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Poha Alu Raj Kachori

POHA ALU RAJ KACHORI

Raj Kachori is a delicious Chat from Rajasthan.This is a huge gol gappa sort of chat, that is filled in with delicious items in it. Essentially Rajasthani Raj-Kachori, is a stuffed katchori with potato and sprout filling and served with curd, chutney and sev. Apart from sprouts from Moong, chole, moth can also be used.

Raj kachori is a massive, puffed up, crisp snack that looks like a blown up gol gappa. It houses a variety of chaat ingredients, dripping all over the globe-like kachori.

The good thing about these kachoris is that, despite being fried foods, they are not as bad as they are made out to be. Use traditional oils or ghee, and you could eat them without having to worry too much. Of course, you should always keep portions in check, but remember kachoris keep you full till the evening, balancing the total calorie consumption of the day naturally.

TO MAKE OUTER LAYER
4 Potatoes boiled and mashed
1 cup thick poha soaked and drained
5 tsp Maida
Bread crumbs of 5 slices
Salt to taste
1 tsp blck pepper powder
1/2 tsp Haldi

 

In a bowl take boiled and mashed potatoes. Add soaked and drained poha. Add maida. Add breadcrumbs.
Mix nicely.
Add salt, pepper powder and haldi.
Knead into a medium hard dough.
Divide dough in equal portions and cover with cloth to rest.
Grease ur palms and knead the dough nicely once again to smoothen it.
Roll the round discs like poori shape. Keep it little thick while rolling from all over.
Roll all pooris and keep aside.

Filling of raj kachori

 

TO MAKE FILLING
50 gms Paneer
Grated coconut 1/2
Adrak mirchi paste 1 tbsp
2 tsp kishmish
Salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Hara Dhaniya/ coriander leaves

Mix above mentioned ingredients in a bowl and test the taste.
Your  filling is ready.

Assemble:
Take one round disc/poori. Make a deep well. Fill in coconut masala. Gently pull all edges together to make big kachori.

Deep fry all ready kachoris first on medium flame and then on slow flame. Fry on both sides till it turns golden brown. Drain and keep it on absorbent tissue paper.

GARNISH:
Serve with green dhaina pudina chutney and imli ki khatti meethi chutney.
Garnish with sev, pomegranate seeds and hara dhania.
Pour meetha dahi/sweetened curds over it.

Fruity and Nutty Sticks

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It can quite often be extremely challenging to find a snack that is not filled with junk. This simple treat idea with few fruits on sticks and coated with chocolate and nuts, will definately makes your kiddo asking for more.

These fruity sticks place a fun and simple twist on your favorite summer treat. Just place Strawberries, Pineapple and Banana on a stick. Then add on some chocolate dipping and nuts! Voila!! You have a fun summer time treat.
Prep Time 5 Minutes                                   Cook Time 10 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

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2 Bananas small chopped into thick rounds
Cored Pineapple pieces(small) 6
3 Strawberries cut into half
1 kiwi cut into 4 pieces
Half of green apple chopped into pieces
1 cup melted Chocolate
1/4 cup Chopped Peanuts
6 icecream Sticks                                              Method:

Cut strawberries in half.
For each strawberry half, cut an equal size piece of banana and pineapple.
Cut kiwi into half first and cut the half into equal size pieces.

Cut green apple into half first and then cut that into 2 equal size pieces.
Now assemble the fruits on ice cream sticks.

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Place pineapple on first, then banana, kiwi or green apple and lastly strawberry.
Place in freezer for 10 minutes.

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Melt chocolate by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
Line a tray with parchment paper to place fruits dipped in chocolate.

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Put chopped nuts in small plate to use for dipping.

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Dip cold fruit in chocolate, then into nuts, then place on prepared tray.
Keep this tray back in fridge for few minutes.

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Enjoy the healthy fruity snack.

Khandvi in Microwave in 7 minutes

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Khandvi is a very popular delicacy from Gujarat. It’s made with gram flour/ Besan and buttermilk. Sometimes it’s tricky to get the right consistency by cooking it in traditional style. Here the full proof method to cook it in microwave(normal mode) in just 7 minutes.

I am so happy with the results and it doesn’t compromise on taste too. Soft and melt in the mouth…. i bet you won’t stop eating it.

My word of caution make it fresh and in small batches, as this has a short shelf life. Don’t use it after 5 to 6 hours of making. Make it and consume it.

Khandvi in microwave in 7 minutes

Ingredients
1cup besan/chickpea flour
1cup curd
2 cups water
3/4 tsp haldi/turmeric 1 tsp hing/asafoetida
Salt to taste

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Method of preparation

Put all these ingredients in mixer jar and grind it to proper paste without any lumps then take a microwave safe glass bowl and pour the mixer in that bowl and put it in the microwave for 2 min…..

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Take it out stir it for 30 sec with whisk or spoon….. Put again in the microwave for 1.5 min and stir again…..

Again put for 1.5 min and then stir…. Again for 1 min and stir and then finally for one more min and then give a final stir…… Batter is ready. Microwave at max temp and the total time taken is almost 7 min however if u feel ur batter is little thin you can microwave it for 1 more minute.

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Now spread the batter on aluminum foil with spatula or broad knife,  as thin as you can. fold it in khandvi style … Pour tadka and fresh coriander & grated coconut and khandvi ready 😊

For tadka:
2tsp Rai
2tsp white til
8-10 curry leaves
1-2 green chillies
2-3 tbs oil
Handful of fresh coriander leaves.                   Grated coconut

 

Take oil in a pan add oil and once hot add rai, til then switch off the gas then add curry leaves and green chillies.

Garnish with grated coconut and fresh coriander leaves.

 

Savoury Chia seeds Crackers

So many healthy breakfast options are available other than regular parathas or Sandwichs. I am so happy to explore the numerous options. All thanks to Plattershare Belly Nirvana programme in association with GoIndiaOrganic for sending me their premium quality product Chia seeds.

Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain.

There are many good reasons to eat chia seeds. So guys what are you waiting for 😄

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Prep time: 35 mins.                                     Cook time: 40 mins.
Ingredients
¼ cup chia seeds                                             1/4 cup Sesame seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
½ tsp sea salt
¼ cup oats
2 tbsp flax seeds
1 cup water
¼ cup  wholegrain flour
2 tbsp olive oil

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Method
Preheat oven to 150  degree Centigrade.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well using a spoon.
Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes as this allows the chia seeds to absorb some of the moisture, making it a thick dough.

Brush oil  on parchment paper and dust some flour on it. Spread the dough out on a piece of parchment paper.  Place a second piece of parchment paper brushing oil and flour on top of the first one and roll the dough as thin as possible using a rolling pin. Getting the right thickness can be a little tricky as the chia seeds can be quite gooey.

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When the dough is rolled thin, remove the top piece of parchment paper carefully to avoid messing up the thin dough.
Cut the dough into small squares using a knife or pizza cutter
Place in preheated oven and bake for 30minutes or until golden brown and crisp
Let them cool for 5 mins before breaking them up into small squares.

Store them in an airtight jar.                              Savoury  Chia crackers serving inspirations:
Crush and sprinkle on salads as a healthy & flavorful substitute to croutons
Serve with drinks/cocktails as a base for canapés
As a healthy alternative to chips & crackers and served with dips, like guacamole or hummus
Top it with cheese or  jam
Serve with soup instead of breadsticks
As substitute for bread at breakfast, serve with eggs or topped with peanut butter  or honey. And you are ready to roll.                       Recipe adaptation from nyoutritious by Regina.