Sunday, February 21, 2016

Banana Cocoa Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl #Reciperedux

For this month’s Recipe Redux  Challenge the theme given was…….

Break Out of Breakfast Boredom
Cooks aren’t always pressed for time in the mornings – they just need new ideas. Think mug cakes, smoothie bowls, breakfast cookies and more. Show us the healthy way you wake up your breakfast – or wake up just for breakfast!


   The breakfast being the first meal of the day  , it must be filling and healthy to start the day. I choose to make a smoothie bowl with the common and healthy fruit Banana. In the smoothie I added cocoa powder to add the flavour and taste. I added oatmeal to thicken the smoothie .
 I used greek yogurt which can be replaced by Milk . For vegans , use almond milk or soya milk.

Requirements :

2 Large Banana
6 whole Almonds
1tbs cocoa powder
5 Dates  Pitted
2 tbs Rolled Oatmeal
¼ cup greek Yogurt
2 tbs Honey
Banana slices
Choco chips
Chopped almond
Pumpkin seeds

Method :

In a blender , add the peeled and chopped banana , almonds , oatmeal , cocoa powder ,Dates , honey and yogurt. Blend all together until smooth.
Pour into serving bowl .
Arrange the toppings banana slices , choco chips , chopped almond  and pumpkin seeds.
Serve immediately.

Banana Cocoa Oatmeal smoothie is ready to serve.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Aloor Dom – Spicy Potato Curry - আলুর দম

  Aloor Dom is the spicy potato curry which is similar to Indian Dum Aloo . The difference between the two is in this Aloor dom they won’t use yogurt.

Requirements :

15 baby potatoes / 6 large potatoes cubed
1 large onion chopped
3 tomatoes chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Seasoning :

2 tbs mustard oil / vegetable oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
2 cardamon
2 cup water
Method :
Boil potato , when cools peel off the skin.
If using large potatoes cube it.
In a blender , add onion , ginger- garlic  paste, tomato , cumin , chilli powder , garam masala and salt.
Heat mustard oil in a wok , add in mustard seeds and let it splutter.
Add in cumin seeds , cinnamon , cardamom and bay leaf , fry for two minutes.
Add in the grounded paste and cook till oil separates on top.
Add the water and when the gravy boils , add the boiled potatoes and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve hot with roti / rice.

Spinach Pakora Bangladeshi Style - শাক পাকোড়া

 Spinach pakora is a common snack in India too . This tea time  treat is everyone’s favorite in our family. This pakora was different from the indian version as it uses less flour. Some add grated potato the below recipe too.

Requirements :

1 cup Spinach
¼ cup carrot grated
1 large onion
3 green chilli
½ tsp cumin powder
¼ cup Besan flour / chickpea flour
1 tbs Rice flour
¼ tsp baking powder ( optional )
½ tsp salt
oil for frying
Method :
 Wash the spinach and chop finely.
 Peel onion and chop.
 Chop green chillies .
 In a  bowl , add the besan flour , rice four , cumin powder , salt and baking powder , mix together.
 To the flour mixture , add the chopped spinach , onion , green chilli  and grated carrot, mix well.
 The mixture may be sticky from the water content of onion and spinach.
 If the mixture is dry sprinkle little water and mix well.
 Heat oil  in a pan , when the oil is hot , reduce the flame to medium.
 Take a spoonful of batter and carefully drop in to oil.
 Cook till the pakoras turn golden brown.
 Take off and place the pakoras  in the kitchen towel  to drain excess oil.
  Hot spinach pakoras are ready to be served.

Serve along with mint yogurt raita.

Chaler Ruti / Rice flour Ruti / Ruti Pitha

 In south India , we make a similar roti with rice flour known as Akki roti. This recipe reminds me of that roti. This is simple and easy to make with just two ingredients. This roti is gluten free as made with the rice flour.

Requirements :
1 cup rice flour + for dusting
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
Method :
Boil water along with salt.
Add in the rice flour and mix with a wooden spatula / ballon whisk.
Cook the contents for two minutes and take off flame. Let it cool.
Knead the dough well and divide into equal parts.
 Roll each part by dusting rice flour with the rolling pin into thin round roti.
Cook on medium flame on a hot griddle.
Cook on both sides till the brown spots appears.
Serve with your favorite curry.

We had it with Aloor Dom.

Bhuna Khichuri / Moongdhal Kichuri

   Rice is the staple in the Asian countries. Bangladeshi cuisine too has pulao , biryani and khichuri made of rice. As I has to make vegetarian rice preparation , I thought of making  vegetarian pulao. Then changed to this rice prepared with moong dhal , this rice has become everyone’s favorite in our family. This rice is usually served by bangladeshi’s with fried Hilsha , beef rezala , omelette , Pickled  onion  alu bhorta. We had it with aloor dom.

  Some use whole moong dhal  while some use split moong dhal. Masoor dhal can be used instead of moong dhal.

Requirements :
1 cup moong dhal
2 cup Basmati rice
½ cup ghee / clarified butter
1 onion thinly sliced
1 tsp garlic paste
½ tsp ginger paste
2 green chillies
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
5 cup boiled water
1 tbs salt
Method :
Wash and soak rice and dhal for ten minutes.
In a deep pan  , melt ghee , add the bay leaf , cinnamon and cloves  sauté for a minute.
Add in the sliced onion and sauté till it becomes translucent.
Add  the ginger garlic paste , green chilli and sauté.
Add the soaked rice – dhal  and sauté for two minutes.
Add in salt and boiled water , close the pan with a lid and cook  for 20 minutes or till the rice is done.
The rice is ready to be served.

Serve with spicy curry  or with aloor dom.