April 10, 2011

Avocado Chapati

When our kids are in music class, moms have a good time waiting outside, gossiping  about anything from movies to politics and also sharing recipes. This one is from one of the music class moms.


Ingredients:
Avocado -1 (well ripened)
Wheat flour - 2 cups
Salt as required
Ajwain - 1/2 tsp powdered  (Omam or Ayamodakam)


Method:
Peel avocado and scoop out the meat. Add the remaining ingredients and add just enough water (around  1/4 to 1/3 cup) and knead to make a soft dough.( I use my Cuisinart mini-prep for kneading the dough, just have to work in 2 batches.) Keep aside for 30 minutes or more if you have the time.




While the griddle is heating, make around 8 to 10 balls out of the dough.
Start rolling the balls into circles around 8 inch diameter.



Start cooking chapatis on the hot griddle, when it starts to puff up on one side, flip it with your hand (or use a spatula). Flip again when other side also starts to puff up. Using a wet dish cloth (or use a spatula) start pressing from the sides to puff it up (phulkafy). Flip once again and keep pressing till it puffs up completely.




Repeat for the remaining chapatis.
Serve with Dal and salad.








April 6, 2011

Date-Almond snack balls

This is dedicated to my dear husband who would not eat a cracker/cookie or anything processed for a snack. I needed to come up with a healthy and wholesome snack which can be made in a jiffy..!!

Ingredients:
Medjool dates - 5-6
Almonds - 3/4 cup
Dried coconut - 1/4 cup
Sesame Seeds (Optional) - 2 Tbsn

Method:
Start pulsing almonds and a dry coconut in a blender or food prep.
In about 1-2 minutes you should have a coarse ground almond coconut mixture.
Add pitted dates and continue pulsing for a minute or so.
If you are adding sesame, now is the time. Just give a turn or two to mix it in.
Transfer the contents to a bowl and make walnut sized balls.
This is a no cooking involved snack, using only wholesome ingredients, rich in nutrients and high in energy

Note: Be creative, substitute dates with other dry fruits like raisins, apricots etc.
also, substitute almonds with any nuts of your choice.


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