Monday, November 28

Chocolate Coated Pistachio Biscotti With Pistachio Dust!

Chocolate Coated Pistachio Biscotti With Pistachio Dust! These are my all time favourite biscotti to bake with, they are easy and last long. Make a big batch of them and store in a airtight container and your evening snacks problem is solved. Its home made, healthy and yummy snack to have anytime of the day.

2 cups of plain flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cup Pistachio.

For Decorating.
1/2 cup melted dark chocolate
1/4 cup pistachio (grind into a course powder).

Baking Method.
Pre-heat the oven 180c for 10 minutes.
In a mixing bowl add flour and baking powder and mix them nicely. roughly chop the pistachio and mix it with flour and set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar beat until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, vanilla essence and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes
Then mix in the dry ingredients and beat until the dry ingredients are well mixed.
On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a log about 14 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. Transfer to baking tray and bake for 35-40 mins.
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 mins.
Then cut into slices 1/2 inch thick diagonally and arrange evenly on baking tray. Bake for 10 mins on each side (until they are firm). Remove from oven and cool.
Once they are well cooled. dip the biscotti into a melted chocolate and sprinkle the pistachio dust on top and allow them to dry for 20 to 30 minutes. 
Store them into airtight container.

Sunday, November 27

Chilli Cheese Toast With Avocado!

Chilli Cheese Toast With Avocado! Easy beezy breakfast on busy weekdays or weekends. Paired with milkshake or juice makes a very healthy and filling dish.

4 slices of bread (white or brown)
2 tbsp pizza sauce
1 medium onion, 1 medium tomato. 1 small capsicum (Finely chopped)
1/2 ripped avocado
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Pinch of black pepper powder
Salt to taste.

Cooking Method.
Pre-heat the oven at 180c for 10 minutes.
Apply pizza sauce on the bread on one side. Then arrange the chopped onion, capsicum and tomatoes. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Then sprinkle the cheese on all the bread.
Grill the bread till the cheese is melted.
Now arrange the avocado slices on top of the grilled toast and sprinkle some more salt and pepper.
Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Tuesday, November 15

Oats Cheese Cake With Britannia Nutrichoice Oats Cookies. Diabetic Friendly.

Healthy version of Oats Cheese Cake made with Britannia Nutrichoice Oats Cookies and honey, which I learnt at Diabetic Food Trail Masterclass. It was so yummy yet healthy and that stole my heart and never wanted to wait for trying this recipe at home with my own twist. Here comes the recipe of oats cheese cake with my own twist and it taste as good as the original recipe and I must say this is an a awesome dessert or breakfast for the health conscious people who might be bored of eating that plain and tasteless food.. Seriously I can't believe that diabetic food also can be made so tasty until I attended this event. A big thanks to Ms.Seema Pinto and Mr.Manoj Pinto for coming up with this diabetic food trail and making those people happy who are banned to eat something sweet.. There are many more recipes coming up which I have learnt in the event.. People do try this healthy cheese cake you'll definitely fall in love as I have.

1 cup quicker oats
1/2 cup cream cheese
3/4 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
10 Britannia nutrichoice oats cookies
5 tbsp honey (add more if needed)
1/ 2 cup chopped dry fruits (almonds, cashew and pistachio)
1 tbsp strawberry compound.

In a mixing bowl, add oats, cream cheese, milk, yogurt and 2tbsp honey and give nice mix. Then cover the lid and refrigerate over night or atleast 4 to 5 hours.
Then finely grind the oats cookies and take it out to another mixing bowl, add the 3tbsp honey and make a crumble, (add more honey if needed, for me this much of honey was enough since we don't like much sweet)
Now take serving glass/bowl, add the cookies crumble down and make a base, then take out the overnight cream cheese mixture and add half of the dry fruits and give a quick mix. then pour the mix on top of the cookies base and garnish with strawberry compound and leftover dry fruits. Then put the glasses back to refrigerator for atleast 25 to 30 minutes to set.
Serve chill.

Tuesday, November 8

Baked Pasta With Herbs And Cheese.

Baked Pasta With Herbs And Cheese. This is one of my on go dish every time when I have no time to cook or not in mood to cook. This is such an incredibly easy recipe, all you have to do is just boil the pasta of your choice, mix some herbs and salt, then top with some mozzarella cheese and bake for 10 minutes and Serve with some garlic bread for Lunch or Dinner.

250 gram Macaroni Pasta (boiled as per the instruction on the pack)
1 tsp mix Italian herbs
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

Baking Method.
Pre-heat the oven to 180c for 10 minutes.
In a mean time, take a large mixing bowl, add boiled pasta, mix herbs, paprika, salt, olive oil, 1/2 cup cheese and chilli flakes.
Mix them all together and transfer the pasta to a baking dish, now sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake for 10 minutes or till the cheese is melted.
Serve hot with some garlic bread and tomato soup.

Monday, November 7

Cabbage And Onion Grill Sandwich With Coconut Oil.

Cabbage And Onion Grill Sandwich With Coconut Oil. This is yet another simple and yummy recipe which I learnt from our house boat chef from our recent trip to Kerala. I must say he use to make delicious food with simple ingredients and the star of the dish was coconut oil. He use to add coconut oil in everything and he made this sandwich also with the same oil and that simple sandwich took a very big place in my heart and I became a big fan of Kerala and there cuisine..

4 slices of sandwich bread
1 cup of finely chopped cabbage
1 large finely chopped onion
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
Salt to taste
Butter as needed (to apply on bread)

In a wok add coconut oil, when its hot, add cabbage and onion, fry to golden brown. Sprinkle the red chilli powder and salt, fry for another minute or 2. Take it out in bowl and allow it to cool a bit.
Then apply the butter on all the sides of the bread.
Now place the filling on one side of the bread and place another bread on top and grill for 4 to 5 minutes or till golden brown.
Serve hot with Tea, Coffee or any Juice..

Sunday, November 6

Akki Roti (Karnataka Style)

Akki Roti (Karnataka Style) is very popular Karnataka Breakfast, can be served with any type of chutney or with chicken curry. It makes a very healthy and filling breakfast. I have  made it in little different way to get a perfect round shape. This roti can be even cooked with raw rice flour but you need a bit of more hard work to roll the roti. This method will give you perfect round shape roti and it solves the purpose of eating akki roti..

1 cup rice flour
1 cup water
1tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin 
1 large onion, 2 green chillies (finely chopped)
Hand full of chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp grated coconut
Salt to taste.

Cooking Method.
Bring water to a rolling boil in a sauce pan. Add salt, oil and cumin, give a mix, then add rice flour, onion, green chilles, coriander, coconut and mix well until no lumps remain. 
Turn the heat off. Cover the pan and set it aside for 5 minutes. Now knead the dough while its still hot, make it like a chapati dough.
Heat a tava on medium heat. Once heated, turn the heat to low.
Divide the dough into 2 inch balls and keep them covered under a damp cloth.
Spread some rice flour on the rolling board. Place a ball in the center and sprinkle more flour on top. Keep rolling the ball with the rolling pin into a round with even thickness.
Transfer onto the heated tava with the top surface up and cook the roti both the side. Apply little oil if needed on to both the side.
Follow the same method for the rest of them.
Serve hot with any Chutney or Chicken curry.

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