Whole Wheat Carrot  Pancakes

Whole Wheat Carrot Pancakes

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Fusion

Serve these pancakes at breakfast and see the pleasure on your loved ones faces

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat pastry flour 1 cup
  • Carrots, grated 2 cups
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Baking soda ½ tsp
  • Salt ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon powder ¾ tsp
  • Nutmeg powder ¼ tsp
  • Dried ginger powder ¼ tsp
  • Egg 1
  • Brown sugar 2 tsps
  • Buttermilk 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • Butter 100 gms
  • Maple cream cheese topping
  • Cream cheese, softened 115 gms
  • Maple syrup 2 tsps + to serve
  • Milk 2 tsps
  • Vanilla extract ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon powder ¼ tsp

Methods

  • Preheat the oven to 200º F / 95º C so you can keep the pancakes warm before serving.
  • Spoon the cream cheese into a bowl and leave it out at room temperature to soften.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and ginger powder.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the carrots, then add this wet mixture to the dry mixture all at once. Stir just till well incorporated. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes while you make the cream cheese topping and preheat a non-stick griddle/skillet.
  • Whisk the cream cheese till it is uniformly soft, smooth and pliable. Whisk in maple syrup, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon powder. Feel free to sweeten with more syrup or further thin it out with more milk.
  • For each pancake, melt 1 tbsp in the hot skillet, pour ¼ cup batter and spread it to a round pancake. Cook, flipping once, until the pancakes are evenly golden on both sides.
  • Place pancake on an ovenproof plate and keep in the preheated oven while you cook the remaining pancakes.
  • Place each pancake on a serving plate, top with maple cream cheese and serve with extra maple syrup on the side, in case someone wants to sweeten it up further.
Aloo Parval

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Pointed gourd (parval)
  • Potatoes

An excellent dish for your daily meal

Ingredients

  • Pointed gourd (parval), diced 1 cup
  • Medium potatoes, diced 2
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 1 tbsp

Methods

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder, mix well and saute on low heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add pointed gourd and potatoes and mix well. Add salt and mix well. Add ½ cup water, mix, cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, till the vegetables are done.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot
Beans and Dal Usli

Beans and Dal Usli

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • French beans
  • Split Bengal grams (chana dal)

This South Indian speciality is so easy to make yet so very tasty

Ingredients

  • French beans, finely chopped 7 to 8
  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal), soaked for 30 minutes 1 cup
  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Dried red chillies 2
  • Curry leaves 8 to 10
  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Asafoetida ½ tsp

Methods

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds, red chilies, curry leaves and fennel seeds and saute till the seeds splutter.
  • Add beans and split Bengal gram and mix well.
  • Add salt and asafoetida and mix well. Cover and cook till both beans and split Bengal grams are fully done.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot.
Besan Badam Burfi

Besan Badam Burfi

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Gram flour
  • Sugar substitute

Besan burfi made healthy without the use of ghee

Ingredients

  • Gram flour (besan) ½ Kg
  • Sugar substitute to taste
  • Almonds handful

Methods

  • Roast gram flour in a non-stick pan on medium heat till fragrant.
  • Add sugar substitute and 4 cups water and mix well. Cook, on medium heat, stirring continuously, till the mixture thickens and begins to leave the sides of the pan.
  • Transfer the mixture onto a tray and spread evenly.
  • Grate almonds on top and set aside to cool down.
  • When it sets well, cut into small pieces and serve.
Cabbage Papaya Tikki

Cabbage Papaya Tikki

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Cabbage
  • Raw papaya
  • Boiled and mashed rice

If the tikkis are delicious and also nutritious at the same time, what more can you want

Ingredients

  • Cabbage, finely chopped 1 cup
  • Raw papaya, grated ½ cup
  • Rice, boiled and mashed 1 cup
  • Ginger, finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves, chopped 2 to 3
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Mace (javitri) powder ½ tsp
  • Oil 1 tbsp

Methods

  • Take cabbage, raw papaya, rice, ginger, curry leaves, salt, red chilli powder and mace powder in a bowl and mash everything together.
  • Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape into tikkis.
  • Heat oil on a non-stick tawa, place the tikkis on it and cook, turning sides, till they are equally golden and crisp on both sides.
  • Arrange on serving platter and serve hot with papaya chutney.
Chana Palak ki Sabzi

Chana Palak ki Sabzi

Prep: 9 hours

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas
  • Spinach

A tasty and healthy dish that will satiate anybody’s palate

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas, soaked overnight and pressure cooked 1 cup
  • Spinach, finely chopped 2 cups
  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon 1 inch
  • Cloves 2 to 3
  • Bay leaf 1
  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Medium tomatoes, finely chopped 2
  • Cumin seeds ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Garam masala powder ½ tsp
  • Dried mango powder (amchur) ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 1 tbsp

Methods

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf and saute till fragrant.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, tomatoes and cumin seeds and saute till the tomatoes soften.
  • Add chickpeas, salt, garam masala powder, dried mango powder and red chilli powder, mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup water, mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add spinach, mix and cook till spinach is cooked.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.