Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fattoush

BM # 45 Week 3 Day 3

Fattoush is a salad from Middle East. This was on my to do list since long, and when I made these buns I thought of using them in my salad besides serving these with a nice Broccoli soup. I served this salad to my friends who had been asking me to host a salad party for them. Of course there were four more salads,I shall share the recipes soon, till then enjoy this one. Normally feta cheese is used for this salad, but somehow I do not like its flavor so instead I made fresh herbed cottage cheese ,which tasted amazing.
The salad ingredients can vary according to their availability.



Fattoush 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil for frying
bread, torn or cut into pieces
1 cucumber, diced
1/2 yellow capsicum
Few cherry tomatoes
1/2 red onion, diced
3/4 cup chopped parsley/ coriander
3/4 cup chopped fresh mint
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
ground sumac
crumbled feta cheese / fresh cottage cheese

Heat oil and lightly toast the bun pieces, you could use also use a day old bread or pita bread.
Combine cucumber, tomatoes,capsicum red onion, parsley, mint, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, kosher salt, ground black pepper, and sumac in a bowl.
Gently toss salad with fried bread pieces.
Adjust seasonings to taste.
Finish with crumbled cottage cheese.




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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Broccoli Almond Soup

BM # 45 Week 3 Day 2



For Day 2 under Tame the yeast challenge I decided to serve Almond Broccoli Soup with the Egg less Flax seed Buns.True, I am not a soup person, and hardly make them but my daughter is an expert with these , since she must feed her kids with a healthy soup everyday. So this soup comes from her treasure for my son , who is fond of these. You could add herbs of your choice to change the flavors.



Broccoli soup
1 tsp butter
3 cloves garlic
5 almonds
1 green chilly
1 tb sp onion
1/4 cup bottle gourd
A small piece sweet potato
1/2 head broccoli
In a pressure cooker sauté the garlic and onions in butter.
Add almonds, gourd, sweet potato, green chilly and broccoli.
Sauté
Add little water and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
Open the pressure cooker once the pressure drops down.
Let cool.
Blend well. Strain.
Add salt, white pepper to taste.
Garnish with fresh cream.
Lot of people do not like to strain the soup, it is totally upto you. The consistency of the soup has to be adjusted with milk to get that creamy flavor.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Whole Wheat Flax Seed Buns

BM # 45 Week 3 Day 1


Tame the yeast might be a wonderful way to get over those baking with yeast jitters, but to be truthful, I don't think these jitters can go so fast. Last month Valli made me do this challenge and even though I was nervous I followed Varda's recipe and baked a bread. My confidence shooted and I thought I have mastered the art.

For this months challenge I tried Priya Suresh's whole wheat flax seed buns. APF is kind of banned in the family so I happily started with this bread. I followed all the steps , and tried the bread. The result was average.I really don't know where I went wrong. The bread was rather dense and I found it a little yeasty. While it came out of the oven everyone ate and had similar comments, though more than half the buns got over. I know that I had gone wrong because Mir baked the same buns and hers were quite spongy, may be Priya can tell me after giving these a look. Priya I will copy paste the recipe that you have given for two reasons. One I do not want to miss anything.two, who so ever bakes these buns, should not make the mistake that I might have made. Thanks dear. And now coming to the recipe.


1 cup Wholewheat flour (Aashirvaad atta flour) 
2 cups All purpose flour 
1/2cup Flaxmeal (grounded flax seeds) 
2+1/2tsp Instant yeast 
1+1/2cup Lukewarm Milk 
2tbsp Olive oil 
1tbsp Sugar 
1tsp Salt 
2tbsp Milk (for brushing) 

Oil for greasing the dough and the pan 
Take the wholewheat flour,all purpose flour, flaxmeal,sugar, salt and instant yeast in a bowl. 
Add in the luke warm milk, olive oil and knead everything until the dough turns soft and smooth. 
Arrange the dough in a greased bowl, wrap the bowl and arrange in a warm place. Don't disturb for 2 hours. 
Once the dough doubled the volume, punch the dough and knead for 2-3 minutes, roll it as a log. 
Divide the dough into 9 equal pieces, roll each pieces as a round ball. 
Arrange the ball in a greased square pan, one by one with enough place in between. 
Cover the pan with a towel, keep aside for 40-45 minutes in a warm place until the balls rises. 
Preheat the oven at 350F/180C for 10 minutes. 
Brush the rolls with milk gently, bake in middle rack for 30-35 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown.


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Home Remedies for Digestion


At times our digestive system gives us problems. If food is not digested properly it passes into the large bowel where it is fermented by bacteria causing wind and bloating. To avoid this bloated feeling here are some digestive aids which are quick and help in digestion.These are all tried and tested remedies. This is my Day 3 post for the theme Home Remedies.

Digestive Aids

Ginger Jeera Paani
Boil 4 glasses of water with a piece of dry ginger.
Add a tsp of cumin seed.
Boil for 5 minutes.
Strain and drink this flavored water instead of water.

Ginger lemon juice
Grind a piece of dry ginger with a little water.
Boil and bring it to half a cup.
Strain.
Add a tsp of honey and lemon juice to taste.

Tulsi Pepper water
Roast 1/2 tsp pepper and a handful of tulsi / sweet basil leaves.
Add water and boil for 5 minutes.
Strain.
Add honey / palm sugar.
Drink twice a day.

Mint and lemon water
1/4 cup mint leaves
Black salt to taste
Lemon juice
Make a paste of mint leaves adding salt and lemon juice.
Add it to a glass of water.
Drink twice a day.


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Home Remedies for Acidity


For Day 2 I shall give you some home remedies for acidity.

Overheating is one of the causes of acidity, it affects more people because when we are eating we loose track .The food may be light and simple , but overheating is the cause of fullness and bloated feeling.

Refined foods,heavy and fried foods, tea, coffee alcohol, stress, smoking are some of the causes of acidity.

Here are some simple remedies which can help

1. Avoid over eating and regulate eating hours.

2. Drinking 8-12 glasses of water helps in combating acidity.

3. A glass of cold milk helps to relieve the heart burn.

4. Raw juice of bottle gourd in the morning is very helpful.

5. Soak 5 almonds for 4 hours, remove the skin, make a paste, mix with 200 ml milk
Raw sugar can be added to sweeten.
Drink this twice a day.

6. 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds swallowed with water are quite helpful.

7. Drinking coconut water twice a day helps reduce acidity.

8. Keep a small piece of jaggery in your mouth, keep sucking it.Repeat every hour till acidity reduces.

9. Mint chutney can be added along with the meal. Make a point to eat it everyday for a few days.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Home Remedies for Sour Throat and Tonsillitis.



We begin with a fresh week and this week I have some health related home remedies for the basic everyday ailments. For day 1 I have some home remedies for throat and tonsillitis.

For sour throat or tonsillitis.

Ice cold water, ice cubes ,soft drinks and ice creams are all loved by kids as well as grown ups. Little do we realize that after eating and drinking these cold and sweet things we may get sour throat. There are quite a few home remedies , choose that helps you.

1. Drink Luke warm water after consuming any sweets, it can be a piece of chocolate or ice cream. The warm water will wash out all the grease and fat that has settled due to the intake of any sweet.

2. Gargle with luke warm water, at least three times in a day.

3. Steam inhalation can do wonders.

4 .Cold and warm therapy
Take a napkin.
Keep a warm muffler ready.
Immerse the napkin in chilled ice water, keep it soaked for 5-10 minutes, till really chilled.
Squeeze out the water.
Wrap this chilled napkin around your neck.
Wrap the muffler on this napkin
Keep this for at least 20 minutes.
You could try doing this for at least twice a day.
Repeat for a month if one is prone to sour throat.

5. Drinking hot soups with ginger and garlic  really helps.

6.You could try making tea with tulsi leaves.

7.1/2 tsp ginger juice with 1 tbsp of honey twice a day.

8. 1/2 tsp of gooseberry powder soaked overnight in a glass of water , strain and drink in the morning.
This helps to build immunity against cold and cough, and shall even take care of sour throat.
You should drink this at least for a month.

These are all tried and tested recipes from my mother's collection.I personally use the Cold and Warm therapy the most, hence marked it in red.


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Achaari Karela

BM # 45   Week 1   Day 3

While on my trip to Japan I made a lot of bitter gourds as these are easily available and is a good side dish. You must be wondering where did Japan come while my theme is North Indian Side dishes. This recipe is actually from our neighbors in Delhi, but since I made these in Japan, the automatic connection. The gourds in Japan aren't as bitter as they are here , also they are quite large. I did not peel them and prepared them like I normally do. If you wish to peel them, go ahead the basic taste of the dish will not change.

1 large bitter gourd
2 tbsp curd
Salt to taste.
1 tbsp wheat flour( optional )
Wash and cut the gourds into roundels.
Marinate with salt, curd and flour for about 30 minutes.
Wash and squeeze out the water.
Now these are ready to be made into the desired dish.




Tempering
1 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp paanch poran
Pinch hing
1/4 tsp wheat flour
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp dry mango powder

Heat ghee .
Add the paanch poran and hing.
Add the gourds and sauté till the moisture is absorbed from these.
Sprinkle all spices and the wheat flour , mixing everything very well.
Once the spice are mixed, add 1/2 cup water and let the gourds cook till tender.
You might need more or less water depending on how thick the gourd slice is, also depending on the quality of the gourd.
The Japanese gourds are very tender and cook fast, but may be in India I would need to add more water and cook longer.

This dish has paanch poran which is a spice that is used in Bengali cuisine, but let me tell you that this is also called the achaar ka masala in Delhi and is used in lot of North Indian Dishes, I have yet another Achaari Gourd recipe but let me save it for some other time.



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