Jun 30, 2014 5 comments:

OatDateNut Ladoos ( No Sugar & No Bake)

My MIL is true admirer of my food blog and encourages and supports me in my food blog journey. She has tried several recipes from my blog but Popcorn Chicken in KFC Style and Chocolate Balls are her favorites from my blog. She is in the crowd who motivated  me to start Video Recipes as Videos help all the age group audience to quickly follow through the recipes, that resulted in my Yum! Yum! Yum! Recipes youtube channel.  I am so glad to have such a nice mom-in-law who encourages and supports my passions.

Today I am going to share my Mother-In-Law's recipe that is OatDateNut Ladoo recipe. In this recipe, Oats grind into powder and mixed with other wonderful nut powders and gets processed with Dates puree, finally rolled as Ladoos. The recipe is so simple, that these Ladoos will be ready in Under 15 minutes. These Ladoos are very healthy  as it uses multi-grains, dates, nuts and no sugar is added.This will be good to serve as evening snack for kids or will be power packed on-the go Breakfast. Usually I don't like sweets, but I finished most of these Ladoos when my MIL made yesterday. Because these are not that sweet, little grainy, you can get the pieces of Dates in between, they are simply superb! So When there are so many healthy ingredients used and still tastes delicious, then What do you have to lose,  just that Extra Fat!  Here is the recipe, Njoy!



 Ingredients:
Oats - 1/2 cup ( I have used Rolled Oats)
Dates - 1/2 cup ( pitted and finely chopped)
Ghee - 1 tsp ( Clarified Butter)
Mixed Nuts - 1/4 cup ( I have used Almonds, Peanuts, Pistachios)

*yields 12 Ladoo

Method:
  1. Heat the non-stick pan and add 1 tsp Ghee. Once the Ghee is hot, add the Oats and toast them slightly for 1 min. If you are using Peanuts slightly toast them for 1 min. in the same pan ( transfer the toasted oats to separate bowl).
  2. Grind the Almonds and Pistachio nuts into fine powder in the small mixe jar. 
  3. Grind peanuts into fine powder in small mixie jar. 
  4. Grind toasted Oats into fine powder in small mixie jar. 
  5. Combine the Oats Powder, Nuts Powder and along with chopped Dates. Combine the mixture and grind again in small mixe jar or in food processor. You will get thick dough at this time. 
  6. take the 1 Tbsp amount of dough in your palms and roll them into fine Ladoos until the Dough is done. That's all OatDateNut Ladoo are ready now, so simple, right!
Notes:
  • You don't have to toast Almonds or Cashew or Pistachio Nuts.
  • I have used MedJol Dates, they are not that sweet. If your Dates are not that sweet, before rolling the Ladoo taste and accordingly add 1 Tbsp of Jaggery Powder. 
  • Optionally you can add 1 tsp of sesame seeds or 1/2 tsp crushed ilachi powder for more flavor and taste.
  • They store fresh for 5 days out side at room temperature. You can store them refrigerator for 7 to 10 days. 
Take a close peek!
I hope you liked my MIL's quick and healthy Ladoo recipe for today. Stay tuned for more easy and healthy recipes!

-Mythreyi



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Jun 26, 2014 6 comments:

Carrot Tomato Chutney

Today I have experimented Carrot chutney with Tomato. It came out very good, tasted great with White Rice, Dosa and Idli. In this chutney, Carrot added little sweetness contrasting the Tomato tanginess and both the vegetables competed in bringing the bright color to this chutney. It looked Vibrant in Color, Superb in Taste with Healthy Twist! Do you need any other reason not to make chutney? Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Carrot Tomato Chutney
 Ingredients:
Carrot - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium ( cluster and juicy)
Green Chili - 2
Garlic - 3 ( pods, peeled)
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Tamarind - 1 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp

Method:
  1. First heat the non-stick pan add 1 tsp of oil to it. Once the oil is hot add cumin seeds, followed by chopped green chili and carrot pieces, and let them saute for 2 min. To this add garlic cloves and chopped tomato cubes. saute for 2 min. Finally add Tamarind and saute for 3 min until tomato becomes juicy. Once you notice everything is coming together, carrot  becomes tender, switch off the stove. Remove the pan from stove and let it cool-off. 
  2. Once the mixture is cooled off, grind it along with salt in the small mixie jar or in magic bullet, in pulse mode. So that it is not fully grinded but it should be little grainy or chunky. Taste and adjust the salt as needed. 
  3. Transfer this to the bowl. That's all Carrot Chutney is ready now!

You can serve as it is or optionally add tempering to it as well. I like it when tempering is added as it adds nice flavor and some crunch to this chutney. To serve for Idli and Dosa you don't need the tempering, to serve along with rice I recommend to add the tempering. 

Tempering:
Heat 1 tsp oil in the non-stick pan, once the oil is hot add dried red chili, followed by 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp urad dal, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, and 5 curry leaves. Saute them until lentils are browned and mustard seeds start spluttering.Switch off the stove, add this tempering to the chutney in the bowl. 





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Will be back with another Great Recipe, until then take care!
-Mythreyi


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Jun 17, 2014 4 comments:

Purple Sweet Potatoes



These days my eye is catching lot of purple things purple saree, purple bow for my daughter, purple folders at work and these purple sweet potatoes at Sprouts Store. I have experimented with several Purple Foods lately, why not add one more to the Purple Collection! I have boiled these purple sweet potatoes with some salt, and they tasted great. For today it is just the picture. Njoy! 

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Jun 12, 2014 3 comments:

Peanut Butter Cookies {Video Recipe}

These Peanut Butter Cookies are super duper easy and can be made under 15 minutes and with only 3 Ingredients. If you like Peanut Butter, then you will be hooked on to these Cookies. But to appreciate these cookies, you got to love Peanut Butter. As my son is bored with the routine PBJ sandwiches in his lunch box, this is another alternative for Peanut Butter make it to his lunch box in the form of Peanut Butter Cookies . Won't you call it Win -Win....! Wink ;-)! Here is the recipe, Njoy!


Ingredients:
Peanut Butter - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Egg - 1

*yields - 24 to 30 cookies

Method:

  1. Pre-Heat the Oven to 350 F or 180 C. Brush the Cookie Sheet with Pam Oil or Olive Oil. 
  2. Take a large bowl and break the egg into it and whisk it. Add 1 cup of Sugar and give another whisk. Add the Peanut Butter to the Bowl and use the Cake Mixture and give 10 -15 strokes, until it becomes like thick dough. 
  3. Roll the dough into balls and keep them on the cookie sheet. ( your kids will be little helpers for this).
  4. Take a fork and gently press the Balls so that you will have nice design on cookies. You can use the fork in criss-cross to get another design also. 
  5. Bake the cookies for 8 - 10 minutes. Start monitoring from 8 minutes.  
  6. Take out the cookies from the Cookie Sheet and let them cool for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes they are ready to be eaten, you can store them fresh in air-tight container for up to 7 days.


As the ingredients are very simple, you can involve your kids while making these cookies. Today both of my kids helped me in making these Peanut Butter Cookies and they are super excited about it, that they have boasted enough to their little friends! And they finished all 'their' cookies that they have rolled, That's the magic! Here is the Video Recipe:



will be back with another easy recipe, until then take care!
-Mythreyi

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Jun 2, 2014 1 comment:

Chocolate Balls ( No Bake & No Butter ) { Video Recipe }

This Chocolate Balls recipe is very simple and quick, made with only 3 main Ingredients. This will be a nice cooking project recipe for your kids in summer holidays. This will be a big hit for any potlucks or gatherings with not much effort  and perfect as a snack in your kiddo's lunch box. Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Ingredients:
Marie Gold Biscuits - 1 packet ( 20)
Cocoa Powder - 3 Tbsp ( unsweetened)
Condensed Milk - 1/2 cup ( sweetened)
Mixed Nuts - 1/2 cup ( Optional)

Method:
  1. Break the Gold Biscuits and add to mixie Jar, Grind them into fine powder. 
  2. Take a wide bowl and Biscuit powder to it, add Cocoa Powder and chopped nuts. Pour Condensed Milk in mix it until it becomes like thick dough. Let it leave for 5 min. 
  3. Now the dough will be very thick, take small quantities and roll them in between your palms so that nice circle shape balls forms. 
  4. Store them in air tight container, they last good until 4 to 5 days. 

Decorate with Coatings:
  1. Optionally you can decorate them with several coatings, to make it interesting for kids. You can coat them in different coatings like Coconut Powder, Rainbow Sprinkles, Chocolate Sprinkles or Dust them with Cocoa Powder.
  2. Take a bowl and 2 tbsp of condensed milk, take a wide plate and add coconut powder. Dip the ball in Condensed milk and roll it in Coconut Powder until it is covers fully.
Tips:
  • If you don't have mixie or make it fun for kids, you can add the biscuits in Ziplock bag, seal it and use roller pin to make it as fine powder.
  • It will take a while (approx 5 min )to mix it with condensed milk to form like dough. It will be very sticky, but that's fine. 
  • I have used 1 small tin of Carnation Condensed milk for this recipe, it will be more than 1/2 cup, I have used the rest for applying coatings. If you are making just Chocolate Balls, 1 tin condensed milk will come for 1 1/2 biscuit packet. so you can put all of the condensed milk to use with out wasting it. 
  • For mixed Nuts, I have used Almonds and Pistachio nuts in this recipe, you can use Walnuts, Cashew Nuts or Pecans of your choice.
  • If you have Nut Allergies you can totally skip the nuts, with out missing much.

My daughter helped me to make these chocolate balls while rolling them. My kids were really excited to give a taste test for these chocolate balls in this video.  Here is the Video attempt of this recipe! :-)



Will be back with another Kid's favorite recipe, until then take care
-Mythreyi




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