water. Keep aside for 5-10 mins until foamy.
3. Beat the eggs, oil, milk and maple syrup thoroughly with a whisk.
4. Add to the flour along with salt and cinnamon and knead for 10- 15 mins. You could alternatively use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (Kneading with hand would be better in this case. Spelt flour dough is denser than regular dough and can be really tricky to work with).
5. Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl, cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place, for at least an hour.
6. Once risen, you can use any braiding method you like to braid the bread. You can find a really good list of braiding techniques with pictures and 'how-to's here.
7. Brush the loaf with the egg wash (egg + 1 tbsp maple syrup) and top with sesame seeds and sprinkle more cinnamon if desired.
8. Preheat the oven to 350 F and bake for up to 40 - 45 mins until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
9. Serve with fruit preserves.

Note: 
1. Add more flour or water if necessary depending on if the dough is sticky or dry.
2. This challah is only mildly sweet.

Enjoy! :D 
 
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