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Monday, April 27, 2015

Chex Mix Nutty Sweet Snack

The credit for this recipe goes to one of my coworker and a good friend Nicole and her mom Melissa. She always bakes this mix for Nicole and Nicole is very sweet to share this yummy snack with all of us.
Her mom gave her the basic recipe upon my request but like all the good cooks are, she could not give me the exact proportions and exact duration of baking, so I decided to experiment it with a little modification of ingredients of course.  It came out pretty close to her mom's.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios or Tasty 'Os'
  • 2 cups of Cashews (I used lightly salted roasted cashews)
  • 2 cup of  unsalted almonds (not roasted)
  • 2 cups of roasted but unsalted peanuts
  • 3 cups of Honey nut Chex
  • 1 cup of maple syrup (I used light syrup)
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar (her mom did not add brown sugar, so this could be optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla









 


 

 Method:
  •  Heat oven at 350* F.
  •  Mix and gently toss all nuts and cereal in a deep bowl.
  • Add Maple syrup, brown sugar and vanilla.
  • Gently fold it all in without breaking cereal.
  • Line a metal large baking sheet with edges with parchment paper.  I just linted the baking sheet with Silicone cookie sheet.
  • Pour the mix on to the baking sheet and spread evenly.
  •  Bake at 350 for 25 min, gently turning it over in between with spatula. 
  • The mix should be light brown,  don't be alarm if it feels watery initially.
  • Turn the oven off and take the baking sheet out of oven and let it cool completely.
  • Loosen the mix as the nuts and cereal may be stuck together.
  • Line an airtight container with parchment paper and store in this air tight container.
  •  You won't have to worry about it going bad at room temperature storage, because believe me,  it won't last that long, it will be gone in   3-4 days,  as it is so delicious and addictive,  you can't just stop after taking a handful.
Enjoy !


Thank you Nicole and Melissa for sharing this recipe with me !!







Recipe source: Nicole and her mom Melissa

Photographs and adaptation of recipe by:
Surekha.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Khandvi (Indian Ribbon Pasta Pin Wheels Rolls) Microwave Method


Khandvi is a savory snack in Gujrati cuisine. It consists of yellowish tightly rolled bite sized pin rolls and is primarily made of gram flour (black chick peas flour) and plain yogurt.
Khandvi is readily available across India, and is commonly eaten as an appetizer or snack.

Khandvi is usually prepared from a batter of gram flour and yogurt seasoned with ginger paste, salt, water, turmeric, and sometimes green chillies. The batter is cooked down to a thick paste and then spread thinly on a flat surface.
The khandvis are then rolled up tightly into 2–3 cm (1 inch) pieces. Khandvi is generally bite-size. It can also be seasoned with spices and condiments, such as grated cheese, chutney, or ketchup. It can be served hot or cold.  My son loves this and calls it Ribbon pasta rolls, the name that he must have picked up from a local Indian restaurant.
I have been wanting to make this for the longest time, but I remember from my childhood my mom used to make it on stove and had to constantly stir the batter so it does not stick to sauce pan and does not become lumpy. In the process it used to splatter.  It was messy.  Then someone told me that you can make it in the microwave so I decided to experiment it.. My mom used to spread the batter on back of Thali which is a stainless steel serving plates. I used Silicon mats to spread the batter.

I did spread some batter on back of thali.  Some people use aluminum foil or parchment paper or some spread it directly on clean granite counter top.
Over all it t did not take that long and it was very easy to make, only thing is once you start you can't do anything else in between, except prepare the tempering ingredients. This recipe yields 30 small bite size appetizer rolls, serving for 6. 
You would need a hand held blender and microwaves safe bowl and a  microwave  safe cover for it and a microwave of course to cook in.
Keep the electric hand held blender plugged in as you would need to blend the batter in between to make the batter smooth, so there are no lumps in batter.
Ingredients for Batter:
  • 2 cups of gram flour
  • 2 cups of plain yogurt
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoon of oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp of  Asfoetida 
  • Juice from 1 fresh lime 
Method to prepare batter:
  • Combine flour, yogurt, water, oil, lime juice, asfoetida,  salt and turmeric powder in a microwave safe bowl.
  • I used large Pyrex glass bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients with hand blender until smooth.
  • Microwave the batter uncovered at high power for 2 min.

                • Take it out of microwave and then use the hand blender again to smooth out the batter as you will see thickened cooked batter on side of bowl.
                • Place it in the microwave and cook for another 2 min at high  power uncovered.
                • Take it out of microwave and  again use the hand blender to smooth out the batter.
                • Repeat this for total of 8 min i.e 4 times cook for 2 min each and smooth out the batter with hand blender in between.
                • Then after you would need to cover it with microwave safe cover, I used silicone cover and cook for 1 min this time and take it out of microwave and use the hand blender to smooth out the batter.
                • Repeat this process for 6 x total, 1 min each time for 6 min total, thus total cooking time was 14 min.
                • Microwave may time differ according to the power. Pour the batter with a big spoon and spread it in to thin smooth layer on mat or back of thali with flat spatula as shown n picture.
                • You will see the consistency of batter getting thicker and thicker.
                • In between keep your mats or Thalis ready where you are going to spread the batter.
                • After last min take it out of microwave and test if it is done by place a drop on a flat surface, if it sets, and peels when cool, it is ready.
                • This is the time when you have to do this quickly so the batter does become dry.
                • You can cover the batter in between while you are spreading.
                • Once all the batter is spread in to thin layers on mats.
                • Let it cool for 10 min.
                • In the mean time get all  ingredients ready for tempering.
                Ingredients for Tempering:
                • 3 tables spoon oil
                • 1 tablespoon of black mustard seeds
                • 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
                • 1/8 tsp of Asfoetida
                • 2 dry pods of red chilli peppers
                • 2-3 Jalapeno peppers or Serrano peppers chopped
                • 1 sprig of curry leaves (I chopped them after tempering
                • 2 tables spoon of sesame seeds
                • 1/4 cup of sweetened coconut flakes
                • 1 small bunch of cilantro leaves finely chopped
                • Once the spread  batter is cool.
                • Cut 2"-3 " strips and roll them in to 2"-3" pin wheels as shown in pictures.
                • Set them in the serving plate carefully. 
                • If you like you can cut the pin wheel in to half to 1" -1.5 " bit size now or after tempering.  (I did it after tempering)
                • Take the sauce pan off  the stove and pour the oil with all the ingredients on to the rolls evenly.
                • I then took out the cooked sprig of curry leaves and chopped them along with cilantro.
                • Garnish the pinwheels with chopped curry leaves, cilantro and shredded coconut.
                •  Do not toss of mix the the rolls as it will break apart the delicate pin wheels.
                • I then cut each pin wheel in to two half thus giving me 1 -1.5" pinwheel which is more bite size for appetizer.
                • Serve them hot or cold with cilantro chutney or just plain.
                Information on Khandvi  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khandvi_%28food%29
                http://en.wikipedia.org
                /wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License
                Recipe adapted for microwave by Surekha from her mom  Mrs. Kasturben's recipe that was cooked on the stove top.
                Photographs by Surekha


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