Hara Bhara Dhokla

Hara Bhara Dhokla

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: American

Nutrient rich dhoklas made with spinach and fresh fenugreek leaves

Ingredients

  • Spinach (palak), chopped 1 cup
  • Fresh fenugreek leaves (methi), finely chopped 1 cup
  • Ginger-green chilli paste 2 tsps
  • Gram flour (besan) 1½ cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar 2 tsps
  • Fruit salt 2 tbsps
  • Fresh coriander leaves a few sprigs
  • Fresh coconut, scraped ½ cup

Methods

  • Put spinach, fenugreek leaves, ginger-green chilli paste and ½ cup water in a blender jar and blend to a fine puree.
  • Transfer the puree into a mixing bowl, add gram flour and mix well. Add a little water while mixing to get the required consistency. Add salt and sugar and mix well.
  • Heat sufficient water in a steamer. Grease the dhokla moulds.
  • As the water in the steamer begins to boil, add fruit salt to the batter and mix well. Pour the batter into the moulds, attach them to the stand and keep the stand in the steamer. Close the steamer and steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Take the stand out, remove the moulds and let them cool down. Finely chop fresh coriander leaves.
  • Cut the dhokla into squares or diamonds, remove the pieces from the mould and arrange them on a serving platter.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and coconut and serve.
American Mixed Fruit Floats

American Mixed Fruit Floats

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: American

Key Ingredients:

  • Pineapple
  • Melon
  • Orange

A delightful dessert, it will be enjoyed by both children and adults

Ingredients

  • Coconut, grated 3 tbsps
  • Pineapple (annanas), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Melon (kharbooj), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Orange, peeled, seeded and cut into small pieces 1
  • Orange juice 1 cup
  • Vanilla ice cream as required

Methods

  • Heat a non-stick pan, add coconut and toast on high heat for 5-6 minutes or till well browned.
  • Set aside a few pieces of pineapple, melon and orange.
  • Put remaining pineapple, melon, orange and orange juice in a mixer and blend.
  • Half fill serving glasses with this mixture. Top with scoops of ice-cream, reserved fruit pieces and roasted coconut and serve immediately.
Classic American Chicken Burger

Classic American Chicken Burger

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: American

Key Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Burger buns

The name says it all – just relish it with tall glass of chilled lemonade

Serving Suggestion : Serve with a glass of chilled lemonade.

Health Tips:

Brown burger buns

Ingredients

  • Chicken mince (murgh ka keema) 250 gms
  • Burger buns 4
  • Red chilli flakes 1 tsp
  • Dried mixed herbs 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder 1 tsp
  • Egg 1
  • Refined flour (maida) as required
  • Breadcrumbs (ground toasted bread slices 2 ro 4 tbsps
  • Oil 2 tsps
  • Mayonnaise 4 tbsps
  • Tomato ketchup 2 tbsps
  • Mustard paste 1 tbsp
  • Large onion, sliced into rings 1
  • Lettuce leaves or cabbage leaves a few

Methods

  • Take chicken mince in a bowl, add chilli flakes, mixed herbs, garlic paste, salt, black pepper powder and mix. Add egg and bread crumbs and mix well.
  • Dust your hands with a little refined flour, take 2-3 tbsps of mixture and shape into a round patties and coat with breadcrumbs.
  • Heat 2 tsps oil on a non-stick tawa, place the patties on it and shallow-fry. Flatten it with spatula and shallow-fry each side for about 6 minutes or till evenly golden on both sides. Cover while frying so that the mixture gets cooked completely.
  • After patties are cooked, cut buns into half and toast both halves on the same tawa so that they get the patty flavor.
  • On the inner sides of all the halves, spread some mayonnaise, followed by ketchup and mustard paste. Place a patty on the lower half of each bun, top with onion rings and a few lettuce leaves. Cover with the upper half of buns to complete your burger.
  • Serve immediately.
Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

Prep: 40 minutes

Cook: 25 minues

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: American

Key Ingredients:

  • Cooking chocolate
  • Butter
  • Refined flour
  • Walnuts

There must be very few who do not enjoy a brownie – serve it with vanilla icecream and feel satiated

Ingredients

  • Cooking chocolate / dark chocolate 200 gms
  • Butter 250 gms
  • Castor sugar 350 gms
  • Cocoa powder 80 gms
  • Eggs 4
  • Refined flour (maida) 65 gms
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Walnuts (akhrot), chopped ½ cup

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 200º C.
  • Take chocolate and butter in a bowl, place it on a double boiler and melt, stirring continuously.
  • Take sugar, cocoa powder, refined flour and baking powder in another bowl and mix well.
  • Pour the melted butter and chocolate mixture into the dry mixture whisking continuously so that there are no lumps.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and continue to whisk till well mixed.
  • Line a baking dish with butter paper and pour the batter into it and level it. Sprinkle walnuts on top.
  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Take the dish out of the oven and set aside to cool. Cut into squares and serve.
Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Snack

Type: American

Key Ingredients:

  • Red
  • Green and Red capsicums
  • Chicken
  • Rice

This dish is quite wholesome – it has vegetables, chicken, rice and aromatics

Ingredients

  • Medium red capsicum, a thin slice off the top, cored to make a cup 2
  • Medium green capsicum, a thin slice off the top, cored to make a cup 2
  • Medium yellow capsicum, a thin slice off the top, cored to make a cup 2
  • Oil 3 tbsps
  • Garlic clove, finely chopped 1
  • Medium onion, finely chopped 1
  • Boneless chicken, boiled and shredded 100 gms
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder 1 tsp
  • Medium carrot, thinly sliced 1
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped 1 cup
  • Rice, cooked 1 cup
  • Brown sugar 1 tbsp
  • Mexican seasoning 1 tsp
  • Processed cheese, grated 6 tbsps
  • Tomato ketchup (optional) as required
  • Mexican seasoning – grind together
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Red chilli flakes 2 tsps
  • Oregano 1 tsp

Methods

  • Finely chop the tops of the capsicums.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic and onion and saute on high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chicken, salt, black pepper powder, finely chopped tops of the capsicums, carrot and tomato and mix well.
  • Add rice, brown sugar, Mexican seasoning, salt and mix well to complete stuffing.
  • Put the stuffing into each capsicum, top with 1 tbsp cheese on each and a drizzle of tomato ketchup.
  • Heat remaining oil in a wide non-stick pan, place these stuffed capsicums in it. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Place them in serving platters and serve hot.
Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: American

Key Ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream
  • Crushed walnuts
  • Green and black grapes
  • Apples
  • Celery

This popular American salad is presented like a butterfly especially for children

Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise
  • Milk 250 ml
  • Olive oil 100 ml
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • Lemon juice 2 tbsps
  • Dressing
  • Mayonnaise ¼ cup
  • Sour cream ¼ cup
  • Walnuts, crushed 2 tbsps
  • Fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbsps
  • Salad
  • Green grapes, sliced ½ cup
  • Black grapes ½ cup
  • Apples, chopped 2
  • Fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbsps
  • Garnish
  • Iceberg lettuce leaves a few
  • Apple slices a few
  • Fresh celery sticks a few
  • Black grapes a few
  • Whole walnuts a few

Methods

  • To make mayonnaise, take milk in a bowl, add olive oil gradually and whisk well. Add salt, pepper powder and lemon juice and whisk again.
  • To make dressing, take ¼ cup mayonnaise in another bowl. Add sour cream, walnuts and parsley and whisk again.
  • Take green and black grapes in a mixing bowl, add apples and celery and toss. Add dressing and mix.
  • Spread iceberg lettuce leaves on a serving platter and place the salad on it in an oval shape.
  • Place walnuts in the middle in a line and on either side of this arrange the apple slices overlapping each other. Use black grapes to make eyes and celery sticks to make antennas.
  • Serve immediately.